Next show: Saturday, Sept 24!
Zenprov Comedy performs a completely improvised show “Mad Hatters" on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. Tickets are $15. Don’t miss out on this Sedona favorite, now celebrating their twelfth year together!
“I think the health benefits of laughter are woefully underappreciated. Besides being 50X more powerful than morphine as a natural pain reliever, laughter can stimulate organs, lower blood pressure, ease stress and boost the immune system. Plus, it’s a stressful time for everyone. So, any chance to laugh with a crowd feels extra medicinal. You feel connected,” said Derek Dujardin, the director of Zenprov Comedy.
This will be Zenprov Comedy’s last planned public show in Sedona until March 2023, so don’t miss it. The troupe will continue to work with their professional improv coach from Second City in Chicago to up their game.
Plus, Zenprov Comedy is excited to officially their newest member Nathanial Montgomery. Montgomery is a professional life coach and has studied, taught, and performed improv acting for more than 20 years. “Nathanial has big, playful energy and loves to take physical and emotional risks on stage. I love playing with him, and I appreciate the fresh approach he brings. Audience feedback from this performance has been quite positive,” said Dujardin.
If you’ve never been to one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the improvised TV show
“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs a mix of fast-paced improvised scenes created in the moment based on audience suggestions. The troupe also does experimental, Chicago-style, long-form known as the Harold. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or prepared ahead of time, so it’s never the same show twice.
“Zenprov is the best comedy troupe in Arizona,” said Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “People laughed so hard their cheeks were hurting.”
Zenprov Comedy embraces the Del Close method of improv acting, which emphasizes the “group mind” that mysteriously develops during a performance. Miraculously, the players’ minds fuse to create a “super mind” where they practically finish each other’s sentences—and often do. Laughter ensues.
The super minds of Zenprov Comedy are Derek Dujardin, Shaeri Richards, Shaunn Cochran, Chris Redish, Betty Testa, Linda Roemer, Mary Carder and the newest member, Nathanial Montgomery.
Tickets are $15. Due to their local popularity, these one-night-only performances often sell out, so please purchase tickets early. Get tickets online at www.zenprovcomedy.com or the Mary D. Fisher Theatre’s box office.
The Mary D. Fisher Theater is located across the street from the Harkins Movie Theater at 2030 St. Rt. 89A. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Shows are rated PG-13 (shows may contain adult material) and run approximately 90 minutes.