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Improv groups and fans flock to Seattle

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The 2014 Seattle Festival of Improv Theatre is shaking the rafters thanks to some donated subwoofers from an Alaskan fan.

The event annually attracts out-of-town groups and fans of comedy created fresh nightly. Since its beginning in 2002, this event dedicated to making people laugh and performers sweat the details has grown to one of the largest celebrations of improvisational theater in the United States.

This year, the stats rack up to 26 improv groups with 96 performers total appearing at the festival’s two venues. Here’s the schedule for the final weekend shows (Feb. 22 and 23):

SFIT Second Stage (UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre), 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE
Saturday, 8 p.m.

The Adventures of Gilbert and Sullivan
Seattle's Jet City Improv brings back one of their most popular shows, a totally improvised musical based on the style of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Big Bang
This troupe from Boston, MA, top alumni from the ImprovBoston Mainstage and Boston comedy scene to “follow the funny.”

Pimprov
Marz Timms, Erin Plischke, Lloyd Collins, and Mark Bratton of Chicago, IL, play the outrageously politically incorrect characters in this show that wowed Ebony Magazine.

SFIT Second Stage(UW Ethnic Cultural Theatre), 3940 Brooklyn Ave NE
Saturday, 10:30 p.m.

Instant Theatre Company
This group has been producing improvisational theatre in Vancouver, BC since 1994. Look for adult themes in this and other late night acts.

The Five Deadly Improvisers
A five person troupe from San Francisco, CA, creates a fully improvised Kung Fu epic from a couple of audience suggestions.

FrankenMatt
Former MADtv actor Frank Caeti and former Saturday Night Live writer Matt Craig leave Los Angeles, CA, to make their third appearance in the festival.

Jet City Improv (Wing-It Theatre), 5510 University Way NE
Saturday, 8 p.m.

Hip.Bang!
Devin Mackenzie and Tom Hill from Vancouver, B.C. let their imagination run wild in their “long form” improv program.

Secret Agent Men
Andy Crouch and Troy A. Miller from Austin, TX, cram an entire Bond adventure into their time on stage with only a sounds system for back-up.

Me and Who?
Mark Sutton from Chicago, IL, invites an audience member to play the ultimate game of "Yes, And.”

Jet City Improv (Wing-It Theatre), 5510 University Way NE
Saturday, 10:30 p.m.

Glaundor
A group of 20-something Texans uses their special "713" style to create a show from an event recently celebrated by an audience member.

The Amie & Kristen Show / The Kristen & Amie Show
This pair of gals from Philadelphia, PA, share equal billing, as evidenced from their show’s title, and a bring a change of pace to the theater with their fluid style.

Improv Dominatrix
The Vancouver Theatresports League of Vancouver, BC, goes for fifty shades of funny in this late night comedy game for adults.

Jet City Improv (Wing-It Theatre), 5510 University Way NE
Sunday, 7:00 p.m

The Dust-Up
The festival wraps up with an improv jam. Players from various groups will be randomly assigned to each other and each group will have no more than fifteen minutes to come up with a show title and format, and then fifteen minutes to perform it.

Tickets and more information available at the festival's website.

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