Improv Idol

Who is Australia’s next king or queen of improvised music?

Your opinion counts

One does not simply play louder

It’s under four weeks to go now until you can exercise your democratic rights as improv fans at Improv Idol 2016 but in the meantime fill in our Improv Opinion Poll. Contestants will be keeping a keen eye on the polls to see what the electorate wants in their next Improv Idol.

And our 3rd judge is…

BIG NEWS – we are pleased to announce our third judge for Improv Idol 2016 will be the inaugural Queen of Aussie Improvisation, Gemma Horbury. Here’s some emotional memories of Gemma taking the crown last year.

Entries are open now for Improv Idol 2016 –

Go for Gold, Aussie improvisers!

CALLING ALL IMPROVISERS! Deep down inside, you know you’re the best (chuck out the rest). Come and prove your worth by becoming a contestant in Improv Idol 2016.

We are looking for improvising musicians of any and all backgrounds, experience, and abilities. A sense of fun and adventure will also hold you in good stead.

Get your entries in now. Peruse the competition rules as well.

Entries close at midnight Friday 2 September. The big night is Thursday 29 September at the Wesley Anne in Northcote.

Check out this video of our 2015 contestants, battling it out to impress audiences and judges alike. This could be you!

Two outta three (judges) ain’t bad

Last year’s Improv Idol judges were one of many highlights, providing cracking improv (and career) advice for our contestants and guiding the audience in their vote. We are pleased to announce that both Sean Baxter and Carolyn Connors will return to the judging panel for Improv Idol 2016 (29 Sept).
Alas, Ian Parsons cannot round out our returning judgmental trio this year. We deny the rumours of a rift between Ian and the other judges over a certain Adorno assessment of Stockhausen. Ian will in fact be in Germany on the big night, possibly working on an offshoot called “Stockhausen Idol”?
Who will fill the ample Parsons shoes? Our new judge will be announced soon. Here’s a reminder of the wisdom of the judges’ wisdom from last year.

Improv Idol on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter @ImprovIdol for all the latest details about entering, dates, videos and other stuff.#improvidol #musichateseverybody

Returning in 2016!

After the star-studded, extemporised drama of last year, we are pleased to announce that Improv Idol is returning in 2016!

Improv Idol is one part talent show, one part music improvisation laboratory, where the audience votes to decide their favourite member of improvising ensembles.

Gemma Horbury was the inaugural winner of the coveted Improv Idol crown. Who will be the Dami Im of Australian improvised music this time around?

Here are the details for this year’s event for your diaries:

Thursday 29 September, 2016.
At the Wesley Anne, 250 High Street, Northcote.

Stay tuned to and our Facebook page for more details in the lead up to that one night in September. Here’s a little taster with a pearl of wisdom from one of last year’s judges, Sean Baxter:

Some photos from Improv Idol 2015

Gemma Horbury is the winner of Improv Idol 2015!


Congratulations to Gemma Horbury, our very first Improv Idol.

It was a great night, with all contestants truly putting on a great show. Honestly, they are all Improv Idols to us.

We’d love to hear what you thought of Improv Idol. Please will in this quick survey to give us a heads-up on how we went.

Ensemble #1 (l-r): Shane Van Den Akker, David Seedsman, Mat Blackwell, Jessica Isgro
Ensemble #1 (l-r): Shane Van Den Akker, David Seedsman, Mat Blackwell, Jessica Isgro
Ensemble #2 (l-r): Gary Butler, Brae Grimes, Barnaby Oliver, Gemma Horbury
Ensemble #2 (l-r): Gary Butler, Brae Grimes, Barnaby Oliver, Gemma Horbury

Improv Idol on PBS-FM

Serious at PBS - 23 Sept 2015Last night the Improv Idol team were interviewed on PBS-FM’s The Sound Barrier by host (and Improv Idol judge) Ian Parsons, joined by fellow judge Carolyn Connors. Here’s the audio of our chat. Contestants should pay careful attention to judges Carolyn Connors and Ian’s discussion of what they are looking for in Improv Idol, particularly in regard to choice of ‘going-out t-shirts’, and their encyclopaedic knowledge of The Voice.

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