Chicago Improv Associates (CIA) performs clean, customized, exciting comedy, where YOUR group is the star! Marshall Stern And Nancy Howland Walker are your Agents of Comedy and have been doing comedy together for over 15 years. They have been performing on Celebrity Cruises since 2009, specializing in interactive and musical comedy - so everyone is engaged and having fun! Whether you volunteer to get on stage with them or just sit back, watch and laugh, this is a great show!
Price Range: $1000-5000
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
Dos Doofi will perform an extremely interactive comedy show based on your group's wants and needs. Improv Comedy is comedy made up on the spot. The audience shouts out suggestions and the Doofi instantaneously turn them into hilarious scenes, games or songs. Since the audience is making the suggestions, all shows are different, topical, and deal with what the audience wants to see.
Dos Doofi have performed, directed and taught at the best improv theaters and schools all across the country and the world.
- Second City
- Humana Festival
- Just For Laughs
Since the suggestions come from the audience members, they have the sense that they are "writing" the entire show, yet control is actually in the hands of the improvisers. Experienced and mature improvisers, like Dos Doofi, can adeptly lead the suggestions away from inappropriate content while still creating exciting and uproarious comedy.
The Doofi's experience has made them experts at reading and handling individual audience members and audiences in general. They've done comedy long enough that it seems effortless to the audience. A less experienced comedy actor often is not totally comfortable on stage so the audience can get uncomfortable and edgy.
Dos Doofi brings more audience members up on stage than other comedy groups, because the Doofi know that it's gold - for the audience AND them!
“You guys are great! Keep up the good work!“
-Charles Beck, Beck Institute for the Arts
“We really enjoyed your show! I was bombarded with compliments and one of the funniest comments that I heard was ‘they must have spent a week at our offices to find out all that information.’ Thanks so much for an Improv well done and in great taste!“
– Tami Ison, Comcast Cable
In 2001, Marshall Stern and Nancy Howland Walker formed Chicago Improv Associates, a one stop shop for all your improv-based entertainment and training needs! With decades of improvisational comedy experience, they perform, teach, lead corporate trainings, write, produce and direct improv theater.
The Dos Doofi comedy show contains hilarious improvisation centered around your group. They have been professional improvisers for almost three decades each, and know how to deliver the laughs and the fun! If you’ve seen the hit television show “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” you’ve got a starting reference point, although seeing it done live and actually participating is much more exciting and fun. Our Doofi take facts and suggestions gleaned from the client and interweave them to produce an extremely interactive and fun comedy show which consists of fast-paced, spontaneous improv games, scenes, and songs.
Dos Doofi has been performing improv comedy shows on Celebrity Cruise Line ships since 2009, delighting audiences by getting volunteers on stage with them to hilarious results. (No one is ever forced to come up on stage, and all volunteers are treated like the stars they are!) The Doofi love giving people the thrill of making an audience laugh.
Dos Doofi also are professional comedy writers, so they can research your company or group and write custom sketches to add into the show. The process is very simple – they send out a questionnaire which a few secretly appointed people fill out and return. Then they turn that information into hilarious sketches. That’s it. Well, they may call you to ask some follow-up questions (such as name pronunciation, or details to make the comedy even funnier!).
Additional Booking Notes
Improv Comedy can work with pretty low tech. We need a stage/area for performing, lighting for the stage, mics if the venue/audience is large enough to warrant it, and a sound system where pre-show and post-show music can play, and if the Doofi are performing songs.
If a sound system is needed, the actors need wireless lapel mics, and an extra wireless hand-held or two for audience volunteers.
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