Improv Plate is back!

Rochester’s monthly improv jam is back with vengeance for 2016. Hosted by Broken Couch, all experience and ability levels are encouraged to cut loose and create hilarity on the spot.

How it works:

1.) You show up – and if you want to play that night you’re in. It is absolutely free. Open to all experience and ability levels.

2.) Teams are drawn or picked on the spot. Nick Bricknet Johnson is always picked last. Teams will be picked at 7:10 or so.

3.) Teams huddle, and come up with names, and a strategy to play.

4.) Each team is given equal time to perform.

5.) Upcoming shows, auditions, and open mics announced at the end along with a few short form games to round out the evening.

And Broken Couch awards prizes to their favorite things that happen. Feel free to bring your own prizes as well! Food and drink will be available at the bar.

Where: Johnny’s Irish Pub

When: First Wednesday of every month, 7pm-9pm

Cost: Free to watch or play, just we ask you get a refreshment or food at the bar.

January’s plate specifics here.

Rochester’s Improv Plate is back!


Rochester’s Improv Plate

Wednesday, November 5
@ Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Rd, Rochester
The Rochester improv duo, the Broken Couch, brings back a great Rochester Comedy Tradition: The Improv Plate. Hosted at Johnny’s Irish Pub, the Improv Plate brings together all improvisors in the Rochester area to play on teams made up on the spot. People from all levels of improv experience are welcome to throw their name in the hat and play. Teams will be picked at 6:30. Comedy, hopefully, will ensue right after. Johnny’s pub has an awesome menu and a huge bar. No cover to watch, no cover to play. Just a way to bring the comedy scene together. Pass the invite along to all your improv supporters and friends.
More info at:


Broken Couch will support 2 Fat Ladies!

“The improv duo, Broken Couch, and the improv trio, 2 Fat Ladies, team together to do a show that will keep you laughing or at least turn you on. All of these improv gentlemen are extremely attractive, tall, lean, dark, handsome…and funny. Think Louie Anderson as a Calvin Klein model. Broken Couch might even bring along a special guest…

Broken Couch performers: Jeff Andrews & BJ Scanlon (Surprise guest: Gavin Price)
2 Fat Ladies performers: Pete Byrne, Keith Gomez, & Tyler Gagnon”

BYOB(and whatnot). Please no fireworks, again. Tickets only at the door.

Broken Couch moves onto Syracuse!

See the Broken Couch take their ridiculous comedy duo to the bank… Syracuse Improv Collective’s “Bank Show” at CNYP that is. Fellow performers include: Marcus Cox (stand up), Austin Lafond (stand up), Carnindyle (an awesome band), and Satan’s Closet (Local Syracuse improv). Let the mayhem begin!

Facebook event page

Friday, March 1st at 8:00pm, $5 tickets


Broken Couch goes to Pittsburgh!

Broken Couch is on the road! Pittsburgh’s own, Hipsterpotamus invites the Broken Couch to an ironic improv comedy duothon at the newly opened Steel City Improv Theater in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside! Tickets are only $5.00 (and some gas to get to Pittsburgh).

Saturday, January 26th. 10:00pm. facebook event.

Merry Apocalypse Improv Show

Join the Broken Couch and some of their funniest out-of-town improv friends to celebrate the Mayan End of the World…and the holidays! Friday, September 21st at 8pm at the Space (1115 East Main St, Rochester). Special guests include: Brad Fortier (Portland, OR), Ruth Aronoff (West Lafayette, IN), John Forrest Thompson (Chicago, IL), and ex-Broken couch member, Gavin Price (New York, NY). This is a free show, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Rochester/Syracuse branch of Planned Parenthood.

A November Improv Show

Starring Broken Couch and Shaddup Zeke!

Saturday, November 17th @ The Space (1115 East Main St, Rochester, NY)

First up goes the musical improv talents of Shaddup Zeke, comprised of Keith Handy and Sarah Peters (who recently won Best Actresss in City Newspaper’s ‘Best of’ Rochester). Then feast upon the dark improv stylings of the improv duo of Jeff Andrews and BJ Scanlon, better known as the Broken Couch.

Tickets are $5 (cash only) at the door. BYOB. facebook event.


Its that time of the year again: Rochester’s Fallback Comedy Fest!

Friday, November 2nd, 7:00pm, $10- Canary in a Coal Mine: A Sketch Show

Broken Couch’s sketch group performs a 30 minute set along with Geva & Search Engine Improv.  Facebook event, here.

Friday, November 2nd, 9:00pm, $10- SEI’s Monstrocccity

Jeff will be performing along with highlighted members from the other improv groups performing on Friday. SEI’s Monstrocccity brings together all different comedians into one long form improvised piece inspired from a special guest monologist. The Monstrocccity will be paired with the improv groups, Junior Varsity and The Syracuse Improv Collective.

Saturday,  November 3rd, 9:00pm, $10- SEI’s Monstrocccity 2

BJ will be performing along with highlighted members from the other improv groups performing on Saturday. SEI’s Monstrocccity brings together all different comedians into one long form improvised piece inspired from a special guest monologist. The Monstrocccity will be paired with the improv groups, Honey and Hipsterpotamus.

Saturday, November 3rd, 11:00pm, $10- BROKEN COUCH!!!!

Our official Fallback Comedy Fest slot- the Broken Couch will bring their mayhem to the stage for roughly 30 minutes. Broken Couch will be paired with the improv groups, Public Enemy and Uncle Lena.

All shows will take place at The Space (Hungerford Building, 1115 E. Main St, Rochester, NY). More info, deals, and discounts for the whole festival can be found here.

Broken Couch’s Season Starts Again with…RIT!

Thought we went away, eh? Nope! We are back with a whole new season…that we are figuring out as we go!

First up, a show with BrainWreck Improv, one of RIT’s great improv collectives!

Saturday, October 13th at 8:00pm in the Webb Auditorium, Bldg 7A on RIT’s campus. This is a completely free show, so bring lots of people!

More info here.