Category Archives: Comedy

Sak needs a house manager

Here’s a job notice from Sak Comedy Lab:

Sak Comedy Lab is looking to hire a Full-Time House Manager. Experience in Box Office or Theater Management is a huge plus. To submit interest please email – pass it on.

Orlando Improv Festival announces headliner

A group from ImprovOlympic in Chicago, 3033, will headline the Orlando Improv Festival in September.

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Humor Mill to start offering sketch-comedy classes

Here’s a notice from The Humor Mill Orlando, which produced the recent The Humor Mill Orlando Presents … The War on Terriers at the recent Fringe:

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Sak offers Mother’s-Day deal (and another deal for after)

Here are a couple of Sak Comedy Lab deals — one for Mother’s-Day weekend (that would be 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday May 5; 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7) and another for the entire months of May and June. Read on:

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Orlando Improv Festival (the 2nd annual) set for September

The second annual Orlando Improv Festival is set for September, and the festival’s first fundraiser is coming up. Here’s everything you need to do know (for the moment, anyway):

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Upright Citizens Brigade coming to Sak

Here’s welcome news — an appearance of the big-deal comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade at Sak Comedy Lab in April. More from Dave Russell of Sak:

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Sak gives deal for Valentine’s Day

What better way to please your Valentine than to make him or her laugh? Sak Comedy Lab has two performances on Monday night for Valentine’s Day, and there’s a sweetheart deal:

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Gorilla Theatre opens grand(ly)

Sak Comedy Lab‘s newest show, Gorilla Theatre, holds its grand opening next weekend, with a gala following the show. Read on:

Sak Comedy Lab presents a wild new improv format! Created by Keith Johnstone of Calgary Canada, the Sak version runs amok under the direction of David Charles. Four improv performers-turned-directors battle it out for the highly coveted Gorilla Trophy. The stakes are high as each director competes to have his/her vision win the night in a series of spontaneous scenes, songs and games. This is no-holds-barred improv at its finest! Will the audience go “bananas” for the successful scene, or demand a “forfeit” for the misfires? Only one director can claim the gorilla as his/her own at the end of the night!

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Chicago improv group offers classes

A Chicago improv group called 3033 will offer workshops next weekend in Orlando in conjunction with a couple of shows at Neon Forest Gallery.

You can register for the classes (“Scene Work Assault” and “Playing the Show to Win”) by following the link in this info:

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Theater auditions: ‘The War on Terriers’ for the Fringe

Here’s an audition notice for a show for the 2011 Fringe:

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Sak to open Gorilla Theatre

You’ve heard of guerrilla theater (well, maybe you have). Now there’s Gorilla Theatre, a new improv show at Sak Comedy Lab, in which four directors compete in putting together a song, scene or game to win the Gorilla prize.

The show opens Jan. 21, but there are a bunch of previews beginning Friday Jan. 7. Here’s more from the folks at Sak:

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Fringe 2011 show wins prize up north

Good news from the Oops Guys, the former Orlandoans who are bringing Bitches of the Kingdom! to the 2011 Fringe. The musical, which is also called Disenchanted! and is the tale of a bunch of Disney princesses gone sour, just won a full production from the New Jersey Playwrights Contest.

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Improv group now performing in Kissimmee

Power 2 Improv, an Orlando-based but until-now-homeless improv group, will open a new space this weekend in Kissimmee — on the second floor of Pacino’s, a restaurant on U.S. 192. The owners of Pacino’s also are involved with Wildside BBQ in Orlando and Kissimmee and Pulse nightclub, also in Orlando.

The restaurant at Kissimmee will allow Power 2 Improv to offer a full bar, dinner packages and family-style Italian dining.

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One-day sale at Sak

It’s sale time at Sak Comedy Lab — through 2 p.m. Thursday only:

Spectacular sale at Sak Comedy Lab.
One day only! Sale ends Thursday December 9 at 2 PM!

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Leslie Jordan tickets gone for Friday (but never fear …)

Just received a note from Michael Wanzie, who says that all tickets for the Leslie Jordan show, Deck Them Halls, Y’all, at the Parliament House are gone for Friday night.

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Comedy group looking for men

The Humor Mill, an Orlando-based sketch-comedy troupe, is looking for male actors. Here’s the story:

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Want to see some improv …

… but you just can’t make yourself get dressed?

Try watching the Orlando Improv Festival tonight and Tuesday night right here. It’s streaming live from the Winter Park Playhouse.

Improv Fest sells one-day passes

The Orlando Improv Festival is on for Monday and Tuesday of next week, and now it’s selling one-night passes. Buy one (for $35) and you can see every show on one night — as many as seven shows for the price of, well, five or so.

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Improv Festival to hold a day of workshops

Note: These workshops will be at Neon Forest Gallery, 1741 S. Orange Ave., Orlando.

Aspiring improv comedians may want to take a lesson or two from the day of workshops to be held as part of the new Orlando Improv Festival Sept. 19.

The lineup for the workshop includes Atlanta’s Ian Covell (a founding member of Orlando’s late, lamented Them), Boston’s Will Luera, Seattle’s Jed Rose and Sak Comedy Lab’s Chris Dinger.

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A little more on Red Chair

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It was fun to read my former colleague and friend Matt Palm’s take on Saturday night’s Red Chair Affair: He and I had a lot of the same reactions to an evening that was full of artistic surprises.

Used to be that Red Chair was full of exactly what we expected — little bits and pieces of the tried and true. Not so much this time around — not with spoken wordsmithing from my buddy Tod Caviness and a Jersey Boys re-creation from the Orlando Gay Chorus. And not with some real thrills from a bunch of familiar faces:

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