Tavares can't decide if it's a revolution or a tipping point, but he says there's an explosion of improv across the nation. "In the past 10 years, I've seen about 20 different improv festivals begin in places like New Orleans, St. Louis, Atlanta, and, of course, Charleston." Ironically, Sullivan says that participants in these events rarely walk away with more than a little exposure and a round of applause, but at the Charleston Comedy Festival, acts always make some cash. "Whatever they sell in tickets they keep. That never happens at other festivals!" she adds.