Weekly Improv Games, Sketch Comedy, and Local Legends

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Dual Duel
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

For the month of March Alchemy’s annual Dual Duel March Madness Improv Competition returns! The prelims will take place every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. These shows will features four teams of two going head to head (to head to head) for your laughs and your votes. You may have some games like this on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, but here the points matter.  Audience votes determine the winner who moves on and goes home with a women’s volleyball trophy. The losers just go home!

Local Legends
Fridays at 9pm

Local Legends is Alchemy’s flagship improv comedy show. With a different special guest storyteller each Friday night, this fully improvised show is brand new every time. The personal stories told by local celebrities inspire a series scenes made up right before your eyes. Here are our guests for the month:

  • March 6th: Wallace Krebs, Walking Dead zombie
  • March 13th: Jamie Costa, Celebrity Impressionist
  • March 20th: Brian Coker, Local Actor
  • March 27th: Improv comedy inspired by stand up comics

Sketch Review
Saturdays at 9pm

Also starting in March, Saturdays at 9pm will also be our weekly scripted sketch comedy show. Although all the sketches are written and rehearsed beforehand, the order -decided by the audience- is random. 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!

Stand-up Comedy in Early February

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For the first half of February, the Alchemy Comedy Theater will be featuring some amazing stand-up comedy acts!


Friday, Feb 6th: Carolina’s Funniest Comic SC Finals

After some great improv comedy at 7:30pm, the finals for South Carolina’s Funniest Comic will be at 9pm. Audience vote decides the winner! The top 2 SC finalists will compete along with the NC finalists in Chapel Hill, NC!

*There also two improv shows on Saturday, Feb 7th. Competitive improv comedy with King of the Mountain and improvised movies from Homage and Double Feature.


Friday, Feb 13th: Ben Palmer’s (ATL) “The Picture Show”

Following our Improv 101 student showcase, “The Picture Show” conceptualized by local Atlanta comedian Ben Palmer. Palmer describes, ‘The Picture Show’ as, “Stand up comedy mixed with a projector… stock photos come to life. Show starts at 9pm.

Saturday, Feb 14th: “Laugh Your Chocolates Off” Charity Show

Following another improv student showcase and in collaboration with the Junior League, come a comedy show for a good cause. All the proceeds for this perfect Valentine’s Day date will go to “A Nearly New You” charity.

New South Comedy Festival this Week!

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ALCH_NS_Web_Logo_Color_LargeThis Wednesday to Saturday, November 5-8th, will feature over 80 out-of-town improv, stand-up, sketch, and musical comedy guests from NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Richmond, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Raleigh, Wilmington, Charlotte, and here in Greenville, SC. All shows will take place at the Alchemy Comedy Theater located at 1 East Coffee Street Greenville, SC. Seating is limited, it is suggested you pre-purchase tickets. The full show schedule is below:








Improv comedy from

  • Alchemy’s 101 Students
  • Haymaker (Greenville)
  • Mock Turtle Soup (Clemson)
Improv/musical comedy from

  • Alchemy’s 201 Students
  • Charlotte Comedy Theater
  •  Reformed Whores (NYC)


Sketch comedy from

  • Alchemy’s Sketch Review (Greenville)
  • Unstoppable Failure (Charlotte)
  • Pineapple-Shaped Lamps (Wilmington)
Stand-up comedy from

  • Rusty Haynes (Raleigh), Matt White (Wilm.), JM (Raleigh)
  • Nick Bennett (Greenville)
  • Joseph Reese (Chicago), Ben Palmer (Atlanta)


Improv comedy from

  • Now Are the Foxes (Charlotte)
  • Human Fireworks (Charleston)
  • Zach and Jill (NC and MN)
Improv comedy from

  • Local Legends All-stars (SC, NC, MN)
  • North Coast (NYC)
Improv comedy from

  • Far Sketched (Anderson)
  • Group Hug (Chapel Hill)
  • Middle Management (Richmond)


Improv comedy from

  • Skibbereen (Chapel Hill)
  • Pigeon (Richmond)
  • CLUTCH (Charleston)
Stand-up comedy from

  • Jason Farr (Greenville), Andy Cummins (Greenville), Andy Rider (Charleston)
  • Steve Howze (Richmond)
  • Boris Khaykin (NYC)
Improv comedy from

  • Drum Machine (Minneapolis)
  • Bone Cracker (Chapel Hill)
  • North Coast (NYC)
Festival finale with

  • Live Bearded Ones Podcast (Greenville)
  • Improv All-stars (USA)

October Improv, Sketch, and Stand-up Shows So Awesome It’s Scary

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Friday, October 24th

At 7:30pm our two newest teams Harry and Hal will debut alongside a Halloween inspired Bat, improv in the dark. Then at 9pm Local Legends with Phyllis and Joshua Jackson, the Creator and Director of The First Five Years sitcom. Come hear their stories about life and making local productions and then watch the all-star cast create improv magic!

Saturday, October 25th

Early show features our weekly King of the Mountain improv competition. Then at 9pm our first Sketch Comedy show of the season!


Saturday, November 1st

1385239_10201065521173251_1841491292_nThere will be no shows for Halloween night. Following our weekly King of the Mountain improv competition will be a very special Saturday [Sabbath] Local Legends with Rabbi Marc Wilson the Founder of Year of Altruism. Marc has served as a congregational rabbi for three decades, holding pulpits in Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte and Greenville. And in he’ll be our very first Saturday storyteller to inspire an entirely improvised show!