The Upfront Theatre

The Upfront Theatre


Happy New Year! It's 2023 and we’d like to start the new year off with 23 days of gratitude.

Today we thank our neighbors on Prospect Street. Specifically, The Upfront Theatre, Bellingham Cider Company, and Opus Performing Arts.

Thank you for welcoming us into this space on prospect and walking us through our beginning stages. We are so excited to make this hubbub we share a vibrant part of downtown Bellingham.

We are thrilled to navigate 2023 with you. And we can’t wait to meet our other artsy neighbors and welcome Raven Bakery to the building too!

Here’s to wonderful and exciting shows, tasty beverages, delicious baked goods, talking through the fence holes, and sharing cups of sugar.
Cecilee at StarStuff Galleries has been in the workshop creating new space pieces. There's an open house art show this Sunday at The Upfront Theatre from 11am-3pm. Swing by!
It's happening! The Open house party is tonight! It would be so nice to see you again. Cheers! Unsubdued Theatre Collective The Upfront Theatre Those Brazen Wenches Theatre Company West of Roan Allie Odds and the Allie Odds Squad Bellingham Story Hour Firefly Productions Tin Can Oddity Films Little Lemons Peter Ali Bellingham Cider Company
Musician, Dancer, Speaker or Comedian?

A unique stage performance opportunity is coming up (November 19th) at the Upfront Theatre Presented by Rachel Belly Dance Register by emailing [email protected]
November 19th 12-2pm.
Come learn and practice your stage skills!
We have found a home at the Upfront Theater and we will be blending your skills with my own techniques to connect with your audience.
Come ready to work!

The Upfront Theatre
HELLINGHAM kicks off tonight! At The Upfront Theatre

The format will run every Friday & Saturday night in October at 7:30 & 9:30, with a special matinee on Sunday October 30th!

We are beyond thrilled that our friends at The Upfront Theatre in Bellingham get to continue their terrific work. If you have not seen "Hellingham" or "The GBU" before, then you gotta take a long-weekend trip to beautiful Whatcom County and see what Upfront is up to!
Today's the LAST DAY to share a Mom & Me Memory on our website for a chacne to win a Mother's Day prize package worth nearly $1,000 with prizes from Borthwick Jewelry, Inc Ferndale WA, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Brio Cleaners, Holistic Interludes, Launching Success Learning Store, Kucumber Skin Lounge, Youngstock Nursery & produce, and The Upfront Theatre!
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Countdown to our Trivia & Pint Night fundraiser at Roosevelt Kulshan Brewing Company, Thursday, March 24 from 6-9pm. Thanks to The Upfront Theatre and Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods for donating trivia team prizes!
Is this facility 21 and up or 18 and up?
Have you heard? We’re on TikTok!! Follow us for fun times!

We’ll post improv clips, tips, and bips! Okay, bips isn’t a real thing, but hey, we’re improvising 😉
Have you been to The Upfront Theatre for an improv or comedy show? Here’s a teaser we made with them recently!
Check out TheCinemaholic's shoutout to Bellingham's Theatre culture with a mention of MBT, Bellingham Theatre Guild, and The Upfront Theatre!
The Upfront Returns! The Bellingham-based Live Improv Comedy Theatre will soon be returning to an excited community. IAJ Media is proud to partner with The Upfront Theatre to announce their return and help produce original content for its brand in the form of Sketch Comedy and more. Here’s the first piece of the series!

Gillian Myers
Edward Maurice Chatterton III
Becky Byrd
Clare Koester

Shot / Dir / Edit: Clarito Zapanta
Written By: Kent Loomer
Sound: Conor O'Keefe
PA: Danny Coenen
As it is , we thought it only right to mention the amazing that won our North West Family Business Awards last year.

A big shout out to...

Stan Sherlock Associates
The Milking Parlour
Spencer Graham Coaches Ltd
Penningtons Tea and Coffee
The Upfront Theatre
Kendal Nutricare
Choose Occupational Health
Higginsons - Butchers & Pie Makers
I miss you guys!

Non-Profit Improv Theatre Company The Upfront is for all ages and continues to attract all walks of life searching for a good time. Come laugh with us.

Since 2004 The Upfront has performed and taught many unique styles and formats of improvisation. Notably, we are known for our long form narrative shows including our popular murder mystery Hellingham, and other genre long forms Cops 911, Space Trek and many more. We continue to produce and evolve shows each year to further the art of improvisation and keep our community with us on the edge. The U

Operating as usual


A group of heroic misfit adventures known as the Dirty 20 get hired by you, the audience, to go on a epic quest. Will they succeed? It's all in the fate of the dice!


It’s the last weekend of 50 Shades of Velvet!

You’ve got three more chances to see this silly & steamy improvised romance novel, including a newly added Saturday late night showing at 9:30pm.

Don’t miss it!


Cheesy romance: ✅
Innuendos galore: ✅
You in the audience: ❓

We’re coming up on the last weekend of our improvised romance novel, “50 Shades of Velvet!” Time flies when you’re feeling silly and romantic.


Next month is Cupid’s Arrow- an improvised dating show! Meet and get to know wacky characters as they answer our bachelor or bachelorette’s most probing questions. Will there be a love connection? You’ll have to be there to find out 😘


Games galore- the best way to spend a Friday night! You’ll be giggling up a storm while we perform awesome improv games. Laughing counts as an ab workout, right?


Ready to have some fun? Head over to our website to see how we can bring you joy 🤩

Photos from The Upfront Theatre's post 01/14/2023

More pics from our holiday party- secret Santa style! 🎁


👀 50 Shades of Velvet is a hilariously steamy improv show styled after cheesy romance novels! You can see it Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 all month long 🔥


At our holiday party two of our players (Chris & Mark) accidentally showed up in matching outfits. This is not the first time this has happened.


We’re standing by to bring joy to your life. 🎭


Indulge in an improvised romance novel- inspired by you! Fridays & Saturdays in January at 7:30pm. This show is recommended for mature audiences aged 14+


Don’t miss this one-night-only event! August: Whatcom County- When a large family reunites at the family farmhouse under duress, secrets will be revealed, casseroles will spill, and wigs will fly in a hilarious improvised show based on the beloved (?) Oscar-baiting family drama.


Yes. We agree. Come see us this Thursday at 7:30 for our classic GBU improv show!


A good old-fashioned improv games show! All your favorite games from "Whose Line is it, Anyway?" and many more you may never have seen before. It's a whole lot of fun packed into one show! You can catch this show all month long at 9:30pm on Fridays & Saturdays.


Improv is awesome. You are awesome. You + Improv = Even More Awesome-er.


Practicing hard for “50 Shades of Velvet,” our improvised romance novel debuting in January!


Thank you for making us a part of your holidays this year! We loved bringing joy and giggles to the community with Ha-Ha Holiday & our Upfront Classic show this month. Keep the good times rolling with our New Years shows! We love you, Bellingham!


It’s an improv show with a special twist! Exchange gifts with our performers and we’ll use what we’re given in our show! See more details on the ticketing page of our website 🎁 One night only- December 30th at 7:30 & 9:30.


We hope to see y’all next week!


We’re saving up our hilariousness for NEXT weekend! Next week we have the Jingle Jam, White Elephant Improv, and NYE shows! See ya then, folks! ❄️


Back by popular demand!!! If you love performing improv OR are curious about it, then this is the show for you! This is an open-mic-style improv show where you can sign up to perform random, hilarious games with random, hilarious people! Sign up to perform when you arrive or just come to enjoy the show! It's a wonderful way to see some funny people help usher in the new year!


Join us on December 30th for a night of wacky gift giving and improv fun! It’s a White Elephant gift exchange like you’ve never seen before. Wrap up those unwanted, funny, and weird gifts. Bring your gift to the Upfront and exchange it with an improvisor (you'll receive a gift, too!). They’ll open it on stage, and watch as your gift becomes a hilarious part of the show!
If you are bringing a gift, use code GIFT730 upon checkout to receive 50% off your ticket. This code will be applied to one ticket per order. You do not have to bring a gift to enjoy this show!


Need a laugh? We’re here for you. Want to learn a new skill? We have options. Booking entertainment for an event? We’ve got you covered.

No matter how you frame it, the Upfront is the place to be.


One Night Only: A warm & fuzzy fully-improvised holiday musical 🎄✨ Don’t miss this amazing holiday event for the whole family!!


What’s that on the horizon?? It’s our Thursday night show, the GBU!! Games, monologues, special guests- you never know what amazing performances await you. Tickets are available right meow 😻


A spontaneous holiday-themed “movie” inspired by YOU… who could ask for more? Tickets are available now! 🎄❄️


From weekly shows to private performances for parties & businesses- we do it all! Check out our website to see how we can bring joy & spontaneity to your life.


Did you see that NPR article about how improv can improve your life? You can see for yourself by enrolling in our classes! The next session starts in January! Head over to our website for more info.


Let’s get into the holiday spirit! Comment below what gift this character just saw in their stocking! 🎄

Be sure to check out our holiday show this month on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm! Immediately after it’s a really fun improv games show (like on Whose Line) so you can make a whole night of it ✨


Tomorrow night is a special GBU, because there’s two class showcases!! Our students will be showing off their incredible improv skills that they got by taking our classes (the next round starts next month, and signups are open now)!

Following the GBU is a “Duo Night” show at 9pm!

See ya tomorrow for giggles and joy 🤩


“Do you smell what The Upfront is cookin’, jabroni?”
Off The Top Rope is the only show in Bellingham combining pro wrestling and improvised comedy. Come see a regular day in the life of pro wrestlers followed by competitive improv. Cheer and Boo as everyone on stage tries to win you over and get the ultimate grand prize: a child-size championship belt!


Want to feel festive while giggling and supporting local performance art? Come see our wonderful holiday improv show “Ha-Ha Holiday!” Tickets are available now ❄️🎄


Tickets are available now for this awesome show that features groups of 2 improvisers! *cookies not included 😮


🎶It’s most hilarious time of the year🎶


Tomorrow night at 9pm (right after the GBU) we’re bringing you another edition of “The Bat: Improv in the Dark!” It’s like an old-timey radio show, but made up for it in the spot ✨


Bellingham is brimming with talented folks, and we hope you can come to our Talent Night to see for yourself! Some improvised, some prepared, all awesome!!


Catch the “Duo Night” show on December 8th at 9pm for groups of two improvisers making up amazing stories just for you, inspired by you ✨

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Our Story

Established in Bellingham, WA by world renowned improviser Ryan Stiles, The Upfront Theatre is a cabaret-style venue that offers live improv comedy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The Upfront is an all-ages venue and continues to attract all walks of life searching for a good time.

Since 2004 The Upfront has performed and taught many unique styles and formats of improvisation. Notably, we are known for our long form narrative shows including our popular murder mystery Hellingham, and other genre long forms Cupid’s Arrow, Space Trek and many more. We continue to produce and evolve shows each year to further the art of improvisation and keep our community with us on the edge.

The Upfront has hosted events from internationally known improvisers like Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Colin Mochrie, Keith Johnstone and more. Our Mainstage Ensemble has performed and taught at Festivals and events all over North America including: The Chicago Improv Festival, The Vancouver International Festival, The Seattle International Festival, Edmonton’s Improvaganza and more. Our theatre has received the Mayor’s Arts award, been voted “Best Theatre” to “Best Live Comedy” and one of our favorites “Best Date Night” in the Best of the Northwest and Best of Bellingham.

Come laugh with us.

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Bellingham, WA

Opening Hours

Thursday 7pm - 11pm
Friday 7pm - 11pm
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