How was your experience?
First off, let me say that I love Improv. If it's done right, it's unforgettable. So, when my sisters flew in from California, I thought it would be fun to take them to ComedySportz in Ballard. Even tho the turnout was very small, I was still looking forward to the show and was was ready to be entertained. And then....the show started. To summarize the format: two teams (of 3-4 "comics") compete by doing various improv games with suggestions from the audience. Back to the show. The "referee" of the evening came out (she was just annoying throughout the evening)and proceeded to inform the audience that this was a family show and coarse language/sexual innuendoes from the comics or audience would not be acceptable. In other words, this was going to be a performance that could be shown on the Nickelodeon Channel. I was perplexed, because shows like "Whose Line is it Anyway?" (which at one time was shown on ABC), were full of innuendoes and somewhat raunchy language, yet was shown during the family hour. I was disappointed at this announcement, but still kept an open mind. (I'm not saying a show has to have raunchy language/innuendos, but I've never been to an improv show that had restrictions). Then it got worse. During the course of the show, I realized the cast members equated yelling with comedy. The louder they yelled, the funnier they should be. And they weren't. Also, making faces does not make a comic. The show was so boring (there was a smattering of polite laughter from the audience) that, during "half-time" (intermission) I asked my sisters if they wanted to leave, but because there were so few people in the audience, they didn't want to embarrass the "comics". Of the eight cast members, there may be one or two who could possible make a living at it (if they worked hard at it); I'm hoping the others keep their day jobs. I'm figuring the comics were students who were trying out their skills on us. Improv is a natural gift. You either have it or you don't. They didn't. This may be the reason they no longer do their 10p shows (an audience member told me that due to low turnout, they discontinued them). My sister inadvertently summed up the evening best. She enjoyed the show, because it reminded her of the improv shows she did during her high school days. . .And that's exactly the level of entertainment this turned out to be.