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Founded in 2012 by local actor Kimee Balmilero (Noelani Cunha on "Hawaii Five-0," Original Broadway Cast "Mamma Mia,” National Touring Company of "Miss Saigon"), improvhi (or improv hawaii) is a group of young (and not so young) improvisers, comedians, actors, teachers, parents, realtors, surfers, data analysts, creatives and every day folks based in Honolulu who like to make people laugh. Our mission is to build confidence through comedy. We also enjoy dinner buffets, crab legs, karaoke, opening presents, strong choices and failing brilliantly. Let’s play!

Check out these awesome reviews:
"Whatever you imagine about improv, put it away. I have seen this group do their improv comedy several times and each time, I walk away laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes. Quick and sassy, this troupe loves what they are doing and it shows." - Tara C. from Los Angeles, CA

"I recently attended a class at Improv Hi and had an absolute blast! The principles of the class were based on thinking outside of the box and allowed everyone to get out of his or her comfort zone in a theatrical way. I learned a lot about myself and made some great friends too. Can't wait til the next class!" - Megan K. from Severn, MD

"This class was fun and I felt a significant difference in the way I approach things. I'm not as stressed to know all of the details and feel more confident to trust that I know what to say. When I really have no clue, I now have some tools to speak as if I do. GREAT workshop for anyone who wants to be a better communicator! I definitely think this should replace any boring powerpoint at orientations. Excellent!" - Diane K. from Honolulu, HI

"These artists are top notch!! I just saw a couple of them on Maui last night perform at our improv center! Cant wait to come to Oahu and see a show here. Please come over to Maui again!!" - Deanna S. from Kihei, HI

"I took private improv classes from Kimee and am amazed at how useful it is for so many parts of my life. I am not the type to wanna be funny, but I do want to think on my feet and be able to go with the flow in a conversation. My former business associate and I took it together so that we could learn to play off of each other. It was fun and it also taught me a lot about connecting to someone else and communicating in a partnership." - Sam M. from Honolulu, HI

Upcoming events (5)

Level 101: Improv Basics (No Experience Needed)

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Trying improv for the first time or just getting back into the swing of things? This intro level set of classes are designed to give you the basic tools of improv comedy. Students will learn the value of “yes, and”-ing, listening, agreement, support, and more in a safe, non judgmental environment. At the end of the 101 session, students will have the opportunity to perform a showcase for invited guests. Class length: Six 2.5 hour classes = 15 hours of instruction Prerequisite: No Experience Needed Max class size: 10 Class Dates: 6 Mondays – 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21 Showcase Date: TBD Class Cost: EARLY BIRD PRICE: $185 LATE REGISTRATION: $200 (Early Bird pricing ends 2 days before the first class) Class Times: 7pm – 9:30pm Class Location: This class happens online via Zoom. All classes are password protected. Students should have access to reliable internet connection, a web cam (may be built into device) and a comfortable space to play. See all improvhi class descriptions at https://improvhi.com/classes/descriptions/ All students should review the improvhi house rules before starting their classes at https://improvhi.com/rules/ Please register for class at https://improvhi.com/product/2020-08-17-lvl-101/

Improvhi Study Hall (must have completed 101)

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The Improvhi Study Hall is designed to get students to keep players warmed up. Less like a class and more like a practice group, our study hall will give you a good amount of rep time that will leave you refreshed and ready! Sessions may include: Exploring new openings, building strong initiations, short form games, scene work, object work and more! Each session is TOTALLY different depending on the instructor and what they’d like to cover that night. You’ve got the skills, now let’s put them to work!! Prerequisite: Students must have completed a 101 session with Improv Hawaii within the last 2 years. Cost: $15 Time: 7:00PM – 8:00PM All Study Halls will happen online via Zoom. A link and password will be emailed within 45 minutes of the class start time. Participants should have reliable internet as well as a comfortable and quiet space to play during class. Instructors may change each session. Please register for class at https://improvhi.com/product/2020-08-19-lvl-study-hall/

Level 101: Improv Basics (No Experience Needed)

Improv Hawaii’s Tiny Stage

Trying improv for the first time or just getting back into the swing of things? This intro level set of classes are designed to give you the basic tools of improv comedy. Students will learn the value of “yes, and”-ing, listening, agreement, support, and more in a safe, non judgmental environment. Max class size: 6 people (face masks must be worn at all times) Class length: Six 2.5 hour classes = 15 hours of instruction Prerequisite: No Experience Needed Class Dates: 6 Saturdays – 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 Class Cost: EARLY BIRD PRICE: $185 LATE REGISTRATION: $200 (Early Bird pricing ends 2 days before the first class) Class Times: 12pm – 2:30pm Class Location: Tiny Stage – 419 South Street #163 (across from the old Restaurant Row)* *Please note that this class may be moved online at any time due to the pandemic Parking: Street or surrounding paid garages. Sorry, we do not validate. Instructor: Jose V. *instructors subject to change without notice See all improvhi class descriptions at https://improvhi.com/classes/descriptions/ All students should review the improvhi house rules before starting their classes at https://improvhi.com/rules/ Please register for class at https://improvhi.com/product/2020-08-22-lvl-101/

Level 101: Improv Basics (No Experience Needed)

Online event

Trying improv for the first time or just getting back into the swing of things? This intro level set of classes are designed to give you the basic tools of improv comedy. Students will learn the value of “yes, and”-ing, listening, agreement, support, and more in a safe, non judgmental environment. At the end of the 101 session, students will have the opportunity to perform a showcase for invited guests. Class length: Six 2.5 hour classes = 15 hours of instruction Prerequisite: No Experience Needed Max class size: 10 Class Dates: 6 Tuesdays – 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 Showcase Date: TBD Class Cost: EARLY BIRD PRICE: $185 LATE REGISTRATION: $200 (Early Bird pricing ends 2 days before the first class) Class Times: 7pm – 9:30pm Class Location: This class happens online via Zoom. All classes are password protected. Students should have access to reliable internet connection, a web cam (may be built into device) and a comfortable space to play. Instructor: Jose V. *instructors subject to change without notice See all improvhi class descriptions at https://improvhi.com/classes/descriptions/ All students should review the improvhi house rules before starting their classes at https://improvhi.com/rules/ Please register for class at https://improvhi.com/product/2020-08-25-level-101

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