Improvised Shakespeare Company

Improvised Shakespeare Company

 New York, New York, USA

Stand combines heartfelt energy and excellent song craftmanship to deliver songs that range from loud and gritty to mellow and dramatic. Their combination of 2 very harmonic vocalists over hookie guitar lines provide a breath of fresh air in a music world full of mundane rock and puffy pop.


"A smash hit at our 2009 festival" - Robbie Praw, Manager of Programming, Just For Laughs Festival

"Staggeringly Brilliant... Downright Hilarious" - Time Out Chicago

Mind-blowing It was one of the funniest, most amazing things Ive ever seen.
-The Charleston City Paper

** 2009 New York Nightlife Award for Best Comedic Performance by a Group **

In 2005, Blaine Swen (an original member of The Backstreet Bards & The Spontaneous Shakespeare Co.) founded The Improvised Shakespeare Co. in Chicago. After a successful fall run on the Donnys Skybox stage at The Second City the show was taken to the famous Improv Olympic in Chicago. The very place where Mike Meyers, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, and Amy Poehler (to name a few) got their start. The Improvised Shakespeare Company has had a sold-out run every Friday night at IO for the last 3 years.

Now, The Improvised Shakespeare Co. has found itself on the road, including a trip to the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival in Charleston SC (where The ISC was reviewed as one of the top shows in the festival) The group also performs at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City to sold out houses and was featured in the UCB Theatres Del Close Marathon. In July, 2009, The Improvised Shakespeare Co. will be featured at the prestigous Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada and in September the show will be featured at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle.

Set List

Typical length of show is 50-75 minutes. One act. No intermission. We can do shorter, or longer. Up to you.