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48 Hour Improv Marathon

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“…sharp, focused, and riotously funny!”- The Austin Chronicle

*Winner of an Austin Critic’s Table Award*

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HourDayTimeGroup/ShowDescription
1Friday5PMTeen MixerThe Teens from the Hideout Summer Camp get the Marathon kickstarted right.
2Friday6PMAnd They're OffThe core cast gets to know one another in this anything-goes hour
3Friday7PMStart Trekkin'The Hideout's hit take on the original Star Trek Series. Set phasers to 'fun'.
4Friday8PMFancy PantsThe Fanciest Pantiest improv show in the Galaxy!
5Friday9PMThe Frank MillsThe legends return to speed us into the night.
6Friday10PMPGraphThis award-winning, internationally touring group blends humor, drama, and storytelling in unexpected ways.
7Friday11PMFuck This WeekA team of Austin's fastest, funniest comedians explore the week's weaknesses.
8Saturday12AMPhysics CurseLove Seekers - documentary style show (with two hosts) that features all different types of love.
9Saturday1AMRun the FoolsRUN THE FOOLS is Austin's hottest up-and-coming underground freestyle rap improv duo. Featuring the lyrical stylings of CREAMR and T-NASTY, they spit hot fire on the mic, everything off the dome.
10Saturday2AMThe BatImprov in the dark... AKA a cruel trick to play on the Marathoners
11Saturday3AMControl IssuesA really awesome show we were forced to change the name of. Formerly "Choose Your Own Adventure." The audience decides the fate of the story.
12Saturday4AMIntimate PortraitsScenes about something calm. Something personal. A chance to chill out.
13Saturday5AMHometowninterwoven stories of a small town, focusing on fast scene setups and grounded, lovable oddballs.
14Saturday6AMThe Dungeon CrawlThe Dungeon Master leads the marathoners on a high-thrills fantastical adventure.
15Saturday7AMI'll Take the Physical ChallengeImprov + Torture! Double Dare meets Dystopia! This game show pushes the limits of what improvisers can take, both mentally and physically.
16Saturday8AMSugar, Water, PurpleAustin's first and only all-black male award winning improv troupe. Made up of actors, writers, rappers, and stand-up comedians they perform a high-energy, longform show
17Saturday9AMROOKA modern musical improv troupe that uses a unique blend of synth and piano, drama and comedy, improvisation and theatrical training.
18Saturday10AMBuilding ConnectionsStudents from the Building Connections improv classes join the Marathoners. This program is what we're raising money for!
19Saturday11AMTBDYou'll find out!!?!
20Saturday12PMDubbed IndemnityFamous movie and TV clips have had their sound removed, and it's up to the cast to dub new dialogue. Challenging and hilarious. A Marathon Tradition!
21Saturday1PMMinority ReportMinority Report brings back their hit format, the 'Living Room Mono-pop', mixing real life with improv!
22Saturday2PMThe Knuckleball NowThe fastest, quickest-wits in town. Scenes, characters, puns and plot-twists speed by in a rollercoaster of laughs.
23Saturday3PMCharles Dickens Unleashed!The classic Hideout Mainstage returns: Improvised Tales of Victorian England in the style of Charles Dickens
24Saturday4PMOne Day DownThe last hour of the first day... and a brief respite for the core 8 to do whatever they want. This is when they need you the most. Come cheer them on.
25Saturday5PMGirls Girls GirlsAn improvised Broadway-style musical by the award-winning, long-running group.
26Saturday6PMThings You Love, The MusicalInspired by Pixar films and various musicals, this show will create a full-length improvised musical narrative based on a suggestion about what brings audience members joy, wonder, or delight.
27Saturday7PMThings You Love, The Musical, Hour 2Inspired by Pixar films and various musicals, this show will create a full-length improvised musical narrative based on a suggestion about what brings audience members joy, wonder, or delight.
28Saturday8PMSexy Future Space LadyInspired by the 1968 cult classic Barbarella, Sexy Future Space Lady is a hilarious, sensuous, and intergalactic live-action experience no Earthling will want to miss.
29Saturday9PMSexy Future Space Lady, Hour 2Inspired by the 1968 cult classic Barbarella, Sexy Future Space Lady is a hilarious, sensuous, and intergalactic live-action experience no Earthling will want to miss.
30Saturday10PMMaestro 2.1The Hideout's longest-running improv show. Elimination-style improv games and scenes!
31Saturday11PMMaestro 2.2The Hideout's longest-running improv show. Elimination-style improv games and scenes! Hour 2!
32Sunday12AMBatShyt Crazy PuppetsWhat's better than improv with puppets? Improv with puppets starring improvisers who haven't slept in 32 hours. A Marathon tradition!
33Sunday1AMTech NightmareThe tech booth rebels and controls the performers with random sounds, lighting cues, and music.
34Sunday2AMThe Black VaultImprovised Cosmic horror inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
35Sunday3AMGigglepantsThe boisterous group from The University of Texas (one of Austin's longest running groups) joins the fray and brings the games.
36Sunday4AMBad Is GoodOur worst fears about performance woven into gold through improv alchemy. Based on a show from Vancouver.
37Sunday5AMThe Secret Showwhat's this gonna be? WHO KNOWS? A Marathon Tradition
38Sunday6AMThe MatriarchyThe Matriarchy takes their fast paced and fun improv style to the Marathoners. Will they be able to keep up?
39Sunday7AMThe Amazon and the MilksopTheir Marathon shows are always a blast. This will be something crazy. And awesome. And crazy.
40Sunday8AMEcho LakeAll organic ridiculous rigmarole
41Sunday9AMMC HaroldImprovised Hip Hop Comedy from the hardest working troupe in showbiz.
42Sunday10AMThe Heiberg HutThis show will be whatever our guest, Eric Heiberg, wants to do with the hour.
43Sunday11AMEscandaloMelodrama knows no limits in this improvised tale of back-stabbing, drama and longing glances.
44Sunday12PMAustin SecretsThis show is about you. Your stories. Your fears. Your triumphs. Your failures. Your secrets.
45Sunday1PMWhat's the Story, Steve?What's the Story Steve features Austin's current canine comedy king, Steve Scott (a real dog!). All laughs, all the time.
46Sunday2PMPeter Pan and the Great UnknownBrand new (and improvised) tales of Peter Pan, Neverland, and all the people and creatures that live therein!
47Sunday3PMFakespeareAn improvised play in the style of William Shakespeare, and an insane feat for Marathoners near the finish line to complete.
48Sunday4PMFinal ShowThe victory lap of the 8 core Marathoners. They're free to do whatever they like... except sleep.

At 5:00pm on Friday June 22, 2018, eight brave and foolish improvisers will take the Hideout stage and stay there until 5pm on Sunday the 24th, performing 48 STRAIGHT HOURS of improvisational theatre and comedy without sleep or respite.

Each hour of the marathon will be a separate show, featuring classic and upcoming Hideout formats, one-off shows never to be seen again, and guest troupes and players from Austin’s ever-growing improv community.

Each hour of the marathon will cost $5 to watch. An all-access Marathon pass is available for $48, which, if you’re crazy brave enough to see all the shows, is a HUGE savings!

This year’s marathon improvisers will be Shannon Stott, Chuy Zarate, Alex Walker, Eric Heiberg, Tyler Groce, Courtney Hopkin, Patrick Creamer, and Linzy Beltran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s marathon will also be a fundraiser to raise money for The Hideout Youth ProgramOur goal this year is $7500. For the entire marathon, we’ll be collecting donations from people like you clicking the donate buttons when checking out or visiting our GoFundMe.

Click here to learn more about each of the Marathoners

Courtney has been performing in Austin for more than 20 years.

She works at the Hideout doing social media and publicity, teaches improv and is the director of Sexy Future Space Lady, the current mainstage

Linzy Beltran is a writer/improviser based out of Austin, Texas.

She performs regularly with her improv troupes SheSheSheShe, Say Uncle, Dixon, Minority Report, Latinauts (B. Iden Payne Winner, 2017) and Migas: Bilingual Impro.

Linzy won Funniest Performer at ColdTowne Theater in 2017 and hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since then.

In addition to improv comedy, Linzy hosts and produces Jazz Kween, a live jazz, comedy and storytelling event at Historic Scoot Inn and writes and directs for GLAM FAM, a sketch comedy duo where she is joined by her soulmate, Kim Tran.

Shannon Dale Stott was named the Funniest Short-form Improviser in Austin in 2017 awarded by the Gauntlet, a competition show held at ColdTowne Theater. Shannon has done improv for over 10 years.

As a teenager, Shannon and her family moved from Virginia to Nairobi, Kenya. “I picked up an improv book, and I read it on the plane to Nairobi,” says Stott. ‘This is my in. Wherever this plane is taking me, I’ll start an improv troupe when I get there.'”

Once she arrived in Nairobi, she summoned a group of 20 people from all over the world at her international school, and started doing improv. This was even before she had even seen an improv show. Since then, Shannon has performed and taught improv in across the country including L.A., D.C and and obviously TX.

She currently teaches at the Hideout Theatre, and performs in various troupes such as ‘Your Favorite Band’ and ‘TWINS’. She has performed in various shows in Austin such as ‘Theatresports’, ‘The Ladies Room’, ‘Immigrants, The Musical (Part One)’, and ‘Orphans’. The 48 hour Marathon is a challenge she has been looking forward to taking on.

Chuy Zarate is an actor/director from San Antonio TX that has been improvising for audiences for 27 years. Current and previous improv troupes include The Hideout Theatre’s house troupe The Big Bash, ¡Zarzamora!, The Known Wizards, ChuTopp, Your Dad’s Friends, Ray Prewitt’s 4th Grade Class, and Monk’s Night Out.

He also directed and performed with sketch troupes The Latino Comedy Project and The Mexcentrics.

Alex Walker started taking classes in 2014 in Atlanta at Dad’s Garage. She continued taking classes at the Hideout Theatre when she moved to Austin in 2015. Alex completed levels 2-7 at the Hideout and got her first taste of the stage in one of the Hideout’s Student Mainstages in 2015 – Home for the Holidays.

She then got to intern and do lights for other shows and kept taking classes at TiT and Merlin Works.

She has performed in Hideout mainstage in Physical Challenge, Peter Pan, Theatresports, Kindness of Strangers, Kids on Bikes, and Future Sexy Space Lady!. She’s currently in the duo ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Fuck This Week’ at the Fallout Theater

Eric Heiberg started his improv journey in earnest at the Hideout Theatre. In his level 2, he told Andy Crouch, “I really don’t like Improv, but I just want to find out what the secret is, and then quit.” That was in 2005.

He fell in love with the community, took classes, played shows, and met people that had more brilliance and talent in their pinky finger than he had (has) in his entire body.

In 2013 he fell in love with the greatest person on earth, and moved to Minnesota; where he also fell in love with the community, took classes, played shows, and met people that had more brilliance and talent in their pinky finger than he had (has) in his entire body.

He takes classes, often, and from literally anyone he can.

Also, 2 years ago, he found out the secret of improv. If you’ve got a spare 73 minutes, buy him a beer and ask him; he won’t shut up about it.

Tyler Groce is a improviser, stand up comedian, podcaster, and freestyle rapper.

He began improv classes in September 2015 at the Hideout Theatre. Since then he has been in a student mainstage and several mainstages at the hideout, mainstages at other theatres and has started three troupes: Run the Fools, The Millillionares, and An Evening With…. with Tyler and Chuy featuring Tosin.

He also has a podcast “Off the Dome: The Austin Freestyle Podcast” available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Patrick Creamer started taking improv classes at the Hideout Theatre in 2013, ostensibly to make his stand-up better.

He was won over by the communal nature of the Austin Improv Community, and has been doing it ever since.

He was an ensemble cast member of the following Hideout productions: “Camp Madeupponaspotta” (2014), “Golden” (2015), “Happily Ever After” (2015), “Boy, Howdy!” (2015), “Austin Secrets – Season 6” (2016), “I’ll Take the Physical Challenge!” (2016), “Theatresports” (2017), and “Sexy Future Space Lady” (2018).

He is one half of the improvisational rap duo, RUN THE FOOLS, and a member of Bric-a-Brac, one of the few short form troupes in town.

Click here to expand and view the COMPLETE, searchable schedule

HourDayTimeGroup/ShowDescription
1Friday5PMTeen MixerThe Teens from the Hideout Summer Camp get the Marathon kickstarted right.
2Friday6PMAnd They're OffThe core cast gets to know one another in this anything-goes hour
3Friday7PMStart Trekkin'The Hideout's hit take on the original Star Trek Series. Set phasers to 'fun'.
4Friday8PMFancy PantsThe Fanciest Pantiest improv show in the Galaxy!
5Friday9PMThe Frank MillsThe legends return to speed us into the night.
6Friday10PMPGraphThis award-winning, internationally touring group blends humor, drama, and storytelling in unexpected ways.
7Friday11PMFuck This WeekA team of Austin's fastest, funniest comedians explore the week's weaknesses.
8Saturday12AMPhysics CurseLove Seekers - documentary style show (with two hosts) that features all different types of love.
9Saturday1AMRun the FoolsRUN THE FOOLS is Austin's hottest up-and-coming underground freestyle rap improv duo. Featuring the lyrical stylings of CREAMR and T-NASTY, they spit hot fire on the mic, everything off the dome.
10Saturday2AMThe BatImprov in the dark... AKA a cruel trick to play on the Marathoners
11Saturday3AMControl IssuesA really awesome show we were forced to change the name of. Formerly "Choose Your Own Adventure." The audience decides the fate of the story.
12Saturday4AMIntimate PortraitsScenes about something calm. Something personal. A chance to chill out.
13Saturday5AMHometowninterwoven stories of a small town, focusing on fast scene setups and grounded, lovable oddballs.
14Saturday6AMThe Dungeon CrawlThe Dungeon Master leads the marathoners on a high-thrills fantastical adventure.
15Saturday7AMI'll Take the Physical ChallengeImprov + Torture! Double Dare meets Dystopia! This game show pushes the limits of what improvisers can take, both mentally and physically.
16Saturday8AMSugar, Water, PurpleAustin's first and only all-black male award winning improv troupe. Made up of actors, writers, rappers, and stand-up comedians they perform a high-energy, longform show
17Saturday9AMROOKA modern musical improv troupe that uses a unique blend of synth and piano, drama and comedy, improvisation and theatrical training.
18Saturday10AMBuilding ConnectionsStudents from the Building Connections improv classes join the Marathoners. This program is what we're raising money for!
19Saturday11AMTBDYou'll find out!!?!
20Saturday12PMDubbed IndemnityFamous movie and TV clips have had their sound removed, and it's up to the cast to dub new dialogue. Challenging and hilarious. A Marathon Tradition!
21Saturday1PMMinority ReportMinority Report brings back their hit format, the 'Living Room Mono-pop', mixing real life with improv!
22Saturday2PMThe Knuckleball NowThe fastest, quickest-wits in town. Scenes, characters, puns and plot-twists speed by in a rollercoaster of laughs.
23Saturday3PMCharles Dickens Unleashed!The classic Hideout Mainstage returns: Improvised Tales of Victorian England in the style of Charles Dickens
24Saturday4PMOne Day DownThe last hour of the first day... and a brief respite for the core 8 to do whatever they want. This is when they need you the most. Come cheer them on.
25Saturday5PMGirls Girls GirlsAn improvised Broadway-style musical by the award-winning, long-running group.
26Saturday6PMThings You Love, The MusicalInspired by Pixar films and various musicals, this show will create a full-length improvised musical narrative based on a suggestion about what brings audience members joy, wonder, or delight.
27Saturday7PMThings You Love, The Musical, Hour 2Inspired by Pixar films and various musicals, this show will create a full-length improvised musical narrative based on a suggestion about what brings audience members joy, wonder, or delight.
28Saturday8PMSexy Future Space LadyInspired by the 1968 cult classic Barbarella, Sexy Future Space Lady is a hilarious, sensuous, and intergalactic live-action experience no Earthling will want to miss.
29Saturday9PMSexy Future Space Lady, Hour 2Inspired by the 1968 cult classic Barbarella, Sexy Future Space Lady is a hilarious, sensuous, and intergalactic live-action experience no Earthling will want to miss.
30Saturday10PMMaestro 2.1The Hideout's longest-running improv show. Elimination-style improv games and scenes!
31Saturday11PMMaestro 2.2The Hideout's longest-running improv show. Elimination-style improv games and scenes! Hour 2!
32Sunday12AMBatShyt Crazy PuppetsWhat's better than improv with puppets? Improv with puppets starring improvisers who haven't slept in 32 hours. A Marathon tradition!
33Sunday1AMTech NightmareThe tech booth rebels and controls the performers with random sounds, lighting cues, and music.
34Sunday2AMThe Black VaultImprovised Cosmic horror inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
35Sunday3AMGigglepantsThe boisterous group from The University of Texas (one of Austin's longest running groups) joins the fray and brings the games.
36Sunday4AMBad Is GoodOur worst fears about performance woven into gold through improv alchemy. Based on a show from Vancouver.
37Sunday5AMThe Secret Showwhat's this gonna be? WHO KNOWS? A Marathon Tradition
38Sunday6AMThe MatriarchyThe Matriarchy takes their fast paced and fun improv style to the Marathoners. Will they be able to keep up?
39Sunday7AMThe Amazon and the MilksopTheir Marathon shows are always a blast. This will be something crazy. And awesome. And crazy.
40Sunday8AMEcho LakeAll organic ridiculous rigmarole
41Sunday9AMMC HaroldImprovised Hip Hop Comedy from the hardest working troupe in showbiz.
42Sunday10AMThe Heiberg HutThis show will be whatever our guest, Eric Heiberg, wants to do with the hour.
43Sunday11AMEscandaloMelodrama knows no limits in this improvised tale of back-stabbing, drama and longing glances.
44Sunday12PMAustin SecretsThis show is about you. Your stories. Your fears. Your triumphs. Your failures. Your secrets.
45Sunday1PMWhat's the Story, Steve?What's the Story Steve features Austin's current canine comedy king, Steve Scott (a real dog!). All laughs, all the time.
46Sunday2PMPeter Pan and the Great UnknownBrand new (and improvised) tales of Peter Pan, Neverland, and all the people and creatures that live therein!
47Sunday3PMFakespeareAn improvised play in the style of William Shakespeare, and an insane feat for Marathoners near the finish line to complete.
48Sunday4PMFinal ShowThe victory lap of the 8 core Marathoners. They're free to do whatever they like... except sleep.


WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR 2018 SPONSORS:

Billy’s on Burnet, Easy Tiger, Hoboken Pie, Counter Culture, and Patrizi’s