We're The Outcasters!

The Outcasters are a family-friendly Improvisational Comedy Troupe headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Founded by entertainer and improviser Joe Hammer, author of The Improv Edge, The Outcasters are a group of fun souls committed to 100% pure, unrefined improvisation comedy. We make up scenes and situations live using only audience suggestions. No planning. No scripts. No net. 

The Outcasters hold live drop-in improv classes every Wednesday evening from 6-8:30 pm in North Scottsdale, just a couple minutes off the 101, Raintree exit, as well as weekly online Zoom classes every Tuesday from 6-8:00 pm. We also offer more in-depth training and workshops on both short and long form improvisation. All of our classes are conducted in a safe and supportive environment where creativity can flourish

Our stage antics will be familiar to those who have watched the hit TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Our players are experienced in the local improv scene and we offer a variety of classes, workshops and shows throughout the year, performing regularly at local venues as well as private events.  We are also proud to financially assist local non-profit organizations with our Improv for a Cause program!

Our improv is all about thinking on our feet, making stuff up on the spot, and deeply hoping nobody realizes we’re flying by the seat of our pants. We often invite our audience members to suggest topics for us to use in scenes and sometimes even join us onstage for fun games and imaginative stories!

We welcome you to join us for a class or show! Each of The Outcasters’ shows is a “World Premiere” that’s never been seen before and will never be seen again! C’mon, flex your creative muscles and join us as we make stuff up! Scroll down and take a look at our many improv training and entertainment programs!from

The Outcasters Professional Improv Training
  • “I love how the program is so well organized into different exercises that end up getting one into a more flowing estate of creativity! I am loving each second of the class.”

  • “You’re a great Improv Coach (and a great guy)! The games we played were ‘spot on’ for fine tuning all the top tools to facilitate the ‘magic’ in our improv scenes. Your Director Notes are really helpful too!”

  • “The way it was run, professionally, no ego from anyone, great fun and we learned a whole bunch of new funny stuff!”

  • “I loved learning more about flashbacks and how we can put that into our performances. It was very insightful. The class was fun and we did a lot of fun games.”

  • “I enjoyed learning so much from Joe! He reminded me how even the small things in a scene are what truly bring it to life.”

  • “I very much enjoyed how positive and supportive Joe is when he runs the class. This is NOT a competitive environment and it attracts a wide range of interesting, kind students from various backgrounds.”

  • “Everyone was extremely welcoming and Joe was a fantastic teacher. I felt comfortable participating and didn’t feel I had to worry about any judgement, we were all in it together. The warmups and exercises were engaging and hilarious. I can’t wait to go back!”

  • “The Outcasters improv classes are a great way to build your interactive skills that you can use in any life situation. It is a fun way to learn how to listen and build off someone else’s input, a priceless skill in the world of business. It is a safe, non-judgmental, encouraging environment!”

The Outcasters Professional Improv Training

Current Classes:

Every Wednesday 6-8:30 pm

Every Tuesday 6-8:00 pm

Joe Hammer - Your Improv Coach
Meet Your Instructor, Joe Hammer
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The Outcasters' Mascot - Banter!
Meet Banter, The Outcasters' Mascot!

Note: We currently require registration for drop-in classes. Online classes are also available! 

Drop In Improv Class

Join us every Wednesday night from 6-8:30 pm, and “get your funny on” at our drop-in improv comedy class! No previous experience required!
Tell Me More!

Corporate Training

Stronger teamwork. More effective collaboration. Innovative brainstorming. Unleash the very best in your team through the power of Improvisation!
Tell Me More!

Outcasters for Hire

Need unique entertainment? Invite The Outcasters Improv Comedy Troupe to your event! We promise to make it an unforgettable one!
Tell Me More!

Kids and Teen Improv

Our Youth improv programs rock! Students will open their imagination and creativity through scenes and a variety of improv theater games.
Tell Me More!

Improv for a Cause!

We'll partner with you to raise money for your group, foundation, school or organization. Collaborate with us to create a unique, interactive fundraising experience!
Tell Me More!

Improv Workshops

We offer a variety of public and private training workshops in the art form of improvisation! Join us to deepen your fun!
Tell Me More!

Team Building

We’ll empower strong, positive and creative communication for members at every level of your organization's team!
Tell Me More!

Specialty Classes

We are honored to bring in amazing instructors in other fields of entertainment outside of improv! Join us and learn from the best!
Tell Me More!

Get "The Improv Edge"

Get your copy of our founder Joe Hammer's book, The Improv Edge. Put the power of improvisation to work in your life!
Get It Now!

We're The Outcasters, nice to meet ya!

The Outcasters are a family-friendly Improvisational Comedy Troupe headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Founded by entertainer and improviser Joe Hammer, author of The Improv Edge, The Outcasters are a group of fun souls committed to 100% pure, unrefined improvisation comedy. We make up scenes and situations live using only audience suggestions. No planning. No scripts. No net. 

The Outcasters Improv Comedy TroupeOur stage antics will be familiar to those who have watched the hit TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Our players are experienced in the local improv scene and we offer a variety of classes, workshops and shows throughout the year, performing regularly at local venues as well as private events.  We are also proud to financially assist local non-profit organizations with our Improv for a Cause program!

Our improv antics are all about thinking on our feet, making stuff up on the spot, and deeply hoping nobody realizes we’re flying by the seat of our pants. We often invite our audience members to suggest topics for us to use in scenes and sometimes even join us onstage for fun games and imaginative stories!

The Outcasters hold drop-in improv classes weekly in North Scottsdale, just a couple minutes off the 101, Raintree exit. We also offer more in-depth training and workshops on both short and long form improvisation. We welcome you to join us for a class or show! Each of The Outcasters’ shows is a “World Premiere” that’s never been seen before and will never be seen again!

C’mon, flex your creative muscles and join us as we make stuff up! Scroll down and take a look at our many improv training and entertainment programs!

Note: Due to covid, we require registration for drop-in classes. Online classes are also available! 

Join our Mailing List!

Drop In Improv Class

Join us Wednesday nights 6-8:30 pm, and “get your funny on” at our drop-in improv comedy class! No previous experience required!
Tell Me More!

Corporate Training

Stronger teamwork. More effective collaboration. Innovative brainstorming. Unleash the very best in your team through the power of Improvisation!
Tell Me More!

Outcasters for Hire

Need unique entertainment? Invite The Outcasters Improv Comedy Troupe to your event! We promise to make it an unforgettable one!
Tell Me More!

Kids and Teen Improv

Our Youth improv programs rock! Students will open their imagination and creativity through scenes and a variety of improv theater games.
Tell Me More!

Improv for a Cause!

We'll partner with you to raise money for your group, foundation, school or organization. Collaborate with us to create a unique, interactive fundraising experience!
Tell Me More!

Improv Workshops

We offer a variety of public and private training workshops in the art form of improvisation! Join us to deepen your fun!
Tell Me More!

Team Building

We’ll empower strong, positive and creative communication for members at every level of your organization's team!
Tell Me More!

Specialty Classes

We are honored to bring in amazing instructors in other fields of entertainment outside of improv! Join us and learn from the best!
Tell Me More!

Get "The Improv Edge"

Get your copy of our founder Joe Hammer's book, The Improv Edge. Put the power of improvisation to work in your life!
Get It Now!

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Meet the Outcasters' Chameleon Mascot, Banter!

The Outcasters Mascot BANTER

As a perceptive chameleon, Banter recognizes the importance of being adaptable. Banter came to be the Outcasters’ mascot after trying to find a place to cool off from the blazing Arizona sun. He stumbled inside a drop-in improv class and, after seeing what The Outcasters were all about, he quickly realized he was home! Whether you’re an experienced improviser, just beginning your improv journey, or attending one of our shows, Banter invites you to join us!

Joe Hammer - Your Improv Coach Joe Hammer has been actively presenting powerful personal and business development seminars and entertainment programs for decades. Complimenting his book, THE IMPROV EDGE, Joe’s improv classes and workshops deliver high-impact content from his extensive training with Magnet Theater, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Impro Theatre, including disciplines with fellow improv authors, Mick Napier of The Annoyance Theater and Will Hines of UCB.

Joe’s classes go beyond simple improv games; you’ll discover practical and constructive principles of both short and long form improvisation – all while enjoying ample stage time, personalized coaching and considerate feedback. There’s something new in every class!

And it’s all taught in a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental setting. No egos. No harassment. No criticism. Just progressive improv training in a positive environment!

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