Category Archives: Shows

Happy New Year, New Show

Hey, everyone! Here at Syracuse Improv Collective, we’d like to wish you an early happy new year. In order to have a great year, you have to start off on a happy, positive foot. So, why not start now?

We have a lot to offer. Not only are our classes returning in full force — be sure to check out the dates and sign up — we’ll promise our monthly shows every… err, month.

For instance: Coming up on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, our Bank Show returns to The Vault at 451 S. Warren St. At the moment, we have No Friends Just Benefits, Heavy Metal Heatwave and Satan’s Closet on the bill. We’re contemplating a couple more things, but you’ll have to wait to find out.

That’s all for now. Be sure to like our Facebook page, and we’ll keep you updated on upcoming events and special events.

January 2015: Bank Show, Classes

Come help us ring in the New Year, kick the new year off right with our monthly Bank Show and our upcoming Intro to Improv class.

As a resolve …

  • To keep you entertained
  • To keep you laughing (even though you may cry at one point … from laughing)
  • To help you step out of your comfort zone
  • To encourage and support you to try something new
  • To welcome you to the Syracuse Improv Collective family. The more the merrier.

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On January 2, 2015, we’ll be bringing back the Bank Shows for another year. It’s going to be an incredible year as well. Our classes are continuing, and the SIC is continually growing. We love that you love improv to be a solid part of the Central New York arts and entertainment scene.

The show will be at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall. The Show will begin at 8 PM, and the doors will open a half hour prior.

The cost? Still $5.

We can’t wait to see you there.

The lineup is as follows:

The Modells
[New Improv Team]

{Intermission}

Hazmat Love
Satan’s Closet

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On Saturday, January 10, our Intro to Improv class will be returning. We love new faces, new interested people willing to try something they never knew they would enjoy: performing improv.

Registration and info can be found on the classes page. (<— Follow that link.)

The cost is only $75 per person. It’s a perfect gift for yourself and someone you love, whether these people are a partner, a friend or family member.

During the six-week-long class you’ll be trained by one of our veteran and skilled improv performers. You’ll meet and interact with other members of the collective — people whose excitement will probably rub off on you. The improv community is growing, and we want you to be a part of it. We want you to enjoy this, we want you to perform regularly, and we’d like our family to grown.

A Little Spark Fundraiser

Our next monthly Bank Show is Friday, October 3, 2014. The proceeds from this show will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The show will take place in The Central New York Playhouse, which is located in Shoppingtown Mall. The show will start at 8 PM, and the doors will open a half hour in advance.

We love entertainment, comedy, fun, and drama as much as everyone else. We love to laugh, and we love to cry. Entertainment is about being affected. It’s about feeling passion toward performing and being an audience member.

Mental health is a sensitive topic across our nation and throughout the world. It’s something that has to be addressed and not brushed under the carpet.

It’s about raising awareness. It’s about being able to seek help when it’s needed. It’s about your being available and ready to help others — those close to you and even strangers. If it’s simply “being there” temporarily before those in need seek the treatment they need, your role is still important.

We lost many this year. We may have lost friends and family. We lost entertainers and role models we looked up to. Whether their depression led them to acting out violently, their resorting to drugs and overdosing, or ending their own lives — there are now holes.

There will be a $5 minimum donation, a suggested donation of $10, but there is no donation that is too large.

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August Antics

We have two shows coming up next month, our standard Bank Show and a nonSICuitur Thursday, and both nights are going to keep the promise of containing all new material. Please, be sure to reflect upon shows of the past and enjoy those memories and moments, but you’ll have more to enjoy.

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On Friday, August 8th, our monthly Bank Show is back!

The night is already packed-full of music, stand-up and improv for your enjoyment.

The Witching Hour returns with to play and boast their indie folk talent, kicking the evening off with great spirits and energy.

Our newest troupe, Hazmat Love, keeps their performance streak going. Doing what they are continually doing better and better, showcasing their long-form style through the constructed Harold.

The very funny Anna Phillips will standing up at the mic for a set. This well-known comedian in our area has such a charm when it comes to storytelling. Her personable style will definitely keep you laughing.

Two Fat Ladies from Rochester will be our improv guests of honor. These guys are big in the 585, but are very familiar to the 315.  Their long-form style improv is not to be missed.

Satan’s Closet graces the stage as the show’s improv headliner. Being one of the two original troupes of the SIC, the long-form troupe is made up of five seasoned improvisers geared to surprise you with improv like you’ve never expected.

And, as always, the very talented Frank and Meghan will be returning to show off their improvisational art skills. Their products will be auctioned off at the end of the show.

As always, the show takes place in the Central New York Playhouse, which is located next to the food court of Shoppingtown Mall. The show starts at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30 P.M.).  The show is $5.

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Come one, come all! Join us at our signature open mic night on Thursday, August 21. This is the night where we celebrate artistry and talent of all kinds: improv, music, stand up comedy, sketch, dance, poetry, spoken word, and more!

We guarantee a no-pressure, judgement-free atmosphere for everyone who wants to perform. Let us know ahead of time so we can put you on the schedule.

The show will be at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall.

The show starts at 8 PM, and the cost is only $3.

Please let us know in advance if you would like to participate.

The July Bank Show!

The Syracuse Improv Collective cordially invites you to their monthly Bank Show, which is taking place on July 11, 2014. The show will be taking place at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall.

The doors will open at 7:30 PM for this 8 PM show. Tickets will be $5 as always.

Trio Nouveau headlines, showing off their improvisation skills.

HAZMAT Love will be making another appearance, showcasing the Harold form with a simple suggestion from the audience.

Austin Lafond and Vince Louis will be standing up while making you laugh.

Malvinas will be providing the tunes.

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June Will Be Here Soon

After this month’s Bank Show bash — it really was a bash — and celebrating our very own Blum family’s departure to Wisconsin, the shows must go on. There will be a definite void, but the goodbye isn’t forever. Thank you to all who showed up. We appreciate your support and love.

Photo from Joe Blum:

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Those (most) of the SIC family to make an appearance that night.

 

In June, we will be featuring our monthly Bank Show, and we’re bringing back our open mic night, Non SICuitur Thursday. Both shows will be held at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall. Both shows will begin at 8 PM with a 7:30 PM door opening. The Bank Show cost is $5 and the Non SICuitur Thursday is only $3.

Both nights will feature music, comedy, and improv. We encourage all artists to participate in our open mic night. The space is not limited to just stand up, music, or improvisers; we welcome dancers, poets and spoken word artists, magicians, and other artists who want to show off their talents, gaining comfort performing in front of an audience. We guarantee a judgement-free atmosphere, and we won’t pressure you to participate if you don’t want to.

June Bank

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May Bank Show

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Even after a thrilling, fun-filled Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival, there is no rest for preparing for our next monthly bank show series.   As always, the show will be taking place at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall.  The doors will open at 7:30 PM, and the show will begin at 8 PM.  The cost is only $5.

The line-up is as follows:

Gentleman, To Bed! doing improv!
The Red Herrings will be doing improv as well!
SU’s Mouse House will be scurrying from the hill to perform MORE improv!
Dario Joseph doing stand up!
Greg Maslyn doing music!

 

 

REMINDER:

Our Harold Class is taking place from April 26 to June 7, 2014.  The cost is only $75.

Sign up here for this class and future classes.

Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival

Our annual Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival is April 3rd to the 5th, and all the shows will be held at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall.

How much of a deal will this be?

Thumbs UP Super Fun Time Variety Hour(s): $5
Friday Improv Night: $5
Saturday Improv Night: $5
Workshops: $10
Festival Pass: $10  (Yes, we know, we’re nuts)

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The three-night celebration will begin on Thursday, which will be held as our monthly Non SICuitur Thursdays. This will be designated as the Thumbs UP Super Fun Time Variety Hour(s).  The cost is $5 for this open mic set up and we’re accepting all performance artists, comics, magicians, musicians, poets, or sword eaters to perform.  This is the inaugural Thumbs UP Super Fun Time Variety Hour(s), and having participants of all kinds, especially sword eaters, would be awesome.

Click the link at the beginning of this post to sign up.

Friday and Saturday will be filled to the brim with drama and humor from improv troupes from all over the UPstate region:  Oswego, Ithaca, Rochester, Troy. and Manlius.

Oh, and Syracuse.

Workshops will be held Saturday morning for the low cost of $10, and all are welcome to attend.  Get your feet wet with improv.  We boast a fun, judgement-free zone, because we at the SIC want you to enjoy yourself and succeed.

For the full line up, please visit us at the festival’s website.

Remember:  The  three-night pass is only $10!!! Crazy deal!

 

 

Breaking the Bank: A Fundraiser Update

Wow, was our monthly Non SICuitur open mic night fun last night. A big thank you goes out to all in attendance, and to the students at The Big Picture School, all who came to get a feel of the wonderful Central New York Playhouse.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures. Hope to see you all again for our next non SICuitur show, Thursday, April 3.  This will be the opening ceremonies to our annual Thumbs Upstate Improv Festival.
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This is a reminder for our very special event going on the night of Friday, February 28th. The Syracuse Improv Collective and Lafayette Big Picture School are teaming up to support local and public education.

The Lafayette Big Picture School is a public school that encourages its students to follow their passions. Proceeds will be headed toward the school for supplies that will help with student projects.

Those performing include:

Satan’s Closet
Gentlemen, To Bed
The Nudes (music)
Stand up from Mitch Dadey & Zerbie Hynson
An improv performance by Big Picture School’s students

 

Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30).

Thank you for your continued support, and we cannot wait to see you there!

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Oh, and our classes start tomorrow! Welcome to the next round!

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Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising

February is fill of fun activities, so let’s get you informed!

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On Thursday, February 20th, we have our monthly nonSICuitur Thursday.

This is the night where the Syracuse Improv Collective cordially invites you to come perform and show off your talent in a judgment free zone. You’ll have the opportunity to perform and show what you are all about in front of a group of peers whether you sing and play an instrument, spout poetry, make us laugh with your stand-up comedy, and showcase your improv.  We will have an open jam at the end, so anyone is more than welcome to join in on improv, and it does not matter if you new or seasoned.

Our Thursday open mics are essentially a practice session when fine tuning your performance skills and to combat nervousness when it comes time to performing in front of larger audiences.

We want you to succeed and develop your abilities.

The night begins at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30).  The cost is only $3.

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We have a very special event going on for you on February 28th. The Syracuse Improv Collective and Lafayette Big Picture School are teaming up to support local and public education.

The Lafayette Big Picture School is a public school that encourages its students to follow their passions. Proceeds will be headed toward the school for supplies that will help with student projects.

Those performing include:

Satan’s Closet
Gentlemen, To Bed
The Nudes (music)
An improv performance by Big Picture School’s students

Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30).

Thank you for your continued support, and we cannot wait to see you there!

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(As a reminder… our next classes begin on February 22nd.)