Presents Merry Kiss-mas
My Review of Merry Kiss-mas
If you love eating rum balls at 8 a.m. until you’ve fallen down and flattened all the cute reindeer cookies earmarked to the children’s hospital (which are then rerouted to the seniors care facility where residents don’t mind gumming cookie crumbs), or if you’re the one at Christmas parties running around with a mistletoe to all the ho-ho-hos with promises to deck the halls with balls of … then Merry Kiss-mas is the one holiday event that won’t cause you to be warm and fuzzy but rather jiggle your jelly belly with laughter.
The first half of Merry Kiss-mas was dedicated to 1000 gumdrops, 4000 brownies and 2000 tootsie rolls which is in essence the equivalent of watching five minutes of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Christmas Cookies, Christmas Ornaments, Marry Me for Christmas – just a few films I’m proud to say I’ve never even heard of, but in the hands of the improv players – Angela Galanopoulos, Lauren McGibbon, Michel Teigen, Taz VanRassel, Allen Morrison and Margret Nyfors, transformed into wedding ceremonies in Superstore with fragrances of mouse poop (please lose my invitation), a new family tradition of decorating the burning Christmas Joshua Tree (after smoking 200 grams of government regulated cannabis), how-to videos on making gingerbread houses with fifty shades of slobber (perfect gift for my ex) to dry Christmas work parties where disgruntled workers stay disgruntled instead of jumping to the bottom of the punch bowl (I’m already there and love company). By the end of the first half of the show, I laughed so hard that my liquid eyeliner pooled into Lake Erie at bottom of my chin – definitely not a good look for me.
The second half of Merry Kiss-Mas featured a member from the audience (Travis) as the main character aka the Unloved One in the new Christmas film “Travis Trains the Lady in Red ” aka “The Lady In Red is a Trainwreck in Love“. As the romance plot thickened, the improv players navigated us through Celine Dion concerts to gifts of noble firs to orphans. For every audience, it’s a new Christmas Hallmark movie so you never know which way the laughs will blow.
So the next time when you turn on the tube and can’t find anything other than sappy Christmas movies to watch, run, don’t walk to Vancouver ThreatreSports for Merry Kiss-Mas. It’s the perfect antidote for the diabetic induced comas caused by too many hours of sappy Christmas holiday movies.
Running from November 21 to Monday, December 24 . Click here to purchase tickets.
About Merry Kiss-Mas
Join Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) for seasonal mirth and merriment from Wednesday, November 21 to Monday, December 24 as the ‘VTS Channel’ presents Merry Kiss-mas – an improvised holiday comedy that parodies all the inane clichés and funny, awkward moments you would expect to see in any popular holiday TV special or film. A new holiday tradition from Vancouver TheatreSports™ Merry Kiss-mas is a celebration of these sappy, warm-hearted and cheesy (but kind of fun) movies we all love to watch during the holiday season.
Utilizing short form scenarios and audience suggestions, the first half of the show is a nostalgic look at some of the most popular holiday TV shows and films from the past. VTS improvisers will use the suggestions to create their comedic versions of scenes and characters from these much beloved holiday specials.
The second half of the show is a completely improvised, original holiday special featuring all the tropes you would expect to see such as: boy (or a prince) meets girl (or princess); disapproving parent steps in; and boy loses girl/boy wins girl back; or some rendering of this typical story. Once again, audience suggestions play a huge role in determining the characters as well as the ‘movie’ location and plotline. The ending, of course, is always a happy one, but how we get there is where all the fun and laughs are to be found.
Merry Kiss-mas is suitable for families with children ages seven and up. Visit www.vtsl.com for a full list of performance dates, times and ticket prices.
Merry Kiss-mas Performance Dates
About Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS):
Founded in 1980, VTS has grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form. Voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘2017 Best of Vancouver Awards’, VTS entertains more than 65,000 people per year with 12 shows per week, 52 weeks per year at its own theatre,. An intimate space located on Granville Island, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own , which overlooks False Creek Marina.
In addition, VTS owns and operates– an improv school which offers classes from beginner through professional level, conducts province-wide school tours, and operates – a corporate training division with a diverse portfolio of blue-chip clients.
VTS appreciates the on-going support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel.
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