Grand Rapids Improv Festival 2016

October 17-24, 2016

About Grand Rapids Improv Festival 2016

About Grand Rapids Improv Festival (GRIF)

Come join us in one of Michigan's most happening cities for a week of Improv festival loving at the Grand Rapids Improv Festival (GRIF). The GRIF will be held October 17th-October 24th in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI! Our home base for the week will be DogStory Theater.

Still buzzing off of the energy from GRIF 2015, several Grand Rapids Improv Troupes have come together to create an even bigger festival with more time: to perform, teach, network, and most importantly get weird. We’re excited to bring together local and national talent to the city that we love. We’re also excited for others to come experience the fantastic city that Grand Rapids is!

You can expect the festival to include some of last year's not to miss events like Improv Chaos and a the Downtown Improv Crawl - a bar crawl and improv show in one. As well as some new crowd pleasers, specialty workshops, some commedia dell'arte, and comedy outlet monday bookends of the festival (a local weekly improv favorite) this is not to be missed.

Slots are limited and teams/teachers are encouraged to submit early.

Entry Fees

8/12/16 - 8/31/16: $15

9/1/16 - 9/6/16: $25

9/7/16 - 9/12/16: $30

Check out festival details at

  • Troupes are encouraged to apply through the National Improv Network
  • Those interested in teaching - apply here
  • Those interested in performing individually (separately from a troupe) - apply here

**There are several free accommodations for visiting troupes and instructors available. These spaces are limited and will be given out on a first come basis. Please contact us directly if you or your troupe are interested.



Avatar Image Kristin Hirsch


The Grand Rapids Improv Festival is a three day festival celebrating the art of improv comedy in West Michigan! Our home base for the festival is The Comedy Project - Grand Rapids' only sketch and improv comedy theater.

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