ITS Comedy Festival 2021

Improv • Sketch • Standup • Musical

For seven years running, Improv Theatre Sydney has been putting on shows and teaching all the sillies. We’re celebrating surviving ANOTHER shitty year with four nights of shows at Improv Theatre Sydney!

WEDNESDAY
SLOT 1 (7pm): ITS Grad Shows* from Level 3 classes
SLOT 2 (8.10pm): ITS Grad Shows* from Level 3 & 5 classes
SLOT 3 (9.15pm): ITS Smackdown Grand Final

THURSDAY
SLOT 1 (7pm): ITS Grad Shows* from Level 6
SLOT 2 (8.10pm): OG ITS house team Chef’s Kiss, science-inspired scenes in Lines Of Best Fit, + sketch from Scary Strangers
SLOT 3 (9.15pm): JunkITS + character improv with Wine Mums & Frat Boys

FRIDAY
SLOT 1 (7pm): ITS House Teams Flight Mode, Slugboat & Tetronimo + Marketing Makeover special presentation
SLOT 2 (8.10pm): The Pigeon Problem improv, ITS faculty perform a Monoscene + stand up from John Glover & Woke Bloke
SLOT 3 (9.15pm): Hard Bench improv + first ever graduate ITS troupe Post-ITS
SLOT 4 (10.15pm): improvised game show The Rat Cage

SATURDAY
SLOT 1 (7pm): ITS House Teams The Robert De Zeroes & Potato Fire +  sketches with The Amazing Cannonball Flower
SLOT 2 (8.10pm): Musical comedy in Me & Susan + ITS faculty perform an ITS Soap Opera
SLOT 3 (9.15pm): ITS Online Sketch Competition winners announced + stand up inspired improv in New Rope

*Looking for more ITS Grad Shows? Click here.

Dec 15 – 18th at Improv Theatre Sydney
Tickets $15 / $12 ITS students (pre-purchased online) OR $17.50 (door sales)

The Grad shows showcase ITS’s current students.

Tuesday, 14 Dec
• Level 4 classes taught by Bridie Connell & Edan Lacey
• Stand-up taught by Marcel Blanch de-Wilt
Tuesday tix here

Wednesday, 15 Dec
• Level 3 grad classes taught by Eleanor Stankiewicz, Jeeves Verma & Harriet Gordon-Anderson
Level 5 grad class taught by Clare Cavanagh
tix below

Thursday, 16 Dec
• Level 6 Grad class taught by Cale Bain
tix below

The ITS House Teams are the cream of the crop to come out of ITS classes, ensembles that have been curated and rehearsed with ITS faculty coaching. The ITS House Teams are managed by Josh Magee.

Flight Mode
coach Edan Lacey
with David Conrad, Emma Leonard, Jacqui Duncan, Rodney Todd, Shane Porter, Simon Arthur, Tat Garwood
Slugboat are performing at 7pm, Friday 17 December. tix below

Slugboat
coach Kate Coates
with Adam Seeney, Alexandra Smith, Bilquis Ghani, Charlotte Grimmer, Chris Burke, Jurgen Shmechel, Tom North & Tresa Ponor
Slugboat are performing at 7pm, Friday 17 December. tix below

Tetronimo
coach Bridie Connell
with Alex Reynolds, Ben O’Brien, Brendan Byrnes, Maddie Bee, Levi Meltzer, Liam McMahon, Ru Halwala & Steph Ryan
Tetronimo are performing at 7pm, Friday 17 December. tix below

The Robert De Zeros
coach Hayden Wright
with Allana Duncan, Leo Xia, Mark Lymbers, Steve Charlton, Sydney Pead, Tim Dunk
The RdZs are performing 8pm, Saturday 18 December. tix below

Potato Fire
coach Jeeves Verma
with Isabella Hinkel, Jeremy Yao, Karsten Hojberg, Maddie Dockrill & Max Seppelt
Potato Fire are performing 8pm, Saturday 18 December. tix below

A classic improv format done by the ITS ensemble, directed by Clare Cavanagh, ITS Monoscene is one location, one time. Starring Alex Lee, Cale Bain, Clare Cavanagh, Jeeves Verma, Orya Golgowsky, Patrick Lenton, Will Erimya & Susie Youssef.

ITS Monoscene is performing in the 8:10pm set, Friday, 17 December. Tix below.

ITS Smackdown is improv teams against improv teams. Teams competed for the chance to appear in tonight’s grand final over heats in November and tonight someone will be declared grand champion as declared by the audience. Hosted by last year’s winners, Wine Mums Jan & Marie (Maddie Parker & Jen Mackie).

This years grand finalists are:
ASMR – Alex Reynolds, Steph Ryan, Maddy Bee & Ru Halwala
Mug & Mayhem – Hayden Wright & Shane Porter
Underqualified – Jordana Wegman, Lara Newman, Tyler Dias & Georgie Daniels

The Smackdown Grand Finals are on Wednesday night at 9:15pm. Tix below.

A crowd favourite, ITS Soap has always taken cues from the small screen’s most beloved but over the top soapies to deliver plot twists, elaborate back stories and shocking confessions. This year, is no exception, as the ITS Faculty and Special Guests pay tribute to the made-for-streaming small town festive melodrama. It’s The Bold and the Beautiful meets A Christmas Prince meets Hallmark but with Murder!

Starring Anna Renzenbrink, Laura Hart, Eleanor Stankiewicz, Marcel Blanch de-Wilt, Jeeves Verma, Clare Cavanagh plus special guests Alex Lee (The Feed) and Amanda Buckley (Impro Melboune, The Project Sideshow). Directed by Anna Renzenbrink with Edan Lacey on tech and voice.

ITS Soap is the penultimate show in the festival on Saturday night in the 8:10 slot, 18 December. Tix below.

The Amazing Cannonball Flower are 3 artists performing a mix of sketches with a lot of comedy and a lot of heart. Aarti Vincent – The Delhi Theatre Addict; Kru Harale – The Mumbai Drama Queen; James G Warren – The Hobart Golden Boy, come together in the to perform surreal, satirical and heart-warming sketches. Come find out what two Indian girls and a white guy bring to the world of comedy.

TACF are performing in the 7pm slot on Saturday, 18 December. Tix below

ITS House Team Chef's KissIt’s been 60 years since the cast of Chef’s Kiss have seen each other. You’re about to witness their reunion. LIVE. ON. STAGE. The best part? None of the cast know about it!
(So please don’t make this public for media purposes or anything, ok? We want them to be really, really surprised.)
Dirt will be dug up, ancient feuds will be sparked and old love will be rekindled. Think the Friends reunion, but less plastic surgery and… funnier. Catch Improv Theatre Sydney’s OG House Team in the flesh in this very spesh show!

Chef’s Kiss is Alex Selby, Bella Scott, Chelsea Zeller, Jasmin Galper, Luke Heywood, Michelle Robin, Patrick Lenton, Sam Kluge.

They’ll be playing in the 8:10 set on Thursday, 16 December. Tix below.

ITS Comedy Festival Hardbench House PartyEveryone’s invited around to our place for an improv house party. We’ll explore ideas and scenes from those deep and meaningful party conversations you have at 2am around a table in someone’s backyard.

Starring Orya Golgowsky, Marcel Blanch de-Wilt, Hayden Wright, Eleanor Stankiewicz, Alexandra Smith, Josh Magee, Lauren Hayward and Shane Porter.

Hardbench are performing in the 9:15pm set on Friday night. Tix below.

With warm yet cheeky style, John Glover’s standup comedy is inviting and relatable as he weaves silly tales about family, dating and childhood. Get ready for some queer and offbeat laughs with this Gen Y philosopher.

John’s performing in the 8:10pm set on Friday night. Tix below.

It’s every celebrity’s idea of hell. Trapped in a hotel room with a constant parade of entertainment reporters lobbing boring and bizarre questions at you for hours on end. While it probably won’t do much to promote your crappy project, it might just lead to a great viral video of your meltdown! JunkITS celebrates a curio of the pop culture machine: the Hollywood press junket. Only this time the stars, the “art” and the gossip columnists are all made up for your gawking pleasure.

Starring Levi Meltzer, Anna Rezenbrink, Allana Duncan, Josh Magee, Hayden Wright, Alex Reynolds & Max Seppelt.

JunkITS! are performing in the 9:15pm set on Thursday night. Tix below.

Liam McMahon and guitar for ITS Comedy FestivalInside the mind of Liam McMahon. Stand up comedy. Stories and a tune.

Liam’s performing before ITS Soap in the 8:10pm set on Saturday night. Tix below.

Presenting Lines of Best Fit: Hear about exciting new science in a talk from our expert scientist, inspiring never-to-be-seen-again comedy by the improvisers. Featuring [scientist name] from [institution] as our guest scientist.

Starring Maddie Houlbrook-Walk, Theo Murray, Olivia McRae & Jeromaia Detto with special guest scientist Dr Taylor Szyszka.

Lines of Best Fit are performing in the 8:10pm set on Thursday night. Tix below.

ITS is back from lockdown, and you know what that means: time for a rebrand. ITS have hired Gladys Berejiklian’s estranged daughter (and marketing expert) Sharon to pitch her vision of a cooler, funnier, and totally-not-corrupt ITS.

Starring Max Seppelt.

The Marketing Makeover will take place between House Team sets on Friday, in the 7pm set. Tix below.

Milsey is a woke bloke, played by Billie Miles.

Milsey is in the 8:10pm set on Friday night. Tix below.

Rosie Piper and Jen Mackie host stand-ups doing new gear. A cast of improvisers jam on their sets.

New Rope is the closing show of the ITS Comedy Festival at 9:15 on Saturday night. Tix below.

Post-Its, Sydney’s premier, stationery-themed improv troupe! They’re also ITS’s first ever grad class!

Post-ITS are Bec Melrose, Debbie Zukerman, Stephen Meagher, Paul Coulter, Joanna Olivera, Raphael Stephens.

They’re performing in the 9:15pm set on Friday night. Tix below.

WELCOME TO THE RAT CAGE an absurd comedy game show hosted by Amelia Navascues and Bea Barbeau-Scurla, which runs off no points and only laughs! Bea and Amelia invite some of Sydney’s best comedians ((TBC) shh it’s a secret (no it’s not, it’s Jacinta Gregory & John Glover)) for a night of unearthing old social media posts that might get them cancelled, confessional personal stories and tantalizing revenge fantasies.

Rat Cage are performing the late night set from 10:20pm on Friday night! Tix below.

Scary Strangers offers a whacky, weird and wonderful look in to the realm of sketch comedy. Take a peek in to the minds of comedians Ru Halwala and Tom Stevenson, if you’re game, as they deep-dive in to the concept of “if this is true, what else is true”?

Ru & Tom are performing in the 8:10 set on Thursday night. Tix below.

The Pigeon Problem is here to solve all your problems! From losing your mouthguard to achieving world peace, there is no problem too big or too small. Also it’s an improv show.

Starring Lauren Donikian, Sophie Long, Andrew Smith, Fernando Polo Valarezo, Nishita Merchant

The Pigeon Problem is playing in the 8:10set on Friday night. Tix below.

Details Price Qty
Wednesday SLOT 1 & 2 Grad Shows - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Wednesday SLOT 1 & 2 Grad Shows - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Wednesday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Wednesday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 1 7pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 1 7pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 2 8.10pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 2 8.10pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 1 7pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 1 7pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 2 8.10pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 2 8.10pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 4 10.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 4 10.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 1 7pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 1 7pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 2 8.10pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 2 8.10pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  

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Details Price Qty
Wednesday SLOT 1 & 2 Grad Shows - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Wednesday SLOT 1 & 2 Grad Shows - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Wednesday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Wednesday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 1 7pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 1 7pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 2 8.10pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 2 8.10pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Thursday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 1 7pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 1 7pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 2 8.10pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 2 8.10pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 4 10.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Friday SLOT 4 10.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 1 7pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 1 7pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 2 8.10pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 2 8.10pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 3 9.15pm - General price $15.00 (AUD)  
Saturday SLOT 3 9.15pm - ITS student $12.00 (AUD)