Responding wittily via text message or smoke signal delays a punch line, effectively ruining the joke. Today's deal features performers with fleet-footed minds: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets to a performance by the Secret Improv Society (a $30 value) at the Shelton Theatre, located on Sutter Street.
The Secret Improv Society is composed of a talented lineup of seasoned improv-ers who teach audiences that there's a way into and out of every imaginable situation. Each Saturday from 10 p.m. until around 11:15 p.m., these real, human improvisers craft original blankets of hilarity out of the threads of improvised games, short sketches, live music, and audience participation. Every single show is a brand-new experience that explores the twisted contours of humor and reason, excavating comedy from mines of everyday life. Upcoming shows include the melodic meanderings of improv musician Joey Hassid, who spins harmonies out of raw flax in efforts to pacify both a greedy king and a mysteriously named dwarf.
Yelpers give the Secret Improv Society four stars:
Secret Improv Society
Every Friday and Saturday night, the performers of the Secret Improv Society initiate a new batch of devotees into their alliance of short-form improv, comedic games, and live music. An audience of no more than 60 contributes to the content of each show in ways that exclude lobbing tomatoes or volunteering to be sawn in half. From random, spontaneous audience suggestions, the cast launches into an impromptu sketch that may skewer romantic relationships, office politics, or current events. Since the cast rotates and the audience changes, every 75- to 90-minute show is as fresh and unique as a dry-cleaned abstract expressionist painting.
533 Sutter St.
San Francisco, California 94102Get Directions