Q.E.D. will hold its annual two-prov tournament March 29th through 31st, 2019. This exciting competition brings together two-person improv comedy teams from all over the city. Improvisers who have trained at UCB, The PIT, Magnet, and Annoyance vie for the shiny new title of the city’s best two-prov team. This year, workshops from some of New York’s best teachers will be offered as well. The classes are open to anyone, not just competitors.
The tournament will feature four rounds of competition: two preliminary rounds, a semi-final and a final round. Only four teams will reach the finale. During each round, the audience vote helps determine who advances along with a panel of expert judges including Kevin Allison (The State, RISK!) and Armando Diaz (The Magnet Theater).
Two-person teams interested in competing can register for a $30 fee online at QEDAstoria.com.
Competition/Show dates are as follows:*
Orientation, Mixer and Improv Jam: Thu, March 28th @ 5 - 7:30pm - Free! Click for info!
Preliminary Round - Group #1: Fri, March 29th @ 7:30pm - Click for $10 tickets & info
Preliminary Round - Group #2: Fri, March 29th @ 9:30pm - Click for $10 tickets & info
Semi-Finals: Sat, March 30th @ 7pm - Click here for $10 tickets & info
Finale and after party: Sun, March 31st @ 7:30pm - Click here for $10 tickets & info
*All teams that register must be available for at least one preliminary round in addition to the semi and final rounds.
Registration form/link here: WILL BE LIVE ON FRI, FEB 1 at 3PM
***Please enter your team's name in the "Additional Comments" section at checkout when purchasing your spot in the competition.
By registering for this event, all team members agree and acknowledge that they have read and agree to the below Rules.
PARTICIPANTS & TEAMS: The Two-prov Tournament is open to any and all participants over the age of eighteen. The tournament is “long-form” improv. You can only get one suggestion from the audience. No gameprov or short-form. All team members must be human. Any person needed to perform is considered a team member. Participants are responsible for any laws that govern their participation and eligibility to receive prizes for participation in tournament.
Improvisers may only enter once. If you appear on more than one roster, the team entering at a later time will be disqualified.
Registration goes live promptly on Friday, February 1st at 3pm EST.
If the tournament is not full by this date, registration is closed on Wednesday, March 27th at 1PM EST.
Teams will receive their preliminary show date on or before Wednesday, September 16th.
A team that advances to the semi-final and final rounds must include the same members that performed in the preliminary rounds. Teams may have no substitutions. (That’s half the team changing!)
FEE: There is an entry fee of $30 per team due when you register. This fee is nonrefundable. This contest will remain open to registration until we are unable to accommodate any further registrants. We will close registration when sixteen teams have registered.
PLEASE NOTE: Preliminary rounds, semi-final and final rounds are set. These dates are listed above. Please do not enter if you and your teammate cannot attend on these dates. We will not refund the registration fee for date conflicts.
ROUNDS: There will be two rounds prior to the finals. All registrants will participate in the preliminary rounds. The top four teams from each night will advance to the semi-final round. Sets will be judged by a panel of qualified judges as well as audience vote. The top two judges' picks and top two audience picks will advance to the next round.
Preliminary sets will be a minimum of six (6) minutes and a maximum of ten (10). The actual length will be determined by the number of teams participating each night.
Semi-final round sets will be eight (8)- twelve (12) minutes in length.
Final round sets will be fifteen (15) minutes in length.
JUDGES/SKILLS & AUDIENCE VOTE: This is a contest of skill. The first preliminary rounds will be decided by audience vote entirely. Each audience member receives two votes. To prevent favoritism, all audience members must vote for two separate teams. If an audience member votes for just one team, their vote will not count. For the semi-final and final, to further evaluate skills & talent, we will have a panel of judges who will be scoring the teams on a scale of 1-5 in three areas: Technical Merit, Artistry, and Comic Ability. The scores are then averaged to produce the team’s composite score. Brief amounts of verbal feedback will be offered during the semi-final and final shows from the judges. During the semi-final and final shows, audience votes will be counted alongside the Judges’ scores. In these rounds, the top two teams based on judges’ score and top two as voted by the audience will advance. In the event of overlap, the producers will use audience vote, and judges’ score to determine ranking of remaining teams.
PRIZES: The prize break down for the finalists is:
Judges’ 1st place – $100
Audience 1st place - $100, bragging rights photo to be displayed at Q.E.D.
Stay tuned for updates on prizes from local venues!