Comedy in The Lou

This Just In: Not All Cops Are Bad

notallcopsThe Improv Shop Brings Police Satire “Not All Cops Are Bad” To St. Louis

The Improv Shop, St. Louis’ premiere longform improv comedy theater, is very excited to bring St. Louis native George McAuliffe to town this summer for two showings of his one-man sketch-comedy satire, Not All Cops Are Bad.

Not All Cops Are Bad will play at The Improv Shop on Friday, August 14th and Saturday, August 15th at 10pm.

“St. Louis has been at the epicenter of the national conversation about police brutality and use of excessive force over the past year,” said general manager Andy Sloey. “Not only will this show be hilarious, it will inspire audiences to take a look back at this tumultuous year with a new perspective.”

Through the combination of satire, current events and McAuliffe’s unique imagination, the show gives an equitable take on the hot button issue of police brutality. As Officer Scott Baker, McAuliffe hosts a public relations meeting in an attempt to justify the “occasional abuse of power” by the police department in the fictitious town of Carlyle.

He showcases the “Human Behind the Uniform” through personal monologues, audience participation, and the analysis of national headlines.

“George is a seasoned performer” said Sloey. “We’re excited to see him take on this potentially challenging material.”

Tickets are $5 and available online at The Improv Shop’s website or at the door.

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ABOUT GEORGE MCAULIFFE: George is a writer and improviser living in Los Angeles. He has contributed writing to The Onion News Network and has written and performed in pilots and films that have screened at the New York Television Festival, Sundance and South By Southwest Film Festivals. George has been a featured performer at TBS Just For Laughs Festival and in Bob Odenkirk’s Not Inappropriate Show. He is currently the artistic director of the iO West Training Center in Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE IMPROV SHOP: Located at 510 N. Euclid in the Central West End, The Improv Shop is St. Louis’ only longform improv comedy theater and training center. Regular shows run on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at8pm. All shows are $5. The Improv Shop was given a St. Louis Magazine A-List award for Best Comedy Club in 2014, and was named Best Place for Comedy by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Go! Magazine in 2015.

Press Release provided by The Improv Shop.


First Comes Love: Show of the Week, June 7 – 13

First Comes Love
Saturday, June 13 at The Improv Shop
10 p.m. | $5

A few years ago, comedian and bored drunk Kyle Ayers decided to post a fake job on Craigslist, out of pure curiousity. He put an ad up, claiming to be a producer for a very prominant adult film (porn) company. “Send me your best three to four page porn script. I want to find the ‘next big thing in adult film writing.’ And make it weird.”

He wasn’t sure what to expect, but he certainly didn’t expect the flood of responses. Over 1,000 responses in just under a week. Musicals, movie spoofs, personal experiences put down on pages, sex toys you’ve never even heard of, everything. Over a thousand scripts and (still!) growing. After a while, Kyle decided it was time to do something with these scripts.

Using the talents of some of the best comedians around (and willing members of the audience!), First Comes Love honors this aspiring porn writers by acting these scripts out, live on stage. Word for word, line for line, typo for typo, comedians, actors, and audience members pay tribute through performance, and get really, really weird. Props, costumes, everything that would make up a bad high school theater production.

First Comes Love has been featured in the Brooklyn Comedy Festival, the NerdMelt Showroom in Los Angeles, and has been standing room only for all of its shows. A show on the rise, it has big things planned moving forward.

Description of event provided by Kyle Ayers via http://www.firstcomesloveshow.com/


Show of the Week, March 29 – April 4: Storyteller

Storyteller at The Improv Shop

STORYTELLER
Saturday, April 4 at The Improv Shop
And Every Saturday Following
8 p.m. | $5 | All Ages

STORYTELLER is a two-act improv comedy show at The Improv Shop that attempts to portray life’s special, silly, and moving moments. It is a weekly show. It could be Show of The Week most weeks but that just wouldn’t be fair now would it?

Facts about the show: John Langen is the producer of STORYTELLER. Past guests include Laura Hall (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Kevin McDonald (Kids In The Hall), Paul Brittain (SNL), Rich Talarico (Key and Peele, SNL), and many more. You can keep up with STORYTELLER-esque conversations on Twitter and Instagram. Facebook too.

A new guest Storyteller is featured each week.

Storyteller-ZACH


Description of the show provided by STORYTELLER with embellishments by Comedy in the Lou.


A Literal Miracle Comedy SortaFest!

Hey gang, big news. There was a meteor shower, the planets aligned just right, and we sacrificed our intern on an altar to Dr. Comedy. And then a festival happened! On accident. Within a span of ten days (November 19 to November 29) there are some unique and exciting shows happening in St. Louis, totally by coincidence. However, for marketing purposes, we are referring to it as A Literal Miracle Comedy SortaFest. There are some amazing things happening. For full information, check out the Facebook event.


This Just In! Compass Improv to Host Trivia Night

(St. Louis, MO – Aug. 22, 2014)  Compass Improv, the St. Louis-based non-profit organization, is hosting a trivia night Saturday, September 6th.  Doors will open at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 7240 Anna Avenue in Maplewood, at 6:30 PM.  Trivia will start promptly at 7 PM.

Tickets are $20 per person or $160 per table of eight.  The price includes two drink tickets.  A $400 Grand Prize will be awarded to the winning table, a larger-than-most prize for an event this size.  Other games will also be part of the fun, including “Heads or Tails,” “Dead or Alive,” 50/50 Raffles and silent auctions.  Mulligans will also be available for purchase.  Team captains can register by emailing submissions@compassimprov.com.  Trivia fans are encouraged to sign up in smaller numbers.  Organizers will combine smaller groups into full tables if needed.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the 2014 Compass Improv Festival, taking place October 22 – 25.  The festival, one of the largest of its kind in the country, brings teams and performers from all over the US.  The four-day event showcases both long-form (such as iO and Second City) and short-form (most famously seen on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) with top local and national improvisers.

Compass Improv will also use funds to continue to perform and teach improv to those who may not have access otherwise.  The non-profit group works with inmates, YMCAs, underprivileged families and groups like Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  The trivia night promises to be incredibly fun, but also to do a lot to bring the art form to the forefront of St. Louis and its residents.

Compass Improv also has promised fun, unique twists on trivia categories to match the improv theme.  However, knowledge of improv, acting, comedy or famous performers is not required.  One twist, called “Improvised Trivia,” will allow all tables equal opportunity, but offer a brand-new idea debuting at The Compass Improv Trivia Night.

Please note guests may bring snacks, but please no outside alcohol.

About Compass Improv

The Compass Improv Organization, with its foundation rooted deeply in local improvisational theatre, has been created to promote and advance the evolving art of improvisational theatre and sustain improv as a community-driven art. Compass Improv will produce colorful events and distinctive shows in the metro area to showcase the evolution of improvisational arts to all audiences. Through fundraising efforts and an educational program, Compass Improv will provide artists with the resources and opportunities to demonstrate their craft. The St. Louis Compass Improv Organization will give back to the community by encouraging regional economic growth and tourism, and by participating in charitable activities through an outreach program.


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