Ha-Ha Festival

By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

What: Omaha Improv Festival

When: Continues Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30

Where: Studio Gallery, 49th and Dodge streets, and Stiles Pub, 1204 Howard St., Old Market

Cost: Shows range from free to $10


Backline Improv Theatre – one of Omaha's hot young comedy generators – is holding an epic-sized comedy festival that continues Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30.

A whopping 34 improv teams from 10 states are in town for the Omaha Improv Festival, including improv teams from Los Angeles, New York City, Dallas and Denver.

One of the featured performers is Craig Cackowski (pictured above), one of the biggest stars of the improv community. Cackowski teaches improv at i.O. (formerly ImprovOlympic West), a renowned school in Los Angeles. You might have seen Cackowski as Officer Cackowski in the TV series Community.

Many of the sets take place at Backline’s home turf, the Studio Gallery, 49th and Dodge streets. Other Omaha Improv Festival events are going down Stiles Pub, 1204 Howard St., in the Old Market.

Here is the full schedule of shows for the festival.

Saturday, June 29

Studio Gallery
5 p.m.- (FREE) 'Art of Slow' WKSHP Class Show
6:15 p.m.- (FREE) Breakfast Jam
7 p.m.- ($5) Age Appropriate/ 88improv
8:15 p.m.- ($5) Comedy Xperiment/ Chantilly Mace
9:30 p.m.- ($10) Jimmy Carrane, Craig Cackowski, Rick Andrews
10:30 p.m.- ($5) Roulette/ After School Special/ The Sitcom

Stiles Pub
FREE All Night
7:30 p.m.- Memorial Improv/ Sibling Rivalry
8:30 p.m.- Shambles Improv/ 1 Deep
9:30 p.m.- Defense of Duffer's Drift/ ONE

Sunday, June 30

Studio Gallery
$5 All Night
6:00 p.m.- Legion of Doom/ Before & After/ Dylan +1 w/ Amber Ruffin
7 p.m.- 5 Guys/ Omaha Ladies ft Amber Ruffin, Cece Hedrick, Chel Wagoner, Elissa Ami, Rachel Ware, Sarah Kennedy, Tracie Mauk
8 p.m.- Interrogated ft Amber Ruffin, Dylan Rohde, Elissa Ami, Jack Comstock, Justin Johnson, Rachel Ware, Tracie Mauk
9:15 p.m.- Improv Jam

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