Since opening in 2009, the improv conservatory on the busy corner of West Sixth & Lavaca has cultivated an affecting, bizarro approach that sets its weekly programming and classes apart from other local clubs. Its small theatre creates immediate physical contact between audience and improvisers, and in shows like Fuck This Week and Opposites, run by recurring groups of (sometimes overly) intense comedians, the "fierce experimental mixture" of styles hits you like a humor freight train. No venue in the city is as unpredictable, abstract, or inclusive of up-and-coming improvisatory talent.
It's the underground
space Downtown, swarming with improvisers and stand-up comics and sketch artists, here in the powerhouse founded by Chris Trew and Tami Nelson
. Monday nights feature Fuck This Week
, wherein your moans, groans, gripes, and complaints are turned into comedy gold. They let Rob Gagnon
do his Sandbox
thing on Tuesdays at 9pm, Wednesdays get some work done in the Garage
, Thursday presents The Gameshow Gameshow
, Friday brings the live-action claymation
and the return of Stoned vs. Drunk vs. Sober
, and, on Saturday, we reckon the popular Megaphone Show
will cure whatever ails your depressed ass – that is, if the earlier spectacle of Crapfunding
doesn't cure it first. And on Sunday
, the – ah, see website for more shows and details.