DEATH BY IMPROV is Central Jersey’s home for improv comedy since 2006.



What is Improv?
No Script. No Planning. You give us a suggestions, we turn them into scenes and games.

Monthly Shows!
Once a month, Death By Improv plays at the Main St. Theater Company (located at the Garden Friends Learning Center, Parlin, NJ). Dates and Directions

We Teach Too!
DBI also offers training via our Improv Classes, taught by Tim Norek and Michael Hochman (here).

Death By Improv has taken the act on the road a few times, having been selected to perform at the Richmond Improv Festival (2008 and 2009), the Gainesville Improv Festival (2009, 2010, and 2014), the Boston Comedy Arts Festival (2013), and at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival (2011, 2012, and 2016).

 DBI can also be booked for private events, either for performance or workshops. Contact for more information.


DBI has played in bookstores and bars around the area, as well as guest playing at comedy venues in NYC, Philly, and locally at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ.

But your best bet is our $5 Monthly Show on Main Street Theater Company’s stage in Parlin, NJ.

DBI 2016 April to Dec
May 27th, 2016
June 24th, 2016
July 29th, 2016
August 26th, 2016
September 30th, 2016
October 28th, 2016
November 25th, 2016
December 16th, 2016

We use audience suggestions for everything, but some games require a little extra help.
Audience Volunteers are rewarded with 2-4-1 passes!
2-4-1 Passes get you and a guest in for the price of one.

Wanna earn a pass, but don’t want to get on stage?
Bring an odd prop, and when we ask for it, offer it up. If we use it in the show, you get a 2-4-1.


DBI’s 8-week Improv Foundations Class

Wednesdays June 1 thru July 20
7:30pm to 10:00pm

To Register for class with DBI, please click here to redirect to our Brown Paper Tickets page.

An Introduction to the world of Improv. Learn games and exercises that will teach you the fundamental skills of improvisational acting and comedy. Learn to create a scene from a simple suggestion, and to play that scene within the games of Short Form Improv. The same games played by many groups world wide, including Death By Improv, and similar in style to those from Whose Line Is It Anyway.

In 8-weeks you will be guided through the basic building blocks of improv comedy, skills that can be applied onstage in a comedy show or in many other areas of creative expression. Agreement. Spontaneity. Listening. Character. Environment. Trust. Support. Focus. Playfulness.

More advanced students will have these fundamentals reinforced and built upon. The class is fluid in design and customized to meet the specific experience and skill levels of the students.

To Register for class with DBI, please click here to redirect to our Brown Paper Tickets page.

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Hochman

MikeHochman_250x375_240dpiMichael is  a co-founder, co-director, and instructor with Death By Improv (since 2006). He has been performing improv since college, first with Backstage Players Improv Thingie, then with Death By Improv. Michael has also studied improv with The Magnet Theater (NYC), Reckless Theater (NYC) and Philly Improv Theater (Philly). He has also taken one-off workshops with instructors from around the country. For 10 years Michael has been with DBI, but during that time also spent 5+ years performing and teaching at Philly Improv Theater, playing in house team Mayor Karen, and Fringe show turned monthly show Page One. He also directed an improvised Star Trek spoof Millennium Quest: Warp Jawn

To Register for class with DBI, please click here to redirect to our Brown Paper Tickets page.

Find Us


For Classes and Shows Go To:

Main Street Theater Company

at Garden Friends Learning Center

3018 Bordentown Ave, Parlin, NJ