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The Bridge Improv Theater was founded in March 2020 and is co-owned by long-time improvisers Travis Johnson and David Raftery. The theater soft-opened in September and operated at half-capacity for only three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We slowly re-opened our doors in April 2021 and celebrated our Grand Re-Opening in May and are extremely grateful for the support we've received throughout our journey.


The theater aims to bring "Clean and Clever Comedy" to Tempe, Arizona and the valley beyond.  The Bridge offers comedy classes ranging from improv to stand-up to sketch. In addition, the theater offers corporate shows and training. Improv shows are every Friday and Saturday evening and proudly incorporate both long and short forms. Theater rental is also available. 


The Bridge Improv Theater



We take the health of our guests & staff very seriously & adhere to safety guidelines set forth by our local & federal government.

By purchasing tickets, attendees acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 & voluntarily assume the risk that they may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending The Bridge Improv Theater shows or classes & that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death.

  • Hand sanitizer & face coverings are provided.

  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid attending congregate settings. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65+ and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.




Improvisational comedy, also known as improv, takes the shape of acted-out scenes by usually 2 or more players on stage. Scenes are created on-the-spot, frequently with a format, prompt or even suggestion from the audience. Most improv is performed without the use of props and instead relies on pantomime.

Some improv games require a little more help from the audience, for example, we may ask a volunteer to provide sound effects for the players on stage, or offer a story as inspiration. 

We invite you to come along the ride with your imaginations, relax and laugh with us. 



We offer pre-packaged snacks including cookies and candy. A variety of non-alcoholic bottled beverages are also available.

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