"...While Austin boasts so many improvisational comedy troupes you probably couldn't count them on 10 hands, it most likely can only boast one that was created because of an improvisation: Improv for Evil. "Most of us went through the Hideout school," says Marc Majcher (pronounced "may-chur"), one of IFE's founding members, "and after our graduation show, we went out to dinner with our instructor, Andy Crouch..."
"...Like runners who don't know when to quit, players from all corners of the Austin improv scene sign on to test their stamina in the marathon. This year's octet includes the Glamping Trip's John Ratliff; Improv for Evil's Eric Heiberg; Emma Holder of Big Beautiful Warlock and the Seven Eight Sevens; Halyn Erickson of Spirited and Rock: The Improvised Rock Opera; Jon Bolden of the Dukes of Bedside Manor; Minneapolis improviser and regular visitor to Austin Jill Bernard; and two gentlemen who ought to know better as they both "ran" the marathon two years ago: Roy Janik of Parallelogramophonograph and Marc Majcher of Improv for Evil...."
"...Eight committed players will be improvising right from happy hour Friday to the breakfast bell Sunday. That's 40 hours straight: no naps, no dinner breaks, no sitting out a spell – just solid improv for one and two-thirds days, with a different format every hour (Improvised Shakespeare! Soap Opera! After School Improv! Start Trekkin'!) and an assortment of guests (McNichol and May! ColdTowne! ComedySportz! Midnight Society!) dropping by to share in the madness undertaken by Parallelogramo-phonograph's Kareem Badr and Kaci Beeler, Junk's Andy Crouch and Troy Miller, Available Cupholders' Jeremy Lamb, Improvised Shakespeare's Curtis Luciani, Improv for Evil's Matt Pollock, and Topanga's Caitlin Sweet...."
"...If there's something strange in your neighborhood, calling a needy, dysfunctional, arrogant ghostbuster might not be your best solution. If you do, you might just be opening your home to Another Evil...."
"...One of the founding members, Jon Wiley, is not a drinker, and someone -- perhaps the evil Brently Heilbron -- took a notion to make sure that Jon got good and drunk before the festival. "I'd really only been drunk once before, back in high school," Wiley says..."
"...Members of Cop Shoot Cop and Birdthrower, Suicide-worshipping NY/NJ duo This Wilderness traffic in noir synthwave, while San Francisco ensemble Xambuca plies gothic electronics. Noisecore titans Total Abuse and industrial veteran Curse Mackey (Pigface, Evil Mothers) represent ATX, and Miami improv noisemeister Rat Bastard (aka Frank Falestra of To Live & Shave in L.A.) and more provide sonic turbulence..."
"...Improv for Evil: These six Austin improvisers may be evil, we wouldn't suggest otherwise; but they're also good and not really as scary as their website makes them seem. Right, guys? Right? Hey, owwwww..."
"...Hoover's Blanket: Sketch troupe featuring performers from Foolish Mortals, $10 Bourbon, Parallelogramophonograph, and Improv for Evil..."
"...The kind of improvisers who can make a group musical number or extended narrative play out as smoothly and effortlessly as a scripted, rehearsed performance leap into the void of a show like Prep School: The Musical with a deep background in the form – its principles, strategies, and rules – that helps them keep the story moving forward and its characters developing, even though they have no direction to follow. With the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival giving Austin more than 100 opportunities to witness experienced improvisers at work this week (see "Out of Bounds 2011," below), it seems an especially fitting time to look at an improv performance from the inside, to see how these daredevil artists manage to create, as improv historian Jeffrey Sweet says, "something wonderful right away."..."
"...I've been trying to bring people in from all the different troupes rather than keeping it too isolated, because I want as many different styles of play as possible. So we've got Kacey Samiee from Girls Girls Girls, Jason Vines from Improv for Evil, Audrey Sansom from Improv Shakespeare, Kaci Beeler and Roy Janik from Parallelogramophonograph, a bunch of others..."
"...Improv for Evil. Scene-based improvised comedic piece inspired by audience suggestion...."
"...The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival has come and gone, leaving in its wake a scattered community of local performers only now beginning to pay back their massive sleep debts. Seven nights of impromptu antics can take a toll on the most robust of humans, so we won't be surprised to see the Austin Improv Collective's Andy Crouch lurching zombielike across the cityscape or Kaci Beeler of Parallelogramophonograph crashed on a street-side bench, Available Cupholders' Ace Manning mumbling incoherently in an alleyway or Jason Vines of Improv for Evil in nothing but a frock coat, tied halfway up a lamppost..."
"...This improvisational show stages a view into the lives (in-game and IRL) of players of a World of Warcraft-like massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Conceived by Bryan Roberts, directed by him and Michael Joplin, and performed by that talented pair and a cadre of improvisers from local troupes – Available Cupholders, Improv for Evil, Look Cookie, et al..."
"...Improv for Evil (Austin)..."
"...(Improv for Evil) A fully improvised Seventies cop show. Detective John Cochise is a loose cannon scouring the streets of Metro City looking for trouble, and he won't stop until justice is served..."
"...Improv for Evil. Improv troupe creates a fully improvised 22-minute story...."
"...Improv for Evil (Austin)..."
"...The first half of the bill was a raucous one-man rock concert bythe ferociously energetic Gilligan Stump. Gilligan is a big, sweaty bald guy who thrashes a mean guitar and snarls out hysterical, raving lyrics about the evils of television and the trials and tribulations of father/son relationships..."
"...The success of the film relies heavily on the chemistry between the actors and a witty script riddled with ironies, written by director Fidell (her first comedy after two Austin-set dramas, A Teacher and 6 Years) and Carson Mell (Another Evil) – though it was revealed during a post-screening Q&A at the Austin Film Festival that the movie was about 70% scripted and the rest was improv. Mantzoukas’ Richard is similar to The League’s Rafi without the jokes centered around feces, and he’s generally less lewd..."