Nashville Improv Company Presents Second Annual Marathon

NICMarathon2The Nashville Improv Company will present their second annual improv marathon from 1 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at The Building (1008 Woodland St. in East Nashville). All proceeds will benefit Hands On Nashville.

This event features 12 improvisers performing for 13 hours. Included in the presentations are high-energy game sets, a Broadway-style musical, a Shakespearian play and an open improv jam, all in the hip, pop-culture infused style of the NIC.

The professional improv company brings its comedy and theater to sold-out audiences every first and third Saturday, featuring high-energy games, music, and dramatic scenes completely inspired by the audience. Their classes attract hundreds of students looking to gain self-confidence and spontaneity in their lives.

NIC was recently voted second best comedy club in The Tennessean’s “Toast of Music City” competition, in part due to their high-profile performances with Laura Hall from “Whose Line is it Anyway?” as well as collaborations with veterans of Chicago’s famed Second City and corporate events with ClearChannel and Dell.

A limited number of wristbands are available for $45 each, allowing unlimited access to all 13 hours of improv. Individual tickets to each 2 hour block are available for $10.  During the event, the cast will ‘pass the hat’ for additional donations, hold a silent auction for items donated by local businesses, and have a donation link on their website for those unable to attend. Click here to purchase tickets.

About HON: Since 1991, Hands On Nashville has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the Middle Tennessee community, like hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. Today, they’re one of the largest volunteer resource centers in the world. In 2012, HON connected or referred 117,500 volunteers to more than 4,000 service opportunities. For more information, visit or call (615) 298-1108.


1-3pm NIC Cage Match & Open Jam

NIC Cage Match: Two teams of comedy powerhouses compete for your applause!  These improvisers are hungry for laughs, because in this show, the points DO matter.

Improv Jam: Get on stage with us, no matter your level of experience!  We’ll make you look like a star, and everyone will leave happy.

3-5pm NIC Goes Primetime

A Very Special Episode: A double-shot of our completely improvised sitcom!  We’ll even recap the first episode as we follow the dreams of the aspiring songwriters and residents of 407 Possum Park Place.

5-7pm Blast from the Past

Road To Improv: Join Charlie and Stan on a totally improvised journey to a location of your choice.

It’s Hope and Crosby meet Abbott and Costello, filled with songs, dancing, and slapstick.

Viva Nashville: We love this town! In this improv experience one day in the life of a storyteller visiting local landmarks and celebrating the culture of Music City – especially the weird parts.

Radio Active: POW! HONK! KACHUNK! Meet a fearless cast of players and one completely random sound FX engineer as they take you on an adventure full of derring-do and drama.

Murder By Improv: Aiieee!  A murder has been committed, and NIC is on the case. Whodunit?  We don’t even know who it will be yet!  It’s fully improvised, but the wrap-up has to be seen to be believed.

7-9pm Lights, Camera, Action!

Don’t Panic: Have you ever watched improv and thought, “This would be better with cartwheels and drowning!” This is your show. Our actors take the most punishment we’re allowed by law for your entertainment.

Dance Party: Get your booty shaking and your sides aching as our improvisers get down to all the best music in history.

Director’s Cut: This Fall. A movie like no other brought to you by a team assembled for just one job. Make the biggest and best movie they can in 45 minutes or less. See behind the scenes action, outtakes and more in stunning REAL-LIFE HD. Tell everyone, you saw… Director’s Cut.

9-11pm Musical Improv in Music City

Danny K’s Piano Bar: You’ve got problems, he’s got answers…and a baby grand. Danny is ready to play all the musical improv games that you’ve seen on TV, and yes, he does take requests.

How They Met: We’ll invite one lucky couple on stage to tell us their story, and we’ll reinvent it as the greatest love story EVER TOLD.  Bring your tissues. It might get dusty.

HarmoNIC – The Broadway Musical: The lights, the stage, the powerful emotions and a story for the ages. A talented group of singers (who also happen to be improvisers) that loves the thrill of creating a toe-tapping, heart-breaking musical, on the spot.  You’ll swear it was scripted.

11pm-1am Ye Olde Drinking Show

Infinite Jest – Lusty, Bloody, Shakespeare: We’re creating a play just like they did at the Globe Theater 400 years ago – with fighting, drinking, and saucy puns.  It’s the Bard as he was meant to be performed, with rage, passion, poetry, and low-brow humor.

The Drinky McTavern Show: What happens when you let a dozen improvisers improvise for 10 hours straight then give them endless beer & say they have 3 hours left to go? The Drinky McTavern Show happens. Filled with Drinking Games, songs, Irish accents(or close facsimiles), giveaways, pretty much everything plus the kitchen keg. Grab a beer and join us for an unrated, unscripted venture into the best show that improv & brew can offer.

1-2am Spontaneous Construction

Spontaneous Construction: After 12 hours we have ‘only’ around 70 leftover games. They are being put into a giant bucket and we will play as many of them as we can in an hour. It will be 100% random and 100% made by audience members.

MarathonGroup*Photos by Heather Clemons Photography of Lauren Jones, Lacie Madison, Adrienne Curran, Jessie Briggs, Michael Kearney, Denver Little, Ryan Leyhue, Lauren Jones, Edd Garcia, Rachel Jackson, Ethan Bryant, Jessica Himmelreich, E. Roy Lee and Daniel Krass courtesy Nashville Improv Company.

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