About Us

Hold on to your hats Wellington! Chicago style improv is here! This comedic sketch style of improvised theatre has been made famous by IO, Second City, UCB and actors such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mike Meyers, John Candy, Chris Farley and more! Now you can get in on the action, here in Wellington.

Improv Performances

Fully versed in Chicago Style improv, we perform our comedy shows regularly here in Wellington. We’ll have you slapping your knees with laughter with your friends over a pint of Wellington’s finest craft beer. You can check out our latest show here and – add us on social media.

Improvisation Classes

Begin your improv journey today! No matter what your level of experience, you can master improv as we give you the tools to be confident in the moment, find your funny bone and play with other amazing performers. Our experienced teachers will be there to guide you every step of the way. Learn more!

Our People


Clare Kerrison

Clare Kerrison is a Wellington-based Arts administrator, Improviser, and Improv tutor.  In 2016 together with James Smith she co-founded BaseJump Improv to bring Chicago-style improvised comedy to Wellington.

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James Smith

James is an elderly Italian grandmother in disguise AND current artistic director and teacher for BaseJump Improv. You will find him awake at the crack of dawn baking delicious sourdough bread and pastries or at home toiling over a “mean” Spaghetti Bolognese. While living in Melbourne, he discovered the world of Chicago-style improv with the Improv Conspiracy Theatre and throughout training performed in Cage matches and Harolds with his team Black Xanadu. Now living back in NZ his goal is to live the simple agrarian life AND create great improv. You can contact him on James@basejumpimprov.co.nz or converse with him over a heavy meal. Dinners at 8 pm.