Each object can bring to life a curious story often a funny one. Every Friday and Saturday, our improvisers will share objects that they have found or ask you to share one of yours. Then, together we will craft an on the spot story that explores each object. Different scenes will intertwine in this incredibly entertaining narrative.

Found Objects was created by Randy Dixon, Unexpected Productions’ Artistic Director. Anything goes during this fun show, which features Unexpected Productions’ resident improvisers.

Friday and Saturday at 8:30

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Performing for over eight years, Improv Anonymous, Unexpected Productions’ resident narrative troupe, has presented classic and innovative improvisational formats. They now take off the safety net of carefully rehearsed structures and open it up to you. At each performance, the improvisers will interact with the audience, explore options, and together, you and the performers will choose the night’s format. Every show is a tight rope walk of improv. You’ve heard that no improv shows are ever the same, but it’s never been truer than in Wild Card.

Thursdays at 8:30

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Theatresports is Seattle’s best weekly, high-stakes, competitive improv comedy tournament. Based on audience suggestions, two teams of incredible improvisers rumble, creating exciting fast-paced improv games, stories, scenes, and songs right on the spot and in the moment.

Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30

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Improv Unplugged (formerly Improv Happy Hour) is a wildly unpredictable hour of classic improvisational games, techniques, songs, and stories created from the ideas tossed out by YOU…resulting in hilarious storytelling. It’s a family-friendly show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. It’s Improv Unplugged!

Fridays and Saturdays at 7

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23rd Seattle International Festival of Improvisation theme is maps, focusing on exploring the purpose and uses of maps. The festival examines maps and mapping, particularly in improvisation. Personal maps showing where we’ve been in our lives, careers, and of course improvisationally.

Maps do more than giving us potential direction, more than that they tell us where we are right now, this moment. Maps are not the territory, but rather a guide to a landscape. The landscape can be personal, mental, territorial, narrative, experiential. The map is at it’s most useful while on the journey and not at the point of departure or destination.

While on whatever path we are exploring, maps tell us where we are right now, and now, and now…

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The Duo Comedy Improv Showcase is Seattle’s ONLY improv open mic. Each show features multiple two-person teams doing what they do best: creating spontaneous scenes on the fly that are so hilarious, quick-witted and perfectly constructed, it’s hard to believe they are made up on the spot.

Wednesdays at 8:30

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Little House of Green Gables: An Improvised Coming of Age Tale. This fun improvised tale takes place at the turn of the 20th century in a small North American farming town. Using your suggestions, this group of creative, optimistic, intelligent, forward-thinking sisters (and friends) shake up their sleepy old community by finding their purpose and improving the town folk’s lives with their uncompromising spirit. Will they do what’s right rather than what’s expected while changing hearts and minds? You decide. This unscripted show is inspired by Anne of Green GablesLittle House on the PrairieMy Antonia, and Girl Waits with Gun.

Sundays 5/26 – 6/30, 8:30

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Our talented cast of improvisers are inspired to create stories from your true-life secret, personal, and funny stories. It’s The Moth meets Whose Line is it Anyway, only less formatted, more spontaneous and out of control fun! Come share an Inside Story

July 7 at 8:30
August 25 at 8:30
October 13 at 8:30

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The successful performance of THE HAROLD is the Holy Grail of any seasoned improv ensemble. It begins with a single audience suggestion. From that point on, anything can happen. It’s unpredictable. The improvisers are off and running, creating a humorous improv jam session, that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. The popular form of improv is simply called, the Harold, created by improv legend Del Close in the 1960s.

Thursdays, at 7:00

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Students of the Improvised Hip Hop class have spent 8-weeks working diligently to learn new improv skills. Students learned how to create fully improvised hip-hop songs. Applying the fundamentals of improv, coupled with freestyling, beatboxing and crowd techniques, students gain a deeper understanding of hip-hop, its roots and how to utilize these elements to amplify scene work and have even more fun on stage. Come lend your support and enjoy a fun, improvised show starring the next generation of improv geniuses. During the show, they flex their new improv muscles in a playful collage of games, monologues, scenes, songs and various formats seen in the UP Improv mainstage shows. Party with the cast after so you can say you knew them when…

Wed, June 19 at 7:00

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For well over a decade, Peter Greyy has been teaching a Beginning Stand-Up Comedy Class…and now, he is proud to present the Showtime! Class Graduation Show, for the latest session of his class, here at Unexpected Productions!

Students taking this class only have three classes to learn the basics of stand-up comedy writing and develop their own performance skills before they perform, many for the very first time ever, on the SHOWTIME! Class Graduation Show.

Tuesday, June 25 at 8:00

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Get ready for a night of laughter, action and intertwined improv scenes. You will decide the title of the show AFTER all of the improv scenes are played out. After Words explores our interactions after they happen. Each hilarious scene is independent of each other with no agenda. You, the audience, will then will define the meaning of each scene after seeing it and come up with a WORD to describe it. All the independent scenes will be combined to create the theme of each night.

The theme of the show and the title will only become clear for everyone in the theater…AFTER WORDS.

7:00 pm 6/21 & 6/22
8:30 pm 7/5 – 8/24

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