Garden City Comedy

Improv with Garden City Comedy and Kevin Matviw

  • Jan. 3, 2022 2:10 p.m.

Those who love improv are in luck: Garden City Comedy is proud to announce the debut of Jump Up and Jam, a monthly show providing improvisers of all experience levels with a regular opportunities to perform.

Unlike most comedy shows, Jump Up and Jam is a high-wire act where improvisers jump on stage when their names are randomly called, and anything can happen from there.

Jump Up and Jam is produced and hosted by Garden City Comedy’s Kevin Matviw (JFL42, Best of Toronto Fringe), a Second City veteran who recently began teaching improv classes in Victoria and noticed there was a lack of performance spots for local improv talent.

“The response to Garden City’s improv classes has been huge, so I’ve created a space where my students can practice their new skills in front of a real audience,” Matviw says. “But this stage is open to anybody who loves improv. Whether you’re a veteran or a complete beginner, Jump Up and Jam is the place to try improv in a welcoming and supportive environment. All you have to do is show up!”

Jump Up and Jam will feature improv games similar to those seen on Whose Line is it Anyway?, long-form improv in the style of Upright Citizens Brigade, and will end with a headlining set performed by Matviw (winner: Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Production—Now Magazine Toronto) and an improviser randomly chosen from a pool of volunteers. Jump Up and Jam is the perfect place for performers to hone their craft and for audience members to enjoy a fast-paced, hilarious show.

Check out Jump Up and Jam on Thursday, January 6 at Oak Bay Recreation Centre’s Sports View Lounge.

Doors open at 7pm, show starts at

7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for GCC students, and $15 for the public. More information at: