Day: April 7, 2013
8:00PM – Improv 201 and 401 Student Showcase ($5)
Our first show this Friday features the graduates of our most recent Improv 201 and Improv 401 classes. They’ve spent weeks learning and preparing for this moment. Come out this week and support them as they take new skills to the stage for the first time. If you think an improv class sounds like fun and you want to learn more about our training center, you can find more information here. Our next Improv 101 class begins Monday, June 3rd.
9:30PM – Local Legends with stories from our 201 and 401 Students ($8)
In Local Legends a guest from a local business, project, or other person of note is invited to come tell their stories as inspiration for a series of improvised scenes. This week, we have brought you some of the most eclectic, inspirational, unique, and fun members of the Upstate, our students. Normally, one guest tells five 2-minute stories to inspire scenes, but this week the name of one student from our 8 o’clock showcase will be randomly drawn at each story break. Come out to be entertained, and for a chance to get to know our students better than we do.
This week’s 8 o’clock show features stand-up comedy headlined by Michael Blaustein. You might have seen Michael in his commercial campaigns for AXE and Sprint. He has also been on the Comedy Central On Campus tour, performing at colleges across the U.S. Most recently Michael can be seen on the new and revamped version of PUNK’D for MTV. This show will also feature comedy from Kase Raso, Dan Frigolette, and Greenville’s own Nick Shaheen.
9:30PM – Local Legends with stories from Stand-up Comics($8)
Friday’s second show features the all-star cast of Local Legends doing improv based on the stories of the comedians of the 8 o’clock show. We’re stretching the definition of “local” to bring you stories from Michael Blaustein, Kase Raso, Dan Frigolette, and Nick Shaheen. This week, Alchemy’s Jenn Newsome to guest-perform with the cast of Local Legends.
8:00PM – Most Races Show on Earth: Stand-Up ($10)
An internationally touring, multi-cultural stand-up show fills in the 8 o’clock show this Friday. The Most Races Show on Earth “delivers a unique stand-up comedy show that is FUNNY and EDGY, yet lets us laugh at our differences and tackle ethnic stereotypes, while educating audiences about diversity and multiculturalism. It is comedy with a PURPOSE. Our aim is to bring all people together through laughter.” Not all the comedy is about race, and it promises to be a show for everyone, so come out and enjoy. A portion of the proceeds from each show will go towards the YWCA Stand Against Racism initiative.
9:30PM – Local Legends with stories from members of MRSOE ($8)
Friday’s second show features a fully improvised show based on the stories of the cast of Most Races Show on Earth. Five of the performers from MRSOE will inspire improv scenes with their personal, real stories. The regular cast of Local Legends will be accompanied by guest player Wendy Mcclain will bring her energy to make a one-of-a-kind show.
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 Friday night the cast of Alchemy Comedy will open up for veteran stand-up comedians from both Carolinas!
Tom Keller is the Director of Standup for the DSI Comedy Theater, where he teaches classes and produces the weekly showcases at DSI and Chapel Hill’s Back Bar. He is also the winner of the Carolina’s Funniest Comic competition in 2010. Tom recently received one of the biggest honors of his career when he was one of only 20 standup performers chosen nationally for the upcoming Great American Comedy Festival in Johnny Carson’s hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska.
After doing stand-up for the first show, Nick will be our storyteller for the second. Nick Shaheen is the founder of Greenville’s Stand Up State Comedy. Graduating from UCLA where he performed and wrote on UCLAtv’s Mike and Ben Show (with future SNL-er Nasim Pedrad) he immediately went into film production as a Story Editor for David Kirschner Productions.
His life changed course after working in Wilmington, NC on HBO’s Eastbound and Down with Danny McBride and Adam McKay. Since moving to Greenville Nick has created several weekly comedy shows at the Radio Room and Coffee Underground.