ASI ● Shows & Teams

featuring Hawk & Wayne ● As Per Usual & more
Celebrating 10 years of improv at American Stage with ASI co-founders Hawk & Wayne, plus new featured teams!

Now in their 10th season at American Stage, Hawk & Wayne‘s newest show, #AskUsAnythingLive, addresses your burning questions with (totally made-up) answers.  Laugh-out-loud funny and 100% improvised, these Best of the Bay Critic’s Pick winners will bring to life an uproarious and ridiculous cast of characters.

IMPROV NIGHT at Pinellas Ale Works, featuring ASI House Team As Per Usual – plus rotating opening improv teams, from sketch comedy to musical improv. Four teams, fresh comedy.

NEW! Introducing THE JAM: A MUSICAL IMPROV SHOW at Hideaway Cafe, featuring ASI Musical Improv House Team Definitely Not Murderers, our new short form improv team, and The Florida Bjorkestra’s Role-Play.

Every 1st Sunday at  American Stage
(Except Super Bowl Sunday)

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Every 3rd Saturday at Pinellas Ale Works

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Every last Thursday at Hideaway Cafe

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got (made-up) answers.

First Sunday of every month @7pm (except Super Bowl Sunday)

Now in their 10th Anniversary season at American Stage, this hilarious “Best of the Bay” duo takes unscripted comedy to a new level! Join in on social media feeds and in real time with #AskUsAnythingLive. Follow American Stage Improv on Facebook to be part of the conversation… and the show!

About the Artists

Gavin Hawk grew up in the Los Angeles area. He studied Long-Form Improvisation and Sketch Comedy in Chicago at Second City and The Annoyance Theatre, and he earned his undergraduate degree in Theatre from The Juilliard School, and his masters degree in Theatre from California State University, Long Beach. In addition to improvising, he regularly acts and directs for theatre companies in the Tampa Bay area. Recent acting credits include The Pitmen PaintersArtBarefoot in the Park,The Foreigner (American Stage), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (freeFall Theatre). Recent directing credits include Cloud 9The Last Night of BallyhooClosetland (Jobsite Theater), One Slight Hitch (American Stage), Death and the MaidenCongratulations, Joe!Good Egg, and Miracle on South Division Street (A Simple Theatre). He received a Theatre Tampa Bay award along with his fellow cast members in The Pitmen Painters in the category of Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, and was nominated by Theatre Tampa Bay in the category of Outstanding Director of a Play for his direction of Good Egg. In addition to co-creating and being a Teaching Artist for the Long-Form Improvisation program at American Stage, Gavin is also a Professor of Theatre at Eckerd College, a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Ricky Wayne was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has trained and taught at Children’s Theatre Workshop and American Conservatory Theatre in theatre and acting, and at The Groundlings in Los Angeles in improvisation and sketch comedy writing. American Stage audiences might remember him as Carl from OPUS in 2010, Marc in ART in 2013 and as Tartuffe in TARTUFFE in 2016. Currently he is in his 9th year in residence here at American Stage performing the first Sunday of the month as one half of Hawk and Wayne, a long form improv comedy duo with local actor and director Gavin Hawk in KARAOKE-PROV (THE DUMB SHOW, 321, THE MEMORY, NEWS OF THE WEIRD: LIVE!, IT’S A LIVING!, THIS IS A COMEDY SHOW, THE MOCKUMENTARY and ANYWHERE, USA) and is a founding member of American Stage Improv. Other local theatre credits include A Simple Theatre’s CONGRATULATIONS, JOE! and The Heather’s SPEED-THE-PLOW, ON TIDY ENDINGS and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. He currently works in television and film. Recent film credits include Girls Trip, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House. Television credits include recurring roles in WGN’s Outsiders, Netflix’s Bloodline, AMC’s The Walking Dead and Sundance Channel’s Rectify.  Most recently he can be seen in Madden NFL 18: Longshot as Ross Fountain. He is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association.

Improv Night

Fresh Comedy featuring As Per Usual

Third Saturday of every month @7:30pm at Pinellas Ale Works (1962 1st Ave S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712)

American Stage Improv presents an evening of raucous improvised comedy with featured team AS PER USUAL, plus rotating ASI teams and local opening acts performing genres, like musical improv, sketch comedy, and more! Always fresh, always funny.

Current Line Up:
Swipe Right (seasonal team)
Definitely Not Murders
 (ASI’s musical improv team)
As Per Usual (featured team)

About the Artists

AS PER USUAL  is the improv comedy house team at American Stage. We perform UCB style, longform improv with rich characters & a touch of surrealism.

SWIPE RIGHT is the short form house team at American Stage Improv! Bringing you fresh games and fun times in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

DEFINITELY NOT MURDERERS You can’t spell manslaughter without laughter! A one-act improvised musical! All the scenes and songs are created live and in the moment.

The Jam

A Musical Improv Show, in collaboration with The Florida Bjokestra
featuring Definitely Not Murderers & Roll Play

Last Thursday of every month @7:00pm at Hideaway Cafe 

Join ASI musical house team, DEFINITELY NOT MURDERERS in a fully improvised one act musical, plus a new concept from the creator of The Florida BJORKESTRA… Roll Play: A Dungeons & Dragon-inspired improvised concert Plus beginning in March, a new ASI short form improv team!

Come with your game face on.

Regularly programmed open mic night at Hideaway will kick off afterwards at 9:30pm.


(American Stage Improv Festival)


Live. Laugh. Improv! Oct 26-27, 2018. A weekend of hilarious & spontaneous performances from improv teams near and far. Plus workshop options for any level, beginner to advanced. Brought to you by American Stage Improv and SPF18! Join us to celebrate the art of improv with award winning teams like Hawk & Wayne (who hail from Second City and The Groundlings), guest performances from Florida Studio Theatre, and The Box, and musical improv with headliner ImprovBoston!

Showcasing their unique approach to musical improvisation, ImprovBoston’s Musical AllStars expertly blend scenes, games, music, lyric, rhyme, “choreography,” harmony, and audience participation into an unforgettably unique performance. Featuring some of the country’s best musical improvisers, the ensemble explores a musical adaptation of ImprovBoston’s signature AllForm — an anything goes approach comedy that reinvents itself with every performance. With more than 35 years in the art of making stuff up, ImprovBoston has one simple mission: follow the fun.