FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tim Thibodeau - Producer
The Providence Improv Fest Presents: North Coast Improv
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: [Providence, RI] – The Providence Improv Fest Presents: North Coast Improv at AS220 Black Box, 95 Empire St. in downtown Providence on October 13, 2017 at 10:00pm.
North Coast is New York City’s premier hip hop improv comedy team. Their explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show’s improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by a live beatboxer. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as “mind-blowing” and “next level” by critics and audiences alike.
Named one of the “Top Ten Best Comedy Shows” by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured on Vh1, in Slate’s Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings.
According to Tim Thibodeau, Providence Improv Fest Producer, “North Coast has performed at the Providence Improv Fest on three previous occasions, and every time they blow us away with their energy, style and skills. You will be laughing and saying WOW the whole time. This is an amazing opportunity to see one of the best comedy acts in the country”
“North Coast is unbelievable…. Spectacular! I loved it.”
– Dick Smothers of The Smothers Brothers
"If you can’t decide between going to a comedy show and going to a party, these guys have you covered both ways. Hands down, it’s one of the most fun shows we’ve seen all year.” - Time Out NY, 2015
“This absurdly talented, hip-hop–obsessed improv troupe shows off both its comedy and freestyle skills in a show that feels more like a party. If its fully improvised “hip-hopera” doesn’t do it for you, its sheer energy will.” - Time Out NY, 2015
Douglas Widick is a founding member of Hip-Hop Improv group, North Coast, which was named one of Timeout NY’s Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014. You can catch him performing around NYC with many other musical improv, improv, and sketch groups as well. He is a member of house Musical Improv teams at both the Magnet and PIT Theaters, and just finished sketch shows with Pop Roulette (PIT), The 2017 Tony Awards (UCB), Dead Dads Club (UCB). He also performs with UCB Theater NY Maude Sketch Team Dangerous Woman. Doug teaches an 8-week Hip-Hop Improv class at the Magnet Theater, and was recently seen in the Off-Broadway musicals, F#%king Up Everything and Blank! The Musical. You can catch his many comedy videos at www.Douglaswidick.com.
Rachel Rosenthal is comedian and improviser with over 15 years of experience. She is also a free-style rapper. In addition to touring and performing w/ Hip Hop improv team, North Coast, she can be seen performing weekly at Reckless Theatre with House team, Nemesis, or around the country with international touring company, Big Bang. Rachel is also an award-winning improv instructor who has worked with The People’s Improv Theater (2014 Teacher Of The Year), Miami Ad School, Reckless Theatre and at various theaters around the country.
Rachel has been featured on Vh1 and on several podcasts and radio shows including This American Life, Risk!, Slate’s The Gist, WBUR’s You’re the Expert, and Myq Kaplan's Hang Out With Me podcast. The Huffington Post once called her an “improv whirlwind.” But feel free to make your own observations at theraeroshow.com or on twitter at @raeroshow.
Steve Jeanty is a Long Island comedian, writer and rapper who has been performing improv since 2011. He's learned from a ton different performers from UCB, PIT & The Annoyance. Follow him on twitter @stevejeanty
Amir Shaaban is a beatboxer/multi-instrumentalist originally from Long Island, New York. Amir has worked with various projects ranging all musical genres and styles including classical, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, a capella, rock, ska, R&B, funk, and singer-song writer music.
Tickets are $10.
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