Contest4 Improv4Humans: Saturdays in February 8:30pm

Station Theater is incredibly excited to host the contest4improv4humans this February!  NINE local improv teams will compete for a chance to join UCB’s Matt Besser for a live recording at the Del Close Marathon in New York City!
  • February 3 at 8:30pm
  • February 10 at 8:30pm
  • February 17 at 8:30pm
  • February 24 at 8:30pm

What is improv4humans? 

improv4humans is a fully improvised weekly podcast on the Earwolf network, featuring UCB’s Matt Besser performing with the best improvisers in the universe.

Each week, Matt and his guests create scenes based on one word Twitter suggestions, YouTube videos, news stories, Earwolf forum arguments, Besser family memorabilia, and live musical performances from artists like Dan Deacon, Waxahatchee and Lydia Loveless.

improv4humans features regular appearances by Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Lauren Lapkus, Jon Gabrus, Andy Daly, Horatio Sanz, Seth Morris, Paul Rust, Danielle Schneider, Eugene Cordero, Mary Holland, Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Gil Ozeri, John Gemberling, and Brian Huskey among many others! Also featuring music by Bobby Matthews and Dragoon.

Listen to improv4humans on Earwolf and iTunes.


Submissions for the Contest 4 Improv4Humans are now open. Please read the complete rules before submitting your group.


This form closes at 11:59 pm on Friday, January 12. Please review the Contest Description and Official Rules with your group prior to submitting. The schedule for the prelim round will be announced by January 15.

Improv comedy teams across the country are eligible to compete in the second annual “contest4improv4humans,” hosted by UCB’s Matt Besser. Starting in 2018, participating comedy theaters will hold qualifying rounds for teams to do their best set in the style of Matt Besser’s podcast improv4humans. The best teams in each city will post their sets online for a chance to compete in a final, nationwide round – and one winning team will fly to New York City to perform with Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon.

Each team will consist of three or four members, all of whom must be over 18 years old and residents of the United States. Team members may not be under any music, acting, or other contract that would limit their ability to freely appear in an online video (see official rules for details.) Employees of the E.W. Scripps Corporation and their immediate family members are ineligible.

The first round is a live performance taking place at 10-15 theaters across the country. Each competing team will have roughly 20 minutes to do a set in the style of improv4humans:

– All performers sit at a table throughout.
– They perform three scenes.
– Each scene is prompted by a one word suggestion from the audience, followed by a group discussion of that suggestion.
– Each set will be taped. A panel of judges at each theater will determine one winning team; then, each Regional winner will release the tape of their set online. Matt Besser and Earwolf will select three teams from these video submissions to move on to the final round.

A maximum number of 9 troupes will be accepted for the preliminary rounds, which will take place February 3, 10, and 17 at 8:30pm. The winner of each preliminary round will compete in the final round on February 24 at 8:30pm.

Performers may only submit as part of one troupe.