Event Pick: The Baltimore Improv Festival begins

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Off-the-cuff comedy is an art, one that requires adaptability, a keen awareness of the audience and endless creativity from an improv performer. And Baltimore has no shortage of these impressive artists, many of whom host their own shows and teach workshops under the umbrella of the Baltimore Improv Group, or BIG for short.

This week, BIG has invited fellow improvisational specialists from around the country to join them for the 12th annual Baltimore Improv Festival, a seven-day event based out of the BIG Theater Station North with events also hosted at Joe Squared just up the street. The lineup includes performers from Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Chicago, to name just a few cities, along with numerous ensembles developed at BIG.

The festival kicks off tonight with performances from three Baltimore troupes: Nature’s Dirt, Old City and Fade to Black.

BIG generously made all of its shows free from May through this month, but given the legwork put into this festival, the ticket cost of $10 per show seems like a fair price. There are also passes available for multiple shows, including $25 for all of next Saturday, $40 for all of next weekend and $65 for the entire week.

7:30-9 p.m., BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles Street, (888) 745-8393, baltimoreimprovfestival.org.

Ethan McLeod
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