This April, the Nestival Festival will be hosting teams from all over the nation in our space presenting their shows to improv lovers in Ohio! The festival shows will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings on TWO SEPARATE WEEKENDS, with workshops offered each weekend (for visiting performers and Nest Grads). Everything will be hosted inside our beautiful, hip space – right on High St in Old North Columbus/Clintonville!

The Nest Theatre opened in late 2016, and has been incredibly received by the general public and the artistic community. The Nest and Nest shows have been featured in the following media: NPR’s All Things Considered, Columbus Underground, 614 Magazine, Kool 101.7 FM, Experience Columbus, The Lantern, Columbus Moms Blog, Craft The Show, What’s The Deal with Creativity?, Columbus Alive, The Reader, The Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, and a giant cover story on the beloved Columbus Dispatch and big feature in Columbus Monthly Magazine! The theatre is the only dedicated space in central Ohio for improv|sketch comedy|experimental theatre|standup|alt comedy, and hosts flagship shows & formal training center with Core Curriculum and Bliss Path Electives, an idea designed and led by two world-renowned performers and instructors in the artform – Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto. The faculty is knowledgeable and welcoming – whether an instructor, house manager, or coach. The Nest community itself is loving, ethical, welcoming, artistically thriving, and fun. Want to know more about The Nest and regular shows/classes? Head to nesttheatre.com!

Nestivals 2017, 2018, 2019 were awesome – we worked hard to be one of the only festivals bringing working artists to our city by giving small compensation + gifts to all participating teams. In 2020, instead of cancelling during a horrible time for artists, we pivoted quickly and went forward with a virtual festival, making The Nest’s Nestival the *first virtual improvisation festival* in the world! We had a fantastic three-weekend resurgence in 2023 to make up for lost years. Now, at our sixth Nestival in 2024 – we’re bringing in heavy hitters! We built out our beloved new home during lockdown over the course of 2 years, and opened to modified seating in bursts in 2021-2022. Since the 2023 Nestival, we’ve’ even added two more performance rooms! The Bluebird Studio, a cozy little space for more intimate shows, and just this year, The Birdhouse. Right upstairs and full of experimental art. Join us for what is sure to be the biggest, funniest lovefest in Ohio – celebrating some of the greatest performers in the Midwest and USA!

Thursday, March 28

7:30pm

Word: Live Lit & True Tales
(Nest-CBus, OH)

Friday, March 29

7:30pm

Dual Duel Semis & Finals
(improv duo contest)

9:30pm

defrancisCO
Round Robin
(audience lottery to play)

Saturday, March 30

7:30pm & 9:30pm

Kismet
(experimental art)

Thursday, April 4th

7:00pm

Stand-Up Surprise
(6 features, 2 audience lottery spots)


8:30pm

Meat Fish Produce
(Local Indie Team)
Porch Cats
(Cleveland, OH)
Skoora
(Nest Indie Team-CBus, OH)

Friday, April 5th

7:30pm

Just the Funny
(Miami, FL)

Anonymous: Your Secrets, Our Show
(The Nest Theatre)


9:30pm

Donut Sundae
(Local Indie Team)
Storyteller Improv
(The Nest Theatre)

Saturday, April 6

7:30pm

The Hive
(The Nest Theatre)

Dudesical
(Indianapolis, IN)


9:30pm

Justin Jensen
(Local Stand-Up)

The Grown-Ups
(Oklahoma City, OK)

Commando Improv
(The Nest Theatre)

Thursday, April 11

7:00pm

Stand-Up: Zach Zimmerman
(New York)


8:30pm

Dual Duel Finalist
(Nest Duo-CBus, OH)

Spoucho Sketch Comedy
(CBus, OH)

Friday, April 12

7:30pm

Stand-Up: Alex Dutton
(CBus, OH)

Late Bloomers
(Colorado/Florida)

HERE: The Improvised Musical
(Chicago/CBus)


9:30pm

Lady Bits
(Indianapolis, IN)

Messing & Lehr
(Chicago/L.A.)

Saturday, April 13

7:30pm

Stand-Up: Bridjet Mendy
(CBus, OH)

Diversity Hire
(Nest Indie Team-CBus, OH)

Messing, DeFrancisco, Rizzutto & Lehr
(Chicago/L.A./CBus)


9:30pm

Stiff Doilies
(Nest Indie Team-CBus, OH)

Nightmoose
(Aurora, IL)

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