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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

now with all the gif workshop info you need!

Gatlinburg Improv Fest 2014 Workshop Schedule

All workshops will be held on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at:

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

461 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Each workshop will be 90 minutes long and cost $15.

Times and descriptions:

9:00 am

Free Improv Class! - Come and play! Custom-built class for all who attend! It’s free!
All experience levels welcome.

James Newport, Sak Theatre & Comedy Lab
James has over 20 years of improv performing, directing, and teaching experience. Come on! It’ll be fun!


11:00 am

Get Connected and Succeed Through Failure - With 20 years of improvisation experience Paul Simmons of Einstein Simplified will show you how to find the connections to your scene partners and also how failure = success.  There are no wrong answers. $15

Dr. Paul Simmons, Einstein Simplified
Paul has been with Einstein Simplified since day one. His enthusiasm and drive has resulted in his being labeled the "Heart and Soul" of the troupe. Computer guru by day and comedian by night he has enjoyed being able to grow his comedy skills by teaching several courses in comedy and improv over the years. Quiet and reserved until he takes the stage or you get to know him, he is always ready to entertain and make others laugh.


1:00 pm

Improvising Truthfully: Through using his combined backgrounds in improvisation and the Meisner acting technique, Ian will show you how to get to the emotional core of the relationship between you and your scene partner right away. Learn how to stop “indicating”, start living truthfully onstage, and effortlessly discover the humor in the scene. Learn to become the decisive, fearless, and vulnerable improviser you’ve always wanted to be. $15

Ian Covell, Improv School of Atlanta’s Elliot Street
Ian is a student of the Sanford Meisner acting technique and has been performing improv comedy for 18 years, co-founder of the Orlando, FL based sketch and improv comedy troupe, THEM, former artistic director for Automatic Improv, worked at Relapse, Dad's Garage, SAK Comedy Lab, The Village Theatre, and is currently the voice of and evil baby in the animated series "Goodwin Vs. Badwin”.


3:00 pm

Matt’s Super Amazing Improv Class: Strong Start, Bangin' Finish
This workshop will cover the necessary elements of "hero myth" story structure.
Identifying a protagonist, torturing her/him, and finding satisfying resolution will all be illuminated. Find your archetype and set up the hero to win (or lose!), or perhaps you ARE the hero. Short-form made epic again! $15

Matt Stanton, Improv School of Atlanta’s Elliot Street
Matt is a veteran improviser who was one of the original founders of Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta in the late twentieth century. Just recently you can see him in that movie, news guy 2 or whatever it was called. His class will be amazing. He was also the 3rd place winner of the 1991 Winter Park High School play festival.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

gif 2014 show schedule updates!

hey all! we have some updates to our show schedule!!!

unfortunately, the reasonably priced babies are unable to attend this year, so we've moved some shows around on saturday.

also our scheduled thursday show has been canceled

no thursday show!!!

(but performers may attend an open workshop instead which will be held at the theater).

schedule changes are indicated by ***

thanks! and tell your friends!!! 

also workshop schedule should be up monday, march 3!!!

now, here's our new lineup,

tickets are $10 per show! we'll start taking calls for reservations starting tomorrow, thursday feb 27th at noon! just give us a call at 865-325-9712. that's the number we've hooked up our dixie cups and string to anyway. see ya soon!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

our interview with frank murphy on the comedy couch!

here we are talking with about gif 2014 on the classic hits 93.1 comedy couch.

moving right along...

things are moving along. six improv groups have already confirmed they are coming to perform for gatlinburg improv fest 2014. our show schedule should be available early next week. hmmm, this tortoise seems to be picking up speed....

Monday, February 17, 2014

gif 2014 show schedule and new info regarding 2014 performer/teacher payouts.

the 2014 gatlinburg improv fest show schedule will be

thursday march 6th at 8pm

friday march 7th at 8pm & 10pm

saturday march 8th at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm.

shows will be 90 minutes long and will cost $10 admission per person.

improv groups performing in gif shows will be able to watch shows for free provided that seats are available.

unfortunately, this year we will not be able to pay any improv groups to perform.
however, we will have two different workshop locations available on saturday march 8th to teach and earn some cash if you are interested. please contact james at or for more info. thanks!

discounted motel rates available now for march 6-9!

the best western twin islands and crossroads motels have blocked off five rooms each for us at discounted rates. prices and contact info are listed below!

Two of the theatre's neighboring motels have again kindly given Gatlinburg Improv Fest's attendees a great discount! The rates promised on March 6-9, 2014 are as follows:

located right behind sweet fanny adams theatre is the

  Twin Islands Motel -
$71.99 + tax/night
standard room, 2 queen beds

539 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Toll Free: 800.223.9299
Local: 865.436.5121
Fax: 865.436.6208
GPS: 35.713414, -83.511368

and located just across the street is the

Crossroads Motel -
$65.99 + tax/night
standard room, 2 queen beds

440 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Toll Free: 800.925.8889
Local: 865.436.5661
Fax: 865.430.9713
GPS: 35.716457, -83.51114

Mention the Gatlinburg Improv Fest to get the discount. Contact us or talk to Melinda at the Twin Islands hotel number if you have any problems getting this price.

Monday, February 3, 2014

mic check...

testing, testing, 1 2 3, testing... ahem, hey! helloooooooo! is it working? can you hear me? hellllooooooo??? what? ok, it's working. good.

guess what?

we're doing it again!

the gatlinburg improv fest 2014!!!

this will be our third consecutive year. and today is the first monday in a short list of mondays between now and fest dates coming up on march 6, 7, 8th, 2014. so, let's see what we can slap dash together. see ya soon!