Laughter is the best medicine, though it tends to be the worst legal defense. Salute the healing art of comedy with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one ticket to an improv show (up to a $10 value) at the Ventura Improv Company, located in the Livery section of downtown. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
A frequent finalist for Best Comedy Club according to Ventura County Reporter's readers, Ventura Improv Company offers the only improv comedy in Ventura and has been eliciting chortles and guffaws with family-friendly farce for the past 21 years. The VIC's veteran comedic combatants perform unscripted comedy through scenes, games, and music created on the spot. The VIC performs shows such as Spontaneous Broadway, a full-length musical whose plot is conceived through audience suggestions, and TheatreSports Team Match, a two-team battle where competitors perform a challenge set by the host.
Like a flight from Anchorage to Juneau, each performance typically lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes. Concessions are available before the show, during intermission, and for breakfast the next morning if you choose to sleep backstage. The VIC is also located near many downtown restaurants where comedy enthusiasts can get a pre-show fuel-up for a night of calorie-burning laughter. If inspired to find out how laughter works on a scientific level, the VIC also offers improv and movement workshops for children and adults.
Seven Yelpers give the Ventura Improv Company an average of 4.5 stars:
- My family and I LOVE this place…it is so funny, with everything they do…the players are down to earth also and talk to the guest after the show. – Chris S.
- I was thinking it was going to be a hokey group of amateurs but within moments the house was packed and Dude and I were laughing so hard we were crying. We've since recommended it to several other couples and they have all had a great time. – Jenn K.
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