(Vancouver, BC) – Are you ready to rumble? This May, the gloves come off at 9:15 on Thursday evenings as Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) turns The Improv Centre’s stage into a ‘cage’ for MIA – Mixed Improv Arts.
In this winner-takes-all contest you won’t see a ‘Peruvian Necktie’ or an ‘Arm Bar’ but you will see opponents face off in a fierce competition of wits for who can win the most laughs. In MIA, two Improv Directors go head-to-head as they put a team of improvisers through a set of gruelling and hilarious improv formats.
The first half of the show features the first Director working with a team of four players. They perform a 25-minute improv set within a framework created by that Director. Three audience judges then score the set. The second half of the show features the second Director putting the same team of players through a different scenario format which is also rated by the judges. Scores are totalled and the winner is announced.
Throughout, as in all VTS improv, the audience is called upon to assist the action with their suggestions and shouted encouragement. No one knows what will happen next in these edge-of-your-seat matches.
“I love the excitement and audience engagement in MMA bouts,” says Executive and Artistic Director Jay Ono. “We’re looking to re-create that gritty, totally committed vibe.”
As in MMA matches, Mixed Improv Arts promises a no-holds-barred battle to the finish. Will there be blood? Maybe not, but there may be some badly bruised egos.
MIA – Mixed Improv Arts runs once a week, every Thursday at 9:15 p.m. at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. This show is rated NC17 and is not suitable for children under age 17. Tickets start as low as $10.75.
About Vancouver TheatreSports™:
Voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘2017 Best of Vancouver Awards’ Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS), since its founding in 1980, has grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form, entertaining more than 63,000 people per year through 12 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 Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge over-looking False Creek Marina and VTS patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show. In addition, VTS 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. Vancouver TheatreSports™ 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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