Improv games billed as a "drinking party." $15
Counter Productive Lover headlines with a rotating line-up of comedy teams. $10
Unlike its all-female sister production, Late Night Tit-Bits, this all-male combination improv and strip show features no burlesque. In fact, it's a stretch to say the guys even do striptease. Nonchalantly removing one piece of clothing at a time over the course of several quick, usually nonsexual two-person scenes, they get down to bare buns as unseductively as possible. Yet they're not going for man-boob or tighty-whitey laughs, either. Though these guys aren't the Chippendales, they're in pretty good shape, and a few are downright hunkish. The result is an awkward situation where the nakedness and comedy distract from each other, discouraging us from fully enjoying either one. --Ryan Hubbard $7
Stand-ups and improvisers take turns performing. $5
Improv comedy show. $10
Stories, monologues, and more by this all-female comedy troupe. $10 suggested donation
The current incarnation of director Jason R. Chin's production is smart. On the night I attended this show, based on audience contributions of news stories, a sketch involving Bipedal Locomotion Enterprises would have taken a prize for vocabulary alone. The ten-member ensemble also made casual references to Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, and William Golding. And how many twentysomethings can do an accurate Alfred Hitchcock impression extempore? Instead of going for the broad and vulgar, these folks more often opt for the microcosmic. A patriarchal defense of polygamy is transformed into a wife lamenting the responsibilities of having multiple husbands. A report about terrorists plotting via Internet cafes sparks visions of subversive activities impeded by spam, pop-ups, and IMing. The players exhibit a genuine rapport: articulate dialogue unfolds logically, swiftly, and concisely. --Mary Shen Barnidge $14
Hosted by Bretty Lyons and Nathan Jansen, audience members are invited to perform improv with some of iO's "best veterans."
A serialized sketch show in which two college students are forced into hosting a telethon. $5
Improv show where two actors create sound effects for each scene. $10
Improv hosted by EP Productions.
International Stinger performs, followed by teen improv group Mocktail. $10
Classic improv games with a twist.
Sketch groups perform material that "they are still playing around with." 21+