Comedy Cornucopia

It may be called improvisation, but there’s a method to the madness of this art form. As a matter of fact, there are a ton of possible methods, and exactly fourteen of them will be on display tonight at the Boulder Improv Collaborative’s Improv Sampler.

“This show is actually very different in how it’s constructed compared to a lot of other improv shows in Denver,” says Rebecca Bradford, a producer and performer in the collaborative – which is made up of over 130 players, twelve of whom will be performing tonight. Noting that many improv shows feature a few troupes doing shorter sets, Bradford explains that the Sampler runs for a full ninety minutes and showcases a wide array of possible approaches to the art, from scenes that run thirty seconds (then fifteen; the game, called “scene replay,” has performers do a short scene and then try to do the same scene in half the time, then again until they fail – “The whole point is the failure,” says Bradford, of those that run twenty minutes.

Get a taste at 7:30 p.m. at the Avenue Theater, 417 East 17th Avenue; tickets are $10. For more info, go to www.avenuetheater.com or call 303-321-5925.
Wed., Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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