We are Ottawa's only genre-based improv troupe. Every month, we perform a new long-form improv set imitating a genre of film, television, or theatre. We perform on Sundays from our home-venue LIVE! on Elgin in the heart of downtown Ottawa. We are always experimenting and exploring new possibilities to ensure our audiences are thoroughly entertained!
Outtake Improv started life in the summer of 2014 as Hall of Justice Improv, founded by member Kristine Shadid along with former members Paul J. Piekoszewski, Darcy Smith, Colin Giles, Amanda Parker, Hayley Robateau, and Ryan Walsh. The troupe was dedicated to loving parodies of various genres of film, television, and theatre – the name 'Hall of Justice' was a tribute to a superhero-themed longform that Paul had come up with earlier that year.
Performing once a month at the now-closed Lunenburg Pub, Hall of Justice added improviser and keyboardist Zac Duval in early 2015 as the troupe's dedicated musician, adding a spontaneous live-music element that took the quality of their shows to a new level. A few months later, the troupe moved to LIVE! on Elgin, where they now perform under their current name, Outtake Improv.
In March 2016, the team added friends Leslie Cserepy and Patrice Forbes, rounding out their roster with talented performers before their critically-acclaimed show “On Demand” at the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival.