Historically Funny, Hysterically Inaccurate.

Improvised History is a fully improvised comedy show which brings to life famous (and not-so-famous) figures back to life in front of your eyes. We start with a variety of source materials, from a US History textbook to Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States to actual area historians, and then hilarity ensues as the improvisers rewrite that chapter in history with their own (mis)interpretations. Most performances are in the Boston area, but the cast has been known to hitch up the wagons and explore new lands! We also do private events, which are great for making history fun and accessible! Be sure to get in touch if you would like to know where our manifest destiny takes us next.

Show Schedule

December 15th, 201708:30 PMThe Democracy CenterClick Here!

The Democracy Center

Improvised History

45 Mt. Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

08:30 PM

Improvised History is an entirely improvised show based on what we remember about US History. Tonight, there will be TWO historic acts for your enjoyment! First, An Improvised People's History The show begins with the audience selecting a chapter from Howard Zinn's (in)famous A People's History of the United States, which inspires the ensemble to create an entirely improvised play based around the events from that page! Famous and not-so-famous figures will come to life as the cast builds the narrative and tries its best to remember what exactly happened back then. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll probably groan at some of our awful puns. Up next, Improvised History: An American Musical! History seems to be really popular on Broadway - 1776, Les Mis, Chicago, and that other really popular one about Vice President Aaron Burr. Based on the suggestion of a historical event, the actors will improvise an entire one-act musical replete with singing and dancing and drama and comedy. Previous hits include "Teddy Roosevelt's Boyfriend" and "It's Not About the Size of the Bomb". A note from the venue on accessibility: The Democracy Center is partially wheelchair accessible, no accessible bathroom on site. The Mandela, Parks, and Chavez rooms are accessible, but the Library is not. Wheelchair users are welcome to use the accessible restroom at Daedalus while we plan our improvements for bathroom accessibility. To reach that bathroom, exit the ramp and turn left on Bow St, at the next building (Daedalus) use their accessible entrance and their restroom will be on the right. More information at: democracycenter.org/accessibility. Contact info@democracycenter.org or 617 492 8855 as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • For what ages is your show appropriate?

    Because the show is improvised, we can tailor it to our audience on the fly. Because we are dealing with historical content, generally the show is most entertaining for those who have completed some high school history. Also, because love, lust, anger, and hatred existed in the past as they do today, some scenes can be PG-13 or greater for content. However, if we see kids in the audience, we'll tone it down.

  • What kind of history do you cover?

    We focus primarily on US history because that is most accessible to our audiences and cast, but we have been known to venture into Ancient Rome or the Renaissance.

  • This sounds awesome, can I get involved?

    Sure! We're often looking for guest speakers to inspire our shows. Send us an email or a tweet from the links at the bottom of the page. We also occasionally hold auditions; the best way to find out about those is following us on twitter or facebook.

  • Can I hire you for an event at my school/organization?

    Absolutely! We've done a few private shows in the past and they're always a bunch of fun. If you provide us the venue, we're happy to perform for you for a small fee. Send us an email if you want to discuss specifics.

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