The Available Cupholders

Sarasota Improv Festival favorite, The Available Cupholders, return to Sarasota from Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, CA  for one weekend only! 

See below for a list of performances and click the "Workshops" tab above to view available workshops led by this team of experienced improvisers.

"If you don't know Available Cupholders, you don't know improv." - Austin Chronicle
“These guys know comedy like an anvil knows gravity.” Austin American-Statesman
“Sarasota Favorites” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune 

The Available Cupholders Present: Fakespeare
Friday, June 3 @ 7:30PM 
WHERE FST's Bowne's Lab

FST is pleased to welcome Sarasota Improv Festival favorites, The Available Cupholders of Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA, back to the Gulf Coast for one weekend only!  In this never-before-seen performance, a quartet of expert improvisers pit their theatrical training against their comedy training to improvise a full-length show in the style of the one-and-only William Shakespeare.  All-new characters, dialogue, plots, and more keep these artists on their toes. To up the challenge and the improvisation, select audience members (from the comfort of their seats) will select when each player switches into Shakespearean performance throughout the show, ensuring the performers will not be all be improvising in the same Shakespearean form at the same time. What does this mean? How will it work? Will it fall apart? Is this a good idea? (Trust us. It is.) There’s only one way to find out!

The Available Cupholders Present: An Improvised Play
WHEN Saturday, June 4 @ 7:30PM
WHERE FST's Bowne's Lab
TICKETS $20  |  BUY 

FST is pleased to welcome Sarasota Improv Festival favorites, The Available Cupholders of Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA, back to the Gulf Coast for one weekend only! In this never-before seen performance, four expert improvisers must draw from their years of creating both award-winning comedy and theatre to improvise a full-length play…completely from scratch. Using only the suggestion of a made-up play title from the audience, The Cupholders will create a full world of rich characters, relationships, plots, dialogue, intrigue, dramatic glances, and all the comedic lip-biting tension one show can take. If you adore the theatre, this show is for you. If you can’t get enough comedy, this show is for you. If you love both, then you absolutely can’t miss it.

Acting Chops for Improvisers
Every great actor improvises, but the reverse is not always true. In this two-hour workshop, we will borrow techniques and exercises from the scripted acting world and smash them together with improv structures from the work of Keith Johnstone and others. We might use Meisner's Repetition, Boal’s Great Game of Power, or a Cupholder original: improvising with scripts. You'll come away a better listener, capable of holding a heavier stage presence, with a slightly better understanding of what is happening in those fleeting moments between you and your scene partner.

With Michael Joplin and Jeremy Sweetlamb of The Available Cupholders
Saturday, June 4 | 11AM-1PM | ENROLL  


How to be Unstoppable
Have you ever blanked out on stage when you were improvising? Lost your joy? Felt the pressure to be funny and unique? Blamed yourself or maybe even your scene partners? Kaci and Ace of The Available Cupholders are here to bring some sparkle back to your improv. When you connect with your scene partners and with your higher self, using "Deep Yes And," you become truly unstoppable on the improv stage. We'll use this fast-paced two-hour workshop to touch on some of our favorite exercises for creating powerhouse groups and ensembles as well as highly-watchable, engaging performers who have a BLAST when they improvise.

With Kaci Beeler and Ace Manning of The Available Cupholders
Saturday, June 4 | 2-4PM | ENROLL


Rehearse with The Available Cupholders
You're invited behind the curtain and into the rehearsal room alongside the award-winning improvisers of the Available Cupholders. In this guided environment, Kaci, Michael, Ace, and Jeremy will lead and play in improv games and exercises right alongside the participants. In this two-hour session, you'll jump into tried-and-true rehearsal favorites, scene set-ups with strange new twists, ridiculous warm-up games, and whatever else we feel like playing with and practicing!

With Kaci Beeler, Michael Joplin, Ace Manning, and Jeremy Sweetlamb of The Available Cupholders
Sunday, June 5 | 11AM-1PM | ENROLL

About The Available Cupholders
Available Cupholders is a nearly two-decade-old group of improv and comedy acting professionals based in Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA. Members of Available Cupholders have worked for The Second City, Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, iO and Annoyance in Chicago, Improv Acadia in Maine, Impro Theatre in Los Angeles, and are the founders of the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in their native city of Austin, TX. They have played nearly every improv festival in the country and many abroad, including the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. Through membership in NACA in the 2000s, they toured colleges and universities. Their members have also won numerous awards for improv and theatre including Best Actor/Actress in the Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” edition. The Available Cupholders exist to have as much fun as possible and spread the good word about improv far and wide.


Kaci Beeler is a visual artist, improviser, playwright, and stage and film actor based out of Austin, TX. She has been performing improvisational theatre since 2003 and has toured to over 85 cities and 11 countries to perform and teach improv. She was named Best Actor/Actress in the Austin Chronicle "Best of Austin" Awards, studied with the world renown PUNCHDRUNK theatre company in London, and improvised in character for HBO’s critically acclaimed WESTWORLD immersive activation. You can hear her on TV daily as a national brand voice for Domino’s.

Michael Joplin lives in Los Angeles and performs at Impro Studio and UCB. He has also studied with The Groundlings and Pack Theater. Before moving to LA he taught and performed in Austin Texas for 20 years at The Hideout, ColdTowne, and MerlinWorks. He studied theatre and dance at the University of Texas, and has been voted Austin’s Best Actor, but most importantly, he’s excited to be performing with his fellow Cupholders.

Ace Manning has been performing improv for over 20 years. He has studied the craft in Jeremy Sweetlamb's living room, at iO and Annoyance in Chicago, and under many other fine teachers of improvisation and acting. He is back in Austin, Texas after a lengthy stint as a mainstage player for Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. He regularly performs with The Knuckleball Now in addition to his work with Available Cupholders.

Jeremy Sweetlamb is a lifelong student, director, actor, teacher, promoter, producer, and defender of improvised theatre. For over 20 years he has lived and trained in Chicago, LA, and New York before returning to his native Austin, TX. He has recorded a comedy album: Beardedlamb Sings Along to the Urban Cowboy Motion Picture Soundtrack. He has performed with Bill Hader and Bob Odenkirk at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. He started one of the biggest comedy festivals in the country in Out of Bounds. He continues to embrace failure gracefully by teaching middle school theatre and trying to be a good partner and Dad to two lil bitties.