The Sunday Service and Hip!Bang troupes
Watch out Toronto and LA, there’s a new comedy school kid on the block.
Los Angeles has The Groundlings. Toronto, Chicago and Hollywood have Second City. Seattle has Unexpected Productions Improv School. And now Vancouver has the Blind Tiger Comedy.
Preceded by the well-established Vancouver Theatre Sports League and Instant Theatre, Blind Tiger is a brand new school set to launch this month. It’s the brainchild of two local comedy troupes: the Sunday Service and Hip.Bang!.
“Vancouver launched Seth Rogen, Brent Butt, Colin Mochrie, and Ryan Stiles. People think the only Canadian comedy scene is Toronto, but Vancouver is becoming a very big contender,” says Caitlin Howden, a Blind Tiger founder and Second City Alumni. Howden belongs to the Sunday Service, an improv group who recently won Best Improv Troupe at the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards.
Named after the prohibition-era nickname for an underground bar or speakeasy, Blind Tiger Comedy will be housed in Mount Pleasant at Little Mountain Gallery. According to one of the instructors and founders, Taz VanRassel, finding consensus amongst six funny and opinionated founders (Ryan Beil, Tom Hill, Caitlin Howden, Devin Mackenzie, Aaron Read, and Taz VanRassel) for the school’s name was a bit tricky.
Improv troupes launch new Vancouver comedy school