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SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival

January 24 & 25, 2020

ArtsQuest Center
SteelStacks
Bethlehem, PA

The SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival is two days of almost-but-not-quite non-stop improv comedy in Bethlehem, PA. Each day features a marathon-style lineup of sets by performers from around the world.

The 2020 edition of the festival will feature a headline performances from Baby Wants Candy and Asian AF – The Hit Asian American Variety Show!

Buy Tickets

Friday, January 24 (featuring Asian AF):
In Advance: $18 | $16 student & senior | $15.50 ArtsQuest Member
Day of: $21 | $19 student & senior | $18.50 ArtsQuest Member

Saturday, January 25 (featuring Baby Wants Candy!):

In Advance: $27 | $25 student & senior | $24 ArtsQuest Member
Day of: $31 | $29 student & senior | $28 ArtsQuest Member

Asian AF – The Hit Asian American Variety Show! (NY, LA) – Friday, 1/24

ASIAN AF (Asian As F***) is the premier Asian American variety show at the UCB Theatre. After the incredible success of SCARLETT JOHANSSON PRESENTS, the first Asian American improv show at the UCB Theatre (and also the most attended show at UCB), Asian AF was created as a way to showcase even more comedic Asian American talent. Asian AF spotlights the best Asian American actors, stand-up comedians, improvisers, sketch performers, musicians, dancers, & storytellers. The show has been featured on several news sites such as NBC News, ABC News, LA Times, NY Times, Google, ATTN, Splitsider, Gizmodo, Indiewire, and many more.

Their SSICF show fill feature:

Stand up by:

  • Alex Song

Improv by:

  • Donald Chang
  • Amir Khan
  • Jenny Arimoto
  • Akmal Tajihan
  • Alex Cheng

Due to its immense popularity in Los Angeles, ASIAN AF was brought out to New York in June 2017. SCARLETT JOHANSSON PRESENTS also debuted at UCBTNY for the 19th Annual Del Close Marathon in the same month. Asian AF has the unique honor of being the first ever UCBTLA show to become a monthly show in New York at the UCB Theatre. Dan Lee served as the original lead producer & host of Asian AF New York. The show has become a huge success with sold out shows every month, including a special performance at the famous Signature Theatre off Broadway.

Baby Wants Candy! (Chicago, NY, LA) – Saturday, 1/25

Baby Wants Candy!

Baby Wants Candy is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedy ensembles in the world. The group has performed more than 3,000 completely improvised musicals to thousands of fans from Chicago to New York to Singapore to Scotland. Entirely based on audience suggestion and accompanied by a full band, the show is a roller-coaster ride of spontaneously choreographed dance numbers, rhyming verses and witty, jaw-dropping comedy. Each performance is the opening and closing night of that performance.

 

 

“BEST COMEDY IN CHICAGO!” – Chicago Magazine
“TRULY AMAZING! CRITICS’ PICK!” – The New York Times
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!” – The Onion

 

Baby Want Candy has helped launch the careers of some of the top comedic talent in the US. BWC cast & alumni include Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Peter Gwinn (Colbert Report), Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley), Lauren Conlan Adams (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jessica McKenna (Off Book!), Nicole Parker (Elephaba in Wicked on Broadway) and many more. Band members/alumni include Garry W. Tallent of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Mark Pender of Conan’s Max Weinberg 7 and Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band; and Johnny Pisano of the Jesse Malin Band and The Marky Ramone Band.

Complete 2020 Festival Schedule

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

6:45 p.m. Ceremonial Yes And Ceremony
6:50 Cat & Vegas & the Temple of Boom (Aberdeen, NJ)
7:10 Top Shelf (New York, NY)
7:30 Mercy Santos (New York, NY)
7:50 Hundred Hand Slap (New York, NY)
8:10 Big Check (Lehigh Valley, PA)
8:30 Gym Crush (New York, NY)
8:50 Kittyhawk (New York, NY)
9:10 Staycation (Lehigh Valley, PA)
9:30 Asian AF
10:30 Trash & Cash (New York, NY)
10:50 At Last (New York, NY)
11:20 (in space) (Philadelphia, PA)
11:40 Evan & Andy’s Most Excellent Adventure (Lehigh Valley, PA)
11:55 The Deep End (Pittsburg, PA)
12:10 a.m. The Associated Mess (Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:25 Yeah, I’m Kind of Afraid (Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:40 BIT SHOWS:

  • 12:40 – Ghost Story
  • 12:45 – 3 Men and 1 Woman Watching “Little Women”
  • 12:50 – Short Attention Span Ted Talk
  • 12:55 – HYPE
  • 1:00 – The Mandalorian & Teenage Yoda: A Father & Son Story
  • 1:05 – RhythmO
  • 1:10 – “Tami Tonight” in 5 Minutes

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

10:30 a.m. Muhlenberg Improv Association (Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA)
10:45 Improv Technicians (Rutgers University, Newark NJ)
11:00 No Parking Players (Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA)
11:15 Hot Pursuit (Baltimore, MD)
11:30 Bangin’ (New York, NY)
11:50 Daddy Issues (Philadelphia, PA)
12:10 p.m. KP&J (Denver, CO)
12:30 Improvised Wikipedia Podcast (Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:45 Robot Love (Hartford, CT)
1:00 A++ (Baltimore, MD)
1:20 The Lodge (Washington, D.C.)
1:40 History of the Future (Hartford, CT)
1:55 Fancy Boys (Pittsburgh, PA)
2:10 Topiary (Baltimore, MD)
2:30 The Broken Bones (Washington DC)
2:50 OLGA (New York, NY)
3:10 Captain PhD (Washington, D.C.)
3:30 UnaVOIDable (Lehigh Valley, PA)
3:50 Seattle Spaceman (New York, NY)
4:05 Best Party Ever (Washington, D.C.)
4:20 The Crocodile’s Dilemma (Pittsburgh, PA)
4:40 Heavy Rotation (Washington, D.C.)
5:00 The Breakfast Boys (New York, NY)
5:20 Synced Up (Lehigh Valley, PA)
5:40 37 Puppies (Washington, D.C.)
6:00 Bird & Friends (New York, NY)
6:20 Axel Mom (Lehigh Valley, PA)
6:40 Whiplash (Philadelphia, PA)
7:00 Promises (New York, NY)
7:30 The Great Old Ones (Lehigh Valley, PA)
7:50 Off Top (New York, NY)
8:10 Neighbors (Boston, MA)
8:30 My Privacy (New York, NY)
8:50 CHUCHO (New York, NY)
9:10 Stevedore (New York, NY)
9:30 Baby Wants Candy
10:30 The Fourtets (+1) (Lehigh Valley, PA)
10:50 You Are Not Alone (New York, NY)
11:10 DTI (Providence, RI)
11:30 Naughty By Nurture (Lehigh Valley, PA)
11:45 Young Retirees (New York, NY)
12:00 a.m. Sloppy Seconds (Austin, TX)
12:15 KDM (Boston, MA)
12:30 SAW JAMS (Lancaster, PA)
12:45 Detectives Devlin & Lunger (Lehigh Valley, PA)
1:00 Shots on a Monday (Washington, D.C.)
1:15 BIT SHOWS:

  • 1:15 – One of Us is Dead
  • 1:20 – All I Brought Was A Pack of Gum
  • 1:25 – CLAP: A Tribute to the Broadway Smash Hit STOMP
  • 1:30 – Two Veteran Improvisers on the Backline
  • 1:35 – Sad Gallagher

Workshops

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