Sideshow Comedy Night banner, Pacific Theatre

It’s time for another round of comedy improv – with a musical twist. Pacific Theatre is proud to present its annual comedy improv night, SIDESHOW, this year with an added bonus: music! An annual tradition, the troupes gather around Pacific Theatre’s unique alley stage for a few nights of improv comedy and fun.

According to Pacific Theatre’s producer/Sideshow helm Alison Chisholm, “Sideshow is the one time of year when Pacific Theatre really gets to show our comedic side. Every year we produce a season of thought-provoking shows that are funny, charming, and often edgy. This is the one time of the season when we take the edge off and let the audience leave with nothing but a big grin and some belly laughs.”

New for 2014, the addition of music to Sideshow. Actors not only create scenes on the spot based on audience suggestions, but create songs that are spontaneously performed, as a group.

On the challenge of musical improv, Chisholm had this to say: “As an improviser you are essentially a writer, director, and actor all at once. Now imagine if the improviser is also a songwriter, singer, and dancer. That’s what we call musical improv! Definitely more challenging! Definitely more fun!”

Sideshow will be hosted by local funny man David C. Jones. Players include Alison Chisholm, Jennifer Pielak, and John Voth with musical accompaniment provided by Peter Abando.

SIDESHOW Comedy Night

Dates: Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, 8 pm
Venue: Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue (at Hemlock), Vancouver
Tickets: $19.99 to $24.99 (excluding HST and fee); available online or via phoning 604.731.5518

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