Our fall Improv 101 class starts August 11th! Since 2011 Alchemy has been committed to teaching the art of improv comedy throughout the Greenville area. Whether you are interested in performing and joining our company, or simply working on communication and collaboration in the real world, these comedy classes are for you. Each class runs once a week, for six weeks from 6:30-9:00pm. There is no comedy or theater experience necessary and all students get free admission to Alchemy Comedy shows while they are enrolled in a class.
Along with our usual Friday and Saturday shows, we have a special guest show this Saturday at 9pm. Charleston’s sketch comedy darlings are on the road to Greenville. Fresh off their run at the Piccolo Fringe Festival, Nameless Numberhead dives right into their new show: Regular Comedy for Insane People. You’ll get wacky characters, you’ll get silly scenario’s, you’ll get moments of quiet reflection, and just maybe – you’ll learn something about yourself. All of this is wrapped up in a nice and digestible hour long show. They are also teaching a sketch comedy workshop from 4-6pm that day. No previous experience required!
As always we have 4 great shows next weekend. One of them on Saturday at 9pm, our all-lady Femmeprov team will be raising money for the Susan G. Komen’s efforts to eradicate breast cancer through funded research and patient and family support. 50% of all proceeds go to charity. Come out and support ladies supporting ladies!
This Friday at 7:30pm features stand-up comedy from Asheville’s Tom Scheve. Tom has performed at the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Scruffy City Comedy Festival and was a finalist in the 2013 Rocky Top Comedy Competition. Tom has enjoyed working with the likes of Joe DeRosa, Ryan Singer, Tim Northern, Joe Zimmerman, Tom Simmons and Jarrod Harris, among others. Tom has also produced hundreds of shows under the “Disclaimer Comedy” banner. This show will feature Nick Murphy, along with Andrew Van. Then at 9pm for Local Legends, Tom will be telling true stories to inspire improv.
On July 21st a very special Tuesday comedy showcase will host stand-up comedy show from Stewart Huff (featuring Krish Mohan). Nationally Touring Comedian, Stewart Huff is on the road across the Midwest and the South. Stewart has performed in Comedy Clubs, Theaters, Bars, College across all 50 states and is bringing his unique & honest brand of comedy to Greenville. He has been featured in the documentary “Road Comics: Big Work on Small Stages” and was a writer for Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. Huff was a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival and voted ‘Best in the Fest’ at the Aspen Comedy Festival, as well the HBO Las Vegas Festival. Stewart has also been heard on NPR radio stations, seen on Wall St. Journal and Nuvo discussing comedy and life on the road.
Just a few days later on July 23rd, there will be a comedy double header on Thursday. Following an improv student showcases at 7:30pm, we are hosting stand-up comedy from the “Carolina’s Funniest Comic” Finalists Tour. Right in the middle of their Southeast tour (GA, SC, NC, VA) the finalists from our annual comedy competition can all be seen together. Chad Cosby (Carrboro, NC), Mike Brocki (Charleston, SC), and Jason Farr (Greenville, SC) will rock your Carolina.
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 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
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!
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!
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.