We all need to laugh.; to take the edge off our day; from work, family, friends, scratches on your new car, the ketchup stain on your new shirt or blouse. Why not laugh with the Vancouver Theatre Sports League? They have an upcoming series called “Improv Mondays with Michelle“. Give it a try! Here is some info about this new improv show. Enjoy!
You’ve fallen in love with her on YouTube and now the indomitable Michelle Gidard (played by VTS ensemble member Angela Galanopoulos) is coming to the live stage. Starting Monday, May 6th Vancouver TheatreSports will present Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s.
The original web series, created by Galanopoulos and fellow VTS ensemble member Andrew Barber, is set in the mythical restaurant Michelle’s in Hope. The VTS show diverges from the original concept as each performance is not necessarily set in Hope – the locations and contents of each story will vary dependent on audience input. What will be consistent is that all will be over-the-top funny with the larger-than-life Michelle in charge. The first half of the show consists of short-form scenarios and the second half of the show will be a mini soap opera – all based on audience contributions. Each scene’s comedic melodrama will be enhanced by live musical underscoring by pianist Matt Grinke.
To see ticket prices and show length for all our shows, click here.
NOTE: This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over. We cannot accommodate younger children, toddlers or infants. Any show may contain mature content and language, parental discretion is advised.
If you like to laugh and enjoy a drink why not try a Vancouver Theatre Sports show this October? Their press release is below.
‘Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ Shakespeare’s three witches aren’t the only people who know how to brew a mean concoction.
This month is Spooktober at Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS), and the company is presenting a ‘fangtastic’ foursome of appropriately spooky improv shows. As a ‘bone-anza’ for patrons, VTS Bar Manager, Paul Belsito has crafted three ‘boos-y’ Creepy Cocktails – potions and poisons in keeping with the ‘spirit’ of the event.
- Bloody Caesar – a Canadian classic, blood-red Clamato juice, vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce garnished with olives and a lime wedge $8.75
- Killer Kool Aid – perfect to accompany feature show Cult Fiction; will you be the first to ‘drink the Kool-Aid?’ – concocted from vodka, Amaretto, melon liqueur and cranberry juice $8.75
- Witch’s Brew – a beer-based draught with Paul’s secret ingredients; eye of newt or toe of frog anyone? $6.75
The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge will also be offering its regular menu of wines, spirits and beer.
Get a group of ‘f(r)iends’ together and make a ‘zombie-line’ down to the Improv Centre. Treat yourself to a hilarious evening of meet, drink and be scary.
Creepy Cocktails are only available during the run of VTSSpooktober from October 9 through 31, 2018 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Show information and tickets for all VTS shows can be found at vtsl.com
About VTS’ Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge
Tucked away at the back of Vancouver TheatreSports™ home theatre – The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street), the fully-licenced Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance. The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is open for theatre patrons Tuesday through Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. More information on Vancouver TheatreSports™, The Improv Centre and the Neil Macrae Bar and Lounge visit www.vtsl.com Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the support of its season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight and The Granville Island Hotel.
If you have never attended an improv show you should. It is so much fun as the audience helps to guide what the comedians do on stage. No two shows are ever the same. This improv is put on by the Vancouver Theatre Sports League on Granville Island. The shows start April 12 and finish on May 26.
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.
As in countless whodunnits, this one is set in the 1930’s and involves many of the set 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. What is known is that audience members will die laughing at all the improbable plot twists and turns.
Show information and tickets can be found at vtsl.com
In homage to the great cocktails of the period, Vancouver TheatreSports’ Bar Manager, Paul Belsito has created two ‘Killer Cocktails’ to complement Murder on the Improv Express. Both are priced at $8.75 for a single and $12.75 for a double:
- Corpse Reviver: Based on a classic 1930’s hangover cure, it’ll bring you back to life – Gin, lemon-lime juice and a splash of soda.
- Prohibition Pleaser: People couldn’t drink before 1933 … but they found a way. This one looks and tastes like it’s alcohol-free – it is anything but – Glayva Liqueur, Amaretto, and cranberry juice.
Another favourite libation of the era (of any era really) was champagne. No self-respecting barman would be ‘caught dead’ without a good supply of bubbly – after all you never knew when a train might be delayed, or stuck in an avalanche. The Club Car could not afford to be caught short. Similarly, The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge will also be featuring piccolo-sized bottles of Henkell Rose bubbly at $9.75 in addition to its regular menu of wines, spirits and beer.
Killer Cocktails are only available during the run of VTSL’s Murder on the Improv Express – A Killer Comedy from April 12 through May 26, 2018 at Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge in The Improv Centre on Granville Island.
Vancouver TheatreSports Western World Cast
Vancouver TheatreSports’™ improvisers will demonstrate their lightning fast wit as they play the ‘Hosts’ to our audience ‘Guests’ in Western World – an improvised parody inspired by the popular TV series Westworld. Opens April 6 and runs through to May 13, 2017
Each night features a totally new ‘episode’ under the watchful eye and guiding mind of Robert (sometimes Roberta) Ford. Guests begin their Western World adventure with an orientation. “Who are these hosts? What roles do they play?” are just some of the many questions that only VTSL’s esteemed Guests can answer. Throughout the show Guests help craft the storyline that becomes the basis for the second half of the show. In this artificial world of improvised comedy anything can, and will, happen.
If things get too out of hand, Ford can always step in with “Stop all motor functions” and hit the reset button. Even if you have never seen Westworld, VTSL’s Western World will be filled with enough western movie clichés and quick-thinking action to ensure an evening of ‘laughs without limits.’
Mosey up to the Neil Macrae Bar and Lounge and treat yourself to our limited-edition Western World themed cocktails specially designed by our Bar Manager Paul Belsito Interested in our bar menu? Click here to view.
To see ticket prices and show length for all our shows, click here.