The Phoenix Improv Festival returns to Downtown Phoenix for its 10th year of spontaneous fun this weekend at the Herberger Theater.

Each show features different troupes from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Austin and more, with an opening-night showcase featuring a slew of homegrown Arizona talent.

Also of note is a family-friendly show on Saturday afternoon, featuring Grandma Hates Technology, a father-daughter duo from New York.

Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. — Arizona showcase
Tickets: $10
This is a marathon-style show with performances all evening. A ticket allows admission for the entire night.
6 p.m. — Chaos Comedy
6:20 p.m. — Flip
6:40 p.m. — Galapagos
7 p.m. — Searching for X
8 p.m. — Valley Fever
8:20 p.m. — Los Subtitulos
8:40 p.m. — Unicorn Warpath
9 p.m. — Die Puppet Die
9:20 p.m. — JaxN Reed
9:40 p.m. — Apollo 12

Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Light Rail Pirates (Phoenix)
King 10 (Los Angeles)
HawinStroth (Hollywood, CA)

Friday, April 15 at 10 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Dangerville (Phoenix)
ColdTowne (Austin)
Dr. God (Los Angeles)

Saturday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m.
Family-friendly show — appropriate for all ages!
Tickets: $10
Exit 185 (Casa Grande, AZ)
Grandma Hates Technology (New York City)
Jester’Z (Scottsdale, AZ)
Bare (Chicago)

Saturday, April 16, at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $15
National Comedy Theatre (Phoenix)
Men In Shirts (Detroit/Los Angeles)
Cog (Hollywood, CA)

Saturday, April 16, at 9 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Mail Order Bride (Phoenix)
The Foundation (Phoenix)
JoKyR & Jesster (Salt Lake City)

Descriptions of the performing troupes are available on

If you go: 10th Annual Phoenix Improv Festival

When: April 14-16, 2011
Where: The Herberger Theater, 222 E. Monroe St. (light rail at 3rd St/Washington westbound and 3rd St/Jefferson eastbound)
Tickets: $10 to $15; Call 602.252.8497 (Tickets are also available through the Herberger Theater website, but please note that service charges will be assessed.)

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