The Improverts

The Improverts are a group of five students from the University of Edinburgh who bring hard-hitting, lightning-quick comedy to the stage. They are first-rate improvisers. You would be cheating yourself if you were to call them “mere University comedy.” They manage to put together a show that is not to be missed.

An enormously enjoyable and entertaining experience, packed with infectious laughs and extraordinary improv comedy.

This the perfect show if you looking for hilarity well into the night. During their set, The Improverts perform a series of hilarious short-form improv games, all of which are wicked fun, and which demonstrate incredible skill. These young improvisers have bright futures ahead of them.

The show is fantastically put together, with phenomenal production values (as a result of the obvious synergy on stage and skill of the stage-tech out of sight). Everything feels in sync. Communication and performance, light and sound – it is all perfectly on point. The players were remarkably quick and fluid up on stage, each of them often juggling multiple scenes and/or characters and impressions at once, jumping back and forth flawlessly. The audience was in stitches the whole time.

Speaking of the talented five young players on stage, the Improverts themselves, they have such skilled stage presence when working together that often it feels impossible that the whole performance is actually improvised. Furthermore, at peak moments – when the stage is full of wild action and excitement, all of the players throwing out jokes rapid-fire – it feels like there are at least ten people up on stage, not five. They each do the work of two or three people, and the effect is electric.

Forgive me if I’m repeating myself (because this is worth saying twice): The Improverts are more than just silly University fun, and their show is well above average. It is an enormously enjoyable and entertaining experience, packed with infectious laughs and extraordinary improv comedy. This is a show that is well worth seeing. You won’t want to miss The Improverts this Fringe. 

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Always different, always funny, Edinburgh's longest running improvised comedy troupe is back behind Bedlam Theatre's big red doors for yet another year of lightning fast wit, expert tech, and high energy performances. Each night, a dynamic combination of players take to the stage for another round of spontaneous short form sketches based entirely on audience suggestions, resulting in a unique show every time. 'A highly enjoyable and memorable night' (StudentNewspaper.org) and 'an energetic must-see for any and all who like to laugh' (FringeGuru.com). The Improverts is a show not to be missed.