DUOFEST: imp + Matt&

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8:02 PM


Duofest is back, and our fourth year promises to be the biggest yet. The best improv duos from around the country and the world will descend upon Philadelphia, PA from June 6th-9th, 2013. Over 4 days, we’ll present 30+ groups that have just 2 members.

Hailing from New York City/Austin, imp. has been performing nationally since 2003, combining the inspirations of Commedia dell’Arte, Cirque du Soleil, Jacques Tati and Bill Irwin into their improvisation. Imp. was originally created in 2001 by Asaf Ronen who had just finished scouting talent for Cirque du Soleil. Inspired by the audition process he witnessed, Asaf created a new approach to improvisational scenework. Imp. was reformed eight years ago as a two-person troupe featuring goga’s Karen Wight who pulled from her classical theater and dance background. Together, Asaf and Karen have explored the depths of silent communication and have taken the show on the road to Chicago, Miami, Oberlin, Seattle, Toronto and other locations across the country. Imp. always holds to its basic tenets of what makes a story and its characters engaging and how the body can be used more concisely to convey those ideas.

Matt& is an improv comedy show that stars Philly veteran improviser Matt Holmes (Rare Bird Show, Philly Improv Theater), performing with a random stranger plucked from the audience.

Nothing is planned; it’s all made up as you’re watching it. It’s inspired by something yelled out by the crowd. One member of the audience winds up on stage and in the show.

Matt& has toured to Minnesota, Georgia, and Utah, as well as comedy festivals at Oberlin, Penn State, and the University of Delaware.

The show was selected to appear in the Chicago Improv Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s Del Close Marathon in NYC.

An AV Club Pick, Matt& was called “playful and winning” —TimeOut Chicago, “fearless” by CultureMob, and a “must-see” by Philadelphia Weekly.