Hartford, CT Improv Comedy
Sea Tea Improv is a professional improv comedy company whose members have trained at the country’s premier comedy schools, including the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Second City, ImprovBoston, and more. Since 2009, Sea Tea Improv has dazzled Connecticut and beyond with its interactive shows, customized comedy, and on-the-spot interpretations of audience suggestions.
We perform short improvised games & long improvised plays at public shows & we are available for private functions. We teach comedy classes to students of all ages and we train business professionals in the art of communication. We’ve won numerous awards and competitions (please take a look at our list of accolades below!) and we tour and have performed all over Connecticut, New England, New York, as far west as Ohio and as far south as DC.
In our shortform improv shows, we spin audience suggestions into several quick scenes, games, and sometimes even songs, just like you’ve seen on Whose Line is it Anyway?, Wild n’ Out, and Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza. Every Sea Tea Improv show is invented entirely in the moment, so no two shows are ever the same. We pack the house monthly at our free shows at City Steam Brewery’s Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club, which has been voted one of the top activities to do in Hartford.
In our longform improv shows, we often take a single word or a true story from an audience member and let it inspire an entirely improvised play which can range anywhere between twenty and sixty minutes in length. One example of longform is our improvised sitcom, “Sex and the Sea Tea.” Each live episode is based on an audience members’ unusual dating stories. We also host a monthly Longform Comedy Showcase, in which audiences see us & guest groups perform various longform styles.
Awards, Accolades, and Festivals:
- Best Local Comic, Hartford Advocate Readers’ Poll (2013-2015)
- CT Comedy Cage Match winners (2011-12, 2012-13, 2014-15*)
- Del Close Marathon (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Hartford Improv Festival (2014, 2015)
- Providence Improv Festival (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
- Boston Comedy Arts Festival (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Baltimore Improv Festival (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Chicago Improv Festival (2015)
- SteelStacks Improv Festival (2015)
- Twin Cities Improv Festival (2015)
- The PIT’s NYC Improv Festival (2013, 2014)
- District Improv Festival (2013, 2014)
- Philadelphia Improv Festival (2014)
- UCB Theater Cage Match appearance (2013)
- UCB Indie Cage Match winners (3 times in February 2013)
- HYPE Hartford Business Excellence Award (2013)
- Cleveland Comedy Festival (2013)
- reSET Social Enterprise Award (2011)
- Portland Improv Festival (2011)
- … and more!
* SHED, made up of Sea Tea Improv members, won the 2014-2015 CT Comedy Cage Match series.
Sea Tea Improv has been featured on TV, radio, in print, and online:
- Hartford Courant
- The Travel Channel
- Hartford Business Journal
- ESPN News’ The Beat
- Hartford Magazine
- Better Connecticut on WFSB
- The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR
- Where We Live on WNPR
- The Annual
- The WhiteBoard
- CT Style on WTNH
- Fox CT Morning News
- Mass Appeal on WWLP
- SpotLight with Virginia Wolf (WLIS 1420 AM/WMRD 1150 AM)
- Culture Dogs (WWUH 91.3 FM)
- … and more!