CRUMBS is an international improv duo from Winnipeg that first formed in 1997. They have been touring all over the world with their stripped down lo-fi improv comedy theatre show. They’ve also been known to perform stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, write, direct, produce and be awesome.
Stephen Sim and Lee White have been performing comedy together since the early 1990’s in several forms.They started using the name CRUMBS in 1997 in a project experimenting with comedy. Now they are they the toast of the International Improvisational Theatre scene, having practically created the European improv touring circuit. CRUMBS Stephen and Lee stretched out feelers to whatever improvisation was going on outside of Winnipeg. The thing is, CRUMBS never stopped putting out their feelers, and they have become one of the world’s most international improv companies, having performed in: Canada, The United Stated, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, Norway, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Israel, Turkey, New Zealand and the UK.
What can we say about Stephen Sim and Lee White who along with one of the BEST improv DJ’s in the world: DJ Hunnicutt make up the improv team: CRUMBS? We have known them, laughed with them, played with them, admired them forever! Lee and Naomi even had a writing/eating group when they lived in Vancouver 100 years ago…it became more eating the writing. These two improvisers have inspired us so much. In their work, in their life, in their craft.
They are the reason we started touring internationally. THAT’S how cool they are! All it took was a recommendation from Crumbs and we had festivals inviting us all over the world. The experiences we have had at these festivals (Berlin, Israel, Sweden, Norway) have been invaluable and have shaped who we are as a company and as performers. We have met so many incredible improvisers, students, people-it continues to be an incredible source of inspiration. We will forever be grateful for their support.
Stephen and Lee tour and teach internationally and have built the reputations of rock stars. I’ve never seen a show they’ve done in Europe that hasn’t been sold out and followed by standing ovations. Lee now lives, teaches, performs in Berlin (that’s how much he is loved, they wouldn’t let him leave!) with Die Gorillas and Stephen has started a new and exciting duo with his lady Caitlin Curtis in Winnipeg: Stephen and Caity. Stephen is also the Artistic Director of IF, the Winnipeg Improv Festival where he puts the same passion and integrity that he does into Crumbs making the festival one of the most talked about and best experiences for comics to visit.
If you get a chance to see Lee, Stephen and DJ Hunnicutt (Tyler Sneesby) in any form…even walking down the street …WATCH them. They are funny, smart, so full of heart and passion – you know it’s going to change your lives to witness their genius!
Thank you Crumbs. For all that you’ve brought to our lives, and to the world of comedy and improv. This Worldie is well deserved.
You are so lucky to have an improv group like CRUMBS here in Winnipeg. -Ryan Stiles (Whose Line Is It Anyway?)
Here are two improvised monologues from a show they performed in Berlin 2011. Keep checking back for more videos, but know that video can only capture about 60% of the magic of a live CRUMBS show:
Stephen Sim and Lee White, along with their computer guy, DJ Hunnicutt (Tyler Sneesby), seek truth in comedy when they invite their audience to offer a true story as inspiration for the Crumbs improv goofiness that follows. They then proceed to decimate the truth as you know it, killing their hometown audience in the process. The audience crumbled with laughter. — Winnipeg Free Press
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