What is Longform Improvisation?

It’s what we do! “Longform Improvisation” is mostly teams of players doing approximately 25-minute sets of scenes based off of one suggestion from the audience. Oftentimes it looks like a montage of interrelated scenes. “Shortform Improvisation” is the kind of improv you see on Whose Line Is It Anyway. Sometimes we love to do it, but it’s not our main focus. If you want to know more, a Google search of either term will send you down a rabbit hole of nerdom that may be worthwhile or may be a total waste of time.

How much are shows?

Show prices vary but most are under $10.

How do I get tickets? Can I get them online?

Advanced tickets can be purchased online through each individual show page. Tickets can also be purchased at the theater on show nights when doors open at 7 PM.

Will you pick on me or single me out in your shows?

No. We may ask for audience suggestions, but that’s about it. You will never be forced to do something if you don’t volunteer, and we won’t single you out. We think that’s annoying.

Can I bring my kids?

We leave that up to your discretion. Our shows should be considered Rated-R for potential language and adult situations. Realistically, 17 is probably the minimum age.

Do you serve food?

If you’re in St. Louis, you’re in luck! We have a full service kitchen at our St. Louis venue with an assortment of appetizers of sandwiches on our menu. If you’re in Kansas City, no dining options are available at this point in time, but we’ll still feed your hunger for comedy!

Is The Improv Shop accessible?

In St. Louis, yes. In Kansas City, not quite yet but hopefully soon.

Where can I park?

We have our own parking lot to the East of the building in St. Louis. In Kansas City, there is street parking and a Walgreens lot across the street.

How do I get to perform?

First, take the classes. Then either audition for a show or our Harold program. If you don’t like auditioning or want to do your own thing, form a team (after studying with us) with people you like performing with. Practice a lot. Then look for opportunities (i.e., Cagematch or The Bunker) to perform at The Improv Shop. There’s also other opportunities that spring up around town. Perhaps consider joining the Facebook group “Saint Louis Improv” to hear about stuff going on in the scene.

I have some experience with improv and want to skip Level 1. Can I?

Regardless of experience, we start all students off in Level 1. We feel that our training center has a specific thrust that is valuable to performers of all experience levels. We also place a heavy focus on ensemble, and giving it time to build throughout the training process is critical.

How much are classes?

For pricing, check out each of the individual levels on our “Classes” page for details.

Can I pay for classes via a payment plan?

To request a payment plan for classes, you can send an email to [email protected] with “Payment Plan” in the subject line. We cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored.

How old do you need to be to take a class?

If you’re under 18, we’ll want to get your parents or guardian’s permission. We’ve certainly had mature high schoolers in the program, but our classes are uncensored and focused around an adult experience.

Can I get a refund on my class registration?

We do not offer refunds on class registrations. However, we can hold your registration payment which you can apply to any future class session.

Can I book The Improv Shop’s St. Louis venue for a private show or workshop?

Maybe. It usually depends on theater availability. We absolutely love to try to do these kinds of events when they spring up. Just send us a message or email [email protected] to discuss the potential.

Do you do private shows or workshops NOT at The Improv Shop?

Yes. We love to! Just send us a message or email [email protected] to set it up.

I’m a current Improv Shop student, and I want to reserve practice space. How do I do that?

Email our general manager, Andy Sloey, at [email protected], and he should be able to help you. You can also check out our annex calendar to see current availability.

I’m interested in showcasing my art in your space. Where do I begin?

We’re always looking for new artists to collaborate with and showcase works. Click here to learn more and apply.

Boy! The photos on your website are great? Who took ’em?

Most performance shots were taken by Adam Shaw. Food, beverage and venue shots were done by Ed Aller. One or two images were snagged by Jared Rourke.