Big City Improv Festival, Toronto, Oct 14-22 2016

Big City Improv Festival (BCIF) is Canada’s largest improv showcase! The festival runs every October for 9 days in Toronto’s top comedy venues. BCIF features the best improvisers from across North America. In addition to hilarious shows, there are public workshops and industry panels. Stay tuned for dates and submission info for 2018.

Big City’s little sister is our TKO Tournament - an opportunity for emerging improvisers to compete for $1000 cash and 6 weeks of mentorship from a top improv coach. This competition starts every August and leads into the festival in October.

Over the year's we've welcomed some hilarious troupes and performers. Check out some of our illustrious alumni below:

Scott Adsit

30 Rock, Big Hero 6

Colin Mochrie

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Maribeth Monroe


Phil Lamarr

Mad TV, Futurama

Tim Baltz

Veep, Drunk History

Susan Messing

John Lutz

30 Rock, Seth Meyers

The Sufferettes

Holly Laurent

The Reckoning

National Theatre of the World

Lauren Ash

Superstore, Super Fun Night

Jerry Minor

Mr. Show, SNL

Mark Little

Mr. D, Picnicface

Aurora Browne

Baroness von Sketch Show


Paul Brittain

SNL, Comedy Bang! Bang!

Jet Eveleth

The Reckoning

Scott Thompson

Kids in the Hall, Hannibal

Kris Siddiqi

Jaime Moyer

Modern Family, Detroiters

More Alumni troupes and performers

Magnet Theatre
The Chumps
Easy Action
Steve Little
Falcon Powder
Jeff Richards
Mean People
Slap Happy
Rachel Mason