Join us as Lafayette’s improvisers unite for the ultimate spectacle in competitive improvised theater!
The Improv Rumble will pit teams of improvisers against one another in an all-out brawl. Everything’s made up, but YOUR VOTES REALLY COUNT. Who will go home the victor? The answer depends on YOU. Audience members will vote on their favorite performances to determine a team winner.
This show will feature over 30 improv comedy performers, all from South Louisiana. These include Lafayette groups Silverbacks Improv Theatre, Cult of the Stage Monkey, Weaning Process, The Plural Noun and members from The Family Dinner and LATco in Baton Rouge. Improvisers will form mixed teams and compete against each other for the audience’s vote.
This show will focus on short and high energy improv “games” not unlike the popular show “Whose Line is it Anyway.” The Improv Rumble is sure to be full of high energy, big laughs and friendly sportsmanship. See performers who don’t normally perform with each other outside of their element and having a blast.
In Level Three, improvisers use scene work to develop specific skills, such as ensemble, character, acting, and other advanced improv skills.
The knowledge and practice from Levels One and Two provide students the opportunity to work on these new and deeper concepts and gives the instructor the chance to provide detailed feedback.
LEVEL THREE culminates with a performer showcase (on Feb 9 at 11am) where family, friends and the public are invited.
Prerequisite: LEVEL TWO. Must be comfortable acting in a group and working with others in scene work.
Schedule: 5 sessions (once a week for 5 weeks) Saturdays | January 12 – February 9 | 10am-12pm Class length: 2 hours (10 hours total) Where: Cité des Arts (Dance Studio) 109 Vine Street, Lafayette, LA 70501 Class size: 6 students minimum; 10 students maximum
About the Instructor: Sarah Mikayla Brown has followed her obsessions with theatre and improv into the wacky life of a Talented Theatre teacher and performer. She is an ensemble member of Acting Up (in Acadiana) and artistic director of Silverbacks Improv Theatre. Brown is mildly “Cajun Famous” for her work with fellow theatre artist Lian Cheramie on projects such as “Cajun Face.” She is a graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the improvisation program at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.
On Friday, December 14th, at Club 337 (in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette), Silverbacks Improv Theatre will present their traditional “Holiday Show.” Each December, Silverbacks interpret their signature improvisations through the lens of a Holiday – a brand new, completely made up Holiday, that is! With the audience’s help, Silverbacks will create their very own annual celebration – think “Festivus for the Rest of Us” from Seinfeld.
For this show, each of the performers will be wearing a Holiday Sweater and invite the audience to do the same. ANY Holiday themed items are welcome – the audience is invited to wear their finest Christmas, Easter, Mardi Gras, or even Groundhog Day sweaters to add to the fun. Previously invented holidays were “Paper-Clip Appreciation Day” (2012), “Garden Gnome Day” (2013), “Leonardo DaVinci’s Mother’s Birthday” (2014), “Picasso-Palooza” (2015), “St. Lampshades Day” (2016), and “Structural Support Day” (2017). Now we need our audience to help us create a brand New Holiday and its many wonderful traditions.
Tickets are $10* at the door!
*($8 for Students, Teachers, and Seniors (60+). ID is required for discount)
Improv 2 – A Silverbacks Improv Class
Instructor: Elaine Kibodeaux
Dates: Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: The Omni Center, 227 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
Class size: 6 students minimum; 10 students maximum
Prerequisite: LEVEL ONE or previous stage or public speaking experience. Must be comfortable acting in a group and working with others in scene work.
Though the emphasis of the class is still on fun, LEVEL TWO includes some conceptual and technical information to help build your improvisational skills. LEVEL TWO introduces students to principles of teamwork, character building and other concepts that will help to build comfort in spontaneity.
Based on games learned in Level One, LEVEL TWO students get to enhance their performance skills through exploration of their own style of play.
About the Instructor: Elaine Kibodeaux has been acting for 21 years and improvising for 17. She is a founding member and assistant artistic director of Silverbacks Improv Theatre, a Cult of the Stage Monkey (UL-Lafayette) Alumna (’01-’08), Co-Director of Your Spooky Friends (an Improvised Horror Troupe), and has studied and performed improv in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Elaine began teaching Improv Fundamentals for Beginners in 2010 and has since added Improv Acting Techniques for Dancers and Movement for the Actor to her instruction repertoire. She is a belly dancer with Habibi Hips and Bal Amira, and is approaching her 12th anniversary at Oasis Bellydance Studio. She regularly uses her improv and acting experience to enhance her stage presence when dancing.
Silverbacks Improv Theatre‘s “Lafayette Famous” features a mix of improvisation and storytelling. In this format, a local celebrity prepares 3 true stories from their life. The improvisers create scenes based on themes from the stories, bringing performers and audience alike on a humorous journ
ey. This month, we are excited to welcome Rob Kirkpatrick to the Lafayette Famous stage!
Rob Kirkpatrick isn’t originally from Lafayette, but he likes to say he got here as quickly as he could. He hosts Acadiana’s Morning News weekday mornings on NewsTalk 96.5 KPEL. It may surprise you that someone who reports news doesn’t take himself too seriously. Rob says it takes a sense of humor to handle everything that comes across his desk in the KPEL newsroom every day. Rob first started in radio while studying at UL-Lafayette. His first TV job was working alongside the KATC’s “BIG THREE” Marcelle Fontenot, Jim Hummel and Rob Perillo. In 2010, he took his show on the road and set out for roles in national newsrooms at FOX in Dallas and CNN in Atlanta. He grew up in Mandeville, and made the best decision of his life turning down LSU for the Mass Communication program at UL-Lafayette. Rob’s smile is infectious at the Townsquare Media Studios in Lafayette, where he has proven himself to be a force both on-air and behind the scenes when working for clients. Rob Kirkpatrick is married to Sarah and has two daughters.
Join us for Lafayette Famous at The Omni Center on Friday, October 26th at 7:30pm! Tickets are $10 at the door ($8 with ID for Students, Teachers, and Seniors!)
This October, our featured performance troupes are
The Leather Apron Theatre Co.(LATCo.) is a non-profit comedy theatre collective from Baton Rouge. LATCo. specializes in long form improv comedy and prides itself on constantly pushing the envelope and experimenting with forms, promising for a unique and personal experience for every audience. This Friday, LATCo will present CAROUSEL: a completely improvised ensemble show consisting of character interviews, monologues, and scenes based off of an audience’s suggestion.
Tempo Tantrums Musical Improvare Lafayette’s first and only improv team dedicated solely to the art of short form & long form musical improv, made up of a cast of musical improv enthusiasts from the Lafayette and Baton Rouge improv communities.
Your Spooky Friendsare Lafayette’s all-new Improvised Horror Troupe, creating improvised horror shows in the style of classic serialized horror shows like The Outer Limits, Are You Afraid of the Dark, and the Twilight Zone.
Tickets are $10*
*($8 for Students, Teachers, and Seniors (60+). ID is required for discount)
Friday, September 28th, 7:30pm @ The Omni Center
$10* general admission *($8 with ID for Students, Teachers, and Seniors!)
On Friday, September 28th at 7:30pm, Silverbacks Improv Theatre will revisit its popular “90s Sitcom” format. The group will improvise a one-act play inspired by classic 90s television shows, such as Full House, Family Matters, Home Improvement and more.
You could call it: Step by Step Family Improvement Full of Ties in the Wonder Years when a Boy Meets World – “A 90s Sitcom” – Featuring MONIQUE (not that Monique).
Costumed in their best 90’s apparel, the performers will embrace the golden age of family sitcoms (or the lowest sitcoms of all time, depending on your perspective). Family hi-jinks, wacky neighbors, precocious kids, blended families, and coming of age – all are ripe for the picking at this one-time-only improvised event.
Join us on Friday, September 14th at 7:30pm at The Omni Center for SuperCollider: Acadiana’s Improv Showcase brought to you by Silverbacks Improv Theatre!
The September 14th SuperCollider will feature:
The Plural Noun – Miraculously emerging from improv classes, perhaps driven by their collaborative Gen X Millennial angst, The Plural Nountakes an innovative approach to traditional improv games and scene structures. In the words of one Noun, “we like to break things and tape them back together, like our combat boots.”
Rag Tag – Girls, Girls, Girls……. doing improv. Rag Tag is an all female improv troupe bringing you high energy free form improv. “They’re hysterical and actually funny” said one testosterone filled man. Rag Tag’s performances are as rare as a phoenix rising from the ashes in the sun, but when it happens it’s majestic. Fully dressed and still entertaining!
The Family Dinner (Baton Rouge) – Performing for 15 years, The Family Dinner out of Baton Rouge is known for their energy-loaded and physical improv. They excel at impossibly hard guessing games and musical games. They perform regularly at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge to full houses.