Both laughter and tears can be cathartic, but only laughter is OK in front of your dog. Laugh until you cry with this GrouponLive deal: for $10, you get a punch card valid for four general-admission tickets to any Brown Improv Comedy show at the Rendon Inn (a $40 value). Tickets may be used all at once or over multiple visits. Starting May 5, shows take place every Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
Every week, New Orleans's longest-running improve-comedy troupe, Brown Improv Comedy, crafts one-of-a-kind hilarity based on the suggestions of theatergoers and bar patrons. The group runs with the suggested topic, creating skits and games that often thrust audience members into the spotlight. Performer Mike Weldon is liable to break out uncanny impressions of celebrities and Disney characters, and Bob Murrell keeps crowds engaged with skills honed during his parallel standup career.
Having just celebrated its 18th year of performing, the team is well versed in turning out the funny and has outgrown the angst-ridden eye rolls of its 16th and 17th years of performing. The Rendon Inn's timeworn wooden sign still hangs outside a newly renovated pub, where long wooden booths encourage socializing and passing along scene suggestions via games of telephone.