Secret City Improv Festival Announces 2021 Line-up

Festival to take place September 24th and 25th, 2021 at The Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

(Submitted): The first Secret City Improv Festival is to be held September 24 and 25, at the Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, TN. Two rounds of submissions make up the qualification process for the Secret City Improv Festival. The Priority Consideration period concluded on Friday, July 16, 2021. Final Submission will conclude on August 13, 2021. We are excited to announce the first 16 teams that have been selected for the 2021 Festival.

The selection of teams features a diverse lineup of styles, team size, and show format. The selections include both local improv teams, and teams representing 9 other states. There will be no shortage of variety on both festival stages. Every team selected will be featured on our main stage. Our secondary stage will host the first Rocky Top Improv Tournament, special festival only teams, and second sets for the festival participants.

In addition, we will also be hosting a series of 5 workshops at the festival. We are proud to announce that the workshops will be taught by veteran improv teachers including Paul Simmons (Einstein Simplified, Knoxville), Josh Warren (Action Show, Atlanta, GA), Ian Covell (Josh and Ian, Atlanta, GA), and Chris Barry (Four First Names, Orlando, FL). Our fifth workshop will be announced in the very near future.

The teams selected for the 2021 Secret City Improv Festival: ORHS Masquers Improv (Oak Ridge, TN), Einstein Simplified (Knoxville, TN), Full Disclosure Comedy (Knoxville, TN), Playback Reloaded (Knoxville, TN), Blue Plate Special (Greeneville, TN), Tusculum Improv (Greeneville, TN), Danger Junior (Nashville, TN), Action Show (Atlanta, GA), Josh & Ian (Atlanta, GA), Tomorrow quest Theater (Columbia, SC),Babe (Richmond, VA), Four First Names (Orlando, FL), Impromptu Improv (Sarasota, FL), Hello Dali (Charleston, IL), Two Busses (Omaha, NE) and Magical Lying Hour
(Houston, TX).

What you can expect to see at the Secret City Improv Festival.

● 2 Stages of shows going on each night with shows on September 24 at 8 PM and 10 PM, and September 25 at 6 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM.
● Affordable ticketing options that include Friday or Saturday only shows and Weekend Passes. Tickets go on sale August 23.
● 5 Workshops open for all experience levels

The Secret City Improv Festival will be held at the Grove Theater located at 123 Randolph Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Ticket pricing for day and weekend passes will be announced when tickets go on Sale, August 23. For more information and updates about the Secret City Improv Festival you can check the website at and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Secret City Improv Festival is also seeking additional sponsorship from local businesses and organizations. We are also accepting donations to help support the operations of our festival. All of that information can easily be found on our website at

About Secret City Improv Festival: The Secret City Improv Festival is a production of Southern Fried Media. The festival is a sister festival to the Gatlinburg Improv Festival and aims to bring together a diverse cross-section of improv styles and troupes from all over the country. The festival will host five shows, and five workshops over two days at the Historic Grove Theater located in scenic Oak Ridge, TN.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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