DuoFest brings national improvisers to Salt Lake City


Taking place at Sugar Space Arts Warehouse on April 12 and 13, Salt Lake City DuoFest is the only current improv comedy festival dedicated to celebrating improv teams of two. The DuoFest will host acts from across the country and present improv workshops available to festival performers and local improvisers. 

The festival features acclaimed performers from around the country, including California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Florida, Illinois, Arizona, and of course, Utah. Featuring: Josh Nicols, Producer of the Orange County Improv Festival and Artistic Director and Co-Owner of Voodoo Comedy Playhouse; Brian James O’Connell, Co-Owner of the Pack Theater and Director of Camp Outreach at Improv Utopia; Kat Brown, Director of Community Engagement at Finest City Improv; Wendy and TJ Penrod, Co-Owners and Artistic Directors of Off the Cuff Improvisation, and many more renowned performers and comedy influencers. 

Two workshops will be offered by performers on Saturday, April 13. Kat Dudley will teach a workshop specifically for women and gender nonconforming individuals, and Diana Brown will teach a workshop focused on creating dynamic tension through stage movement.

Festival producer Danielle Susi-Dittmore hopes to focus on merging the best performers from around the country with some of the best businesses and activities that Salt Lake City has to offer, making it a truly local experience. 

Financial sponsors of the festival include Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Intermountain Health, Sugar Space Foundation, and Fellow Shop. The festival’s media sponsor is SLUG Magazine. In-kind sponsorships have been provided by FELL, Field Notes, Ogden’s Own, Beartooth Bites, Little Red Hen Candy Co., The Queen Bee, and Mom’s Stuff Salve.

Sugar Space Arts Warehouse is located at 132 S 800 W in Salt Lake City. Tickets to one or both nights of the festival are available at https://bit.ly/2Sl9NE1. Registration for both workshops are also open.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.