Groundlings Theatre & School Marks 40th Anniversary with 40 IS THE NEW GROUNDLINGS, Beg. Today
Heralding the modern era of comedic improv which begat new generations of film, TV and stage talent, the Groundlings Theatre & School is proudly marking its 40th anniversary this May. The 30-day celebration brings back some classic Groundlings shows as well as the new main stage show, 40 Is the New Groundlings, opening today, May 2.
In addition to current troupe members, Groundlings alumni scheduled to appear during the anniversary month include Kristen Wiig, Jim Rash, Phil LaMarr, Mindy Sterling, Jennifer Coolidge, Taran Killam, Stephanie Courtney, Rachael Harris, Nat Faxon, Laraine Newman, Maya Rudolph, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Will Forte and dozens of others (cast announcements upcoming). The month-long celebration will culminate with a quadragintennial gala event with red-carpet appearances from the current company and alumni.
"The month of May will be an extraordinary opportunity for comedy lovers to see some of the best talents who have come through our doors over the past four decades," said Managing Director Heather de Michele.
The centerpiece of the month-long festivities will be a celebration of each decade on every Tuesday through May, starting with the 70's on May 6th. Each decade show will feature Groundlings alumni from that decade reprising their favorite sketches. Ticket costs for these performances are $25 and guests will enjoy an open bar and opportunity to "talk back" with performers after each performance.
The month of non-stop Groundlings excitement also includes a special line-up of fan-favorite shows from the past each week including:
- "Beverly Winwood Presents the Actor's Showcase" Monday, May 5 at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. - Back after a series of sold out performances in 2012, this sketch comedy show is a parody of an actor's showcase and features dozens of Groundlings alumni including Mindy Sterling, Lynne Stewart, Phil LaMarr, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon and many more.
- "Black Version" Monday May 19 at 8:00 p.m. - A wildly popular improv show that puts a new spin on your favorite films. Featuring Gary Anthony Williams, Jordan Black, Phil LaMarr, Daniele Gainther and more.
- "You're Own TV Show!" Monday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. - A brand new improvised sitcom is created and screened right before your very eyes - featuring Michael Hitchcock, Sarah Baker, Mindy Sterling, Sherri Stoner and many more.
- "Idiotsitter" Thursday, May 15 at 10:00 p.m. - From the writers and creators of the hit Comedy Central show, Idiotsitter will be in the house to share their favorite bits and wild stories. Featuring Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse
- "Kids Sketch!" Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. - A hilarious matinee for the 3-9 year old set featuring Stephanie Courtney, Guy Stevenson, Brian Palermo and many more.
- "SNL Improv Night" Thursday, May 22 at 10:00 p.m. - Taran Killam, Mikey Day and some of our favorite SNL cast members for an improv set.
The line-up will also feature special appearances with illustrious alumni during the staple Groundlings shows each week including: