November 22, 2010


Toronto: Canada’s best short-form improv company is celebrating yet another milestone! Just last week they celebrated their 300th school workshop and now they are celebrating their 600th showcase.


The Canadian Improv Showcase was formed in 1997 by Matthew R. Lawrence, then a struggling actor, now a highly recognizable talent from Canadian film & television. The group was created to give Canadian talent an opportunity to keep their skills sharp while they endured the long time between acting gigs. But the group blossomed naturally and became what it is today: a recognizable force in the Canadian comedy landscape.

Utilizing the best comedic talent the GTA has to offer, the Canadian Improv Showcase or CiS as they are often called, are able to offer a fantastic array of programmes at the very best price! The fact that they have celebrated 300 & 600 is huge because, unlike their major competition who own their own theatres, CiS go from place to place like comedy gypsies, peddling their wears where ever they can. And they have amassed quite a collection of feathers in their caps as the group was the first improv company to perform at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, they were voted ‘best of fest’ two years in a row at both the London & Toronto Fringe Festivals, they were selected to represent Canada in a cultural exchange and performed in Singapore to capacity audiences and they even performed their ‘healing power of laughter’ programme at the infamous Kingston Penitentiary where they worked with a very captive audience…


The list of accomplishments goes on and on. And in this economic climate a group that is able to stay afloat for 13 years with no government support, should be celebrated. I guess that means they have 3 things to celebrate!


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