Sometimes comedy is best played without a script. Relying on audience participation, these improv comedy nights are constantly changing content on the whim of the crowd. Stages are small but laughs are big with these improv troupes. Whether it’s date night, you’re here as a tourist, a local or you’re just looking for something fun to do, improv comedy shows are unique and never the same. Here are some of the best improv comedy nights in the Bay Area that will have you coming back for more.
3392 Seldon Court
Fremont, CA 94539
Made Up Theatre truly lives up to its name by using audience suggestions to create improvised new games and scenes. This tiny venue brings big laughs with no two shows that are alike. You have a group of talented performers that are able to keep up with the fast paced audience input with whit and clever comedy. Perfect for date night or just a fun night out. If you wish you could improvise as performed, it also offers classes.
BFUU Meeting Hall
1924 Cedar St.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Stone Soup Improv has an improv troupe that relies on audience suggestions to create comedy magic from a blank slate. Audience participation is encouraged where people are invited to become part of the act for certain segments. The cast has as much fun as the audience creating a laughter rich environment. The venue is intimate making for a more personal experience. Although content is not guaranteed, an unpredictable night of comedy is.
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
At Secret Improv Society the audience prompts the skits giving the troupe of improvisers material to run with. The troupe is energetic and quick witted and engages the crowd constantly. Late night comedy imrov shows are done at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Conveniently located in Union Square.There are no drink minimums but they do have a full bar and give away free Oreo cookies.
Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd, Building B, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123
BATS Improv is a long running improvised theater company whose work is unscripted and created based on the audience and their ideas. The performers create a story line instead of unconnected jokes. Two teams of three improvise different challenges for an interactive competition. It also have improvised shows that mock TV series and improvise musicals. Entertainment and classes are offered.
260 Mcevoy St.
San Jose, CA 95126
Stage 4 Improv is a group of four friends and veteran improvisors that have a decade of performing between them. The show specializes in musical performances that are improvised and based on audience suggestions. Comedy meets Broadway with this unique production. Each show is new and these comedians create characters, do impressions and can’t help but laugh at their own jokes at times. Great for groups, dates and families.