Year: 2014

June 7th-14th: The Greenville Comedy Marathon

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(all proceeds go to scholarships for our Kids and Youth Summer Camps)

We do not have any shows this Friday, June 6th, to make way for 8 straight days of shows and classes in the Greenville Comedy Marathon. It kicks off Saturday with an Improv 101 all-day intensive, (with an Improv 201 intensive meeting every night of the marathon). Then from Saturday night on groups from around the Upstate and Alchemy’s Local Legends team will perform every night from June 7th culminating in a huge night of shows on June 14th . Check out the schedule below.

Saturday

alchemycomedytheater7:30pm: Alchemy Comedy Theater’s Training Center Improv 101 and 201 classes show off their new skills ($8)
9:00pm: Local Legends with improv inspired by true stories from our students ($10)

Sunday

witsend7:30pm: Wits End Poetry brings the longest running poetry series in SC ($5)
9:30pm: Local Legends with improv inspired by true stories from local poets ($5)

Monday

8:00no expectationspm: Stand-up Comedy showcase from the comics of No Expectations ($5)
9:30pm: Local Legends with improv inspired by true stories from local comics ($5)

Tuesday

Stock and Globe8:00pm: Improv comedy from local teams Laughing Stock and Distracted Globe ($5)
9:30pm: Local Legends with improv inspired by true stories from local improvisers ($5)

Wednesday 

college improv8:00pm: Improv comedy from local college teams Far Sketched [Anderson], Improv!able Cause [Furman], and Mock Turtle Soup [Clemson] ($5)
9:30pm: Local Legends with improv inspired by true stories from college improvisers ($5)

Thursday

thefilmhouse7:00pm: Screening by The Film House of Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary Comedian ($5)
9:00pm: Local Legends with improv inspired by true stories from local film screeners ($5)

Friday

standupstate7:30pm: Stand Upstate Comedy Showcase with Comedian Jarrod Harris ($8)
9:00pm: Local Legends with improv inspired by true stories from stand-up comics ($10)

Saturday

6:30uglywordspm: Local Legends with stories from kids of Ugly Words (FREE)
7:30pm: Alchemy’s Improv Intensives ($8)
9:00pm: Alchemy’s Sketch Review: Randomized Sketch Comedy ($10)

10:30pm: Comedy Marathon Finale hosted by Laughing Stock ($5)

 

May 30th/31st: Local Legends and Stand-up Comedy from Ace Brown! Stand-up Showcase with Art Sturtevant!

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Friday May 30th

AceBrownStandup7:30PM – Stand-up Comedy with Ace Brown ($8)

Alchemy Comedy is committed to bring comedy to Greenville in all forms. We specialize in improv comedy, but also feature special stand-up comedy shows with out-of-town headliners. This week, we’ve got Ace Brown from Newark, New Jersey coming down telling jokes about life and relationships from his unique point of view. Come on out this Friday and make him feel welcome.

9:00PM – Local Legends with stories from Ace Brown ($10)AceBrown

Friday’s second show features the all-star cast of Local Legends doing improv based on stories from Stand-up Comedian Aaron “Ace” Brown. Aaron grew up in Newark, NJ. He started in the entertainment industry as a child actor (age 8), and has since moved on to do commercials and short films. Since 2008 he’s been doing stand-up and has since attempted to branch out into improv, stage-plays, and film. He’s telling jokes in the early show, then he takes the stage as the storyteller in this week’s Local Legends.

Saturday May 31st

Dual Duel7:30PM – Dual Duel: Competitive Improv Games ($8)

Now in it’s regular time, this Saturday’s 7:30 show is Alchemy Comedy’s players in Dual Duel. Two duos in a head-to-head comedy competition for points and your laughs. There will be a mix of familiar games like those featured on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, some Alchemy favorites, and a lot of suggestions from the audience.  Every week features the Red team vs. the Blue team vying for your affections. Come out and help decide who walks away a victor, and who simply walks away. You may have seen improv games before, but you probably haven’t seen it like this!

9:00PM – Stand-up Comedy Showcase with Art Sturtevant (featuring Jason Webb) ($10)Art Shot

Saturday’s late show features some comics from just across the North Carolina border. Headlining the night is Asheville comic and the second ever Local Legends guest, Art Sturtevant. His comedy is as sharp as his suits, and refined like wine you can’t get at Bi-Lo. Art has been tearing up the region telling jokes for a few years now, performing all over the southeast including Laughing Skull in Atlanta, Theater 99 in Charleston, and regular performances around Asheville and with Greenville’s No Expectations.

This showcase also features another Ashevillian, the wry, clever, and sometimes dark, Jason Webb.

May 23rd/24th: Improv Jam! CageMatch! Local Legends with Raj Gavurla!

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Friday May 23rd

7:30PM – Improv Mixer: Impromptu Teams Improvising ($8)

Since 2011, Alchemy has been a fixture of Greenville’s comedy scene and continues to be a growing community of performers and students. This Friday at 7:30, we’ll be hosting an improv mixer where various cast members and students will be able to play improv games with players that they usually don’t have the opportunity to play with. We’re excited about the idea, and it’s sure to be a great blend of all the talent that you can see here in Greenville every Friday and Saturday night. If you are a member or a student and you are interested in playing in the show, be sure to show up early for a chance to sign up.

9:00PM – Local Legends with stories from Raj Gavurla ($10)RajLogoWinTagline_web

At Friday’s 9 o’clock show, stories from a guest inspire scenes from the all-star cast of Local Legends. This week, see scenes based on the stories from speaker and author, Raj Gavurla. When he was just 4 years old, Raj and his family moved to the U.S. from Hyderabad, India. Since then he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University and started his speaking, coaching, and consulting company, LiiiVEN. He’s also written a book, Winning at Entrepeneurship, and has worked as a business consultant, engineer, model, and actor. This week he’s telling true stories about his life in Alchemy’s Local Legends!


Saturday May 24th

7:30PM – Dual Duel: Competitive Improv Comedy  ($8)

This Saturday’s 7:30pm show is Alchemy Comedy’s players in Dual Duel. Two duos in a head-to-head comedy competition for points and your laughs. There will be a few familiar games like those featured on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, as well as some Alchemy originals. In this week’s show it’s Ben and Cat on the Blue Team vs Nicole and Miguel on the Red Team. Come out and help decide who walks away a victor, and who simply walks away. You may have seen improv games before, but since it’s all made up on the spot, you’ve definitely never seen this show!

9:00PM –CageMatch ($10)

At 9 o’clock this Saturday, Alchemy continues the CageMatch series pitting elite performers against rotating challengers. CageMatch is a clashing of two improv teams showcasing their talent for audience votes. The winner moves on to become the champion for the next CageMatch, competing against a new challenger.

This week’s champion is Slimprov : It’s survival of the slimmest in a format where the people and the scenes are long, but the action is far from lightweight. Two actors perform an unbroken, 20-minute improvised scene and play all the characters.

This week’s challenger is Vagabond : Vagabond moves from scene to scene, changing characters and passing through. Watch as a sprawling world of characters made up on the spot gets created before your eyes.

May 16th/17th: Harold Night! Sketch Review! Local Legends with Jenna Tamisiea!

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Friday May 16th

7:30PM – Harold Night and Hardworking Men doing Hardworking Improv ($8)

One of Alchemy’s goals is to connect the Greenville improv community with the larger world of improvisational comedy. Originally created by one of the founders of modern improv in Chicago, the Harold dates back to the 1960s and has maintained status as one of the oldest and most popular improv formats. Alchemy Comedy’s Harold Night is a showcase of Alchemy’s Harold team and this week also features a performance by Hardworking Men doing Hardworking Improv. According to a fax from Rutherford Shackleford and Bogg Schmidt, “our show is scientifically engineered to get people laughing but also thinking but also thinking about workin ‘hard [sic].”

9:00PM – Local Legends with stories from Jenna Tamisiea ($10)jenna-tamisiea

At Friday’s 9 o’clock show, stories from a guest inspire scenes from the all-star cast of Local Legends. This week, see scenes based on the stories from the co-founder and artistic director of GLOW, Jenna Tamisiea. Jenna has her BFA in acting and her MFA in directing, and has performed and directed both musical and straight theater with companies across the South and Southeast, including Greenville’s own Centre Stage. Her theatre company GLOW was founded in 2010 and stands for Greenville Light Orchestra Works. The 2014 season will feature performances at the Peace Center’s Gunter Auditorium including Rent and La Bohème. Since her true stories inspire the show, there’s a high likelihood of some amateur opera-singing.


Saturday May 17th

7:30PM – Dual Duel: Competitive Improv Comedy  ($8)

This Saturday’s 7:30pm show is Alchemy Comedy’s players in Dual Duel. Two duos in a head-to-head comedy competition for points and your laughs. There will be a few familiar games like those featured on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, as well as some Alchemy originals. In this week’s show it’s Ben and Andrew on the Blue Team vs Brad and Miguel on the Red Team. Come out and help decide who walks away a victor, and who simply walks away. You may have seen improv games before, but since it’s all made up on the spot, you’ve definitely never seen this show!

9:00PM – Sketch Review: Randomized Sketch Comedy ($10)

At 9 o’clock on Saturday is the premier of our new house sketch comedy team, Sketch Review! Sketch Review is a make-shift sketch comedy show. Although all the sketches are written and rehearsed beforehand, the order is decided at random by that night’s audience. Every show features new sketches and (of course) a new order. Some pieces are poignant and some are political. Some are serious and some are absurd. Some are musical and some are silent. It’s everything you would expect from a formal sketch revue, but in review!