Now Registered on the Better Lemons Calendar – April 29 - May 5, 2019

Theatrical shows registered on the Better Lemons calendar!
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How I Became A Superhero

“...An ensemble comedy about a couple that leaves the world of online activism and leaps into the business of vigilante justice! Running at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival in June, this is a bright show for anyone who has ever dreamed about being amazing...a family friendly comedy that brings comic books to life, with comic book page sets, sound effects, and lights.”

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SugarFree: Foster Care Cognitive Dissonance

“SugarFree Foster Care combines the difficult journey of foster youth through my perspective as both a social worker and foster child...interspersed [with] poetry, personal narrative, humor, and real-life experiences for a theater experience that tugs at the heartstrings of our greatest human needs in the midst of the social welfare system's inadequacies.”

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Lend Me A Tenor

“Winner of 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards LEND ME A TENOR combines a chain-reaction of mistaken identity, plot twists, double entendres and the constant slamming of many doors to create one of the funniest farces to grace the American stage in the last 30 years. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, LEND ME A TENOR pays homage to the madcap screwball comedies of the 1930's, guaranteed to leave audiences howling hysterically with laughter and walking out the door with a warm smile. ”

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GEORGE.

“Told through the creation of his first three films, ‘George' is the story of how a young man from Modesto, California became George Lucas. With each act following a different film, George will learn all of the skills that eventual led to the creation of ‘Star Wars.' ”

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Raised By Wolves

“You learn to survive quick when you're being dragged behind a team of sled dogs. A comedy about a girl and her dogsled team navigating the rocky terrain of growing up and her quest to become the alpha of her own pack. ”

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Widows Anonymous

“In the circle that is Widows Anonymous, five characters come together to share stories, secrets and the brutal humor that is being a widow in modern times. As they discover, there is no short cut, no alternate route, and the only way out is through. Welcome to the front lines.”

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Bat Knight!

“The dynamic duo have finally made it to the Hollywood Fringe Festival! Little do Batman and Robin know, the Joker's latest scheme will give them the ride of a lifetime. Race through the streets of Gotham with Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Superman, Alfred the Butler, and many more members of the Bat Family in this dark and hilarious interactive musical parody that puts you, the audience, in the middle of the action. Bring the whole family to battle The Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, the Penguin, and the rest of the Dark Knight's rogues gallery, and celebrate the Batman universe in this side splitting night of Bat-Mania! ”

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Olivia Wilde Does Not Survive The Apocalypse

“A hack director and a snooty actress stumble 300 years into the future. America has been taken over by a fascist government, which believes that entertainment is the key to control. As the only remaining people on earth with any artistic talent the director and actress are forced to put on a play. But if they fail to entertain the masses they will be executed on live television. ”

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TOBINCON

“Actor and comedian Tobin Mitnick sheds light on three con men that are using their style-savvy to manipulate a generation of young Americans through the unregulated Wild West that is the Internet. In its world premiere, one-man comedy TOBINCON dives into the grotesque and hilarious world of online grifters—the Body Prophet, the Rhetorical Bad Boy, and the Compassionologist—with sketch and stand-up, in order to show us that the game may have changed, but the players are all still here. But Mitnick also answers a lingering question: When you spend so much time rubbing shoulders with these types, will it rub off on you? In other words, can you con yourself? Only TOBINCON has the answers!”

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CINDERELLA TOPSY TURVY – A Tender Gender Bender Romantic Musical Fairy Story for Pride 2019

“A Tender Gender Bender Romantic Musical Fairy Story. A delightful re-imagining of the classic Cinderella tale brings you upside-down casting – half original practices, half Gilbert and Sullivan, half just plain fun. Meet a handsome Prince, silly stepsisters, a befuddled king, and an out-of-the-box steampunk Fairygodmother. Added delights are the outrageously playful period costumes and the heart-warming romance that blooms with the assistance of a glass slipper, a feather duster, and a truly magical wand. A gentle prod at stereotypical gender roles, this light-hearted send-up is a hilarious twist on the classic tale.”

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La Traviata

“Giuseppe Verdi and Librettist Francesco Maria Piave's classic Italian opera based on the play La Dame aux Camélias adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas...Southern California native Christopher Job...makes his L.A. Opera debut. After a decade of work at the Metropolitan Opera, and making two appearances last season with the L.A. Phil.”

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The Same Room

“'A dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity…' Well, not quite. Thyma and Aspid find themselves trapped in a barren room with two locked doors, but where are they? What sets them free? And most importantly, what happens after this? 'The Same Room' explores human compassion in a new light and begs the question- What becomes of us when we refuse to heal?”

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Lincoln 2020

“Like a lot of people today, campaign manager Tess Baker is sick of politics. She's just about ready to throw in the when somebody wakes up a candidate she can work with – Abraham Lincoln. Will he be a good President in 2020 America? Will he even win? You decide! That's right, the play has two endings and your vote counts!”

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Bunny the Elf LIVE!

“A Musical Theatre Nerd, forced by her family to give up her dreams, gets a real job in the real world… as a toy store Christmas elf. An uplifting coming of age comedy about finding where one's talents, or lack thereof, fit in the world. Christi Pedigo's YouTube sensation Bunny the Elf will be sharing her elfing journey LIVE! On stage! With new material and a special update on what's next for Bunny.”

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FEELING LUCKY

“A comedy about men and women straddling the elusive line between true love and a broken heart who discover that in the game of love what you see is not always what you get.”

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Victress Burlesque Presents: ShipwRACKed

“Introducing Victress, the L.A.-based comedy burlesque troupe, flipping traditional burlesque on its head with a character-fueled strip show. The premise is simple: Comedic monologues lead into cheeky choreographed dance numbers that will make your heart go pitter-pat. Their newest show, “ShipwRACKed,” premieres in a 5-show limited run as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. It's a naughty'cal adventure stacked with quips, ships, n' nips. Get ready for a burlesque show like you've never seen before.”

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And Now It's All This!

“A play about when John Lennon said the Beatles were bigger than Jesus and the fallout that ensued.”

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A Walk in the Woods at North Coast Repertory Theatre

“What really goes on behind the scenes of tense arms negotiations between powerful nations? Set in the midst of the Cold War, Lee Blessing's gripping play, A WALK IN THE WOODS, is especially relevant today. With talks seemingly at an impasse, the American and Soviet negotiators agree to meet informally while strolling through the peaceful forest. Their revealing and absorbing conversations, laced with warmth and humor, evolve through debate and discord, exploring unexpected and uncharted territory. Nominated for a Pulitzer and a Tony Award, Blessing's dramatic comedy was inspired by historic conversations between negotiators Paul H. Nitze and Yuli A Kvitsinsky who left the official 1982 Geneva sessions for an unofficial “walk in the woods.” For those yearning for a more enlightened world, this play is shrewdly observant and resonates with the ring of political truth ”

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Impro Theatre's Twilight Zone UnScripted at North Coast Rep

“From the darkest corners of reality, to the land of the unexplained – Impro Theatre's Twilight Zone Unscripted pays homage to Rod Serling's breakthrough sci-fi series “The Twilight Zone.” Enter the wondrous dimension of imagination, as completely improvised episodes are created with every performance.”

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You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

“Based on the beloved comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz, this revue of songs and vignettes tells the story of some typical days in the life of Charlie Brown. From running after the school bus to spying the cute little red-haired girl at lunch, Charlie Brown deals with the fun and frustrations of life with his friends Lucy, Linus, and Schroeder; his kid sister Sally; and his faithful companion, Snoopy. With charm, wit, and heart, “You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown” is fun for all ages.”

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Chico's Angels: Fly Chica Fly

“A live comedy production that parodies the 1976–1981 television series Charlie's Angels. Three of LA's favorite drag queens star in the title roles — Kay Sedia (Oscar Quintero), Chita Parol (Ray Garcia), and Frieda Laye (Danny Casillas). In this brand new episode written by Oscar Quintero and Kurt Koehler, young hopeful stewardesses are disappearing, and it's up to Chico's Angels to fly the “not-so-friendly skies.” Can the Angels solve the case? Fasten your seat belts, turbulence was never this spicy!”

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BE A GOOD LITTLE WIDOW

“Young newlywed Melody has never been to a funeral – until her husband dies in a plane crash. Expected to instantly assume proper widowhood, Melody is left to wonder, what's the right way to grieve? Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow.An emotional comedy about loss and longing from Peabody Award-winning Writer/Producer of NBC's Hit “This Is Us.” Bekah Brunstetter will be participating in a talk-back following the performance on Saturday, June 1st. ”

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ROOTS

“Theatre of NOTE continues its 2019 season with ROOTS:...four wonderfully strange world premiere short plays, written by four accomplished Theatre of NOTE-grown playwrights, which together usher audiences through the complexity of the human condition. A dark comedy for dark times unfolds at a wedding…in either a sitcom or just a disturbed mind (Deadpan). A one-night stand takes a Kafkaesque turn. Is this stranger the one? Or just something very strange (The Smell of Something to Eat)? A story of people who probably definitely love each other, as they encounter tectonic distress (Big Ones). Escaping Soviet Russia, a young woman goes on to found modern conservative philosophy before becoming the subject of her own musical theater production (Rand!). Everyone has their own journey, but we all start at our ROOTS. ”

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Thank You For Loving Me

“August and Bobbie have been broken up for weeks. Bobbie comes back to the apartment she left to pick up the last of her things. Like a manic, time-jumping fever dream- they recreate all of their highs and lows of their relationship. Only, they have differing memories and perceptions of the events. 'Thank You For Loving Me' explores still loving someone yet knowing it is time to say goodbye.”

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Town Brawl

“Inspired by the outrageous stories found on Nextdoor.com, Town Brawl is your chance to witness petty and absurd neighborly drama being settled in a no holds barred town hall meeting. If you hate your neighbors you'll love our show.”

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Daniel's Husband

“Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn't believe in it. When a life-altering event throws the couple into crisis, Mitchell must use the laws of his own heart to fight the rules of law. Michael McKeever's funny, passionate and poignant play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not.”

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Bronco Billy - The Musical

“The country's going crazy; partisan politics, civil rights threatened, technology exploding. That's right, it's 1979! Somewhere in America's heartland, with more heart than sense, Bronco Billy struggles to keep his traveling Wild West show alive. But when Billy and his ragtag troupe of misfits meet Antoinette, a Manhattan heiress on-the-run, the ride gets even wilder as she turns Billy's world upside down.”

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The Taming of the Shrew

“Directed by Alicia Patterson and Rose Fliegel, the production's focus will be less about the masculine versus feminine and more about the imposed imbalance of power...to directly confront these issues and start a discussion by engaging the audience with a comedic show which portrays how power politics affect the dynamics of a dysfunctional love story.”

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Horny-The Musical

“In Horny-The Musical, we meet Emily. Social-climbing as quickly as possible away from her embarrassingly bohemian mother into the arms of the most eligible bachelor and heir to the Smitt Family Wineries, Emily is the luckiest girl in the world…until she starts to grow horns right before the wedding. Her new social circles could never accept such a thing, so she must resolve the problem before her new fiance––not to mention her new mother-in-law––finds out. Knowing her mother's sexually free nature, she wonders if its genetic and braces herself for the answer to the question: Who is my father? This simple question unleashes an avalanche of satyrs and nymphs from a different world…party-crashing her high-society wedding rehearsal and upending her carefully-constructed plans with wild debauchery and mayhem. If that weren't enough, as prudish Emily's horns continue to grow, so do new…feelings. ”

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Batter Up: My Brain on Baseball

“Brett Moore is totally enamored with baseball, and has been for 25 years. In that time, he's memorized more about baseball than anyone with access to the Internet could possibly need to know. Come watch him perform his amazing feats of baseball memory that are unnecessary, stunning, and highly entertaining and wax poetic about his favorite obsession in a unique solo show that connects patrons and the performer through the love of our national pastime! ”

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Sex With Strangers

“In 'Sex With Strangers,' failed novelist Olivia meets Ethan, a celebrated (and much younger) writer made famous by his sexcapade tell-all blog, at a snowbound bed and breakfast, and their mutual attraction quickly gets hot and heavy. As a weekend tryst develops into a long-term romance, their personal and professional lives collide. Ethan seeks legitimacy, dismissing his bad boy reputation as nothing more than an invented character. Olivia has her doubts, but craves for the literary fame Ethan can offer her. Ambition, identity and trust are in play when online personas clash with real world expectations in this smart, steamy take on modern love.”

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Captivated: You

“A warehouse sits alone at the edge of Silverlake. The story within its walls has already caused the disappearance of a dozen women and a reporter hot on the trail. Now you have come to help the reporter's friend find the truth.
Inside there may be danger. Inside there may be horror. But in the end, there will be one question for you to answer: Who is the actual monster here? Captivated is a modern retelling of the classic horror story Frankenstein. They Played Productions brings you this psychological-horror immersive production where you, the audience, become a character in a story based on the classic tale Frankenstein. YOUR decisions will matter. YOUR choices will lead to one of 45 different endings. YOU will decide who survives…and who dies.”

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A Falling Star At Buzzard's Roost

“A FALLING STAR AT BUZZARD'S ROOST follows hard-touring retro-Rockabilly band, MAUREEN & THE MERCURY 5, performing at a kitschy, Alabama Drive-Inn Diner (off-season). When Maureen plugs in her vintage Elvis mic, she triggers otherworldly powers from the famous “moon rock”, sending the band, their manager and even the diner owner back to the first days of Rock & Roll! The reluctant time-travelers find love and learn life lessons as they struggle to get back to present day — set to the music of Rockabilly Jump Swing Band Maureen & the Mercury 5 (aka M&M5) and Alt-Country Outlaws The Flutterbies.”

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Audio Interview: Jackie Learmond stars in ‘A HOLIDAY COMEDY ShitSH*W' at The Complex Theatre

Original Sketches written and performed by the cast will take you on a hilariously dysfunctional walk down Santa Clause Lane. You'll laugh like a bowl of jelly, you'll cringe just as the Grinch, you'll be merry all while remembering what the true spirit of Christmas is all about; which is to always be politically correct! Mazel Tov!*
Enjoy this interview about “A HOLIDAY COMEDY ShitSH*W” at the The Complex Theatre, running until Dec 12th. You can listen to this interview while commuting, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at an audition, backstage and even front of the stage. For tickets and more info Click here.

*taken from the website


Comedians Cinema Club's 'Labyrinth' to Close Down Nerdmelt at Meltdown

Photos by Monique A. LeBleu
Eric Lampaert, as Jareth, entices with an orb of fruit in Comedians Cinema Club's "Labyrinth" at Nerdmelt at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, March 10, 2018.

UPDATE: April 8, 2018 - According to their Facebook page, Comedians Cinema Club's Labyrinth will be April 18, 2018, at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood.

The Comedians Cinema Club has made the Nerdmelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood their home for nearly two years, taking classic, cult-y favorite films and mixing equal parts improv, movie-lore, music, and audience participation, stirring with alcohol to create a magical concoction to melt away the remains of any bad day, or top off a good one.

Their current improv version of the movie “Labyrinth”—featuring bilingual French-British stand-up comedian and troupe founder Eric Lampaert doing his best, well-endowed, drunken, and bewigged version of Bowie's Jareth, the Goblin King, along with troupe regulars Bryan Vokey, Caitlin Gill, Jeffrey Baldinger, Kara Klenk, Kevin Tienkin, Jared Logan, Ryan Singer, and show narrator, Caitlin Durante—takes the not-so-subtly sexualized film, and its audience, to new literal highs.

It's BYOB, the cast drinks, sometimes they share, nothing is off limits, the audience participates, some people get wet, a few win prizes, everyone laughs, the humorless stay home, the show ends on time (which was most unfortunate) and only designated drivers leave sober.

The improv club's version of the 1980's film “Labyrinth”—the David Bowie and Jim Henson vehicle that simultaneously applied the layered demographic appeal of Muppet fans, glam rockers, pre-teens, and Bowie fans—sold-out so quickly after its initial Facebook event announcement that the group needed to add three or more additional shows at their current Nerdmelt home within Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, all of which have since sold out at Nerdmelt.

But last week, all of it changed. With Meltdown Comics announcing it would be closing its doors “for the last time” on this coming Sunday, April 1, 2018, the closing leaves the Comedians Cinema Club with the dubious honor of hosting the venue's final closing show on Friday night.

Nerdmelt was born from a “recording studio in the building's attic” per a posted letter at their site, and a space which served as the springboard for Chris Hardwick's “sprawling media empire” and his podcast show, “The Nerdist.”

Caitlin Gill as Sarah quiets an audience participant as Toby in Comedians Cinema Club's "Labyrinth" at Nerdmelt at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, March 10, 2018.

A “shared community of creative, nerdy, wonderful people who came together to wear their passions on their sleeve in what felt like an oasis. As a cultural institution and a community center, Meltdown will be sorely missed,” said The Nerdist of Meltdown's closing.

Lampaert, said that the cast heard about the pending close through Gill, and the troupe wasted no time in finding a location for the forth “Labyrinth” show, with hope for their other pending shows.

The show this coming Friday, March 30,—which serves as a default goodbye party to Nerdmelt and Meltdown—will then head to the Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth for their April 21, 2018, show.

The show was initially borne out of what Lampaert found to be the lonely aspect of stand-up.

"My main job is stand-up, which is quite a lonely job. So I just decided to do something where all my friends just fuck around with each other,” he said of the move to a group improv format. “And I love movies. Like a lot. My second love, or equally important love, is movies. So I decided to combine the two. And in the U.K., improv is not that big of a thing."

The addition of the alcohol element to the show stemmed from a need to liven and warm-up U.K. audiences to improv.

Eric Lampaert, left as Jareth, and Caitlin Gill as Sarah in Comedians Cinema Club's "Labyrinth" at Nerdmelt at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, March 10, 2018.

"[Improv] is not respected like it is in America. In the U.K., they really don't give a shit,” laughed Lampaert. “But the concept is fun enough in the U.K. because of the chaotic and alcoholic element," where Lampaert admits he has found to be much milder here in the U.S.

"As comedians, we'd get smashed doing it. That was the really fun bit, which was seeing people out of control,” he continued. “Essentially it's just an adult panto."

Lampaert, as well as Vokey—who also performs at The Improv's Adrenaline—indicated that the movie quiz portion of the show will separate, perhaps expanding to “an hour or hour and a half show” where it will go to another venue, such as The Improv's The Lab Room.

Planned Comedians Cinema Club shows on movies like "The NeverEnding Story" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," are still looking for a venue, as they too are now canceled with Meltdown/Nerdmelt's pending close.

Alcohol is a special player in Comedians Cinema Club's "Labyrinth" at Nerdmelt at Meltdown Comics, Hollywood, March 10, 2018.

Whether or not the drinking aspect of Comedians Cinema Club's improv'd movie shows will continue is also unclear.

Vokey, who's done stand-up at the Dynasty Typewriter, is hopeful on the potential in the new, larger space for “Labyrinth,” and possibly other shows, finds the move bittersweet.

"It has been one of the most reliable non-club places to do comedy,” said Vokey of Nerdmelt at Meltdown. “They 'get it' because so many comedians work there. They are easy to work with. It's nice to not have the corporate feel that the Comedy Store and The Improv have, so it's sad to see it go."

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4-1-18 Story updated to correct that the closing night show was Friday night and not Saturday.


Closure of iO West Opens Many Doors in the L.A. Improv Community

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When the Los Angeles improv community lost venue and teaching institution the iO West Theater in Hollywood on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, the folks at Mi's Westside Comedy Theater, Impro Theater, The Pack and The Nerdist, have stepped in and stepped up to help students seeking continuation in their programs by offering discounts, internship opportunities, and a new home.

Same famous alumni that have come from iO West include Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Kay Cannon, Seth Meyers, Kate Flannery, Stephen Colbert, John Favreau and recent Oscar winner Jordan Peele. Notably, alums Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, and Matt Walsh, went on to found the Upright Citizens Brigade.

These established L.A. venues offering to help students in their transition not only already cater to the local improv teaching and performance community, but also have ties to, or are alumni of, iO West.

Photo courtesy of M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

Mi's Westside Comedy Theatre Artistic Director and Actor Nick Armstrong (The Office/Grey's Anatomy), has “deep roots” in iO West, with 17 years as a member and with L.A.'s Critically acclaimed Harold Team King Ten. He and the staff at Westside Comedy plan to intake students in direct continuation from their last levels at iO West.

“Improv is all about support, so we thought 'Why not offer something? We need to do something to help our community,'” said Armstrong.

"We kind of just wanted to open our arms and say, 'Hey, we've got your back!' which is kind of a motto in improv,' and that we wanted to help these displaced improvisers, a lot of which we perform with,” he continued.

iO West was a six level program, so community concern was being able to enter into programs at equal levels so students wouldn't have to start over. Westside has seven core levels with training in different focuses, which Armstrong said is on par with comedy intensive training formats.

Photo courtesy of M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

At Westside, iO West students can come in at one step level above their last level and those from upper levels offered a 25% discount. The program offers opportunities to workshop in shows on Sundays, and the House Teams pick from classes during daily weekly performances.

Former iO West student and L.A. native Marissa Madsen of online YouTube sketch comedy shows “Those Girls Comedy” and “20's vs. 30's” begins her transition to Westside this week, continuing from level 3. She sees improv as a “good workout as a comedienne” and in honing “gut instincts.”

"I wanted to jump back into classes just to keep my improv skills sharp again because I do a lot of sketch comedy,” said Madsen. “I do miss being somewhat in a performance setting or classroom setting just being able to have a live audience.”

Jacob Sorling, of Colorado, also comes to Westside in March from iO West, where he interned as Stage Manager working in trade for classes. Also working part-time at Second City in LA as a stage manager, and likely again for the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival at Fringe Central, Sorling comes to the Westside to not only join some of this fellow students and co-workers, but because the theatre will be honoring his earned credits toward improv classes.

“A lot of the interns at iO were going to be left out to dry because they worked for free for classes that they are no longer going to get any more,” said Armstrong. “So we've offered to honor their classes here at no price.”

The training will fuel Sorling's work on the “Buddy Puzzle” which plays every second Saturday at another Improv venue and school, The Pack, in a show that features ten improv duos performing in five minute monothemes which Sorling co-hosts with partner and girlfriend Anatasha Blakely.

"My intention going in is just to continue in a community that I love,” said Sorling. “Nick [Armstrong] has welcomed me with open arms. I immediately feel like I am welcome there."

Photos are courtesy of The Impro Theatre. Impro Theatre School's Conservatory class performs Tennessee Williams Improvised at Impro Studio on Vermont.

The Impro Theatre is also giving discounts on basic and core classes to students who were at IO West. The Impro teaches narrative and genre improv, using “literary styles as a way to teach improv.”

“I think people take improv for lots of different reasons,” said Producing Artistic Direct Dan O'Connor at Impro. “But those people who did genre who used to be at iO now have a place to come study with us."

With a show in residency at the The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, covering ten months of ten different genres over that times, the Impro Theatre offers students future opportunities to to perform in full length plays with sets, props, costumes, and music. Themed shows like “Chekhov unscripted,” “Sondheim Unscripted” or “Tennessee Williams Unscripted.”

"There's a lot of cross breeding between all of the improv studios in town and it seems like everybody is opening their doors and offering deals to those who are studying that,” said O'Connor.

The Impro does everything: “An all woman, dystopian, YA novel improv group … we have one group that does improvised Star Trek Next Generation ... Shakespeare, H.G. Wells, X-Files, [and] Stranger Things, named 'Stranger Suggestions,'” continued O'Connor.

The Impro is offering $85 off their 12-week courses to former iO students who wish to enroll within the next six months. Students who have completed iO West Level 2 can bypass the Impro Basics course and jump directly into their C.O.R.E. program.

The Pack Theater is offering iO West intern hours up one full free class and adding “additional Level 1's to cover interest” where the teachers will “teach for free” and cover rents.

Students who have completed a class at any level at iO West in the past year will get a 25% discount on their first class at The Pack, and those close to finishing the iO West program—completion of Level 4—can receive an eight week Master Class on Harold for free.

We will also make sure you get some shows up at The Pack. This won't get you the “diploma,” but I think it will finish out what you were pursuing in that program.

Because of the way The Pack's program is designed, they can't offer level transfers or intro levels, as all levels are advanced. IO West students needing discount codes to register online for classes can go to their Facebook page for detail info.

“Since this all has happened so quickly and without warning, these offers will remain in place for the March/April sessions as well as the May/June sessions,” per their Facebook post. “[But] you will all find a new home.”

The Nerdist Improv program is four class levels and offers classes in Improv, Sketch, and Acting. Each level ends with a class show on stage and instructors are trained actors, improvisers and writers.

Classes begin at level 1 and they have internships as well, but iO West students who wish more information can contact them at Classes@nerdistschool.com.

As The Pack reminds on their Facebook page, “The community is larger than a place. The process ends when we die.”

Photo courtesy of M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater

To sign up for classes:

Mi's Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Go to westsidecomedy.com or contact Training Center Director Annie O'Connor at annie@westsidecomedy.com for more details.

Impro Theatre, 1727 N Vermont Ave #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027. For more information go to improtheatre.com, info@improtheatre.com , school@improtheatre.com, or call (323) 638-4196.

The Pack, 6470 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Go to packtheater.com, classes@packtheater.com or internships@packtheater.com.

The Nerdist, 7518 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90046. For more information go to nerdistschool.com or email classes@nerdistschool.com.

Featured image: Impro Theatre Main Company performs Twilight Zone UnScripted. Photos courtesy of The Impro Theatre