[2011] Labor Day weekend comedy improv festival brings the laughs

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Ventura Improv Company
(a 501c3 non-profit)
34 North Palm Street
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 643-5701

Ventura Improv Company brings the laughs to its yearly Labor Day comedy festival
“Smorgas-prov” serves up the funny for its 12th year

Ventura, CA (August 17, 2011) — Labor Day weekend marks 3 nights of improvisational comedy shows offered by some of the best performers in the west at Smorgas-prov, the 12th annual comedy improv festival hosted by the Ventura Improv Company (VIC).

Ventura Improv Company, the downtown Ventura landmark, welcomes performers from all over the West, including master improvisers from Seattle, Los Angeles, and a talented group of high schoolers from Palos Verdes.

Nation of Improv, a popular African-American long-form improv group from Los Angeles, who were an audience favorite at the VIC in 2008, return to the festival stage on Saturday night. Among the performers in the other shows, including the grand finale “Smorgas-prov” showdown on Sunday evening, include Randy Dixon of Unexpected Productions in Seattle, Seth Brown from LA, Ojai’s Zenprov, and the talented students from the Chadwick School in Palos Verde, who have been attending the Labor Day fest since 2000.

“This festival is a great opportunity for improvisers from all over to get together and have fun,” says Tom Mueller, director of Ventura Improv Company. “Audiences love the different improv styles, and it’s always a hilarious time.”

Smorgas-prov begins on Friday, September 2, with a show from 8-10pm; continues with two evening shows between 7-11pm on Saturday, and ends with the grand finale on Sunday from 7-11pm.

More information about the festival can be found at www.venturaimprov.com/festival.

About Ventura Improv Company

In 1989, an improviser from the Bay Area TheatreSports™ group came to visit her mother in Santa Paula and while there she put on an improv workshop. At that time, there were a handful of performers doing improv in Ventura, and several of them, including current leaders of the group, Gary Best and Tom Mueller, attended that workshop. The two considered that workshop “a revelation,” and went on to form a local TheatreSports™ league.

In the two decades since then, the group has grown in both size and scope and recently created an exciting new vision and strategic plan that they hope will accelerate the growth of their current audience and the scope of their future offerings.

Smorgas-prov Labor Weekend Schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

Friday, September 2, 8-10pm: King of the Hill
Tickets: $10 per person

High hilarity by our local performers and our visitors from all over the West including the fantastic Randy Dixon from Unexpected Productions, Seattle! Music, improv, scenes — FUN! Only one improviser will remain the King of the Hill by the end of this show.

Saturday, September 3: Two Great Shows!
$10 per person per show.
Special price for both shows (7-9pm, 9-11pm): $15 per person

  • 7-9pm: Micetro — Who Will be the Last Improviser Standing?
    Individual improvisers will be pitted against each other, vying to be the Micetro of the night, as players are elimated from the race! A mad mix of our improv players from all over the West! It will be hilarious, competitive, and wild!

Nation of Improv now town

  • 9-11pm: Nation of Improv and Now TownThe Nation of Improvb***h slaps traditional improv shows by pushing “yes and…” to the extreme with a Black, urban style that blends, sketch comedy, improvisation and multimedia into a big laughs comedy party. The Nation of Improv is David Pompeii (The Daily Show, Heroes), Dave Carter, Raymond Parker, Bart Folkerts, Gene Smith and Lloyd Collins.Now Town is inhabited by three improvisers: Jennifer Y. Chou, Mikaela Bennett, and Sara Neff. With several decades of improv experience among them, the residents of Now Town perform short form improvised scenes, as well as full-length improvised plays. Welcome to Now Town; Established: Now.

Sunday, September 4, 7-10pm: Smorgas-prov Showdown
Tickets: $15 per person
Who will be the grand Comedy Improv Challenge victor? Our improv visitors from all over the West, including LA and Seattle, will compete in this three-hour showdown! It will be a hilarious, magical evening as our Laughstock Improv Labor Day Fest draws to a close!

Participants in Smorgasprov 2011

Many thanks to our locals and out-of-towners that grace our stage with their presence!

  • Seth Brown, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chadwick Improvisers, Palos Verdes, CA
  • Nation of Improv, Los Angeles, CA — David Pompeii, Dave Carter, Raymond Parker, Bart Folkerts, Gene Smith, Lloyd Collins.
  • Unexpected Productions, Seattle – Randy Dixon
  • Ventura Improv Company
  • Ojai Improv, Ojai, CA — John Medeiros

THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. Check out the VIC calendar for our current shows and events.