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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Einstein Simplified will be at the GIF!

we are very excited to announce that 

will be performing at the gatlinburg improv fest! 
details to come.

but for now, check out this fun deejay booth endowment game from their facebook page.

and hey, don't kids know their early 1950's christmas songs anymore?

(nice river horse work, fennell...)

Friday, December 16, 2011

a leg up

and so we begin the next leg of the gatlinburg improv fest...

the improv group application fee is now $35. please follow the links to the right under pages to apply.

thank you for all of your interest so far!

based on what i've seen so far, this is going to be a great festival of improvisation.

and not to worry, we still have room for you!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

tick tock tick tock...

for all you last minute improv groups, it won't officially be tomorrow until after i have my first cup of coffee in the morning. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

a quick rehash- a recipe for funny.

a quick rehash---

the gatlinburg improv festival is february 23-26, 2012.

chase padgett and his award-winning show "6 guitars" is our headliner at 8pm fri & sat, feb 24 & 25.

other improv performances will be scheduled thursday thru saturday nights.

performances will be at the 1890's music hall-style, sweet fanny adams theatre.

located in beautiful gatlinburg, tennessee.

the theatre has @160 seats.

ticket prices wil range from $8-$12.

we're looking for improvisors, groups, teachers, volunteers...

performers and teachers will be paid based on revenue sharing.

performing groups will earn 30% of their show's revenue.

teachers will earn 70% of their class revenue.

contact us at the contact info provided under contact info to the right, under where it says contact info. :)

improv groups can submit applications via the link under "pages" to the right.

importantly, the $20 app fee goes up to $35 after december 15th. that's in just a coupla days or so.

we will have info soon on a discounted room rate at the best western twin islands motel just behind the theatre.

gatlinburg is cool.

located here is the ober gatlinburg ski resort that you can ride an aerial tram to, which is within walking distance of the theatre.

and a hard rock cafe around the corner.

see what i mean?

gatlinburg rocks!

come play with us!

james newport, improv impresario

Monday, December 12, 2011

february is improvalicious!

hey, check out another improv fest in february! it's the orlando improv festival! feb. 6 & 7, 2012.

and also the north carolina comedy arts festival's improv week is feb. 14-19,  2012.


hey there, improvisors, seems like february might be a good time to plan that big little improv tour you've been thinking about...


...and there are less than 4 days left to get your early application in for the gatlinburg improv fest, feb 23-26. remember, the app fee goes up from $20 to $35 after december 15th! save that $15 for your secret ice cream binging! apply today!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

the crutch!

Hello improv blog followers. I am Laurence - the self designated 'crutch' of the Gatlinburg Improv Fest. By this I mean that all those attending and involved may lean on me at anytime for support and assistance. I would call myself Mr. James Newport's right-hand man, but apparently there is a wonderful woman currently filling that roll - so moving to the left - please feel free to contact me regarding logistics, hotel reservations, etc. call me at the theatre: 1-877-388-5784 or contact me by e-mail:
Can't wait to see you all at our charming little theatre in our charming little mountain town. It's going to be, well, charming!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

barky barky! woof woof!

"barky barky! woof woof!"

those are the sounds i imagine from this puppy who, in his excitement, has suddenly eaten a tiny little man with funny trousers.


ha! love it!

this image is my favorite refrigerator magnet and also my favorite piece of art by charles bragg.  you can check out his other wonderful art at (his parents were vaudeville performers by the way. maybe that's where he developed his keen comedic eye.)

now about this puppy... 

this picture has always been a favorite of mine. i think i've had this magnet for at least a couple of decades now. also, if you look closely, you may notice the tomato sauce stain near his tail. i'm pretty sure that, itself, is over eight years old, but i digress...

i love this magnet so much because of the wonderful absurd situation vs. those realistic puppy eyes. those are most definitely improvisor eyes. eyes that are saying to the unseen audience, "yes, yes, i just ate this little man. that is my initial offer. now, please 'yes, and...' me and create an appropriate history and story for us all to enjoy." i love the story of this drawing, whatever it may be, and i accept it all.

i've noticed working on the gatlinburg improv fest is having a similar effect on me. consistently, i've been struck by the perfect balance of some random absurdity that happens during the creative process followed by the great joy of imagining all the possibilities of what that absurdity now makes possible.

that's the power of "yes, and...", i suppose. or puppy eyes. one of those. either way, it's all very exciting! and whatever it may be, i accept it all!

oh, and remember, december 15th is the last day to send in your performer/teacher application form and application fee before the price goes up from $20 to $35! that's a whole $15 of your money you can save. heck, that's enough money for a pretty nice christmas gift for aunt clara. and you know how much she loves those weird scented candles...

so, get on that and let's make some more wonderfully absurd stories for gatlinburg improv fest 2012!!! barky barky! woof woof!

--james newport, improv impresario

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


it's been over a month since i've posted anything!


new post coming tomorrow!