Improv is the art of making stuff up on the spot. 

All across the UK, teams of fantastically funny performers are ready to make you giggle at the speed of thought, limited only by their own imaginations.

Nowhere is this more true than Bristol, where we've collected this list of the best unscripted, unexpected (and unconventional) comedy shows happening this May.

TALES OF ADVENTURE – FRIDAY 19TH MAY

Ever since the dawn of the 1970's, groups of friends have been delving into fantasy realms and weird worlds together, courtesy of role-playing-games like Dungeons & Dragons.

Now, Tales of Adventure has gathered together some of Bristol's finest comedians and improvisers to play for your amusement! Led by the all-powerful Gamemaster; our heroes will search for treasure, battle deadly foes, and contend with dangerous twists of fate as they struggle against evil to save the world...from themselves.Wriggle are offering 2-4-1 tickets on this's Friday's event no dungeon-diving necessary.

DON'T THINK TWICE – SUNDAY 21ST MAY

The Cube Cinema are well-known in Bristol for combining stupendous live comedy with special film screenings.On Sunday 21st, they'll be playing host to the only U.K. Screening of Don't Think Twice, a charming and sharply satirical comedy-drama about a New York improv team who fall apart when one of them unexpectedly hits the big time.

Directed by US stand-up royalty Mike Birbiglia, the film is double-billed with a live performance by Bristol's own Closer Each Day, creators of the hugely popular improvised soap opera of the same name.Get down to the Cube on Sunday 21st, before we tell you twice.

THE INCREDIBLE PLAYABLE SHOW – FRIDAY 26TH MAY

You've never seen videogames like this.Taking its cues from the huge popularity of Locked In A Room live games, the Incredible Playable show is a videogame experience that's become known as an immersive party favourite at Festivals across Europe.

As eager audience members, you will have the chance to become human buttons, take on the Power Rangers, zap each other with barcode scanners, shout out loud and help your friends solve cryptic codes! Or sit back, and watch your friends literally become cogs in a hilarious machine.

With games that spill out from the stage and into the audience, this show promises to be very physical and utterly unpredictable! Check this show out with a group of friends for an unforgettable Multiplayer experience! Tickets are available from The Bristol Improv Theatre or watch out for a special Wriggle deal next week.

THE ANTICS JOKES SHOW – SATURDAY 27TH MAY

One of Cafe Kino's best kept secrets, The Antics Joke Show is a cosy little comedy night, featuring some of the freshest stand-up, sketch and improv in town, all at indie prices.This month, the gig is headlined by Tom & Ollie, a double act who recently took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm when Tom Gidman won the Chortle Student Comedy Award, following in footsteps of stand-ups like Russell Howard and Fin Taylor.

Head down to Cafe Kino for a packed bill on Saturday 27th, and grab a ticket before they sell-out! (No seriously, the last 3 have sold-out.) 

Published -18th May 2017