Two Weekends of Laughter in Kansas City

Kansas CityWhen you think of KC, you think jazz, BBQ, great nightlife and—if you’re a comedy fan—one of the longest running, most respected improv comedy festivals in the country.

This September 7-15 at Crown Center’s Off Center Theatre, Paul F. Tompkins and Colin Hanks help kick off the 12th Kansas City Improv Festival: two weekends of performances and classes featuring the funniest acts from Kansas City and far beyond.

A record number of troupes applied to perform at this year’s fest. Shows will feature performers from Boston, DC, Austin and half a dozen of KC’s best groups. The out-of-town experts will share improv secrets at workshops available to the public. Have you ever wanted to take a class before? If so, sign up immediately.

If you and your family are planning to attend, you will be happy to know that 15 percent of all proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club, which provides a free support community for adults and children diagnosed with cancer, along with their families and caring friends. Named for Gilda Radner—an improviser best known as one of Saturday Night Live’s original “Not Ready for Prime Time Players”—it’s a cause close to all of our hearts.

When you’re looking for fun and exciting Kansas City things to do take advantage of this weekend of laughter and classes. Tickets range in price from $6-$20 and are available at, where you’ll also find upcoming news about shows and classes taught by guest artists.


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