Improv in Portland

Improv comedy, like all good and true things, is thriving in Portland, Oregon. Here is a semi-exhaustive collection of where you can see and/or get-all-up-in-that and/or learn improvisational comedy in our town.

THEATERS/VENUES

Curious Comedy Theater
The mission of Curious Comedy Theater is to improve the lives of kids, adults, and seniors through the art of comedy. We intend to achieve our mission through:

Quality Comedy Programming – strive for the best, most consistent programs possible.
Fostering Community – build strong, supportive, healthy relationships within the theater, in the comedy community, as well as in the greater Portland community and beyond.
Unique and Courageous Approach – take risks and push boundaries in all aspects of our work and in the growth and development of our organization.

Exciting Items of Note:
Home to the Curious Comedy Players
Cagematch improv with ‘Friday Night Fights’
Improvised musicals with ‘Pipes’
The best improv “open mic” in town: ‘Open Court’

Brody Theater
The Brody’s double focus–on entertainment and experiment–marks it as a showcase for both audience-pleasing performances and cutting edge theatrical presentation.

Exciting Items of Note:
Home to the Brody Theater Ensemble
Incredible range of shows such as ‘Script Tease’ and ‘Odd Couples’
Standup/Improv mashup with ‘7 on 7’
The best All Pro Veteran Improv Jam known as ‘Diabolical Experiments’

CSz Portland
Home of ComedySportz, our flagship show – fast-paced, hilarious and clean improv comedy. Now in our 25th Season, with over 1260 straight weeks of performances, we are Portland’s longest running show.

We haven’t missed a weekend since May of 1993. Really.

Exciting Items of Note:
ComedySportz performers are paid employee professionals
Incubator to After Hours shows such as ShakesProv, Mystery Science Tribute, Score!, Russell 2 Russell and many more
Part of CSz Worldwide, with performers and teachers in 26 cities
25th Anniversary in 2018

Kickstand Comedy Space
Kickstand Comedy is a performer run comedy space located on the second floor of the Siren Theater. Kickstand’s mission is to supply the Portland comedy scene with a performer run space and scene hub to experiment, collaborate, perform, and practice. Kickstand Comedy is a hate-free all-ages venue with beverage and concessions.

+ Performer run comedy space
+ Humor incubator for all forms of comedy
+ Performance space, Community Hub, and Comedy Gym
+ Portland’s Weekday Indie Comedy Mecca

Exciting Items of Note:
Home to the amazing indie improv showcase, ‘The Velodrome’
Kick out your improv jams at the ‘MixTape JAM’

The Siren Theater
Portland’s sassiest ‘n’ brassiest theater dedicated to only the finest comedy productions. Shelley McLendon has created a space that now serves as the headquarters for smart and innovative comedy of all stripes, especially comedy of the improv variety. Go there now, so you can say you were there then.

Exciting Items of Note:
Home to Portland improv superstars, ‘The Liberators’
The monster of all improv shows, ‘Leviathan’

The Ape
The Ape is a comedy-based theater & training ground committed to creating new work that ignites, engages, and entertains. We offer classes and workshops in long form improv, sketch comedy, writing, performance, and collaboration. The Ape’s training is deeply rooted in the belief that solid acting is the key to great comedic performances. We believe that by passionately pursuing the craft of improvisation with heart, intelligence, empathy, fun and mischief excellent theater will result. BEWARE! Comedy may be addictive.

Exciting Items of Note:
We are an underground theater. Literally. We are in the basement of The Alberta Abbey
Non Virtual Reality. Analog Entertainment
Study with working professionals! We have over 20 years experience working in New York City and Los Angeles TV, Film,Theater and Comedy
Alumni: Upright Citizens Brigade NYC & LA, The Magnet, The P.I.T., The Groundlings
If you bring you Mom, that’s on you.

Deep End Theater
The Deep End Theater is committed to exploring the theatrical road less traveled, with a focus on daring improvisational theater, devised and immersive theater. We are skilled actors, improvisers, teachers and comedians, actively broadening the horizons of traditional theater with new works, a unique perspective and deep passion. We aim to go deeper, play harder, reach further, and we invite you to join us.

Exciting Items of Note:
Home to the Deep End Theater Ensemble & Deep End House Teams
Improv classes offered, using the “Sound Improv” (™) Technique developed by Domeka Parker
Home to “From Afar”, an improv jam featuring guests from far-off places, in the US and internationally
Proud to be a women-run business

RECURRING SHOWS

MONDAYS
Three Buck Yucks (the brody theater)

TUESDAYS
The Velodrome (kickstand)
MixTape JAM (kickstand)
House Team Night (the ape)

THURSDAYS
Open Court (curious comedy)
Thursday Night Throwdown (curious comedy)
Odd Couples (brody theater)
Indie Night (the ape)

FRIDAYS
Friday Night Fights (curious comedy)
Curious Comedy Showdown (curious comedy)
Hive Five (brody theater)
ComedySportz (CSz)

SATURDAYS
Curious Comedy Showdown (curious comedy)
Saturday Night Summit (curious comedy)
ComedySportz (CSz)

SUNDAYS
Sunday School (curious comedy)
Diabolical Experiments (the brody theater)
ComedySportz Minor League (CSz)

MONTHLY-ISH
Peachy Chicken’s First Friday Improvisational (peachy chicken)
Leviathan (siren theater)
The Invite (CSz portland)
The Bring It! (deep end theater)

 

LEARN THAT IMPROV!

Curious Comedy Training Center
The Brody Theater School
CSz Portland
The Liberators Training Center
Kickstand Comedy Space
The Ape
Deep End Theater