Seoul City Improv

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Seoul City Improv
Seoul City Improv, Main Logo.png
Address5 Cheongpa-ro 45-Gil, Yongsan-Gu
South Korea
Current useImprovisational comedy
Sketch comedy
Comedic plays

Seoul City Improv (SCI) is a theater company and improvisational comedy troupe located in Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 2007, in Seoul's Itaewon neighborhood[1] by an international group of actors and creatives it known to be Korea's oldest English-language improv group[2] and has since grown to perform all around the world, including Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, USA, Canada and more.[3]


Seoul City Improv was founded in 2007 by actress Margaret Whittum as an outlet for performers of theater group Seoul Players who, at the time, had only two performance opportunities a year.[4] Their shows first began with short-form improv games, influenced by the show Whose Line Is It Anyway? (U.S. TV series), but has since grown to incorporate various long-form and musical improv formats.[5]

SCI's first international debut would be in April 2010 with a collaborative show in Taichung, Taiwan with Taichung Improv[4] and would follow that up in Tokyo, Japan with a showing at the Tokyo Improv Festival.[3]

In April 2011, Seoul City Improv took part in the International Interactive Arts Festival in Beijing, a five-day event where it was mentioned as a “talent from across Asia” by Time Out Beijing.[6] In May of that year, SCI would go on to host the Seoul International Improv Festival featuring performers from the US, China, Hong Kong and more.[3]

Seoul City Improv would later collaborate with the Korea Improv Theater to host South Korea's first English-language Theatresports performance.[7]

In March 2016, Seoul City Improv was named one of the best expat performing groups by 10 Magazine (South Korean magazine).[2] The next year, Seoul City Improv would find itself performing in Shanghai for the Shanghai Improv Festival, as well as being featured in the Busan International Comedy Festival.[5]

They offered their first eight-week introductory improv courses in mid-2018.[8]

Currently, Seoul City Improv's events are located in The Korea Improv Theater located near Samgakji station.[9]

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  1. ^ Redmond, John Foreign Comedy Group to Host Anniversary Show The Korea Times. Retrieved on March 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b 10 Magazine Staff 10 Best Expat Performing Groups Korea. 10 Magazine (South Korean magazine) Chicago. Retrieved on March 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Redmond, John First International Improv Festival to take place in Seoul May 13-15. The Korea Times. Retrieved on March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Breen, J.R. Expat Comedy Troupe Goes International The Korea Times. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Kerry, Paul (2017-09-20). "Seoul City Improv to mark 10th anniversary with show". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  6. ^ Pellegrini, Nancy Beijing International Interactive Arts Festival. Time Out Beijing. Retrieved on March 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Members List". 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  8. ^ Herald, The Korea (2018-05-29). "SCI offers improv course to help you think on your feet". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  9. ^ "The Seoul Times - Seoul City Improv (SCI) Moves to Brand New Location in Yongsan-gu". Retrieved 2019-05-08.

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