Laughter is the universal language, which is why mischievous United Nations delegates constantly splatter each other with banana-cream pies. Bask in collective chortles with today's Groupon: for $3, you get one ticket to an improv comedy show at the National Comedy Theatre Phoenix in Mesa ($12 value for adults; $10 value for students, seniors, and military). This Groupon is valid for the 9:45 p.m. show on Fridays and Saturdays.
National Comedy Theatre’s diverse crew of masterful ad-libbers subjects audience funny bones to a formidable tickling, earning honors from East Valley Tribune readers as the area’s Best Local Performing Arts Troupe. Contribute to the uproarious action as the talented performers form squads and incorporate spectator input to sculpt singular situations as side-splittingly outlandish as Mr. Magoo's stock portfolio. The all-ages crowd selects a winning team at the conclusion of the fast-paced show, with the losers forced to atone by throwing rotten fruit at their mirror reflections.
National Comedy Theatre
Voted the Best Local Performing Arts Troupe by readers of the East Valley Tribune in 2011, National Comedy Theatre’s ensemble of players concocts improvised situations at lightning-fast speeds, relying on audience participation and their own wits to elicit thunderous laughter and applause. After turning to their all-ages crowd for assistance in shaping games and scenarios, the cast employs knowledge gleaned from operating-room sketches to tickle ribs with anatomical exactitude. The show often favors spontaneity over prudence, with performers gleefully stepping into their roles as acrophobic skydiving champions or long-winded court stenographers. Audience members get to select the winning team at the conclusion of the show, and can learn the form themselves during improv classes.