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 deal. For $5, you get a general ticket to a Friday- or Saturday-night improv show (a $10 value) with The National Comedy Company, a New Orleans–based improv troupe. Your ticket is good for any of the NCC's three shows: the New Dinner show on Fridays at 8 p.m. at M.I.C.A, the Fringe show on Saturdays at 7 p.m. at the Shadowbox Theatre, and the Usual Saturday Night show on Saturdays at 10 p.m. at Yo Mama's Bar and Grill.
Improv comes in as many flavors as there are forgotten MySpace passwords. The performers make up situations and details as they go along and what hilarity emerges is a result of training, audience suggestion, and underlying psychological issues. Experience this comedic instability first hand at one of NCC's shows. Their Fringe show at the Shadowbox is all ages and the oddest of the bunch, appealing to those with a taste for the weird and wild. The New Dinner show at the M.I.C.A. offers a chance to combine food and guffawing (softer, mashed foodstuffs are recommended for safety reasons). The Usual Saturday Night show at Yo Mama's is adults only and extremely competitive. Audience participation is not just encouraged but enforced; the crowd is split in two like a sentient watermelon with two mothers, and teams are pitted against one another in troupe-led games throughout the show.
All manner of outings, from awkward first dates and social clubs to door-to-door census taking can be improved by improv. The freewheeling, spontaneous flow of ideas and lengthy bouts of laughter lower guardrails and cheer flagging spirits. However your comedic tastes run, the NCC offers a show to tickle your laugh tooth.