Eight improv comedy groups from Omaha and Council Bluffs plan to battle on Saturday to determine who can bring the most hilarity. It’s the first event of its kind in Omaha.
Tracie Mauk and Derek Kowal with the Florentine Players group helped organize The Battle of the Improv All Stars on Saturday night.
Battle of the Improv All-Stars
Saturday March 16th
Florence City Hall
2864 State Street
Doors Open at 6 p.m.
Show starts at 7 p.m.
Featuring: The Weisenheimers, 88improv, SkullProv!, WIT, Full House, Omaha World Harold, Chantilly Mace and SharkTank Redemption
"The whole idea is audience participation. So if you go, expect to be a part of the audience yourself. That's the beauty of improv. You can change the direction of where they are going with the scene in a matter of seconds," said Kowal
Mauk has been doing improv for a year now, and says it’s a different breed of comedy. “In a play, you have to audition for a part, you have to seek it out or in comedy you have to write something or construct something. In improv, boom, maybe I just got labeled a wizard, or I'm half scorpion or something and you don't know and it's your job to find what's fun about that.”
Proceeds benefit the Florentine Players and the Florence Historical Society. “A lot of our work is to help with some of the structures in Florence. The bank, the depot museum, a lot of the older structures there that are a hundred years old, plus,” said Kowal.
Kowal hopes the battle is a success and would like to make it an annual event.