Improv comedians are a human breed originally formed from the tears of a vaudevillian and the psychoactive film on a tree frog's back. Breed your own comedy with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two tickets to a Friday or Saturday night improv comedy show at The Idiot Box in downtown Greensboro (a $20 value).
The Idiot Box is Greensboro's longest-running source of made-up mirth, providing North Carolinians with interactive, on-the-spot entertainment. Come armed with a large inventory of different parts of speech because Idiot Box members will require a person, place or thing to start their improvisation. Shows sometimes take the form of improv games, and audience participation is likely, so clown shoes, bow ties, and other belitte-able apparel should be saved to prove a point at an upcoming high-school reunion. There are 10 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, and an 8 p.m. show on Saturday recommended for younger audiences as it includes fewer swears and more digs at the Disney Channel.
The Idiot Box has a knack for eliciting audience reactions that sound uncannily like the laugh tracks to '90s sitcoms, so be prepared for a dose of nostalgia along with your heaping helping of hilarity. Great for a family funny-bone-strengthening session, The Idiot Box offers minute-by-minute improv salvation.
The Idiot Box Comedy Club
The Idiot Box Comedy Club has a smart focus: to nurture local comedians. That's why it keeps area comics on its roster, giving them ample opportunity to share the stage with national headliners such as Last Comic Standing finalist Myq Kaplan. The club also hosts weekly improv shows starring the award-winning Idiot Boxers, a community-based troupe that's been crafting extemporaneous comedy scenes for more than 10 years. And to help keep their ranks growing, these improvisors hold classes to teach burgeoning funny people and kids who accidentally broke a window how to think on their feet.