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  • Some of you guys really love improv, and we're absolutely thrilled to have you as part of our community!

    While there are certainly some punters who only attend 1-2 shows per year, we have a growing number of rabid Improv Conspiracy die-hards who attend 1-2 shows per week and constantly drag their friends and family members along with them. If you're one of these uber-fans, we'd like to reward you for your amazing loyalty. We're pleased to announce a variety of new programs intended to save you money and get extra bums on seats for our shows!

    We're launching a Loyalty Program, a VIP Membership Program, and have put printable Gift Passes on sale via our online store.

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  • I used to watch a lot of television in the mid-2000s. I mean, a lot. I'd come home from work around 6pm, turn the TV, and keep it on until going to bed around midnight. I can't remember most of the shows I watched, but I can certainly remember the feeling of being glued to the couch like some sort of solitary slug-person. The entertainment wasn't memorable in the slightest, but I suppose it did a decent job of passing the time and prevented me from dwelling on the fact that I wanted more out of life.

    Cut to one day in 2006: a friend dragged me out to my first improv comedy show. It blew my mind with its sheer awesomeness, and I promptly attended a second, and a third. Hip, hilarious and extremely quotable, these shows struck me as more entertaining than anything I'd ever seen on my 42" LCD. Before too long I was taking improv classes and attending live comedy shows four or five nights every week. As my improv addiction grew, my DVR started to fill up with all of the shows I was missing at home. Questions like "should I catch up on Law & Order tonight, or go see ASSSSCAT at UCB and then have drinks with my classmates?" got easier and easier to answer every week. Eventually I got rid of the TV and DVR entirely: the slug had somehow transformed into a social butterfly, preferring to spend his free time out in the real world, sharing real laughs with real friends.

    My transformation was life-changing, and I thank the Los Angeles comedy community for having so much on offer that people like me could attend great improv shows every single night of the week and feel like a part of something truly special. 

    With my origin story in place, I'm thrilled to announce another step towards recreating that magic here in Melbourne. Starting immediately we're launching our second weekly night of entertainment at the Dan O'Connell Hotel: Improv Conspiracy Sundays. Paired with Harold Night on Wednesdays, you'll now have two opportunities each week to see Australia's best Chicago-style improvised comedy.

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  • It’s the 16th of March. I have exactly ten nights of good sleep ahead of me, ten chances to cook and eat healthy home-cooked meals, and ten days to act as a normal, functioning member of society. What’s happening in ten days, you ask? No, I’m not dying or facing deportation (sorry to disappoint)… I’m producing, directing and performing in two shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!

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  • 2012 has been a huge year for the Improv Conspiracy.  We rebranded, changed names, and got a website!  We found enough talented members to field our first two Harold teams!  We started a successful monthly variety night, did trial shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and had an amazing debut run in the Melbourne Fringe Festival (selling out two-thirds of those shows)!

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  • The Improv Conspiracy was founded approximately one year ago, and as we prepare for the imminent Melbourne Fringe Festival I can proudly say that I've never been more excited about where we've been, where we are and where we're going.

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