8pM. Every MONDAY.

THE wheatsheaf pub. Tickets HERE.

Astonishingly brilliant troupe... comedic genius on the spot.
— The Cue, National Arts Festival, South Africa
Devastatingly funny, light-hearted and thoroughly enjoyable, I didn’t want it to end.
— Ed Fringe Review
Dynamic and talented
— Oxford Mail
Uniquely hilarious
— Cherwell
This is the best improvised comedy I have ever had the pleasure to witness
— ThreeWeeks



Every show is completely different, made up on the spot and entirely based on audience suggestions.

The Imps are a mainstay of the Oxford comedy scene, and have put on regular shows since 2004. The lineup comprises a happy mixture of students and locals from in and around Oxford, UK, who perform improvised comedy similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway?

We mix short-form and long-form improv; you can expect anything from scenes, songs, Shakespeare, raps and much more... all made up on the spot!

Weekly performances happen during Oxford University term time at the The Wheatsheaf Pub, every Monday at 8pm. Tickets are only £5 for two hours of entertainment.

We also have a licensed bar open throughout the evening.



Weekly Shows

Mondays, 7.30pm
Next run: 7th October - 2nd December
The Wheatsheaf Pub

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

Every day 2.45pm
31st July - 25th August
Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market

World Tours

You name it, we've done it! We perform at arts festivals, comedy nights, and college balls across the country. We also have spin-off week long shows, and run workshops.

We’ve toured France, the USA, South Africa, Holland and Bosnia. Every summer we perform daily at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Who knows where we're headed next!


Special Shows

Summer Special by The Oxford Imps
Thursday 1st Aug 2019
The Wheatsheaf, Oxford

Rap Battle Special by The Oxford Imps
Monday 30th September 2019
The Wheatsheaf, Oxford

An Improvised Trial by The Oxford Imps
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Oxford Town Hall – Old Court House

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2019 is the Imps’ 15th anniversary - and to celebrate 15 years on the Oxford comedy scene, we’ve been putting on a series of 15 special site-specific shows in unique locations around Oxford and beyond. Keep an eye on our gig listings to find out what’s still coming up!




2019 auditions will be held:

16th October 2019 - 6.30pm OR 8.30pm
17th October 2019 - 6.30pm OR 8.30pm

The Story Museum, Pembroke Street~
Please only turn up to ONE audition slot!

Performers on stage

We hold open auditions once a year for stage performers. Absolutely anyone can audition - anyone!  Students, locals, whatever age, whatever experience.


We hold group auditions in which we play a few fun games with all of you and encourage you to feel as relaxed and as comfortable as possible. We are proud of how unintimidating our auditions are. 

We look for performers who support others on stage, who are committed to what happens on stage, and who want to have fun.  It is surprising how much further qualities like this will go in audition, as opposed to wittiness or an ability for gags. We think good improv comes from a good team, and we look for team members in our auditions.



Musicians, Tech and Production 

Just as the comedy is improvised, so too is the tech and piano.  We welcome anyone to audition who feels confident they can improvise music and tech for live performances.


For musicians, the audition involves improvised piano playing while some stage Imps perform.  The stage Imps' work is to provide the action, your music can be expected to underscore, support and enhance the scene.  

For tech Imps, the audition is an informal meeting to discuss your previous experience (if any– experience is not expected!)

We’re one of the best-run theatre companies in Oxford, and that takes a lot of help. Front-of-house and production positions can be available year-round. If you’re looking for front-of-house opportunities email us.

Tech, music, and production Imps are vital to the company and enjoy all the perks of being a stage Imp.




We perform




You can book us for public or private events, and we are always open to ideas for interesting collaboration opportunities. We run team building sessions and workshops for groups of all ages and abilities, either for fun or for skills like public speaking, teamwork or creativity. Here are a few things we've done in the past:

  • Corporate entertainment

  • Confidence & public speaking workshops

  • Murder mysteries

  • After dinner entertainment

  • Hen-dos / weddings

  • Guerrilla Shakespeare performers

  • Animals and moving trees at an Alice in Wonderland party

  • French revolutionaries at an Oxford ball

  • Living statues at a Roman-themed soirée

  • Late night adventure-tour guides in the Ashmolean Museum

  • Animation voice-actors

Let us know what you’d like to organise, and we can work with you to make it happen.




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Use this form to send us questions about auditions, hiring the Imps, reviewing shows, group bookings, or any other general queries.

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