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Grapes of Laugh Gala, February 19

Raise a glass to top-notch improv comedy

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) will hold its 10th annual Grapes of Laugh Gala, on Thursday, February 19. Guaranteed to beat the winter blahs, this value-packed, not-to-miss event features toast-worthy wines, delicious canapés and daring comedy, all in support of Vancouver TheatreSports’ community and youth programs.

A live improv show will showcase VTSL’s top mainstage improvisers. Local media personality Fred Lee, and Principal of Point Blank Entertainment, Howard Blank, will co-host the event.

Grapes of Laugh will also feature a live and silent auction brimming with covetable items, including:

– Dinner for two with Colin Mochrie, one of Canada’s best-known improvisers, and Jay Ono, VTSL Executive Director, at The Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island, plus — two tickets to see Colin Mochrie live in Vancouver – late August 2015

– A walk-on role on an upcoming episode of Convos With My 2 Year Old, generously offered by the creator of the popular web series, Matthew Clarke, and VTSL mainstage actor and Convos co-star and co-producer, David Milchard

– An improv workshop with VTSL’s Executive and Artistic Directors, and the opportunity to ride the bench as an improviser in a full 90-minute weekend TheatreSports™ show at The Improv Centre

– River Rock Casino Resort Package: one-night stay in a Penthouse Suite, two concert tickets, and brunch for two

– Silver Reef Casino Resort Package (WA): one-night stay in an Executive Suite, dinner for two at The Steak House, and a couples massage.

Grapes of Laugh
Thursday, February 19
Doors open 7 pm

The Improv Centre
1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island

$50 per person (includes wine, light canapés and a live comedy show)
Tickets: Online, HERE.

About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s arts and culture capital. Circa 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and having starred in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League performs to more than 60,000 enthusiasts yearly, five nights a week, 52 weeks a year.

The Superhero Show at The Improv Centre on Granville Island

SuperheroShow_FINALVancouver TheatreSportsLeague Presents The Superhero Show

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s improv!

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) leaps into a fresh season of laughs with The Superhero Show, debuting Thursday, October 2. Featuring action, adventure and plenty of comedy, the talented VTSL team will create an entirely improvised superhero story each night based on helpful and humorous suggestions from the audience.

The format for The Superhero Show was created by Michael Teigen, a VTSL mainstage performer with more than 15 years’ experience with the company. The new show will showcase an ensemble cast led by a narrator who will help guide the storyline. Each show’s superhero will possess special powers and a secret identity based on audience input. Of course, no superhero story would be complete without a dastardly nemesis who will attempt to foil the superhero at every turn. Throughout the course of the show, the superhero will reveal the origin of his or her superpowers along with their secret identity life and come face-to-face with the evil nemesis. Witness bravery, heroism and razor-sharp wit unfold anew each night.

“Who doesn’t like to leap tall buildings in a single bound?” says VTSL Artistic Director, Denise Jones. “Our cast is so excited for this show because, with superheroes, the possibilities are endless. It’s going to be super fun.”

The Superhero Show, October 2 – November 15
Thursday – Saturday, 7:30 pm

Preview Night: Thursday, October 2
Gala Opening: Thursday, October 9

The Improv Centre on Granville Island
1502 Duranleau Street

Tickets: Online at vtsl.com.

About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s arts and culture capital. Circa 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and having starred in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League performs to more than 60,000 enthusiasts yearly, five nights a week, 52 weeks a year. vtsl.com

 

The Massacre Improv Tournament and Festival

Vancouver TheatreLast Saturday night we checked out improv at Granville Island and had an excellent time.  The teams were evenly matched and they even pulled up a group of kids from the audience who were incredibly talented. Fun was had by all! This coming week (Feb 11) international players take the stage.  Get your tickets now! GLV

VTSL’s signature festival, now in its 26th year, pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a tournament for comedic supremacy, with the audience deciding who will advance forward. This year’s contestants include teams from Toronto, Austin, Portland, Slovenia and the returning champions from Edmonton.

“The Massacre Improv Tournament and Festival offers an opportunity for members of the global improv community to come together in a lively and entertaining format,” says Jay Ono, Executive Director at VTSL. “We are incredibly proud to host the festival and look forward to welcoming both local and international teams to The Improv Centre.”

Early in the tournament, Vancouver’s finest improv teams will outwit each other in the TheatreSports™ format. As the action heats up leading to Valentine’s Day weekend, favourite teams from past years and hot new groups will descend on Vancouver to claim the title of TheatreSports™ champions.

Massacre shows will take place at VTSL’s The Improv Centre on Granville Island starting January 22; the international players enter the tournament on February 11. The final showdown will take place on Sunday, February 16.

The Massacre Improv Tournament and Festival
January 22 – February 16 (times vary)
The Improv Centre on Granville Island
Tickets: Online at vtsl.com.