He who laughs last laughs best, unless he doesn't finish laughing before the funeral starts. Empty your chuckle reservoirs in an appropriate setting with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets (normally $8 online, or $12 at the door) to live improv comedy at Capitol City Theater on the second floor of the Reed Opera House in downtown Salem, as well as two drinks during the show. Shows are every Friday and Saturday evening–check the calendar for current info. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Capitol City Theater draws on deep local talent pools to provide a dynamic display of on-the-spot comedy for the smile-deprived masses. Each show lasts 90 minutes and features a family-friendly revue of improvised performance games. Acts draw on the suggestions of audience members, provided they promise not to suggest Millard Fillmore or seahorse mating rituals, the only two subjects scientifically proven to have no inherent comedic value. Though Capitol City comedy shows are always all-ages, beverages and alcohol-enhancing snacks are available. Today’s Groupon is also good for two adult drinks (up to $8 value); choose from beer, wine, soda, or surprisingly mature bottled water. There is one intermission during the hour-and-a-half show, so you’ll still be able to check stock quotes for your plucky cryogenics start-up.
Capitol City Theater knows that the best giggles are fueled by goodness; part of their proceeds go toward funding clean water wells in Ethiopia by way of donations to Senai Global. The comedy coterie at Capitol City Theater encourages audience participation and lively interaction, unlike movie theaters, who have started threatening cell-phone users by strapping an angry Mike Tyson to the bottom of all theater seats. Great for first dates or families giggling in biologically predetermined harmony, the improv show at Capitol City Theater elicits legal, strong, and medicinal laughter.
*A great place to see some live improv comedy…The icing on the cake is that they are all ages all the time. – Chip c., Yelp
- great acts, great people, and the perfect atmosphere – Danielle B., Facebook