Since 2001, Acts from across North America have traveled to North Carolina to workshop and showcase the art of comedy. NCCAF welcomes professional and college acts, improvisers, sketch writers and standup comics. It has become widely recognized as one of the largest independent comedy events in the country.
7:30PM • Wynn Theater • $20, No fees online.
Actual Garbarge People is fast-paced improv from Boston performed by a group of genuinely nightmarish people who love each other almost as much as everyone else seems to hate them.
The Josh & Tamra Show are pioneers of puppet improv comedy. For the past 17 years, Josh Cohen, Tamra Malaga, and a cast of amazing Muppet style puppets create a feature length montage of scenes. This show may contain adult situations and language.
(Eric + Holly): Veteran improvisers Holly Laurent and Eric Hunicutt have performed together for a decade and a half as members of the acclaimed improv ensemble the Reckoning – which began as a team at iO Chicago and continues to play together weekly at the iO WEST Theater in Los Angeles. Over the years, Holly and Eric have performed, taught, and written as a duo, including improv shows and their scripted show Sitting at the Grown Up Table. The chemistry, mutual admiration and trust they’ve built over hundreds of performances really shines through in their two person work as they continue to push each other past their comfort zones, surprise themselves… and get weird together.
8PM • West End Theater • $10, No fees online.
Chapel Hill Players: UNC’s premier improv and sketch group. CHiPs is just here to be funny.
Amuse Bouche: Improv Comedy is UVA’s only exclusively long form improv comedy group. Founded in 2007 by 5 talented UVA students, including SNL’s Sasheer Zamata, Amuse Bouche strives to bring innovative and hilarious improv to every performance.
Mock Turtle Soup is Clemson University’s Best and Only Improv Comedy Troupe! We perform both long and short form improv 5 times per semester in Clemson’s Lee Hall, as well as festivals around the country.
The OverReactors: We’re an improv troupe from the University of South Carolina! We have open practices twice a week to expose newcomers to the joys of improv and also hold show auditions about once a month for our monthly shows.
LTT!: Come join Georgia Tech’s Let’s Try This! for a glimpse into a secret letter that reveals a much grander world!
THE BOYS: SUSAN MESSING & RACHAEL MASON + RAINSTICK + BLACK OPS
9PM • Wynn Theater • $20, No fees online.
The Boys: Susan Messing & Rachael Mason: The Boys. We make it worse. Join Susan Messing and Rachael Mason for an evening of unfettered improvised dumb.
Rainstick is what you get when you cross if The Simpsons with professional wrestling and Zen Buddhism. We’re funny, tough, and deep. Also, one penny will help us out.
Black Ops: Kit FitzSimons and Brandon Holmes are transformative improv. Literally.
NEW & IMPROV’D + SUSPICIOUS OF WHISTLERS + NOUN + TOAST + THE WHETHERMEN
10PM • West End Theater • $10, No fees online.
New & Improv’d is JMU’s only comedic improvisation troupe; therefore, the funniest and best looking.
NouN: We are Noun, Appalachian State’s worst and only Improv troupe. Started on a hot Autumn day in 1999, our group performs longform improv throughout the High Country and greater North Carolina area. Our alumni have gone on to preform with the Second City, Improv Shakespeare, and appear on shows like MTV’s wildin’ out.
Toast: Come out and see USC’s very own Toast Improv! Laugh and cry along to some good ole-fashioned long form improv.
The Whethermen: The oldest performing improv comedy group at the University of Virginia. They do both short and long form improv comedy.