Festival Shows

Wednesday April 17, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Reactor Improv Festival – Opening Show

Sparks fly as the Kinkonauts kickoff the 2019 Reactor Improv Festival. It’s a night of improv that’s sure to get a reaction. Featuring talented up-and-comers and hot performances from across our community:

  • Heroine: Take a tour of your emotions with this firey female duo
  • Mixer:  The Kinkonauts stage becomes an experimental beaker with local community players mixing together to make improv chemistry!
  • Duck Face: venture to the core of the human malaise with a team that’s been there and back again. Duck Face takes you on a hilarious, touching and sometimes weird journey through characters, time and space
Stick around for the 9pm show for free with your ticket to Catalyst!
Wednesday April 17, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM

Reactor Wednesday: Interweb-Inspired Improv

Cruise down the improvisation superhighway! The Kinkonauts present three trendy improv acts inspired by the best (and worst) the web has to offer.

  • Are We Not Men: Improvisers brave the Wikipedia rabbithole, in a frantic journey for topics to inspire their scenes
  • Humblebrag: Two oh-so-humble players compete to outdo each other with #humblebrags, performing scenes inspired by their understated bravado
  • Group Chat: A cast of Gen Z players trade phones and improvise scenes based off real messages they’ve received, from terrible tinder lines to awkward chats with potential roommates. Watch these young adults cope with crushing debt by laughing about the absurdity of modern communication!

Tickets $5 at the door, or free with your ticket to the 7:30pm show.

Thursday April 18, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

Follow three formidable pairs of female improvisers across time and space. Featuring:

  • High School Sex Appeal: Explore 90s culture, awkward moments, and maybe just maybe, take your glasses off and find true love right in front of you.
  • The Double D Show: Two starlets in their twilight years perform a reunion show reminiscing about their road to stardom over the decades.
  • All Request Heartache: An improvised love story inspired by your relationship song requests, from the good times, and the bad. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, or maybe you’ll cry from laughing so hard
Stick around for the 9pm show for free with your ticket to Broad Appeal!
Thursday April 18, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM

Theatre so terrifying it can only be done without a scrypt. The Kinkonauts present an evening of three chilling tales:

  • Vlad & Vicky: Does long-term commitment scare you? Our favourite vampires share love advice from centuries of undying bliss
  • Screamy Linguine: The Lovecraft Twins bring us their latest improvised horror story
  • Cracked Mirror: The Kinkonauts improvise the dark future in this parody of the Netflix phenomenon Black Mirror

Tickets $5 at the door, or free with your ticket to the 7:30pm show.

Friday April 19, 7:30 PM-8:45 PM

Reactor Festival Headline Act – Friday April 19

The Bloody Marys (Toronto) is improv comedy at its most delightful and most bloody.  No doubt love will be found, followed immediately by a dead body. Comprised of beloved weirdos and Second City Toronto Mainstage Alumni Leigh Cameron and Kirsten Rasmussen. Dark, physical, goofy and hilarious, you don’t wanna miss The Bloody Marys.

Featuring opening act: Casually Dope

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Friday April 19, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM

Beauty Love Truth combines live music and heartfelt improv. Performing scenes inspired by original songs, the improvisers bring new meaning to the lyrics through tales of heartbreak, happiness and hope.

Featuring guest musician Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor is a musician from the west coast currently living in Calgary. Ann fell in love with storytelling and words at a young age. Through poetry and song, Ann soon began her journey of composing music over the last eight years. Having written and produced several entrancing tracks and three albums, Ann has found a wonderful medium to be share her unique stories and perspectives on life, love and everything in between. Since releasing her first EP “Roses,” Ann has produced many works including her most recent EP “Murphy’s Law” and her most recent single “Waves.” In this solo performance, you’ll be treated to Taylor’s acoustic guitar, loop pedal and silky vocals.

Friday April 19, 10:00 PM-11:00 PM

An Improv Mixer of Epic Proportions

Bold and unpredictable pirates. Precise and calculating robots. Cunning and ingenious ninjas. Any good improv show should have all three. So we’ve brought them together in an improv mixer of epic proportions! Watch our all-star festival guests pair up with talented Kinkonauts in a quest for the ultimate improv scene!

Credit to Billy Merritt for the pirate robot ninja theory of improv.

Looking for a full night pass? See all three Friday shows for a great price! Quantities limited.

Saturday April 20, 7:30 PM-8:45 PM

Reactor Festival Headline Act – Saturday, April 20

Casually Dope (Baltimore) is a unique troupe representing the underrepresented in improv. With their mix of high-energy, hip hop-inspired improv, they create characters you’ll never forget, and leave you as satisfied as your mama’s sweet potato pie. These powerful performers are committed to intersectional improv and use the stories of their community to make you laugh and create a show like no other. Casually Dope has appeared at the Black and Funny Festival (Minneapolis) and Combustion Festival (Toronto).

Cast: Blue Cavell-Allett, Ti Coleman, Rasheed Green, Jason Herbert, AJ McCombs & Harold Young

Featuring opening act: The Bloody Marys

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Saturday April 20, 9:00 PM-10:00 PM

The 11 O’clock Number is an award winning improvised musical comedy from Edmonton! Based on suggestions from the audience, this triple-threat cast improvises an original musical story on the spot, complete with showstopping numbers that will leave you in stitches.

Cast: Byron Martin, Dallas Friesen, Katie Hudson and Cassie James with Curtis DenOtter on keys

♦ Official Selection New York Musical Improv Festival ♦ Best of Fest Calgary Fringe Festival ♦ Best Improv Show Victoria Fringe Festival ♦ Best Of Fest Orlando Sentinel

  • Orlando Sentinel: “10 out of 10”
  • Edmonton Journal: 4.5 stars “A near perfect hour long narrative”
  • CBC: 4 stars: “Fabulous foolishness in five part harmony”
  • Edmonton Journal (again): 4 stars “This show had me laughing uncontrollably”

Looking for a full night pass? See all three Saturday shows for a great price! Quantities limited.

Saturday April 20, 10:00 PM-11:00 PM

Reactor Festival – Closing Show

Unscriptured (from Vancouver) is the completely improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot — all based on an audience suggestion. Winner of Pick of the Fringe at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival as a solo show, now expanded to include music, guest preachers and a choir. Come sing, laugh, and pray together!

Cast: Travis Bernhardt and Kinkonauts guests

“Bernhardt is an intuitive and wildly talented performer. With Unscriptured, he eschews his usual stage magic to explore the enduring pull of collective spirituality with a spontaneously-created church service. And it’s BRILLIANT.” ★★★★★ –Melanie Tromp Hoover, Check The Program, Victoria

Looking for a full night pass? See all three Saturday shows for a great price! Quantities limited.