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Ventura Improv Company brings the laughs to downtown over Labor Day weekend

Beloved yearly tradition returns with laughs, special guests, and an improv challenge

Ventura Improv Company (VIC) welcomes the best comedic talent from all over the West as they bring back Laughstock, their yearly Labor Day Weekend improv festival. This year’s theme, called “The Improv Challenge,” highlights friendly competition.

Laughstock: The Improv ChallengeComedy improv performers from Seattle, Los Angeles, and points in between will descend upon the VIC Friday-Sunday, September 3-5, in a three-day whirlwind of shows — which culminates in a three-hour Improv Challenge on Sunday night.

“Our audiences will love the mix of different kinds of improv by performers from here and elsewhere,” says Tom Mueller, co-founder of the VIC. “The big finale, the Improv Challenge, will give everyone a chance to play with each other — and against each other, as well.”

Members of Seattle’s Unexpected Productions, LA’s Impro Theatre, and high school group The Chadwick Improvisers are among the special guests that will perform at 8pm on Friday, 7 and 9pm on Saturday, and 7-10pm on Sunday. During the days, they will also have an opportunity to attend workshops, mingle, and exchange ideas. “The friendships, collaboration and learning are as much a part of the weekend as the shows,” Mueller says. “This weekend always energizes the members of our theater, and we become a stronger group.”

After the final Improv Challenge show, only one improviser will go home as the weekend’s ultimate victor. Audiences will provide suggestions for the performers as they mix improv scenes, games, and music for a fabulous and fun festival. Laughstock has been a beloved VIC tradition for more than a decade. More information about Laughstock can be found here: www.venturaimprov.com/laughstock

About Ventura Improv Company

In 1989, Barbara Scott from Bay Area TheatreSports™ came to Ventura County to visit her mother and, while here, put on an improv workshop. The attendees included Gary Best and Tom Mueller, who considered the workshop “a revelation,” and went on to form a local TheatreSports™ league. In the two decades since then, that league grew up to be Ventura Improv Company (VIC).

Located in the historic Livery complex in downtown Ventura, VIC offers comedy improv shows every weekend and a full lineup of improv and movement workshops throughout the year. VIC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is located at 34 North Palm Street, Venturawww.venturaimprov.com.