2018

The 2018 edition of the Countdown Improv Festival took place from August 16-18 at the HCC Studio Theatre in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. The festival featured thirty-nine improv groups from all over the United States, performing to sold-out crowds. It also featured five improv workshops and three stellar after-parties. Festival sponsors included Brass Taxes, The Bricks, the film The Happytime Murders, King Corona Cigars, the Northfork TV Festival, Stranded Design, and the Ybor Chamber of Commerce. Participants included:

Ant Farm (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Before & After (Tampa, Fla.)
The Belt (Miami, Fla.)
Big Bang (Boston, Mass./Sarasota, Fla.)
The Bitter And (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

CatBird (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Chicken and Waffles (Tampa, Fla.)
Da Boyz (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Derivatives of K (Madison, Wis.)
Elemenopee (Winter Park, Fla.)

Escape Artisans (Tampa, Fla.)
Exes (Baltimore, Md.)
The Farce and the Furious (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Feminunchucks (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Free Tacos (Delray Beach, Fla.)

From Justin to Kelly (New York, N.Y.)
FST Improv (Sarasota, Fla.)
Glassworks (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Goodison (Washington, D.C.)
The Grownups (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Half-Baked Boomer (Largo, Fla.)
Hot Pursuit (Baltimore, Md.)
I Am the Show (Chicago, Ill.)
Improv4Lawyers (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
It’s All About Amy (St. Augustine, Fla.)

Merit Badge (Chicago, Ill.)
Mixed Emojis (Clearwater, Fla.)
Okay Google (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
One Show/Two Guys (Tampa, Fla.)
Ophelia’s Rope (Houston, Texas)

Organic Kittens (Miami, Fla.)
Power of Godt (Tampa, Fla.)
Screwballs (Tampa, Fla.)
Snooze Button (Kansas City, Mo.)
Tobin Tales (New York, N.Y.)

Tom & Jamie (Miami, Fla.)
Understated (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Ricky Wayne (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Wisconsin Laugh Trip (Richmond, Va.)

Improv workshops were taught on Friday, August 17 by Ricky Wayne and Kathleen Kenny, and on Saturday, August 18 by Laurel Posakony, Christopher George, and John Windmueller.

2017

The inaugural edition of the Countdown Improv Festival — then known as the 321 Improv Festival — took place from August 17-19, 2017, at the HCC Studio Theatre in Ybor City. The festival featured twenty-two improv groups from all over the United States, performing to sold-out crowds. Teams included:

The festival also featured five improv workshops and three stellar after-parties. It was co-produced by Improv Utopia and sponsored by The Bricks, Coppertail Brewing Co., and Stranded Design.