VTSL Presents MIA - MIXED IMPROV ARTS Thursdays At The Improv Centre
Are you ready to rumble? The gloves are coming off Thursday evenings at 9:15 as Vancouver TheatreSports (VTSL) turns The Improv Centre's stage into a 'cage' for MIA - Mixed Improv Arts. Tickets start at $10.75 and are available online at www.vtsl.com. This show is rated NC 17 and is therefore not suitable for children under the age of 17.
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 over 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 grueling 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 will also be rated by the judges. Scores are totalled and the winner is announced.
Throughout, as in all VTSL 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, MIA - 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.
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About Vancouver TheatreSports (VTSL):
Founded in 1980, VTSL has grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form. Voted the '#1 Improv Comedy Company' at the prestigious '2017 Best of Vancouver Awards', VTSL entertains more than 65,000 people per year with 12 shows per week, 52 weeks per year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre. An intimate space located on Granville Island, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge, which overlooks False Creek Marina.
In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute - an improv school which offers 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.VTSL appreciates the on-going support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel. www.vtsl.com.