SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival

January 25 & 26, 2019

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 2019 edition of the festival will feature headline performance from Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast with Zach Reino and Jessica McKenna and Astronomy Club!

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Friday, January 25:
In Advance: $18 | $16 student & senior | $15.50 ArtsQuest Member
Day of: $21 | $19 student & senior | $18.50 ArtsQuest Member

Saturday, January 26:
In Advance: $27 | $25 student & senior | $24 ArtsQuest Member
Day of: $31 | $29 student & senior | $28 ArtsQuest Member

Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast with Zach Reino and Jessica McKenna (Los Angeles, CA)

off-book_characters Every week Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino sit down and record a completely improvised musical in an attempt to combat the notion that musicals should be “carefully crafted” or “thought out at all.” This time they are doing it live! Accompanied by the incomparable Scott Passarella on the keys and produced by Earwolf.
“Warning: Downloading Off Book may cause you to laugh uncontrollably in a public space.” – USA TODAY
Off Book: The Improvised Musical PodcastZach Reino and Jessica McKenna
“Every entirely re-listenable song, and the way characters fold into each other’s narrative, is awe-inspiring and totally delightful.” – The AV Club

Zach Reino and Jessica McKenna are better known as the musical sketch duo The Zach and The Jess. They’ve written musical sketches for Party Over Here, Buzzfeed, FunnyOrDie, Nickelodeon, and they created and starred in “Serious Music,” a digital series for ABC.

Their weekly improvised musical podcast called, “Off Book” on Earwolf, has been praised by various online publications including Indie Wire, USA Today, Parade, AV Club and Splitsider. The podcast has also performed live at the renowned Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival and Comedy Central’s Clusterfest Festival in San Francisco. Between their podcast and UCB performances Jess and Zach sometimes improvise four musicals a week. It’s almost like it’s no big deal to write a musical. Boom! Rodgers and Hammerstein ya been roasted!

Astronomy Club (New York, NY)

Astronomy Club

Astronomy Club is a New York-based improv and sketch comedy group. Their self-titled Comedy Central digital series just premiered earlier this fall. They perform weekly in the improv show “Let’s Talk About Race, Baby!” on Mondays at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, East Village, where they formerly were an improv house team.

The team was named NYCF/Comedy Central Sketch Comics to Watch 2016 and members of Astronomy Club have been featured on NBC, HBO, TBS, SyFy, IFC, TruTV, MTV, VH1, Funny Or Die, Above Average, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Orange Is The New Black.

Astronomy Club: Comedy Central’s Best New Digital Series –
“The surprising, insightful places where (Astronomy Club) performers can end up simply by following suggestions solicited from the crowd is as clear an example as any of the beauty of improv.” – The New York Times
10448498_307539009411353_977915280384548606_o Astronomy Club is Shawtane Bowen, Jonathan Braylock, Ray Cordova, Caroline Martin, Jerah Milligan, Monique Moses, James III, and Keisha Zollar.

Friday, January 25

6:25 p.m. | The Ceremonial First Yes & And Ceremony
6:30 p.m. | The Fourtets (Lehigh Valley, PA)
6:45 p.m. | Cat Sweaters (Lehigh Valley, PA)
7:00 p.m. | Slug Teeth (Hartford, CT)
7:15 p.m. | Good Catch (New York, NY)
7:35 p.m. | Spitfire (Lehigh Valley, PA)
7:50 p.m. | Whiplash (Philadelphia, PA)
8:10 p.m. | CHUCHO (New York, NY)
8:30 p.m. | We’re Good, You’re Great (Lehigh Valley, PA)
8:50 p.m. | Gym Crush (Brooklyn, NY)
9:10 p.m. | Big Bang (Boston, MA/Sarasota, FL/ New York, NY)
9:30 p.m. | Astronomy Club (New York, NY)
10:30 p.m. | The Blue Barracudas (Lehigh Valley, PA)
10:45 p.m. | Kittyhawk (New York, NY)
11:15 p.m. | Staycation (Lehigh Valley, PA)
11:30 p.m. | LumberCon (Brooklyn, NY)
11:45 p.m. | Shatwood (Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:00 a.m. | Akimbo (Baltimore, MD)
12:15 a.m. | One Last Thing (Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:30 a.m. | Symbiote: The Venom Improv Experience
12:35 a.m. | Rap Roulette
12:40 a.m. | Sports Smack Talk
12:45 a.m. | Yes And a Bag of Chips
1:00 a.m. | CLAP: A Musical Tribute to the Broadway Smash STOMP
1:05 a.m. | No Country For Old Pickles
1:10 a.m. | The Last Minute Unplanned Bit Show

Saturday, January 26

11:20 a.m. | Underground Improv Project (Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA)
11:40 a.m. | No Parking Players (Pittsburgh, PA)
12:00 p.m. | The Breakfast Boys (Brooklyn, NY)
12:15 p.m. | Improvised Wikipedia Podcast (Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:30 p.m. | Old City (Baltimore, MD)
12:50 p.m. | Average Age 50 (Hartford, CT)
1:05 p.m. | OLGA (Baltimore, MD)
1:20 p.m. | Bad People (New York, NY)
1:40 p.m. | Time Bandits (Philadelphia, PA)
1:55 p.m. | Judy Big Mouth (New York, NY)
2:15 p.m. | Rancy Neagan (Washington, D.C.)
2:30 p.m. | My Momma’s Biscuits (New York, NY)
2:50 p.m. | Dalby Spook (Los Angeles, CA)
3:10 p.m. | Sloppy Seconds (Austin, TX)
3:25 p.m. | Honey (Brooklyn, NY)
3:55 p.m. | Actually Banksy (Boston, MA)
4:15 p.m. | Four Eyes (Lehigh Valley, PA)
4:35 p.m. | Elizabeth (Pittsburgh, PA)
4:50 p.m. | Captain PhD (Washington, D.C.)
5:10 p.m. | The Code Switch (New York, NY)
5:30 p.m. | Synced Up (Lehigh Valley, PA)
5:45 p.m. | Bird & Friends (New York, NY)
6:05 p.m. | History of the Future (Hartford, CT)
6:25 p.m. | Straight White Men (New York, NY)
6:45 p.m. | Milk Money (Boston, MA)
7:15 p.m. | The Great Old Ones (Lehigh Valley, PA)
7:30 p.m. | Neighbors (Boston, MA)
7:50 p.m. | Stevedore (Los Angeles, CA/New York, NY)
8:10 p.m. | DMXX (New York, NY)
8:30 p.m. | Mini Dungeon (Pittsburgh, PA)
8:50 p.m. |¿Que? (Philadelphia, PA)
9:10 p.m. | My Privacy (New York, NY)
9:30 p.m. | Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast (Los Angeles, CA)
10:30 p.m. | The Flumplenarfs (Lehigh Valley, PA)
10:50 p.m. | We Should Be Happy (Lehigh Valley, PA)
11:10 p.m. | Top Shelf (New York, NY)
11:30 p.m. | Dark Sneak Love Action (New York, NY)
11:45 p.m. | Topiary (Baltimore, MD)
12:00 a.m. | Extra Chowder (Hoboken, NJ)
12:15 a.m. | Playground (New York, NY)
12:30 a.m. | Period Drama (Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:45 a.m. | Lancaster Improv Players (Lancaster, PA)
1:00 a.m. | The Perfect Ending to the Perfect Harold
1:05 a.m. | Suggestion Idol
1:10 a.m. | The Devil Wears Prada: A Two Woman Show
1:15 a.m. | Shark Tank for POCs
1:20 a.m. | Hot Boiz: Xtreme Improv
1:25 a.m. | Pillow-Casy Kasem
1:30 a.m. | I’m So Glad You Asked That
1:35 a.m. | Richie Warmkessel Eats A Popsicle
1:40 a.m. | ASMR Live!

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