All You Need to Know About the OIF!

Well folks, its almost here! Thats right, the Ottawa Improv Festival is THIS WEEKEND.

So, what do you need to know to tackle the festivities?

WHEN IS IT?  Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th

WHERE IS IT? Club SAW  67 Nicholas St, Ottawa ON (a 30 second walk from the Rideau Centre).

WHAT TIME DO THE SHOWS START? Each night of Fest shows will start at 7pm. We will take a brief 30 min intermission at 8:30 for everyone to grab a  snack/drink, and to seat anyone who could only come for the later half of the evening. Then, the second half will take place from 9-10pm. 

HOW MUCH IS IT? You can pay $10 a night for entrance to the Fest, or $20 for an entire Festival pass!

WHO WILL BE THERE? Troupes from Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. For a full list of artists, please visit our Artists and Shows page.

So, now that you know the details, why not RSVP here: The Ottawa Improv Festival 2014 ?

Have any more questions? Know how to use the Twitter machine? Tweet us @ottimprovfest or #OIF and we will get right back to you.

Before we dive into the insanity, I just want to take a moment to say thank you so much to everyone in the community for being so supportive of us and the OIF this year. We cant wait to have an amazing party with all of you while watching some world class improv.

Lets do this thing!

Friends of the Ottawa Improv Festival

Because Improv can’t happen without support from the audience…

OIF is a non-profit volunteer run festival; we do it cause we love it and to support burgeoning talents in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  As such, we are reaching out to those in the community who share our vision to support the festival by becoming a Friend of the Ottawa Improv Festival.  This not only a great way to show your support for improv in Ottawa, but it’s a great way to promote for your local company or business as well

For 35$, an Friend of OIF receives:
VIP OIF Festival Pass
Photo / Logo on our Friend of OIF Page with a link

Want more!

For 50$ become a OIF Friend w/ Benefits:
2 VIP OIF Festival Pass
Photo / Logo on our Friend of OIF Page with a link

Your donation can be made by clicking on the EventBrite logo below.
We will contact you by email for you logo/photo.
Your festival pass voucher will be e-mailed to you in the form of a ticket from Eventbrite following your purchase and can be shown at the door for full festival access!

Click below to get friendly…



A Call for Volunteers!

OIF is looking for Volunteers

The Ottawa Improv Festival is a volunteer run festival. We rely on enthusiastic improv enthusiasts to help manage the daily activities of the festival and make sure that the festival runs smoothly. We need volunteers for ticket sales, bar backs, troupe hospitality and gophers.

For the generous gift of their time, these volunteers receive free entrance to the festival the night of their shift and a free drink ticket!

If you are interested in volunteering for OIF 2014, please drop Chelsea Stirling a line at:

OIF 2014 – Performance Schedule

It’s here, it’s here! Its finally here!

Behold, the schedule for the 2014 Ottawa Improv Festival!


What an amazing line-up! We are so excited to showcase some of Ottawa’s very own talent, and welcome our out of town troupes over the course of the festival.

Also,  keep an eye on our social media over the next few weeks as a special guest or two might just join our roster of performers.

Want to know more? Like, just how Fake are these Fake Cops? Or do the Urban Woodsmen really live in a high-rise apartment complex in the middle of Banff National Park? Then stay tuned! As we get closer to the date you can expect us to drop some awesome bios, show descriptions and more on the Artists & Shows page!

2014 Performer Applications Are Here!

If you have a SHOW you’d like to propose for the 2014 Ottawa Improv Festival, or if you’d like to be considered as an INDIVIDUAL IMPROVISER , we would love to hear from you.

But first, want to know a bit about the 2014 artist perks?

Artist Perks 2014

  •  Insensitivity Training Travel Bursary:  The IT Travel Bursary will give 0.20$/km re-imbursement to cars coming from outside of Ottawa.  The distance will be calculated one way between the originating city and Ottawa.  If someone applies, the OIF organizers reserve the right to fill your car with other improvisers coming to the OIF from your city.  To apply, please see the form on the website.
  • Boarding:  We hope to provide everyone who needs it a place to stay.  If you require boarding, please indicate for which night on the form above and read the Boarding Information on the Website
  • Video project:  Saturday afternoon, the OIF video project will be taking place.  Gathering improvisers  from the festival, we will be producing some outrageous improve comedy which will later posted on Youtube.  Selection for the project will be at random from each Show in the festival.
  • Drink Tickets: Obviously!

Think you are interested? Or know someone else who might be? Please request an artist application form from us here by filling in the info below.  We will email you a form to send back to us.