Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Out of Your Head
The Improv scene is facing a revival but not without growing pains. In the late 1990s, improv was booming. Around Austin, the venues and troupes were lively, cutting edge, and widely popular. Big Stinkin' Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival got bigger and stinkier by the year, bringing in top talent from stage, television, and film. But the beginning of the new century brought perilous times for the Austin Improv scene. In the past few years, the stars have aligned and sparked a renaissance in Austin improv. Most of the old troupes are dead and gone, but thanks to new faces and performances places the improv scene is experiencing a revival.