Improvisational comedy is like walking a runway—it's mostly freestyle and one little stumble can lead to an entire evening of farcical high jinks. Keep straight faces and paces with today's Groupon to The Improv Space on the West Side. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get two tickets to a $5 show or one ticket to a $10 show.
- For $90, you get an eight-session Level 1 improv class ($180 value).
The Improv Space is a multifunctional comedy laboratory that both teaches and performs unscripted humor. Catch one of the troupe-hosted shows ($5–$10), such as the seasoned cast of Robert Downey Jr. Jr. performing Hometown Interview on Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. In this show, the cast interrogates an audience volunteer for tidbits about their hometown experiences to use as inspiration for a fully improvised comedy show, then the volunteer returns to his seat to apologize to his friends for using their real names.
Those looking to learn the laugh-inducing trade can take Space Basics ($180), an eight-part course designed to give aspiring quipsters a grasp on fundamental improv philosophy and vocabulary. Participants will learn to blow away audiences with comedy bombs in the form of three-minute, laugh-inducing-yet-logical scenes.