(Vancouver, BC) – January is often the time of year when the winter blahs set in – the holidays are over, it’s been raining non-stop, and you’ve received your credit card bill from December. The best antidote? A good dose of hearty laughter. From January 2 through 27 Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) rocks the laughs with its annual improv celebration, Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival, at its home theatre, The Improv Centre, on Granville Island. Throwdown welcomes TheatreSports ™teams from other cities who bring their A-Game to head-to head matches with each other and local teams comprised of VTS’s top improvisers.
“This year we concentrated on inviting the best teams from the US as later this year, in October, the entire TheatreSports™ world will be gathering in Vancouver for the 2019 International TheatreSports Institute Conference that VTS is privileged to host, “ comments VTS Artistic & Executive Director Jay Ono. “Throwdown 2019 features fabulous team companies from Honolulu, Bellingham, Portland, and our returning champs, the talented group from Orlando – who have won the last three years in a row.”
January 2 through 19 sees local teams comprised of VTS ensemble members play in a classic TheatreSports™ round robin competition for bragging rights as to who is the best in Vancouver. The laughs start to flow based on suggestions from the audience and things can quickly become quite partisan as audience members cheer on their favourite performers. As in all classic TheatreSports™ matches, the final outcome is determined by audience judges scoring each of the ‘games’ within a match. The team with the most points wins.
January 22 through 27 welcomes the four US teams in a series of hilarious matches and showcases designed to banish even the gloomiest of times. The line-up features:
Sak Comedy Lab – Orlando, Florida (returning champions)
Curious Comedy Theatre – Portland, Oregon
On the Spot Improv – Honolulu, Hawaii
Upfront Theatre – Bellingham, Washington
The last evening, January 27, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous weeks in a winner-takes-all laugh fest. “There’s nothing like a little healthy competition to bring out the best in improv comedy and the winner gets bragging rights for a year plus an invitation to return next year to defend their crown” comments Ono.
While no one can predict the outcome, one thing is for certain – you’ll leave in a happier mood from having laughed so much. It all adds up to more than enough fun to chase away the winter blues.
Perk up your psyche with a good dose of laughter at the funniest improv comedy event of the year, VTSL’s Throwdown –International TheatreSports Festival January 2 – 27, 2019 at VTS’s home theatre, The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets, starting as low as $10.75 are on sale at vtsl.com
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