Gus performs a variety of long-form improv formats, most notably, the swarm style. In December 2008, they debuted a new full-length improvised play format. In 2009, they again pushed the boundaries of improv by doing joint shows with The Collective modern dance troupe and Gilded Lily Burlesque. They continue to experiment with mind-bending new improv ideas whenever possible. They are easily excitable.
Plan B performs a mid-form style that combines short form's high level of audience input with the scene work associated with long form. They have also developed entire shows around single themes.
Population: 6 (Pop. 6) performs various long-form improv styles. They are currently exploring a duologue-based format dubbed 'Weird Ass' by the folks at Second City. This modified swarm, peppered with two-person interviews, is a platform for eccentric characters to find dynamic relationships with each other, and with their environment. A single word suggestion quickly turns into a story where anything and anywhere is possible, and the journey is as important as the destination.
Lekker will get all up in your grill with their many creative improv formats - including Improvised Facebook and People's Court. They most recently participated in BIG's 2012 production of Unscripted.
Evan the Loyal
ETL is a 2-person troupe that sometimes becomes a 3-person troupe. Prescott Gaylord, Mike Harris, and YOU. ETL might choose a willing audience member to play with them for part of their show. It could be you!
Training for Prom
Training for Prom is one year old, and like any infant glories in making a vile mess, fiercely expressing appetite, and then cooing softly until you just want to cradle it in your arms and take it home to mother. Training for Prom is an improv experiment, and they channel their energy to deliver instantaneous joy and pain, sunshine and rain, right into your damn lap. They are about long-form experimentation, like Keith Jarrett, George Washington, and Ken Kesey. They are about immediate gratification, like Bengal tigers, adolescents, and Ken Kesey.
Photobomb is a long-form troupe who experiments with different formats that keep them...and their characters...close together. Go to a wedding or take a road trip with them, and you'll see how much fun being trapped in close quarters can be.
Special Project Troupes
At Baltimore Improv Group, we love trying new things, so we frequently mix and match troupe members for special projects and shows. These troupes don't perform as often as our mainstage troupes above, but you can catch them at least once or twice (or more!) every year. Some of these special project troupes are:
Mister Licorice comes together mainly to perform at festivals. None of the members has ever been arrested. In this country, anyway.
Tigerhead brings puppets and improv together in the most unlikely ways..and we promise, you'll love it.
These are long-form improvisers who like to anonymously provide short-form occasionally...for your entertainment, of course.
Someone has to do the R & D for how to live one’s life. Someone has to get down to the nitty-gritty on all this existence stuff. And it doesn’t have to be Jason & Alex, but guess what? It is. Regret will spelunk into the caverns of your soul, catch the blind albino fish in your underground river, bring it back up and fry it in a nice butter sauce with lemon and capers. Bring them your heartbreak, and watch them spin it into gold.h3>
The Bully Union: Local 128
These guys just love to Harold...and they will do it...whether anyone's watching or not. It's kind of an obsession for them.
These two are not the ones you want to turn your back on...they're a special kind of crazy. But they're lovable.