April 26 - 29, 2018

McPhetres Hall and

Hangar Ballroom

Juneau, Alaska



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AS IF IS COMING!!!

 

The 6th Annual Alaska State Improv Festival features 29 shows from all across North America!

 

This year's festival presents a wide range of totally unscripted shows, from a musical 1950s sitcom to historical reenactments to stories of the Klondike and so much more. AS IF also welcomes back several audience favorites from years past including B & B, Cogs & Goggles, Manacle, Scared Scriptless, Urban Yeti, and Virginia Slims.

 

All-session passes are available now for $60. Only 25 will be sold, and they are only sold here!

 

 

Single show tickets will be available in March.

 

THIS YEAR'S SCHEDULE:

 

Date 6:00pm McPhetres 8:15pm McPhetres 10:30pm Hangar Ballroom (21+)
Thursday Early Wlaker Cogs & Goggles  
April 26 Kangaroo Court So You Want a Job?  
  Merit Badge B & B  
Friday The Next Generation Gap Ma'am Bird & Friends - Cosmic Unity
April 27 Manacle Virginia Slims Scared Scriptless
  Storybox ¡ZARZAMORA! The Society
Saturday It's All About Amy I Am the Show Urban Yeti
April 28 Prudence & Purvis Fabarjet Book Club
  Gold Rush Tales The All-Girl Revue I Love Musicals
Sunday The AS IF! Open Green & Brown  
April 29 The Squirts But of Mind...  
  Tacklebox The All Girl-Revue  

 

Thursday / Sunday / Monday tickets are $13 advance / $15 door

Friday / Saturday tickets are $17 advance / $20 door

Schedules are subject to change based on performer availability


THE ARTISTS

 

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The All Girl Revue (Los Angeles, CA)

An all women improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles composed of professional film and television actresses, The All Girl Revue has been together for ten years.

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AS IF! Open (All Over!)

Any performer from the entire festival can jump in on the AS IF! Open.

Anything and everything can happen when all the performers have 20 minutes to share the stage!

 

 

 


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B & B (Portland, OR)

Betse Green and Bill Cernansky are longtime veterans of the Portland improv scene, but they've been married even longer--since 1989.

Playing as a duo, B&B focus on what they know best: relationships. Their signature format is the Revolver, in which the players tightly integrate stealing each other's characters after they have been established.

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Bird & Friends - Cosmic Unity (New York)

In "Bird and Friends - Cosmic Unity," anybody and any number at anytime from the audience can jump into Bird's improv set creating the ultimate cosmic unity of play. That means if YOU are currently reading this, YOU could jump into Bird's improvised universe. See the Show. BE the Show.

 

 



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Book Club (Seattle, WA)

Somewhere in the Nice Part of Town on a regular night, after their Barre classes and upscale juice crawls, a group of well-off mid-thirties adults gather for their once a month Book Club meeting. Tonight, though, only two women bothered to show up. With no self-awareness, an entire bottle of wine and an absolute lack of critical literary skills, these two must forge onward and hold their book club meeting anyway.

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But of Mind...

But of Mind... is an improvised show, performed in the style of vintage paranormal television shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

Directed by master artist, Michael Robinson, this hand-selected all-star cast will amaze you.

 


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Cogs & Goggles (Juneau, AK)

Alaska's first and only steampunk-inspired improvisational show, Cogs & Goggles takes after the style of vintage action adventure serials.

Join Dock, Deanna, and the Colonel as they travel across time and dimension seeking adventure, riches, and service to the Queen.

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Early Walker (Juneau, AK)

The self-described "Loco Old Ladies of Alaskan Improv" hit the stage with their whimsical, upbeat style.

Watch Sharon Early and Rhoda Walker perform a series of scenes that often wrap around each other and end up in the same place they began.

 


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Fabarjet (Austin, TX)

Fabarjet (Andreas Fabis and Jessica Arjet) perform genre-inspired long-form. Since 2012 they have been performing and directing together including shows based on classical Sci-Fi, 1930's Pulp, post-apocalyptic movies and fairy tales.

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Gold Rush Tales (Alaska & Canada)

"You have a Klondike? WE have a Klondike!"

Six years ago, an Alaskan and a British Columbian bonded over tales of a shared border and shared history. In Gold Rush Tales, festival producer Eric Caldwell and master artist Micharl Robinson bring the essence of these stories to life.

 

 


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Green & Brown (New York & Portland)

Betse Green & Mike Brown don't feel the need to explain their art. Rather, they relish the journey as opposed to the finished product.

But what's their journey, you ask? Well Ted, thanks for asking! Betse & Mike play fast, commit hard, and listen like a couple of children you wish hadn't heard that last curse word you muttered under your breath when you smashed your thumb with a hammer last Tuesday.

 

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I Am the Show (Chicago, IL)

This is a solo show unlike any you have previously seen. One man, and his scene partner is a movie.

A two-man show, with one human, and one machine. One visual, one audio. One responding, the other giving.

 


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I Love Musicals (Portland, OR)

B.A.B.E. Improv presents a musical version based loosely on those beloved 1950s black and white sitcoms.

Be wowed as this amazing quartet, composed of the members of B & B and Manacle, blow you away with both their comedic and musical chops!

 

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It's All About Amy (St. Augustine, FL)

It's All About Amy tells the unscripted story of Amy's life beginning with her childhood in Philadelphia. Audiences are left to figure out what's fact and what's fiction in this fictional interpretation of a non-fiction story!

 


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Kangaroo Court (Seattle, WA)

Growing up is hard when you're an outcast. You don't fit in and you can't wait to get out of your hometown. Or maybe you can wait, because nothing in life seems appealing. We got you.

Come watch this fully improvised tale of an outcast teen coming of age, right before your very eyes. The answer was inside us the whole time... probably.

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Ma'am (Austin, TX)

Ma'am is comprised of Courtney Hopkin and Alex Walker, regular performers at The Hideout Theatre in Austin, TX. Alex and Courtney's bond is strong and is evident in their strongly playful and physical style. This duo covers a wide range of emotional and actual ground over the course of a show and they invite the audience to try and keep up!

 


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Manacle (Portland, OR)

What's that thing that makes relationships weird? Wonderful? Beautiful? Horrific? Eric Nepom and Aden Kirschner don't know either, but these two certainly explore all of the different ways characters relate to each other through very committed character and scene work.  With over 50 years of combined experience, Manacle has that thing that makes you go "that!"

 

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Merit Badge (Chicago, IL)

Merit Badge is a duo from Chicago comprised of a Boy Scout and Girl Scout who got older but didn't grow up. From a suggestion of a merit badge that doesn't yet exist, they perform a lively collage of characters from all walks of life. .

 


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The Next Generation Gap (Seattle, WA)

The Next Generation Gap features Denny, a 20th Century dad, and his very 21st-Century 14-year-old son Carter, taking a biting and hilariously honest look at the differences between the pre-Internet generation and today's iKids.

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Prudence and Pervis: The Purdy Twins (Los Angeles, CA)

From Chickopee, Tennessee, twins, Prudence and Pervis Purdy, travel the world trying to find stardom with their vaudeville act, searching for a glimmer of happiness, but most of all trying to get a break from their overbearing momma. They use southern charm, naïveté and twin code to get away with murder, sometimes literally.

 


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Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Scared Scriptless is the longest running year-round improv company in Alaska, bringing the Ha Ha to the AK since 2000.

Armed with a vast array of comedy games, Scared Scriptless entertains at a wickedly fast pace and have been popular with audiences statewide.

 

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So You Want a Job (San Francisco, CA)

Donald Trump loved saying "You're fired" on The Apprentice. But now he's the President, he wants to bring the jobs back.

Welcome to the reality TV show that says, "You're hired!" where the audience chooses the job and which applicant gets it.

 

 


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The Society for the Improvement of Mankind in All Its Flaws and Wonders

The Society for the Improvement of Mankind in All Its Flaws and Wonders exists for one sole purpose - perfection.

Festival producer Eric Caldwell interviews an audience member, then works with an all-star cast to create that person's perfect show.

 

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The Squirts (Portland, OR)

Starting as a group of friends donning Hawaiian Shirts for a backyard BBQ fundraiser, The Squirts have evolved into one of Portland's can't miss teams. Slipping between aggressively silly or delving into real life personal issues, Squirts shows are extremely high energy, insanely meta, and are unlike anything you are likely to see.

 


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Storybox (Chicago & Alaska)

For the past decade, Jonathan Pitts, longtime producer of the Chicago Improv Festival, has brought storytelling techniques to the stage through Storybox.

One part improv, one part Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey", Pitts will intensively train an all-Alaskan cast in this vivid style before joining them for an entralling one-night only performance.

 

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Tacklebox (Los Angeles, CA)

Tacklebox, is a long form improv comedy duo “hooked” on Josh Tariff & BJ “Honkey” Lange. These improvisers lure you in with their shenanigans.

In this show 2 good friends share a personal story with each other that they've never heard before and then create scenes based on those stories.

 


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Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

Urban Yeti promises a unique and entertaining improv experience as performed by some of the state's greatest talents. Urban Yeti's shows are inspired by an array of randomly selected sources, and relies heavily on audience participation.

Urban Yeti has appeared at the Del Close Marathon (New York) and at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (Austin, TX)..

 

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Virginia Slims (Hollywood, CA)

Virginia Slims is Laura Eichhorn and Pepper Berry a two person long form improv comedy team that takes a single suggestion from the audience and uses it to perform a one act play at times playing multiple characters within the story.

 


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¡ZARZAMORA! (Austin, TX)

¡ZARZAMORA! specializes in episodic long form with an emphasis on some actual, but mostly fictionalized history.

We will take from the audience a suggestion of a common modern device (i.e. a clock radio) and an event in ancient history (i.e. the fall of Troy) and then, in episodic fashion connected with brief narration, display to the audience how the event led directly and inevitably to the invention of the device.

 

 

 


 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT AS IF!

 

"The long and the short of it is that attending ASIF is like summer camp for adults. You make new friends, you experience new highs, you get to see some of the best performers in the world at the height of their game, and you get to experience Juneau, Alaska in a way that you truly will never be able to experience outside of the festival. It’s magical. It’s personal. It’s beautiful. The Alaska State Improv Festival – the best festival I’ve ever attended! There, I said it." Mike Brown, Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza via The Improv Network

 

"I just returned from Second City at Centennial Hall; they were good, but I was totally spoiled by the talent from this past weekend. Already looking forward to next year." - Bill Diebels about AS IF 2015

 

"It’s like getting welcomed, ever so briefly into a little secret art community and have the chance to share your art and learn from theirs and then go home. I’m actually torn now because I would desperately love to submit a show to visit again next year, but I’d almost feel guilty of robbing some other performer a chance to experience such a thing." - Bill Binder, The Improv Network

 

"It's surprising how quickly a pair of ping pong balls can turn a hand into a face. Performers at the second Alaska State Improv Festival, a gathering focused on "unscripted theater" and hosted by local group Morally Improv-erished, wasted no time transforming those faces into characters with emotions. Fright. Frustration. Excitement. Curiosity." - Mary Catherine Martin, Capital City Weekly

 

"Watching improv has a gut-churning equivalence to watching a high-wire act at the Grand Canyon, or watching people jumping off cliffs in neon webbed mylar suits like psychedelic (and psychotic) flying squirrels. Improv is amazing." - Clint J. Farr, Juneau Empire

 

About the Festival

 

Throughout Alaska, improvisational theater has gradually gained a foothold amongst the throngs of traditional scripted theater companies. Our state has been visited by guest artists from many of North America's most respected improvisational theater companies. Alaskan performers are also appearing in festivals around the world and emigrating into Outside companies when leaving the state.

 

AS IF! - The Alaska State Improv Festival is a celebration of improvisational theater in its vast spectrum of forms, and an opportunity for Alaska's own actors to perform alongside, meet with, and learn from others outside our own circle. We look forward to seeing you at AS IF! in April 2018.

 

PAST FESTIVAL ROSTERS (click on links for video)

 

2017

2H Club (Houston, TX)

808 (Los Angeles, CA)

Brown Ronny (New York, NY)

Chocolate Renaissance Theater (Anchorage, AK)

Cogs & Goggles (Juneau, AK)

Fancy Pants Mashup (Worldwide!)

Gazpacho! Gazpacho! (Portland, OR)

Green Eggs & Cunningham (Portland, OR)

History Under the Influence (Austin, TX - no recorded footage)

Improv from All Over (Worldwide!) Team Jastroch / Team Miller / Team Yichao

Improvised Hip Hopera (Seattle, WA)

Jonestroch (Austin, TX)

Leegion (Edmonton, AB)

Liss n' Sams (San Francisco, CA)

Magical Lying Hour (Houston, TX)

Mr. Rogers After Dark (Seattle, WA - no recorded footage)

Mr. Snake (Seattle, WA)

North/South Hip Hop Throwdown Part 1 Part 2 (Seattle/Los Angeles/Anchorage)

Physics Curse (Austin, TX)

Pint of Life (Seattle, WA)

Rufio (Atlanta, GA)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK - no recorded footage)

Secret Bagel (Seattle, WA)

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

Virginia Slims (Hollywood, CA)

WilburWilburNealbur (Wakefield, RI)

Zach & Zeke (Sitka, AK)

 

2016

808 (Los Angeles, CA - no recorded footage)

Cogs & Goggles (Juneau, AK)

The Elements (Minneapolis, MN)

Human Propaganda (Seattle, WA)

I Am the Show (San Diego, CA)

The Illuminaughty (Seattle, WA)

Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza (New York, NY)

Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX)

Peachy Chicken (Portland, OR)

Pop Pop In the Attic (Juneau, AK)

The Right Now (San Francisco, CA)

Rollin' In Riches (Santa Monica, CA)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK - no recorded footage)

Seriously Obnoxious (Juneau, AK - no recorded footage)

Squirrel Buddies (Austin, TX)

Stag (Chicago, IL)

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

Wilbur Wilbur Nealbur (Wakefield, RI)

Winter Formal (Chicago, IL)

 

2015

1 Deep (New York, NY)

Franz and Dave (Austin, TX)

Gazpacho! Gazpacho! (Portland, OR)

The Gentleman's Falcon (Chicago, IL)

History Under the Influence (Austin, TX)

Iditaprov (Talkeetna, AK)

The Illuminaughty (Seattle, WA)

ImprovBoston All Stars (Boston, MA)

Joyride (Portland, OR)

Manacle (Juneau, AK)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK)

My Best Fiend (Austin, TX)

Pistil and Stamen (Chicago, IL)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Sid (Sitka, AK)

Tall Grande Venti (San Francisco, CA / Seattle, WA)

Urban Yeti (Anchorage, AK)

 

2014

Big Ol' Show (Atlanta, GA)

The Black Vault (Austin, TX)

Callin' All Mockeries (Juneau, AK)

Carskee (Seattle, WA)

Galapagos (Phoenix, AZ)

Indigo Shift (Austin, TX)

The LA Frontier (Los Angeles, CA)

Messing with a Friend (Chicago, IL)

Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza (New York, NY)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK)

Pawn Takes Queen (Cedar City, UT)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Strange Worlds (Austin, TX)

Underhanded Improv (Chicago, IL)

 

2013

Call of the Wild (Boston, MA)

Cat Pack (Seattle, WA)

Little Man (Chicago, IL)

Mike Brown's Solo Improv Extravaganza (New York, NY)

Morally Improv-erished (Juneau, AK - no recorded footage)

Not Safe for Improv (Juneau, AK)

Pinque Pony (Chicago, IL)

Ranger Danger and the Danger Ranger (Los Angeles, CA)

Rorschach Pattern 9 (Juneau, AK)

Scared Scriptless (Anchorage, AK)

Squirrel Buddies (Austin, TX)

Sybil (Chicago, IL)

 

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Our Town: Juneau, Alaska

Juneau maintains a small town feel, while featuring a vibrant artistic community, rich history, and world-class scenery.

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Our Improv: Since 2004

When a town of 30,000 hosts a festival like this, there has to be a story. Learn a little about our story and our improv.

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About Your Hosts

The AS IF! team is made up of people well versed in community theater with experience in hosting talent from outside Alaska.

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