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Improv legends TJ and Dave headline second annual District Improv Festival, featuring top acts from D.C. and across the country

Called “the premier improv duo working today” by The New York Times, TJ and Dave will headline the second annual District Improv Festival, held September 24-28 at Source. The festival will also showcase 30 longform improv troupes from around the country, including ten of the top acts in the D.C. area. The festival is sponsored by The District Improv Company, in alliance with Washington Improv Theater.

TJ and Dave’s patient scenework and rich characters have made the duo the most highly regarded artists in their field. They will take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 27 and teach an improv workshop on Sept. 28. In their recent Times profile, Jason Zinoman wrote “In the most ephemeral art form, TJ and Dave creates characters rich enough that you can almost believe they have a past and a future.”

“A lot of people will recognize T.J. Jagodowski as the guy from the Sonic commercials, but in improv circles he’s a huge deal,” said Sabahat Chaudhary, District Improv Board Member. “Having TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi headline your improv festival is like getting Bruce Springsteen to headline your music festival.”

In addition to this headlining performance, the festival will feature some of the most exciting acts in longform improv. The festival will feature 30 jury-selected longform improv troupes from Baltimore, Chapel Hill, Connecticut, Austin, Philadelphia, New York, and D.C. This includes:

  • a return performance by Philadelphia’s The Amie & Kristen Show/The Kristen & Amie Show, who gave a crowd-favorite performance at the first District Improv Festival.

  • nationally known musical improv ensemble Broadway’s Next Hit Musical.

  • ukulele-wielding Austin duo Squirrel Buddies.

  • ten of the top improv acts from the District including Washington Improv Theater musical ensemble iMusical, Thunderball (featuring D.C. native Paul Laudiero, author of the prominent blog and the new book Sh*t Rough Drafts), and veteran D.C. duo ShawnMikael(s).

The District Improv Festival is the first national festival in Washington, D.C. dedicated to promoting longform improv. The festival is the byproduct of the robust longform improv scene emerging in Washington, D.C. Last year’s inaugural festival included acts from across North America. No less than five shows were performed to standing room-only crowds including a show featuring Magnet Theater (NYC) founder Armando Diaz, namesake of the famous Armando improv format.

“We were astounded by the success of the first festival,” said Dan Miller, District Improv Board Member and external relations director for Washington Improv Theater. “Our crowds roared with laughter. Not only did we shine a light on some of D.C.’s top talent, we welcomed great improvisers from all over the country to our city and helped establish the District as a top improv city.”

All-access festival passes can be purchased for $40 and tickets to individual shows can be purchased for $10-15. Tickets for TJ and Dave are sold separately. The line-up for the festival is:

  • Aeropuerto (Boston)

  • All-American (NYC)

  • Big Bang (Boston)

  • Bonecracker (Chapel Hill)

  • Broadway's Next Hit Musical (NYC)

  • Commonwealth (DC)

  • Dial M for Nasty (DC)

  • Evan the Loyal (Baltimore)

  • Family Haircut (NYC)

  • FOIA Love All-Stars (NYC)

  • From Justin to Kelly (NYC)

  • G.U.S. (NYC)

  • Gus (Baltimore)

  • iMusical (DC)

  • Jive Turkey (DC)

  • Junior Varsity (NYC)

  • King Bee (DC)

  • Lekker (Baltimore)

  • Outside Voices (Philadelphia)

  • People Like Us (DC)

  • Press Play (DC)

  • The Raving Jaynes (NYC)

  • SeaTea (Hartford, CT)

  • ShawnMikaels (DC)

  • Sistine Robot (DC)

  • Squirrel Buddies (Austin)

  • Swartzlander (NYC)

  • The Amie & Kristen Show/The Kristen & Amie Show (Philadelphia)

  • Thunderball (DC)

  • Wicked City (NYC)

 

Tickets:

 All-festival passes and individual tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/DIFest2014

 

Pictures

  • Visit this link to download pictures. iMusical and Press Play photos should be credited to Darian Glover. TJ and Dave and Wicked City should be listed as courtesy of those troupes.

 

Social media:

  • Facebook invitation: http://on.fb.me/1tKeaV3

  • Hashtag (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram): #DIFest (our handle: @districtimprov)

 

About District Improv

Founded in 2012, District Improv Company is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The organization’s mission is to support and grow Washington, D.C.'s longform improv scene and promote awareness of the District as a premier improv community. Spearheaded by Sabahat Chaudhary, District Improv’s board of directors is comprised of improvisers from different corners of the DC improv community. In addition to Chaudhary, District Improv’s board members are Matt Berman, Sean Paul Ellis, Jeff Hughes, Brianna Lux, Dan Miller, Amelia Vogel, and John Windmueller.