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Improv for Evil
'You're a loose cannon, Cochise!'
Arts Story  November 28, 2008, by Barry Pineo
"...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..."

The 43 Hour Improv Marathon
Comedy worth losing sleep over
Arts Story  June 1, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

The Hideout Improv Marathon
Eight players improvise for 40 hours straight to help save their artistic home
Arts Story  June 26, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

DVDanger: Another Evil
Carson D. Mell on crying exorcists, plus home release update
DAILY Screens  May 6, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Best Excuse for Missing a Gig: a True Story
Arts Story  April 15, 1999
"...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..."

OoBer Alles
A guide to the troupes in the 2007 Out of Bounds Improv Festival
Arts Story  August 31, 2007, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

OoBer Alles
A guide to the troupes of the 2006 Out of Bounds Improv Festival (aka OoB V)
Arts Story  August 25, 2006, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Hoover's Blanket: Sketch troupe featuring performers from Foolish Mortals, $10 Bourbon, Parallelogramophonograph, and Improv for Evil..."

Be Prepared
The secret to improv's split-second successes is in years of training
Arts Story  September 2, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...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."..."

First, Free Comic Book Day, and Then – Ka-Baam!!
Comic books and comedy improv go hand in hand, sometimes with repulsor rays
Arts Story  May 2, 2008, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Anything Goes
That free-for-all spirit is part of the kick of FronteraFest
Arts Story  January 11, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Improv for Evil. Scene-based improvised comedic piece inspired by audience suggestion...."

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival
In its eighth year, the annual Austin comedy festival did this city proud
Arts Story  September 11, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Guilds of Steel / Faster Than the Speed of Light
Improv offers a nerdgasm for fantasy fans, but the sci-fi musical's gears rarely mesh
Arts Review  June 12, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Out of Bounds: The Lineup
Arts Story  August 27, 2010
"...Improv for Evil (Austin)..."

Risk Immersion
Time again to sink deeply into FronteraFest's exhilarating experiments in performance
Arts Story  January 16, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...(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..."

FronteraFest 2007: The lowdown
Arts Story  January 12, 2007
"...Improv for Evil. Improv troupe creates a fully improvised 22-minute story...."

Out of Bounds: The lineup
Arts Story  August 31, 2007
"...Improv for Evil (Austin)..."

Skimming a Long
A roundup of the 2009 FronteraFest Long Fringe
Arts Story  January 30, 2009


Those Crazy Kids Will Do Anything ...
Arts Story  April 15, 1999
"...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..."

See. Hear. Speak.
The other performance festival in January lines up primo comedians
Arts Story  January 16, 2009, by Robert Faires


Rolling the Dice
Behind the scenes of The Adventure Zone with Griffin McElroy
DAILY Arts  October 12, 2017, by Rosalind Faires
"...While the podcast never lost the playful humor at its core, more and more all four McElroys made room for ruminations on more complex subjects: the nature of loss, what it means to live joyfully, the weight of responsibility. Since December 2014, Griffin has been guiding our three heroes toward one final confrontation with evil, and on August 17, 2017, the last chapter on their story closed..."

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