Month: May 2014
May 30th/31st: Local Legends and Stand-up Comedy from Ace Brown! Stand-up Showcase with Art Sturtevant!
Friday May 30th
7:30PM – 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)
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
7:30PM – 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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].”
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!
If you’re currently doing improv and want another opportunity outside of classes to learn and practice improv skills, or if you have never taken a class with Alchemy and would like to try it out, we’re excited to offer our monthly Improv 001 workshops.
Improv 001 is the opportunity to learn from the experience of Alchemy’s top instructors alongside other students and performing members of Alchemy Comedy. They are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Go here to register for the next class.
Admission to the workshop is $25. If this is your first Improv 001 workshop, that $25 can be later counted as a discount toward the full cost of one of our 6-week Improv 101 classes. The price is only $10 if you have taken classes with Alchemy before, but are not a member of the theater. Here’s some information about the training center and the class instructor:
The school manager Harrison Brookie is a trained educator who has spent several years teaching public high school. He was also a resident instructor under Zach Ward at the DSI Comedy Theater in NC, which has heavily inspired our style and curriculum. Ever since then Harrison has served as the Artistic Director of the Alchemy Comedy Theater. The monthly Improv 001 workshops are taught by Assistant Artistic Director Ben Burris. Having been in a directing position in Clemson’s improv comedy group and the Alchemy Comedy Theater, Ben is a skilled instructor with an eye for scenes and a knack for fun!
Topics range from ways to collaborate and agree to how to think like a character. If you’re brand new to improv comedy or have been performing in a rut, come on by. The workshop is from 6:30-9:00pm. There is no comedy or theater experience necessary, it is encouraged for people to show up early and hang out after.
This class is designed to be challenging to experienced improvisers while still approachable to beginners. You can register for the class online. If you have any questions call (864) 256-1467 or fill out this form and we’ll contact you!