In 1998 six guys from the improv group Mission IMPROVable at UMASS Amherst moved to Chicago, the Mecca of improv, to continue to learn and perform the art of improvisation.
In 2000 they began touring their short form comedy show and in 2001 they performed at NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) and hit it big! They began performing shows at colleges all across the country and eventually had to hire more guys and a van to travel in named "Vanarky." Then they hired a second generation of touring improvisers, then a third, a fourth and on and on and on….
In 2002 the first handful of M.i. guys came out to Los Angeles to develop a sketch pilot for MTV and were eventually beat out by Human Giant. However, they continued to be permanent fixtures on many of LA’s most popular comedy stages.
On April 1st, 2009 (yes, April Fools Day) Mission IMPROVable bought Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater. We embraced the standup community, started a training center and on September 2011 we opened our bar. Now serving over 30 plus beers with never a drink minimum!
Currently, Mission IMPROVable has over 50 members and performs over 350 shows a year from Hawaii to Singapore. M.i. Productions is also involved in projects for film, TV and created an alcohol awareness show “A Shot of Reality” for colleges and military bases across the country. We are also the official home of the Youtube sensation “Epic Rap Battles of History,” which was born out of the show Check One, Two at the theater.
In 2013 they also launched the Westcast Network, a comedy podcast network complete with in-house recording studio.
The owners of the theater still perform regularly every Thursday night at 10PM for free in The Grind; and you can see the home company of the show that started it all, Mission IMPROVable, every Friday and Saturday at 10PM.
The instructor was informative and engaging. He offered great resources and feedback.
Class space was freezing. It was uncomfortable to spend 4 hours there- even with a coat. Instructor was nice. Class was just okay.
Matt, the instructor, was encouraging and supportive during the screenwriting process. He gave awesome us notes that helped to shape our pilot.
Absolutely loved this class!
Zach is amazing and did great work even with a huge group.
Derek was an awesome coach. It was fun and I am looking forward to learning more about improv.
Really truly enjoyed the improv class I look forward to attending another soon! Carrie King
As a very shy person (who put off taking this class for years), I found it to be an incredibly valuable program. Each class I felr more and more comfortable! Really enjoyed showing up to each class!
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