The Improviser Strikes Back in Improv Wars – The Laugh Jedi
May the farce be with you and may you leave Vancouver TheatreSports™ with your Depends intact because the Laugh Jedi will have your jelly belly quivering faster than Bill Crosby can say J-E-L-L-O or where’s my get out of jail card?
It’s more fun than a burrito bowl when the audience gets to decide what iinsane topics to choose for the Star Wars contestants to mock such as gerbil fuelled rockets and pregnant wives.
Pearce Visser is a genius with his comic rendition of Jabba the quivering Hutt while Ken Lawson (who I swear is Jim Carey in disguise) is so brilliant as C-3PO that he makes the real C-3PO seem as dull as a pencil in a box with neon felt pens.
But Yoda has always been my favorite Star Wars character as he reminds me of an uncle on my mother’s side who used to give me wise advice, that is only after he smoked his opium pipe for an hour or two. .Allen Morrison in the role of Yoda doing the ….. will have you in hysterics… no spoilers here as you’ll just have to see it for yourself. But be prepared to laugh laugh laugh the night away.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there’s still no affordable housing in Lotus Land of the West, tourists continue to flock to the small island in False Creek, the Evil Emperor plots his return and the improvisers strike back. Episode X. Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) takes you to a universe that exists outside of normal time and space – where unlikely characters co-exist in Improv Wars – The Laugh Jedi starting October 5 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island.
Hosted by a mysterious hooded figure (spoilers not allowed), the players and the audience search for an individual of unique abilities – one with the power to cloud people’s minds, to slip into any role, to make intuitive connections at lightning speed – the Laugh Jedi.
Drawing on the rich characters, locations, and themes of the Star Wars films, VTSL’s improvised parody highlights the parallels between the skills of an improviser and those of a Jedi to determine who is truly Master of the Farce. The show recreates the journey of excitement and wonder that audience members experienced when they first saw the films and infuses it with the element of comedy. To paraphrase Yoda – “Laugh. Or do not. There is no titter.”
As in all VTSL shows, the plot, characters and action are co-developed with the audience – utilizing their suggestions to drive the action and create on-the-spot, unscripted, theatrically-infused comedy. Being an improv show means that no two performances can ever be the same.
Improv Wars – The Laugh Jedi runs every Thursday through Saturday evening at 7:30 pm from October 5 through November 18. All shows take place at VTSL’s home theatre, The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets start from as low as $10.75. Show information and tickets for all VTSL productions can be found at vtsl.com..
May the farce be with you.
About Vancouver TheatreSports™
Since its founding in 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTSL) has grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form, entertaining more than 60,000 people per year through 11 shows a week, 52 weeks a year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre, located on Granville Island. An intimate space, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own Bar & Lounge over-looking False Creek Marina and VTSL patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show. In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute – an improv school offering classes from beginner through professional level, conducts province-wide school tours and operates Improv for Business, a corporate training division with a diverse portfolio of blue-chip clients. In 2016, VTSL was voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘Best of Vancouver Awards.’ Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the on-going support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel.