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Vancouver Improv Fest celebrates 25 years

The Vancouver Improv Fest celebrates its 25th year with an all-star lineup that includes The Great Canadian Baking Show’s Ann Pornel.

There’s nothing more electric than a night of improv where everything just clicks. – Amy Shostak

In addition to her role as a host on The Great Canadian Baking Show on CBC, the award-winning Pornel is known for her appearances on Recipe For Disaster, Because News, The Baroness Von Sketch Show and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

The Festival lineup also includes Edmonton’s Gordie Lucius, the host of CBC Gem’s Frick I Love Nature, and several world-renowned troupes, including Toronto’s Hinprov, Canada’s first bilingual Bollywood-inspired improv ensemble, and Branded Silk, a company from New York City.

Lucius and Shannon Stott from Austin, Texas, will direct this year’s Festival Ensemble, which brings together some of the Festival’s brightest performers, most of whom have never worked together.

“The calibre of performers at the festival blows me away every year,” says Vancouver Improv Fest organizer Amy Shostak in a media release. “Our Festival is one of a few improv festivals remaining in Canada after the pandemic. We are working to maintain a creative space where artists can collaborate and further the art form of improvisation.”

The Festival will also include several in-person workshops, all taught by veteran improvisers performing at the Festival. Classes are geared towards improvisers of all levels of experience.

“There’s nothing more electric than a night of improv where everything just clicks,” says Shostak. “The audience knows that what they’re seeing is spontaneous and never to be seen again. And they are right there with the performers, discovering the scene moment to moment.”

The Vancouver Improv Festival runs from October 10 to 15, with performances at The Cultch in East Vancouver and the Tightrope Theatre on Main Street. Visit vancouverimprovfest.com for more information.

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