This weekly show brings some of Greenville's best long-form improvisors together with a classic format called the Harold. Starting with a suggestion from the audience, our performers will create a 20 to 30 minute theatrical show on the spot. Sometimes it'll feel like a play and othertimes like a dream: the scenes build, push, crash, and fold into each other... themes, characters, patterns, and ideas all might appear and reappear... the original suggestion might come back into focus in surpising ways. But you never know—and neither do we!
Members of Alchemy's Smalltown team improvise as citizens of a never before heard of town. In a series of two person scenes, you’ll see the conflicts, joys, and quirkiness that come from making up a municipality on the spot. Every show features a new town using audience suggestions to fuel the story.
Haymaker—Alchemy's weekly Harold team—will close out the night with their own take on the classic Harold format.
Smalltown features AJ Bailey, Ben Sunderman, Cat Stoddard, Josh Howard, and Michelle Winsch. Coached by Tyler Prescott.
Haymaker features Ben Burris, Erin Collins, Harrison Brookie, Jenn Maness, Manus Clancy, and Steven Crane.
The Harold is not only the show that got long-form started, it's also the foundation of the classes we offer in our training center! The Harold was developed by Del Close and Charna Halpern in the 1960’s at the iO Theater in Chicago and is now performed in improv comedy theaters from LA to NYC and everywhere in between. Famous comedians like Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and many others started their career with Harold-based improvisation and continue to use the style today.