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.
- Admission to see Saturday Night Live alum Paul Brittain at the 2nd Arizona Improv Festival
- Section: general admission
- Ticket values include all fees.
- At Speak Easy Lounge on Thursday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
- At Dobson Ranch Inn on Friday, June 13, at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m.
- $12 for one ticket (up to $24 value)
- $22 for two tickets (up to $48 value)
- $39 for four tickets (up to $96 value)
As the nephew of Bob Newhart, Paul Brittain seemingly has comedy in his veins. After nurturing those natural talents at Chicago's acclaimed iO Theater, the young funnyman soon landed on Saturday Night Live. For two seasons, the Naperville, IL native crafted memorable recurring characters such as standup comic Goran "Funky Boy" Bogdan, the foppish manchild Lord Cecil Wyndemere, and the suspiciously unqualified love expert "Sex" Ed Vincent. Since leaving the show, Brittain has been seen in films such as Grown Ups 2 and heard on the popular podcast Comedy Bang Bang, but never forgot his sketch and improvisational roots. In a special series of performances for the Arizona Improv festival, Paul is joined by his partner-in-comedy Jet Eveleth, a veteran of iO and The Second City and a fellow celebrated performer.
Outliars Comedy Club
After extensive training with the improv greats of Chicago's Second City, Annoyance Theatre, and Improv Olympic (iO), Dave Thurston returned to his native Arizona to coach Outliars Comedy Club. Through long- and short-form scenes crafted on the spot, the troupe spreads a love of spontaneity and imagination. Under Thurston's guidance, they hit funny bones with off-the-cuff plots and games fueled by audience suggestions, following just a handful of rules, according to the East Valley Tribune: no blue language, no people bashing, no drug references, and no sexual connotations. What's left is fun, clean characters behaving in unexpected ways.