ABOVE: 2007 - Fede and Weiler performing at the Dirty South Improv Festival in Chapel Hill, NC
BELOW: 2017 - Reunited on stage for Improv Charlotte's 10th Anniversary Show at Stage Door Theatre
Photo by Cheyenne Schultz
One lonely Sunday afternoon, in the unfamiliar city of Wilmington, NC, Erin Fede stumbled upon a free improv workshop. The classes were fun but it was the longform she witnessed (and more specifically, three exceptionally brilliant players within that longform) that inspired her to pursue improv. Not too long after she auditioned for a troupe, was trained and finally began performing there, she found herself back in Charlotte, NC.
In 2006, after growing weary of listening to his friend and co-worker complain about missing improv, Andrew Weiler challenged Fede with the promise that if she started an Improv troupe, he would help her.
Twelve years later, Improv Charlotte has gone from performing in the basement of Forest Hill Church (for audiences that often outnumbered their hand-picked quintet) to a seasoned cast of twelve who consistently pack out venues of 200+ seats. And for Improv Charlotte, a sell-out show is more than fun. It fuels our mission.
1 Peter 4:10 says, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." Inspired by this verse, we began serving the city they love through an art form we love.
Improv Charlotte exists to Serve our Community through Comedy by creating inclusive, family-friendly improv that benefits our neighbors throughout the Charlotte area. Our dedicated team of improvisers use our comedic gifts to bring joy to our fellow humans through interactive, entertaining performances while, together, supporting our community.
Over the years, we feel privileged to have donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to dozens of charities. And even though Improv Charlotte may be the ones performing, we know it is the generous audience members whom attend our shows that make the direct impact in people's lives. Without them or the trusted non-profits, our vision does not come to life. The patrons and the charities are the heroes.
Improv Charlotte, three-time winner of Charlotte Magazine's "Best of the Best" Award, puts on shows that consist of both short and long form improvisation. Nothing is scripted or rehearsed. Everything we do is made up on the spot and inspired by audience suggestions.
In addition to shows that are both intellectually stimulating and laugh-out-loud funny, all Improv Charlotte shows are family friendly. Our players work hard to create memorable characters, relationships and environments while making honest discoveries, observations and reactions. In other words, we put a lot of practice, passion and effort into delivering you the best, most FUN, Improvised Comedy they can.
George Bernard Shaw stated he went to the theatre "to be moved to laughter, not tickled or bustled into it." And we want to do that for you—while making a difference in people's lives with you.
THANK YOU for helping us care for others through comedy!