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Murder on the Improv Express, 2018

(Vancouver, BC) Picture this – a luxury train trapped in the Canadian Rockies with a passenger list that includes a prominent socialite, a retired military officer and a famous detective, and oh yes, there’s a corpse. What you have are the makings of a classic murder mystery. Welcome to Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy presented by Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) playing from April 12 through May 25 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island.

As in countless whodunits, this one is set in the 1930’s and involves many of the stock characters and scenarios you’d expect to find. However, what isn’t known is who is the victim, who is the killer and how the dastardly deed was done. These are just some of the things that will be established by audience suggestions during the course of the show. As in all improv, Murder on the Improv Express involves the improvisers taking their inspiration from the audience and creating the script on the spot. In this high stakes game, very little is pre-determined. What is known is that audience members will kill themselves laughing at all the improbable plot twists and turns. “I have always loved the heightened theatricality and ‘high society’ characters of period murder mysteries. To get to play out one of those mysteries and not know the end ourselves is a real thrill,” says Executive Director Jay Ono.

VTSL’s Bar & Lounge Manager Paul Belsito has created ‘killer cocktails’ to complement the show. At the Improv Centre, patrons can take their drinks in to the theatre to enjoy during the performance.

Want to know more? You’ll have to come and see for yourself. There’re no spoilers to tell as no two shows can ever be the same.

Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy runs every Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The Improv Centre from April 12 through May 25. Tickets start as low as $10.75 and can be purchased online at

Join us for an evening of mirth, murder and mayhem – you’re sure to die laughing.

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