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Improv Bandits Big Birthday


Fri 14 Nov 2014, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Sat 15 Nov 2014, 8:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre Complex, 8 Alfred Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: The Improv Bandits

Covert Entertainment presents

The Improv Bandits, New Zealand’s top improvised comedy act celebrate their 17th birthday with two performances at the Maidment Theatre in November.

Starting off from humble beginnings at the SiLO Theatre in November 1997, through to auditioning for the US TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 1999, opening their own venue – the Covert Theatre in 2001, winning the 2002 world championship title in Chicago, the home of improvised comedy and being invited to perform at international festivals – it has been an amazing journey for this NZ comedy act.

Such is their talent, they have been asked to share the stage with comedy heavyweights such as Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Dan Castenella (Homer from The Simpsons) and George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) and have starred in the 2004, 2008 and 2009 NZ Comedy Gala.

The Improv Bandits are made up of seven of the best improv actors in the country headed by double world improv champion Wade Jackson. The Improv Bandits are Wade Jackson, Tony Gilbert, Geoff Simmons, Mark Scott, Tom Kane, Greg Ward and Matt Halliday. While not performing their razor sharp show that never repeats, they can be seen in the NZ acting scene in films, TV and other live theatre.

“We started off as the renegades of comedy, doing fresh, risky improv,” says founding member Wade Jackson, “and that’s really been our recipe for success. If you play it too safe, improv becomes boring at best and self-indulgent at worse. We still love to push the envelope and keep getting better.”

This can be seen by the number of people who travel to NZ to study with the troupe. The Improv Bandits are regarded internationally as pioneers in the art of improvisation and have people from as far as Finland, Holland, and the United States come to learn from them. The improv community in NZ is very small so to be recognised internationally is a massive compliment to the caliber of the troupe.

The Improv Bandits are one of the country’s one of most exciting comedy shows. Get along and see world-class improvised comedy where The Improv Bandits live up to their motto of “no scripts, no gimmicks, no safety net!”

For more information contact:
Name: Wade Jackson
Phone: 021 688 493

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