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.

Saturday Feb 3, 2018

DBI: Late New Year’s Bash! We skip January, for twice as much February Action! Do we see our shadow as we come out of hiding?

Saturday Feb 24, 2018

DBI: Double February fun. Come celeberate the shortest month with a second February DBI show! Along with Improv Foundation Class Showcase

Saturday March 24 , 2018

DBI: Out like a Lamb.

Saturday April 21, 2018

April Showers bring Improv Comedy. Or something. And another Improv Foundations Class Showcase.

Saturday May 12, 2018

Bring your Mom! Happy Mother’s Day: If you come with your mother, she gets in free.

Saturday June 16, 2018

Bring your Dad! Happy Father’s Day: If you come with your father, he gets in free. And there’s an Improv Foundations Class Showcase!


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.


Wednesdays Jan 3 thru Feb 21
7:30pm to 10:00pm

DBI’s 8-week Improv Foundations Class
with Tim and Jen

To register for Improv Foundations, please use the Brown Paper Tickets Link above

This is an Improv Comedy class for adults of any skill level.

Improv Foundations is 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 Improv Foundations, please use the Brown Paper Tickets Link above


TimTim is  a co-founder, co-director, and instructor with Death By Improv (since 2006). He has been performing improv since high school way back when, then in college co-founded Backstage Players Improv Thingie, which led to co-founding Death By Improv. Tim has also studied improv with instructors from around the country at numerous improv festivals, such as North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Richmond Improv Festival, Gainesville Improv Festival, Camprov, and more.


JenJen is a long time DBI member. She started her improv career as a student of DBI, and has since sharpened her improv skills at the Magnet Theater in NYC, at Camp Improv Utopia East, and a number of improv festivals, including The Boston Comedy Arts Festival, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Philly Improv Festival,  and more.


To register for Improv Foundations, please use the Brown Paper Tickets Link above

Find Us


For Classes and Shows Go To:

Main Street Theater Company

at Garden Friends Learning Center

3018 Bordentown Ave, Parlin, NJ