We've got a ton of great comedy shows & improv courses & workshops coming up, including
Intro to Improv taught by Greg Ludovici & The Character taught by Daniel Davidson!

Events

Our own Monthly Comedy Shows in Hartford, CT

Sea Tea Improv at
City Steam Brewery!

Sea Tea Improv’s
Longform Comedy
Showcase!

Sea Tea Improv at
HartBeat Ensemble’s
Carriage House Theater!

One Sunday per month One Friday per month One weekend per month
Our shortform improv show!

Similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, we take tons of suggestions from the audience and use them (and a few audience volunteers here and there) in a variety of scenes, songs, and competitive games made up right on the spot!

Come see the show and have dinner, drinks & dessert while you watch — City Steam brews their own beers right on the premises.

This is our first and longest-running show — we’ve performed over 50 monthly shows at City Steam since 2009.

Our longform improv show!

We bring the big-city style improv of New York, Chicago, Boston & LA to life in Hartford!

We’ll take a single suggestion of a word, phrase, or title, get inspired by improvised stories from celebrity guests, or interview audience members to create a 25-40 minute improvised comedy with different scenes, themes & characters!

The showcase features Sea Tea Improv’s show AND other performances by invited groups & mixed improvisers from all over, for a big fun festival-style show!

In this newest addition to our monthly shows, we put on special one-time or experimental comedy shows that may not even be improv!

We’ve done improvised musicals, a special show for kids & families, a sketch comedy show with live music similar to SNL, a show where the improv groups swapped members, and a show with new one-off groups that were no bigger than 3 members each!

These shows are where we do something truly unique — don’t miss a once in a lifetime opportunity!

FREE! $10 Prices vary
(usually around $10)
Call City Steam at
(860) 525-1600
to make your reservation.
Get your tickets online
or at the door.
Our improv students get in free.
Available at either
Sea Tea Improv tickets,
HartBeat tickets, or at the door.
City Steam Brewery’s
Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Club

942 Main St.
Hartford, CT (map)
The Studio at Billings Forge
(right next to Firebox)
563 Broad St.
Hartford, CT (map)
HartBeat Ensemble’s
Carriage House Theater

360 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT (map)

Complete Public Show & Event Listings

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Thu 1st Aug
9:00 PM
11:00 PM
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Hanging with Harold - Weekly Drop-In Jam
Hanging with Harold is not a class or a workshop. It's not a show, either. It's a learn-by-doing drop-in jam where Sea Tea Improv and members of the improv community (that's you, just by showing up!) perform a kind of longform improv together known as the Harold.

"You'll have to do about a hundred Harolds to start feeling comfortable with the form." - Matt Besser, founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade

We will keep track of the cumulative number of Harolds done by each participant from week to week. Each week, we will do 1, 2 or 3 Harolds (time depending), and everyone who participates will add to their Harold total toward everyone's personal goal of 100 completed Harolds.

Who will be first to reach 100 Harolds completed?

$5 per person
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Sea Tea Improv Studio, 75 Pratt St., Suite 500, Hartford, CT
Sat 3rd Aug
4:00 PM
7:00 PM
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The Second Beat (8-Week Longform Improv Course) begins!
Focus Course: The Second Beat
Instructor: Jeffrey Schaefer

Register for this course via PayPal: bit.ly/SecondBeat2013
(PayPal account not required)

Students will explore beyond the initial scene into second beats in this focus on longform improvisation. Players will be honing in on skills such as tag outs, bending the space, walk-ons, advancements, callbacks, group games and scene painting. The course ends in a share performance for an invited audience.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least two of our "Foundation" level courses (The Scene, The Game, The Character), or permission from Sea Tea Improv (request permission by emailing comedy@seateaimprov.com).

About the instructor: Jeffrey William Schaefer is a performer with Sea Tea Improv and was recently accepted to Advanced Study Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC. He has been studying and performing improv since 2010. At UCB, he's studied under such performers as Jon Gabrus, Ben Rodgers, Anthony Atamanuik, Will Hines, Ryan Karels, Eric Scott, and Rachael Mason. Additionally, Jeffrey is an experienced English teacher, writer, and cat enthusiast who resides in Hartford, CT.

All class meetings are on Saturday evenings from 4pm to 7pm.

Class dates:
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31
September 7
September 14
September 21 (Share performance from 6:30pm - 7pm)

This course is one of Sea Tea Improv's two "Focus"-level adult improv courses: this course, focused on longform improvisation, and The Set List, focused on shortform improvisation. This course was last taught in Fall 2012 by Dan Russell.

Cost: $199

This course is limited to 12 students.

Register for this course via PayPal: bit.ly/SecondBeat2013
(PayPal account not required)
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Sea Tea Improv Studio, 75 Pratt St, Suite 500, Hartford, CT
Mon 5th Aug
6:30 PM
9:30 PM
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Intro to Improv (4-week adult course) begins!
Join us in our Studio for a 4-week Intro to Improv course!

Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm starting August 5, 2013

Instructor: Vladimir John Perez

Class dates:
Monday, August 5
Monday, August 12
Monday, August 19
Monday, August 26

Register for this course via PayPal:
bit.ly/AugustIntro
(PayPal account is not required)
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Sea Tea Improv Studio, 75 Pratt St, Suite 500, Hartford, CT
Thu 8th Aug
9:00 PM
11:00 PM
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Hanging with Harold - Weekly Drop-In Jam
Hanging with Harold is not a class or a workshop. It's not a show, either. It's a learn-by-doing drop-in jam where Sea Tea Improv and members of the improv community (that's you, just by showing up!) perform a kind of longform improv together known as the Harold.

"You'll have to do about a hundred Harolds to start feeling comfortable with the form." - Matt Besser, founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade

We will keep track of the cumulative number of Harolds done by each participant from week to week. Each week, we will do 1, 2 or 3 Harolds (time depending), and everyone who participates will add to their Harold total toward everyone's personal goal of 100 completed Harolds.

Who will be first to reach 100 Harolds completed?

$5 per person
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Sea Tea Improv Studio, 75 Pratt St., Suite 500, Hartford, CT
Sat 10th Aug
1:00 PM
4:00 PM
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The Monoscene (5-week Master Class with a Performance, by Application Only) begins!
The Monoscene
5-week Master Class with a Performance, by Application Only
Instructor: Vladimir John Perez
Cost: $129

Saturday afternoons
from 1pm to 4pm
starting August 10, 2013

Where: Sea Tea Improv Studio
75 Pratt St, Suite 500, Hartford, CT

Prerequisites: Instructor Approval

Class dates:
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 17
Saturday, August 24
Saturday, August 31
Saturday, September 7

Performance:
Friday, September 13 at Sea Tea Improv's Longform Showcase

This course is limited to 8 students.

Registering for this course:
To register for this course, you must first apply by sending an email to vlad@seateaimprov.com with the reasons why you want to take this course. This will be your application. The instructor will consider your application letter, your transcript as a Sea Tea Improv student, your contributions to the CT Improv community, and your personal improv history & performance, as well as other factors. If you are approved, you will be sent a link to register for this course.

About the Instructor:
Vladimir John Perez is a co-founder of Sea Tea Improv who was recently accepted to Advanced Study at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He has been professionally trained in improv at multiple theaters in NYC, CT & LA. Vlad is also a co-founder of the sketch comedy group Asylum Attic, which has produced comedy videos and live sketch shows. He has experience in the film industry working on shows such as “Flight of the Conchords” and “Bored to Death”. In addition to being a prolific improvisor and host of the monthly Connecticut Improv Mixer, Vlad is a also highly experienced film, voice, & sketch comedy actor.

Vlad performed in every match of the 2012-2013 CT Comedy Cage Match series, three consecutive UCB Indie Cage Matches, and the final round of the 2013-2014 CT Comedy Cage Match series, all of which Sea Tea Improv won using the Monoscene format.
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Sea Tea Improv Studio, 75 Pratt St, Suite 500, Hartford, CT
Thu 15th Aug
9:00 PM
11:00 PM
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Hanging with Harold - Weekly Drop-In Jam
Hanging with Harold is not a class or a workshop. It's not a show, either. It's a learn-by-doing drop-in jam where Sea Tea Improv and members of the improv community (that's you, just by showing up!) perform a kind of longform improv together known as the Harold.

"You'll have to do about a hundred Harolds to start feeling comfortable with the form." - Matt Besser, founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade

We will keep track of the cumulative number of Harolds done by each participant from week to week. Each week, we will do 1, 2 or 3 Harolds (time depending), and everyone who participates will add to their Harold total toward everyone's personal goal of 100 completed Harolds.

Who will be first to reach 100 Harolds completed?

$5 per person
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Sea Tea Improv Studio, 75 Pratt St., Suite 500, Hartford, CT
Fri 16th Aug
8:00 PM
9:30 PM
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Sea Tea Improv's Longform Showcase feat. Spoiled Space Monkeys!
Watch Sea Tea Improv and guest groups perform different kinds of *longform* improv comedy! See the styles of improv comedy made popular in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York! Watch improvised scenes created right before your eyes, based on your suggestions!

Tickets are just $9 online ahead of time, $10 online on the day of the show, or $10 at the door!

OUR GUEST: Spoiled Space Monkeys, a 2-person improv group from NYC made up of UCB performers Amey Goerlich ( www.ucbtheatre.com/talent/view/303 ) & TJ Del Reno ( east.ucbtheatre.com/talent/view/12948 ).

Buy tickets online:
seateaimprovlongform.eventbrite.com/

Each installment will feature Sea Tea Improv and a superb guest group from Connecticut, Boston, New York, or elsewhere pushing the boundaries of what improv can be.

Our improv shows are different every time!
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The Studio at Billings Forge, 563 Broad St, Hartford, CT
Thu 22nd Aug
9:00 PM
11:00 PM
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Hanging with Harold - Weekly Drop-In Jam
Hanging with Harold is not a class or a workshop. It's not a show, either. It's a learn-by-doing drop-in jam where Sea Tea Improv and members of the improv community (that's you, just by showing up!) perform a kind of longform improv together known as the Harold.

"You'll have to do about a hundred Harolds to start feeling comfortable with the form." - Matt Besser, founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade

We will keep track of the cumulative number of Harolds done by each participant from week to week. Each week, we will do 1, 2 or 3 Harolds (time depending), and everyone who participates will add to their Harold total toward everyone's personal goal of 100 completed Harolds.

Who will be first to reach 100 Harolds completed?

$5 per person
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Sea Tea Improv Studio, 75 Pratt St., Suite 500, Hartford, CT
Fri 23rd Aug
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
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Sketch Comedy Showcase Extrordinairre! - Night 1
Are you all ready for the greatest collaboration of all time?

This August, from the minds that brought you last year's "Welcome to Asylum Attic," plus some new brains-- Sea Tea presents a pile of the best sketches you've ever seen in your life. Where will these occur? Why, at HartBeat Ensemble's Carriage House Theater (formerly Hartford Children's Theater), of course!

This show is running on 2 nights!
- Friday, August 23
- Saturday, August 24

Buy tickets here: https://sketchshowcase.eventbrite.com/

There's just one problem: the sketches haven't been written, cast, or directed yet. That's all up to you. Get writing!

Work out the kinks in your sketches by attending one of our sketch roundtables. Those occur on the first & third Sundays of every month from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Upcoming roundtables:
July 21
August 4
August 18

Get writing & stay tuned for more updates!

Both live and filmed sketches will be accepted.

Submission DEADLINE is 8/5/13 8pm

(Parking for this event will be available at the Mark Twain House & Museum, a short walk from the theater.)
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HartBeat Ensemble's Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT
Sat 24th Aug
8:00 PM
10:00 PM
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Sketch Comedy Showcase Extrordinairre! - Night 2
Are you all ready for the greatest collaboration of all time?

This August, from the minds that brought you last year's "Welcome to Asylum Attic," plus some new brains-- Sea Tea presents a pile of the best sketches you've ever seen in your life. Where will these occur? Why, at HartBeat Ensemble's Carriage House Theater (formerly Hartford Children's Theater), of course!

This show is running on 2 nights!
- Friday, August 23
- Saturday, August 24

Buy tickets here: https://sketchshowcase.eventbrite.com/

There's just one problem: the sketches haven't been written, cast, or directed yet. That's all up to you. Get writing!

Work out the kinks in your sketches by attending one of our sketch roundtables. Those occur on the first & third Sundays of every month from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Upcoming roundtables:
July 21
August 4
August 18

Get writing & stay tuned for more updates!

Both live and filmed sketches will be accepted.

Submission DEADLINE is 8/5/13 8pm

(Parking for this event will be available at the Mark Twain House & Museum, a short walk from the theater.)
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HartBeat Ensemble's Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT

Public Performances:

In addition to the monthly events listed above, we also perform at other public events around CT and in festivals all over the east coast. See our list of upcoming events on Facebook.

Private Performances:

Our team of professional improvisers can customize a show of just about any length & theme to entertain your guests through made-up on-the-spot stories, characters, & games entirely based on audience suggestions.  We’ve performed for fundraisers, birthday parties, graduation parties, opening ceremonies, holidays, and more.  Contact us for options, rates, and references.

Corporate Entertainment:

Whether you’re entertaining employees or customers, our team of professional improvisers will customize a show of just about any length and theme to entertain your audience using their own suggestions.  We’ve performed for insurance companies, law firms, financial companies, non-profits, and more.  Contact us for options, rates, and references.


Some of the Improv Groups, Bands, and other acts we’ve performed with:

UCB TourCo, The Brothers Hines, Pam Victor, Sasha Goldberg, Will Luera, Colin McEnroe, Scrambled Legs, Nobody’s Token, Autumn & Summar Spring into Winter, Horse Lincoln, Spoiled Space Monkeys, Renee DiNino, Pompadour, Mendoza, Tick Tick BOOM, The Great Make Believe Society, BenTopher, String Theorie, The Sticks Improv, Home Brew, The Awkward Handshakes, Franklin’s Peaches, Fake Fake Monkey, The Men in Black Barbershop Quartet, The Moveable Joints, Moebius, The Purple Crayon of Yale, Dukakis, Hickory, Pizza Supremacist, Anastos, Gadabout, Free Lunch, Standish Arms


Some of the Places We’ve Performed:

Theaters:

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Hartford Stage, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, UCB East, The HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theatre, Hartford Children’s Theatre, The Hole in the Wall Theater, Lucid Stage, Perishable Theater, Playhouse on Park, Trinity on Main, Oddfellows Playhouse. Charter Oak Cultural Center, Buttonwood Tree, Spotlight Cinemas

Companies and Organizations:

LEGO Systems, Accenture, ESPN, Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Phoenix, Public Allies, Toastmasters, United Healthcare, United Way, Hartford Marathon Foundation, Connecticut Humanities

Comedy Clubs, Bars, and Cafes:

City Steam Brewery Cafe’s Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club, Hartford Funny Bone, Joker’s Wild Comedy Club, City Steam Brewery & Cafe’s Richardson Room, La Paloma Sabanera, Cloud 9 Lounge, Jitters Coffeehouse, The Speakeasy at Local 121, Zen Bar, Barley Vine, Esca Wine Bar

Schools, Museums, Heritage, and Community Venues:

Bulkeley High School, Butler McCook House, The Buttonwood Tree, Central Baptist Church, Hartford City Hall, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, ConnectiCon, Connecticut Science Center, CT Business Expo, Hartford Law and Government High School, Holyoke Public Library, Lyceum Resource & Conference Center, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Middletown Elk’s Club, PSC Partners Conference, Odyssey of the Mind, The Studio at Billings Forge, The University of Connecticut’s Student Union Theater, Wadsworth Atheneum, Goodwin College

Media Studios:

ESPN, WFSB, WNPR, WTNH, WWLP, Fox 61

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