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3rd Annual New South Comedy Festival Begins TONIGHT!

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This November 3-14th, 2016 will mark the 3rd annual New South Comedy Festival and over 200 improv, stand-up, sketch, and musical comedy guests from across the country will converge on Greenville, SC. This year the festival expands to 2 weeks in order to accommodate more varied types of comedy guests. Shows will feature performers from NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Knoxville, Baton Rouge, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Savannah, Durham, Wilmington, Raleigh, Charlotte, Charleston, and here in the Upstate and surrounding areas. All shows will be at the Alchemy Comedy Theater so seating is limited. It is suggested you pre-purchase tickets online.

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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!

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!

June 27th/28th: Local Legends with Dana Swarner! Stand-up Showcase with Minori Hinds!

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Friday June 27th

King of the Mountain7:30PM – King of the Mountain: Competitive Improv Games ($8)

It’s a full on comedy battle royale! Eight players competing for points and your laughs. You may have seen some games like this on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, but here the points matter. It’s a head to head tournament where players are eliminated, dreams are made, and one is named comedy king for the evening. This week come out and watch a man vs man vs man vs man vs man vs man comedy competition. Show up and help crown this week’s champion.

9:00PM – Local Legends with stories from Dana Swarner ($10)Dana Swarner

Friday’s second show features the all-star cast of Local Legends doing improv based on stories from Toastmasters‘ Speakers Bureau Chair for District 58. Speakers Bureau is an organization within Toastmasters that connects Toastmaster Speakers and organizations looking for experienced speakers. Dana is an experienced storyteller within the Toastmasters organization and a professional piano and voice instructor,  as well as Speakers Bureau Chair for 2013-2014. This week, Dana’s true stories will inspire an entirely improvised show in Local Legends.

Saturday June 28th

Dual Duel7:30PM – 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!

9:00PM – Stand-up Comedy Showcase with Minori Hinds (featuring Kelly Rowland) ($10)minori-comedy-pic-199x300

Saturday’s late show is a stand-up comedy showcase featuring some great comics from the region.

Headlining the night is Asheville comic, Minori Hinds. “She delivers her droll, multicultural perspective on anything from biscuits to psychology, delighting audiences in Denver, Atlanta, Greenville, and all over the Southeast.”

This showcase also features fellow Asheville comic Kelly Rowland.