2023 Festival Ensemble

For the second year in a row, the Countdown Improv Festival is excited to convene a festival ensemble, comprised of individual performers from across the United States. The ensemble members will work together before and during the festival to create a cohesive, experimental show that is rooted in improv but may also incorporate other comedic formats.

The ensemble will perform on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights on the festival’s Commodore Stage — our curated, intimate side stage meant to showcase exuberant, experimental work — located on the ground floor of the Ybor Performing Arts Building. Each night they will be joined by a selection of teams whose shows embody the Commodore Stage’s programming philosophy, as well as by a handful of festival performers who will “sit in” with the ensemble.


Thursday, August 10: 8:30 p.m. ET (with Splonge, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Too Shy Guys)

Friday, August 12: 9:00 p.m. ET (with Ohio, Can’t Buy a Thrill, and ChemisThree)

Saturday, August 12: 9:00 p.m. ET (with Dueling Richards, CatBird, and BUTT CANDLE)

Ensemble members

Larry Bukovey (Trinity, Fla.)
Daniel Dagesse (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Victoria Koenitzer (San Diego, Calif.)
Joe Llorens (Orlando, Fla.)
Harvey Shifrin (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
Randy Wood (Seattle, Wash.)

Directed by Liz Marcucci (St. Petersburg, Fla.)