Disaster relief

Seattle Improv for Japan

In a bid to help the disaster-stricken country, Seattle’s improv troupes are making it up as they go.

By Allyson Marrs April 20, 2011

Laugh for a cause this Sunday at 7, when 10 local improv comedy troupes share a stage for Improv for Japan. All proceeds go to Mercy Corps in an effort to help the victims of last month’s earthquake and tsunami.

“It’s a unique opportunity for someone to see all of these groups together in one night,” says Mike Christensen, event organizer and Wing-It Productions cofounder. Players include Wing-It’s new Quiz Show, Unexpected Productions, UW student troupe the Collective, husband-and-wife team Carskee, and the Twisted Flicks crew, known to re-dub cheesy B-movies (The Abominable Snowman, anyone?) with even more ridiculous dialogue than they originally had. (Proof in the clip above.)

Each group will perform for 20 minutes; Christensen warns that the jokes may not be PG-13, so it’s best to leave the kids at home to sleep off their Easter sugar lows.

Improv for Japan is Sunday, April 24, at 7pm at 5510 University Way NE, home to Jet City Improv. Tickets are $15.

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