Improv comedy shows, unlike criminal-court proceedings and open-heart surgeries, encourage people in the room to shout out suggestions. Explore the extemporaneous with this GrouponLive deal to see Octavarius at The ComedySportz Theatre. Shows run every Sunday at 7 p.m. through October 28. For $20, you get a comedy-show package for two (a $44 value), which includes:
- Two tickets for general-admission seating at any performance (a $10 value each)
- Two glasses of wine, beers, or well drinks (a $7 value each)
- Two signature take-home pint glasses (a $5 value each)
Crowned Best Sketch/Improv Troupe in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago 2012 poll, Octavarius's comedic disciplines are as numerous as the arms of its cyborg octopus mascot. Each 90-minute show combines sketch comedy and improv games, which often break out into live musical numbers. The centerpiece game, The Nefarious, challenges the team to craft a nonstop comedy set entirely from scratch, using a single audience suggestion as its basis. The result, according to Jason Heidemann of Time Out Chicago, is "totally infectious, 100% supportive improvisation" laced with "playful scenes incorporating frequent callbacks to the opening, sly pop culture references and a confidence to break the rules of improv when appropriate."
The show's sketches and games are inspired by a new theme each week; the schedule of upcoming themes includes Founding Fathers Strike Back on July 8, and Batman vs. Batman on July 15, where the Christian Bale and Adam West Batmen face off for the right to protect Gotham City. Surprise guests such as dancers, magicians, and wrestlers may also leap into the action, depending on the night. Each show is followed by an after-party, where audience members may meet the performers and convince them why they should have used their improv suggestions.