History of Improv

Venture celebrates 10 years of Improv laughs

March 31, 2005 11:00 pm

Venture Theatre celebrates the 10th anniversary of Venture Improv with comedy shows on Friday and Saturday featuring some of the original members.

Venture Improv was the brainchild of Venture founder Mace Archer.

“We were approached by the old Lamplighter Lounge to create a comedy night once a week,” Archer said. “We all thought that the gig would last for three months and 10 years and nearly 50 actors later, we’re still making people laugh.”

The original troupe was composed of seven people: Archer, Lysa Fox, Tracy Mayfield, Kyle Trott, Jim Patterson, Aaron Malek and Scott Fletcher. Archer, Fox and Patterson are the only original members able to attend the anniversary. Also at the show, though, will be other former members: Nick Capetanakis, Lisa Johnson and Roxy LaFeevers, each of whom joined the troupe less than a year after its launch.

Matching wits with these old-school improvers will be many of the current favorites, including Jason Harris, David Overturf, Lydia O’Neil, Zak Kreiter, Chad Korb, Wendy Kessler and Aric Weber.

Opening the evening of comedy will be The Funky Bunch, Venture’s youth improv troupe. Founded four years ago, The Funky Bunch has become a right of passage for the young actors of Venture Theatre. The combination of the young and the old will make this a must-see for audiences of all ages.