$5 for any Friday or Saturday Night Improv Performance at BATS Improv (Up to $20 Value)

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Carefully choreographing everything you say and premeditating each approving nod you nod become exhausting by day’s end. Today’s Groupon will provide an entertaining education in off-the-cuff living with a Friday or Saturday night improv show at BATS Improv for $5. Chuckle your way toward in-the-momentness and improv-ering witticisms.

BATS Improv has won bushels of awards such as Bay Area’s Best Theatre Group and Best Comedy Troupe as well as having made up countless accolades on the spot. The hilarity of Friday and Saturday night shows will reaffirm your lack of faith in the suffocated banalities of most scripted network sitcoms. The theater’s schedule of shows features a seasonal splash from “A Very Merry Murder Mystery,” which presents a holiday-flavored, improvised murder mystery where even the performers have no idea whodidit.

BATS’ shows are made up for each performance and begin at 8 p.m. Depending on the mood of the affable improvites, they may or may not run 105 minutes and will likely feature a 10-minute intermission. BATS also serves up beer and snacks to make it the perfect night out for anyone who loves improv, beer, and snacks.


One Citysearcher gives BATS Improv five stars and BayList names it the 2009 Best Theatre Group in the Bay Area:

  • These guys have been performing and teaching improv for decades, and it shows. I've been to a lot of improv shows over the years, and nobody even comes close to BATS. – staceybrown, Citysearch
  • I love all the shows at BATS Improv. They are funny. If you want to destress, go see a BATS show – cutelhasas, BayList
  • Great night out. Take the folks, the neighbors and a sense of adventure. BATS is about the theater of the possible. – niceshoes, BayList

John Quincy Adams, American Improviser

Improv, like all the best forms of entertainment, was invented in America by actor, comedian, experimental filmmaker, and sixth president John Quincy Adams. The multitalented Adams, known for his quick wit, his hatred of Freemasons, and his inability to be photographed, invented improvisation during his unsuccessful 1828 re-election bid. Prior to Adams’s improvisation, every discussion, both public and private, was tightly scripted, with conversation participants relying on a complicated system of notecards containing the appropriate responses to any possible statement.

Adams ended this trend when a baby fox ate his notecards during a campaign photo op in which Adams was to award a medal to a baby fox. Without his conversation cards, Adams was forced to speak extemporaneously for the first time in his life, and his audiences howled with laughter due to the off-the-cuff nature off his utterances. Adams’s lack of notecards inspired numerous comedians, whose previous reliance on conversation cards had caused their humor to become stale and predictable. Today, Adams’s likeness hangs in many improv theaters, though not in the White House, where the official portrait of Adams is actually a photograph of a leaf.

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The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 11, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person. Not valid on New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, for Theatersports Finals, or performances by special guest groups. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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