The Improv Cup

About the Improv Cup

The Improv Cup is a unique short-form improv festival that is about bringing together the growing improv community. Improvisers are randomly assigned onto teams with other players, building lasting bonds of fellowship while navigating a tournament that requires that they operate and entertain as a team in order to succeed.

By participating, promoting, or attending The Improv Cup every year, you ensure that every cent of every ticket sold goes directly to The Painted Turtle camp, a wonderful place that provides a summer camp experience for seriously ill children. Attendance to the camp is absolutely free to the campers and their families.

The Ninth Annual Improv Cup takes place November 9th and 10th, 2018. Sign up below or get your tickets here!.


Event Information

Players enter the Improv Cup as an individual or a pair. All the players in the Improv Cup are randomly assigned onto teams of four during the Improv Cup team lottery two weeks before the event, and then the teams receive their schedules for Day 1. After the lottery, the teams are free to get together to begin practicing and strategizing for the event.

Day 1

Day 1 starts at 7 PM Friday, November 9th.

During Day 1, each team will get a chance to perform in front of a panel of judges. Eight teams will move on to Day 2. The judges will score each team, and the top 6 teams will move on. The seventh team will be chosen by the audience by donation bins for the Painted Turtle. The judges will pick the top four players on non-advancing teams to form a new wildcard team, which will move on to Day 2 as the eighth team.

Day 2

Day 2 starts at 7 PM Saturday, November 10th.

The teams will be seeded into a bracket on Day 2 based on their scores from the judges on Day 1. Two teams will perform head-to-head and one team will be eliminated, and the other will move on, with the audience voting for who moves on. The tournament bracket will be posted at the theatre and here, and it will be updated as each match finishes and the votes are counted. The last team standing is the winner of The Improv Cup!

Get your tickets to the Cup here. Tickets come in two forms: one night passes for $15 that get you into a single night of the Cup, or a $25 "All-Cup" pass that gets you into both nights.


Register for The Improv Cup below! You can sign up alone or with a partner. As a reminder, the Improv Cup takes place on November 9th and 10th.

Early registration for The Improv Cup ends on October 21st. Register before midnight on the 21st for only $20, after which the price will go up to $25!

Note: During registration, you can indicate whether you would prefer an early or late slot on Day 1. We will do our best to honor this request but not all requests can be fulfilled. Day 2, all teams must be able to play starting at 7 PM due to the nature of the bracket-style tournament.

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