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48 Hour Improv Marathon

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

*Winner of an Austin Critic’s Table Award*

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HourDayTimeGroup/ShowFormat
1Friday5PMKids MixerThe Kids 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
3Friday7PMThe Knuckleball NowTKN is a faster paced improv, with quick edits, strong characters, and a connection on stage that surpasses the 15 years of existence
4Friday8PMFancy PantsThe Fanciest Pantiest improv show in the Galaxy!
5Friday9PMPGraphThis award-winning, internationally touring group blends humor, drama, and storytelling in unexpected ways.
6Friday10PMMake it SoA 24th century crew on on ongoing mission: to boldly go where no one has gone before.
7Friday11PMBah HumbugThe classic Hideout Mainstage returns: Improvised Tales of Victorian England in the style of Charles Dickens
8Saturday12AMYichao ROCKSThis show will be whatever our guest, Yichao, wants to do with the hour.
9Saturday1AMAustin SecretsThis show is about you. Your stories. Your fears. Your triumphs. Your failures. Your secrets.
10Saturday2AMThe Bat (presented by Victrola)BAT! Improvised aural madness, performed entirely in the dark
11Saturday3AMButterfly DefectAn improvised choose-your-own-adventure narrative where the story adapts to the choices the audience makes!
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.
14Saturday6AMNext DoorWe read Next Door posts and do scenes based on those posts.
15Saturday7AMGoldenGolden does silent improvised stories, bringing a unique theatrical experience to life every time they grace a stage.
16Saturday8AMSugar, Water, PurpleAustin's all black troupe, Sugar, Water, Purple brings their unconventional style to the stage.
17Saturday9AMDubbed 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!
18Saturday10AMBuilding ConnectionsStudents from the Building Connections improv classes join the Marathoners. This program is what we're raising money for!
19Saturday11AMMinority ReportMinority Report does the “Living MonoPOP”, in which they play themselves in a monoscene, telling true stories peppered with pop outs!
20Saturday12PMROOKRook is a modern musical improv troupe. It's broadway with less jazz hands and more deep thoughts and feels.
21Saturday1PM¡ESCÁNDALO!Behold! ¡ESCÁNDALO!: The Improvised Spanish/English Soap Opera! Melodrama knows no limits in this improvised narrative adventure.
22Saturday2PMMarathon Reunion showThe cast of the 2018 Marathon cheers on the 2019 Marathoners
23Saturday3PMGirls Girls GirlsGirls Girls Girls-Improvised Musicals is Austin's longest running, all-female musical troupe.
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.
25Saturday5PMFuck This WeekA team of Austin's fastest, funniest comedians explore the week's weaknesses.
26Saturday6PMDystopian Teen FutureAn improvised take on Young Adult dystopian stories like The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Divergent
27Saturday7PMDystopian Teen FutureAn improvised take on Young Adult dystopian stories like The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Divergent
28Saturday8PMHarriet & Adanna Save Capitol HighAn improvised, live action mystery comedy ala "Scooby-Doo"
29Saturday9PMHarriet & Adanna Save Capitol HighAn improvised, live action mystery comedy ala "Scooby-Doo"
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!
32Sunday12AMMeat CuteInspired by Warm Bodies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Meat Cute is a star-crossed rom-com of supernatural proportions.
33Sunday1AMPuppet Improv ProjectWhat's better than improv with puppets? Improv with puppets starring improvisers who haven't slept in 33 hours. A Marathon tradition!
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
38Sunday6AMGal Pals & Bro BudsGal Pals & Bro Buds explores the ins and outs of female/female and male/male friendships, from the happy times to the crappy times.
39Sunday7AMTaught: Improvised Stories from the classroomReal life teachers improvise stories inspired by their experiences as educators.
40Sunday8AMTBD
41Sunday9AMEcho LakeOver-the-top organic heightening (weird noises and witch spellz)
42Sunday10AMGrand MiseryThe Epic Improvised Tragic Musical Spectacular.
43Sunday11AMThe Amazon and the MilksopTheir Marathon shows are always a blast. This will be something crazy. And awesome. And crazy.
44Sunday12PMI'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.
45Sunday1PMSilly Love SongsCome along on a journey of love and song, full of self-discovery, kooky characters, and all the swoon-worthy romance and masterfully improvised music your heart can handle.
46Sunday2PMPut Your Lips Together and Blowa comedy noir improv show!
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 28, 2019, eight brave and foolish improvisers will take the Hideout stage and stay there until 5pm on Sunday the 30th, 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 Caeriel Crestin, Frank Sánchez, Jessica von Schramm, Jordan T. Maxwell, Lisa Michelle Jackson, Megan Sherrod, Monica Mahertinez, and Michael Yichao (visiting from Santa Monica!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s marathon will also be a fundraiser to raise money for The Hideout Youth ProgramOur goal this year is $8000. 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

Caeriel Crestin is most at home directing and teaching improv: he teaches 2 – 3 improv classes to adults a week and is prepping to direct two shows this year, Queering the Sequel and What They Do In The Shadows.

We’ll be seeing Caeriel perform for 48 hours straight, though, “surfing the chaos” as he says.

When he’s not teaching all the classes and directing all the things he’s streaming online and grinding for subscribers here.

Frank Sánchez’s child-like sense of play onstage is no coincidence. He teaches improv to kids in a wide variety of settings (Story Wranglers at The Paramount and summer camp at The Hideout to name a few)

In Frank’s 3.5 years of improv he’s performed at every improv theater in Austin as well as the New York Musical Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon in NYC.

Jessica Von Schramm has been improv since 2012. She hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. She’s directed 5 shows in that short time, co-created the B. Iden Payne Award winning, Austin Critics Table Award getting Speak No More. Plus she has a weekly show with her troupe Garage at Fallout Theater.

When she’s not doing every show, she’s writing screenplays and submitting/crushing screenplay competitions.

Jordan T Maxwell is a highly prolific improvisor and director. In his 21 years of improv he’s directed many many shows (such as Lonely Star and How I Saved The World Over Summer Vacation), he was in Austin improv OG troupe The Well Hung Jury and is currently in Indigo Shift, a musical cabaret-style troupe that is heading to San Francisco to perform later this year!

This is Jordan’s second marathon (his first was in 2011). When he’s not improvisor he reads, writes, is a masseur and he streams his Star Trek-themed RPG called Heroes of Awesome: Constellation with The Weirdlings here  and here.

Lisa Jackson is a third time marathoner (2011 & 2013) and a 12 year improv veteran. She’s a member of local Austin troupe Echo Lake and performs with Austin Secrets at the Hideout and Stool Pigeon at ColdTowne Theater.

When she’s not improvising she dances with her hip hop dance crew The UltraViolets, writes and feeds crows at cemeteries. 

Megan Sherrod is a professional singer and voice teacher who also is a prolific improvisor. Or she’s a prolific improvisor who’s also a professional singer and voice teacher. Either way, that’s a lot of talent.

Megan has been improvising for 5 years, is in critical darling musical troupe Rook and most recently was in Austin Secrets, Mischief Managed and directed Happily Ever After and Wonderland for Hideout Kids. 

Monica Martinez Maher is just looking for the grown-up version of a lock in and now she’s finally found it in the 48-hour marathon. Sort of kidding, not really kidding?

Monica’s 5 years of improv experience include co-directing Small Town Girl and Meat Cute, troupes Gal Pals and The Known Wizards and teaching at Merlin Works and The Hideout.

When not improvising/teaching/directing Monica is doing activities she describes as “super casual”: fumbling around on bass/guitar/harmonica for a V low key music project called Raptor Dancer, part of a super casual D&D group as a gnome sorceress and cuddling her doggo, watching bad TV shows.

Michael Yichao, or just Yichao as his friends call him, has been improvising for 13 lucky years. He hails from Los Angeles, California where lives with his dog and he writes video games for money and writes and produces plays for passion. 

He’s a founder of improv troupe Tall Grande Venti (2014 National College Improv Tournament winner) and has a solo show he takes around the world called Pint of Life.

Click here to expand and view the COMPLETE, searchable schedule

HourDayTimeGroup/ShowFormat
1Friday5PMKids MixerThe Kids 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
3Friday7PMThe Knuckleball NowTKN is a faster paced improv, with quick edits, strong characters, and a connection on stage that surpasses the 15 years of existence
4Friday8PMFancy PantsThe Fanciest Pantiest improv show in the Galaxy!
5Friday9PMPGraphThis award-winning, internationally touring group blends humor, drama, and storytelling in unexpected ways.
6Friday10PMMake it SoA 24th century crew on on ongoing mission: to boldly go where no one has gone before.
7Friday11PMBah HumbugThe classic Hideout Mainstage returns: Improvised Tales of Victorian England in the style of Charles Dickens
8Saturday12AMYichao ROCKSThis show will be whatever our guest, Yichao, wants to do with the hour.
9Saturday1AMAustin SecretsThis show is about you. Your stories. Your fears. Your triumphs. Your failures. Your secrets.
10Saturday2AMThe Bat (presented by Victrola)BAT! Improvised aural madness, performed entirely in the dark
11Saturday3AMButterfly DefectAn improvised choose-your-own-adventure narrative where the story adapts to the choices the audience makes!
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.
14Saturday6AMNext DoorWe read Next Door posts and do scenes based on those posts.
15Saturday7AMGoldenGolden does silent improvised stories, bringing a unique theatrical experience to life every time they grace a stage.
16Saturday8AMSugar, Water, PurpleAustin's all black troupe, Sugar, Water, Purple brings their unconventional style to the stage.
17Saturday9AMDubbed 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!
18Saturday10AMBuilding ConnectionsStudents from the Building Connections improv classes join the Marathoners. This program is what we're raising money for!
19Saturday11AMMinority ReportMinority Report does the “Living MonoPOP”, in which they play themselves in a monoscene, telling true stories peppered with pop outs!
20Saturday12PMROOKRook is a modern musical improv troupe. It's broadway with less jazz hands and more deep thoughts and feels.
21Saturday1PM¡ESCÁNDALO!Behold! ¡ESCÁNDALO!: The Improvised Spanish/English Soap Opera! Melodrama knows no limits in this improvised narrative adventure.
22Saturday2PMMarathon Reunion showThe cast of the 2018 Marathon cheers on the 2019 Marathoners
23Saturday3PMGirls Girls GirlsGirls Girls Girls-Improvised Musicals is Austin's longest running, all-female musical troupe.
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.
25Saturday5PMFuck This WeekA team of Austin's fastest, funniest comedians explore the week's weaknesses.
26Saturday6PMDystopian Teen FutureAn improvised take on Young Adult dystopian stories like The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Divergent
27Saturday7PMDystopian Teen FutureAn improvised take on Young Adult dystopian stories like The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Divergent
28Saturday8PMHarriet & Adanna Save Capitol HighAn improvised, live action mystery comedy ala "Scooby-Doo"
29Saturday9PMHarriet & Adanna Save Capitol HighAn improvised, live action mystery comedy ala "Scooby-Doo"
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!
32Sunday12AMMeat CuteInspired by Warm Bodies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Meat Cute is a star-crossed rom-com of supernatural proportions.
33Sunday1AMPuppet Improv ProjectWhat's better than improv with puppets? Improv with puppets starring improvisers who haven't slept in 33 hours. A Marathon tradition!
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
38Sunday6AMGal Pals & Bro BudsGal Pals & Bro Buds explores the ins and outs of female/female and male/male friendships, from the happy times to the crappy times.
39Sunday7AMTaught: Improvised Stories from the classroomReal life teachers improvise stories inspired by their experiences as educators.
40Sunday8AMTBD
41Sunday9AMEcho LakeOver-the-top organic heightening (weird noises and witch spellz)
42Sunday10AMGrand MiseryThe Epic Improvised Tragic Musical Spectacular.
43Sunday11AMThe Amazon and the MilksopTheir Marathon shows are always a blast. This will be something crazy. And awesome. And crazy.
44Sunday12PMI'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.
45Sunday1PMSilly Love SongsCome along on a journey of love and song, full of self-discovery, kooky characters, and all the swoon-worthy romance and masterfully improvised music your heart can handle.
46Sunday2PMPut Your Lips Together and Blowa comedy noir improv show!
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 2019 SPONSORS:

Chuy’s, Easy Tiger, Hoboken Pie, Dai Due Taqueria, and Patrizi’s