Breaking the Rule of Three: The San Francisco Improv Festival 2007

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The San Francisco Improv Festival returns for its fourth year with a full lineup of improvisational comedy including special celebrity guests Emo Phillips and MadTV's Ike Barinholtz. The festival also includes seven solid weeks of the best improvisational teachers from The Bay and Nationally.

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The San Francisco Improv Festival 2007 is back for its fourth year with incredible improvisation from some of the finest local, national and international comedy ensembles to The Bay Area.

This year is bigger and brighter! Including special guest performers including Ike Barinholtz from MadTV with Susan and Messing from Chicago's Annoyance and Let's Go to Prison (Messing with Ike) and Comedy legend Emo Phillips improvising with Chicago's prestigious Bassprov (Joe Bill and Mark Sutton from The Annoyance and The Second City Chicago).

This years SFIF also expands out it master class series to cover the entire seven weeks with professional classes in improv comedy from not only the most highly regarded national instructors, but this year local favorites.

Started in 2004 by Shaun Landry the first festival has hosted close to a hundred improvisational ensembles from every style: Shortform, Longform, Solo, Two Person, Improv Jams, Genre based improv, Musicals, Game Shows…you name it? SFIF has had it here in San Francisco. The Festival has been host to Premier ensembles from around the country and internationally including The Second City Los Angeles, The Annoyance Theater Chicago, BATS Improv, Dad's Garage Atlanta, I Eat Pandas New York, Slap Happy from Toronto Canada and many, many others.

This year the festival is showcasing more out of town ensembles as well as representation from the finest improv ensembles in the Bay Area. This year, the festival also ushers in the brand new theater space "The Improv Arena" in the heart of South of Market.

"One would assume I would have lost my mind at this point to put up another seven week festival" Laughs 41 year old Festival producer and local improviser Landry, " But I could not be more excited. Still. After four years, great ensembles and liver damage. I'm honored to have Emo (Phillips) and Ike (Barinholtz) to grace the SFIF stage. It should be one hell of a good seven weeks for Bay Area Audiences.

Highlights of this year festival includes appearances by Opening Weekend with Emo Phillips with Bassprov Chicago and San Francisco's favorite 3 For All; Messing with Ike (Ike Barinholtz from MadTV and Susan Messing) with Oui Be Negroes; Razowsky and Clifford returning with San Francisco Un-Scripted Theater, Imp from New York with SF's Revolving Madness, Improvising with Pride Weekend (as part of Gay Pride SF) and this year's producer pick: The Comedy Jesus Show.

The entire line-up of the San Francisco Improv Festival includes:

Opening Weekend June 14-16 8:00PM
Bassprov with Emo Phillips & 3 For All San Francisco    

June 21-23 8:00PM Gay Pride Weekend
Improv Cabaret (Orlando) Me Likey (Toronto) Julie Potter (SF)

June 28 - June 30 1 8:00PM
Messing with Ike (Chicago/LA) Oui Be Negroes (SF)    

July 5-7 8:00PM
Storytellers Unplugged (SF) Comedy Jesus Show (LA) Velvet Tom (LA)    

July 12-14 8:00PM
Revolving Madness (SF) Imp (New York)

July 19-21 8:00PM
Big Yellow Bus (Chicago) String Theory (Vancouver) 4 in 1 (SF)

Closing Weekend July 26-28 8:00PM
The Transactors (Chapel Hill NC) Un-Scripted Theater (SF) Razowsky & Clifford (SF)http://www.sfimprovfestival.com

Dates: June 14 - July 28
The Garage 975 Howard Street
All shows start at 8pm Doors Open at 7pm.
$20.00. $12.00 TBA/Seniors/Students/Improv Alliance Members. $10.00 Groups over 10.

For Reservations call (415) 863-1076, buy online at http://www.sfimprovfestival.com or http://www.brownpapertickets.com or through the TBA Tix Booth in Union Square

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