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Mixer Team
Katy Schutte: “Parent/Teacher Night”
11:00-16:30 Main Hall

a person standing in front of a buildingKaty Schutte is one of the UK’s original long form improvisers. She performs and teaches all over the world, is Head Teacher and Course Designer for Hoopla (the UK’s largest improv school), Co-Founder/Director at The Improv Place and has been one of The Maydays since their founding year in 2004 with stints as Director and Artistic Director. She is half of legendary sci-fi improv duo Project2 and author of The Improviser’s Way: A Longform Workbook, which is published by Nick Hern Books. Katy trained at Second City and iO Chicago and with teachers from the Annoyance, UCB, Groundlings, The Magnet and lots of other places.

Katy’s original format that does just what it says on the tin. A simple structure with lots of character work and cause and effect. A fairly non-narrative show that can be played fast and funny or slow and realistic. 


Mixer Team
Premise Scene Masterclass with Alex Holland
13:00 – 16:00 STUDENT HOTEL

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So, you’ve found a funny idea from a monologue, but now how do you make that premise as playable as possible, as simple as possible, and as fun as possible? How do you make sure to honour playfulness and change when you’ve already got an idea for a game? Can you pull a funny idea for a scene just from looking at a wall? All these questions and more may be answered in this workshop.

Level: Advanced
Participants: 12


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Susan Harrison: ‘Once Upon a Time: An Improvised Narrative’
11:00 – 16:30 Upstairs Theater

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Ella Galt is an Australian actress and improviser who has been studying, performing and teaching theatre for over 15 years. She earned a B.A. in Theatre Studies at Monash University, Melbourne and her performance experience ranges from improvised and musical theatre to voice, theatre in education and dance.

In this format, we will explore how the content of each scene can inform its physical presentation and work with levels and body positioning, distance, stage craft and alternative performance
spaces to build scenes that are vibrant, multi-dimensional and expressive. Go beyond space work to unlock the beautiful work of art inside your scene.


A Comedy Conversation with Brendan Hunt
18:00 Main Hall

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Brendan Hunt, along with fellow Boom alums Jason Sudeikis and Joe Kelly, created Ted Lasso, one of the best shows on television in 2020 and the first true hit on AppleTV+.  Season two premieres during the festival on July 23 and season three has already been commissioned. The three hatched the idea for the character (and taught Jason about football) during their stint in Boom Chicago in 2000.

From 1998 to 2008, Brendan was one of Boom Chicago’s most recognizable and intense actor-writer-improvisers. In addition, he starred in Boom’s satirical news program Comedy Central News (CCN). In addition to starring in many of Boom Chicago’s main Edinburgh Fringe shows, Brendan also co-wrote and co-starred in a pair of two-man shows: Iconic Yanks with Seth Meyers and Here Comes the Neighborhood with Jordan Peele.

Brendan appeared as an occasional performer on Key & Peele and was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on the Key & Peele Super Bowl Special. He also appeared in We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses 2 as well as in the video game Fallout 4.


Improvising in Style
19:30 Upstairs Theater

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Copenhagen’s finest and The Free Association of London tackle the styles of James Bond and current events in this hysterical pairing. 

Featuring: Spoonraker (DK) and The Nearly News Show (UK)


Mixer Team Showcase
19:45 Main Hall


24 funny improvisers from around the world rehearsed with three top coaches to make three killer teams, each with an innovative improv form.  Watch all three teams play one big show of unique comedy for one night only.

Really Good Stand-Up
21:30 Upstairs Theater

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Five exciting standups from four great world class cities… and Newcastle upon Tyne. Look out for Tristan Barber’s hysterical and interactive, TED-inspired stand up form. Andrew Bulkeley, the funniest disorganized dad, starts things off!

Host: Trista Mrema 

Featuring: Andrew Bulkeley, ‘TEDnology’, Helen Wildy and Ger Staunton


The Musical Armando Improv Show
22:00 Main Hall


Seven top improvisers and Boom Chicago’s musical director together create a musical comedy masterpiece from one audience suggestion. This top group of festival guests and Boom superstars will never perform together again. A true main event!

Featuring: Stacey Smith, Shantira Jackson, Matt Castellvi, Katy Schutte, Sue Harrison, Ella Galt and Derek Miller. Special Guest Heather Anne Campbell will be the guest monologist.


De Speld Newsquiz (in Dutch)

23:59-01:00 Upstairs Theater


Which celebrity is officially NOT a virologist? What was the name of the documentary about Britney Spears that Ivo Niehe starred in? You’ll get the answer to these and many more questions in De Speld News Quiz. After several editions we held online with thousands of participants, this is your unique chance to experience De Speld Nieuwsquiz live. Host Michiel Eijsbouts and Roel Maalderink will take you on a midnight journey filled with wonder and roaring laughter.