In 1998 six guys from the improv group Mission IMPROVable at UMASS Amherst moved to Chicago, the Mecca of improv, to continue to learn and perform the art of improvisation.
In 2000 they began touring their short form comedy show and in 2001 they performed at NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) and hit it big! They began performing shows at colleges all across the country and eventually had to hire more guys to travel around in their van, Vanarky. Then they hired a second generation of touring improvisers, then a third, a fourth and on and on and on….
In 2002 the first handful of M.I. guys came out to Los Angeles to develop a sketch pilot for MTV and were eventually (and rightfully so) beat out by Human Giant. However, they continued to be permanent fixtures on many of LA’s most popular comedy stages.
Then, on April 1st, 2009 (yes, April Fools Day) Mission IMPROVable bought Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater. We embraced the standup community, started a training center and on September 2011 we opened our bar. Now serving over 30 beers!
Currently, Mission IMPROVable has over 50 members and performs over 350 shows a year from Hawaii to Singapore. M.I. Productions is also involved in projects for film, TV and created an alcohol awareness show “A Shot of Reality”for colleges and military bases across the country. We are also the official home of Youtube’s “Epic Rap Battles of History,” which was born out of the show Check One, Two at the theater.
The owners of the theater still perform regularly every Thursday night at 10PM for free in The Grind; and every Friday and Saturday at 10PM you can see the home company of the show that started it all, Mission IMPROVable.
Thanks for checking us out, we hope to see you soon!
-Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater