Saturday night, Nov. 22 in Sedona at Mary D. Fisher Theater 7:30 PM
After a five-month break, Zenprov Comedy is back with their final show of 2014 titled “Happy ThanksGiggling” Enjoy a feast of funny starting at 7:30 PM on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Mary D Fisher Theater. Buy tickets now
“Zenprov is the best comedy troupe in Arizona,” said Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “At their last show, people were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting.”
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 fast-paced, spontaneous comedic scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or rehearsed ahead of time. It’s completely made up and never the same show twice.
“We’re excited to do a show about the uniquely American holiday of Thanksgiving. There is so much rich material we can tap into about family, food, traditions, Black Friday Sales, and, of course, cold turkey.”
Joining Zenprov Comedy for the first time will be veteran improviser Bryan Cooperrider. Bryan performed with San Francisco Theatre Sports for eight years before moving to Flagstaff where he’s now a professor of design at NAU.
During their five-month hiatus, Zenprov has been hard at work creating new games to surprise and delight their audience. “The audience is half our show. They provide the humor, we just channel it.” Starting Jan. 15, Zenprov will be performing every month at the Mary D. Fisher Theater through May.
“Improv is a unique theatrical experience where audience and actors come together to create something magical and extremely alive right there in the moment,” said Shaeri Richards, Zenprov member. “And it’s funny too.”
Zenprov Comedy embraces the Del Close method of improv acting, which emphasizes the “group mind” that mysteriously develops during a performance. Miraculously, the player’s minds fuse together to create a “super mind” where they practically finish each other’s sentences—and often do. Laughter ensues.
The “super minds” of Zenprov includes locals Derek Dujardin, Bryan Cooperrider, Shaeri Richards, Chris Redish, Mike Burdick, Betty Testa, Linda Roemer and Mary Carder.
Tickets are $12 advance or $15 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased in person at Crystal Magic in Sedona, Jerona Java Café in Cottonwood, or online at www.zenprovcomedy with a credit card or PayPal account. Shows often sell out, so please purchase your tickets early.
The Mary D. Fisher Theater is located across the street from Harkin’s Movie Theater on 2030 St. Rt. 89A. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts promptly 7:30 PM, and will run approximately 90 minutes.