91. Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival


Remember that one time I featured the Syracuse Improv Collective show? Because I do. My friends and I were talking about it for weeks afterwards; and that’s not even an exaggeration. We laugh thinking of how entertaining every act was, how we felt like we had casually stumbled upon a great treasure here in Syracuse that highlights an integral form of art with very talented comedians.

The Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival is designed to bring the comedy community together throughout Upstate New York, introduce people in the area to different forms of comedy and to be an all around great and hysterical time.

Teams from all over Upstate New York will come to take workshops and perform, from Oswego and Rochester, to Ithaca and local teams from Syracuse…like a personal favorite, Don’t Feed The Actors.

The 2013 Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival (Two Thumbs UP) begins with Standup comedy on Thursday evening, hosted by Anna Phillips. Friday will have long and short form comedy hosted by our friend Michael Heagerty (AKA ToTs) from one of our favorite local sites, NOexcuses. There will be workshops on Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening will have improv hosted by Rochester’s Anna Hall.

This entire event will take place from Thursday-Saturday at the CNY Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall, all tickets will be $5 or a festival pass can be purchased for $10.

I’m not kidding when I tell you that this is worth the $5. I had such a great time at the improv show I attended earlier this year, and would gladly go back to watch more performances. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, this is something you should take advantage of. I know I’m really looking forward to it!

Tip: Adult beverages can be purchased at the CNY Playhouse during all performances.

buy your pass early here!

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