Monday, October 26, 2015

Whats Up This Week? Its FINALLY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Oh boy! The whole month of October has been leading up to this... we have such spooky fun in store for you at National Comedy Theatre...

We're starting off the week with another Tuesday Instant Improv Class... on October 27th  join us for the fun and exitement of Creating Characters
7:00pm- 9:00pm
$25 pre-register  $30 at the door
All Skill Levels Welcome from Brand New Beginner upward!

Call 602-374-5638 or email workshops@nctphoenix.com for info & registration.
The next available 6 week Level 1 Improv Class begins November 24th.

And THEN the real Halloween fun begins with the Spooky Elephant Show
Thursday October 29th 7:30pm $8 All Ages

If you haven't been out to an Elephant Show at NCT, this is a great opportunity to try it out. Elephant shows are the closest thing to Whose Line is it Anyway, because we have 4 of your favorite NCT improvisers facing off in a head to head (to head to head) challenge to see who truly is the funniest! ...except the points don't matter of course and they are all given out on the whims of the host!  This show includes games you will only see at our October shows AND at the Spooky Elephant show YOU (the Audience) challenge the players for EVERY round… they have NO IDEA what you will throw at them! It’s the most spontaneous show possible!

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

...which is all leading up to some of our favorite shows of the year... 




The Halloween SpookTacular at National Comedy Theatre!!
Friday October 30th & Saturday October 31st at 7:30pm & 9:45pm
$12-$14 All Ages


All of the Spooky good times at NCT during the month of October are leading up to this…the SpookTacular to end all SpookTaculars! The theatre itself gets in on the act with spooky d├ęcor and surprises at every turn. At the show, you will see games so spooky, so crazy, so dangerous that the cast of National Comedy Theatre can only bear to play them once a year! NCT invites the audience to come dressed up for the holiday, because at EVERY SpookTacular show there will be a costume contest and YOU (the Audience) will award an awesome prize pack to the best audience costume! The SpookTacular shows come but once a year, don’t miss out!


Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Yay. We can't wait for these exciting shows and classes and, of course, we also can't wait to see you in November!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Welcome to the High School Improv League!

Things are shaping up to be extra exciting for the High School Improv League this season! Our returning teams are already enjoying professional improv training classes and putting together some terrific shows.
Jordan Reffing Perry Vs. Basha at Basha!
Welcome the JokerFish Improv Team!
The teams from Basha and Perry are ready to go! 
Welcome the Deer Valley Improv Team!

We are very excited to announce all of the new teams who will be joining the League this year, including Chaparral High School, Gilbert High, Deer Valley High, and our first ever team from outside a traditional high school... the team from Valley Youth Theater!

Adding this awesome bunch to our fantastic family of High School Improv Teams will shape us up for a truly remarkable year and a very high level of performance at this years Tournament.

Would you like to know more about the High School Improv League or how you can participate? Just email us here! Or check us out online here.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Whats Up This Week... It's Mashy! It's Spooky! It's FULL of Improv Class and... It's AWESOME!

What is UP this week at NCT? I am so glad you asked... because it just so happens that I have assembled all of that information for you RIGHT HERE!

We're starting the fun times early this week, with an exciting Instant Improv Class on TUESDAY night, we're keeping the Halloweenie-ness going with MashTerpiece Theater on Thursday, of course the weekend is full of super exciting Competitive Comedy and we ALSO have a Saturday Instant Improv class just for beginners looking to try improv out! 

You have probably heard up talking about Instant Improv Class. Each one is an individual, drop-in type improv class that has a specific theme or focus for that day and that day only. 
These classes are great for anyone whose thinking about trying improv comedy classes, but wants to be sure before making a big time and financial commitment OR folks who have taken some improv classes and want to continue learning, on a more flexible schedule!

The next Instant Improv Class we have coming up is on Tuesday October 20th
Editing Scenes with Style!

Transitioning from one scene to another can be an exciting opportunity. Where should the story go from here? Should the characters move to a different place? A different time? Should we interchange the characters or start from scratch?  This class will give you the tools you need to edit scenes with finesse and style!   

7:00pm- 9:00pm
$25 pre-register $30 at the door
(5 person minimum participation)
Skill Level: All Skill Levels Invited, some scene work experience a plus

Call 602-374-5638 or email workshops@nctphoenix.com for info & registration.
The next available 6 week Level 1 Improv Class begins November 24th.

And then on Thursday we keep the fun going with Movie MashTerpiece Theater: 90s Horror Television
October 22nd 7:30pm $8 All Ages


 Its the best of the worst of 90s horror television this week at Movie MashTerpiece Theater!

The Horrorland Horrors want you to come out and play, but be careful... sometimes fun and games end up being more than you bargained for!

Did you LOVE the cheesy, awful awesomeness of 90s horror TV for kids? We did. We're talking Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark! But at Movie MashTerpiece Theatre, we don't just show you the lamest movies and TV of all time, we ENHANCE it! All NEW dialogue is create LIVE as the movie plays!

This showing is All Ages, rated PG-13
Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Competitive Comedy hits the NCT Phoenix Main Stage showings on Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th. 

Friday we have Heath, Alex, Andre, Anthony, Derrick, Gretchen and Ricky facing off in order to win your laugher and applause.

Saturday Chico, Andre, Anthony, Ellen, Heath, Paul and Ricky will be out to impress the audience with Josh up in the booth as Mr. Voice! 

After that, we have another Improv Class coming up... this one is SPECIFICALLY for folks who want an improv class taste test... the Pepsi Challenge of comedy if you will!
Saturday October 24th
Intro to Improv: Whats this All About?

Perhaps you have always wanted to take an improv comedy class… but just weren’t sure what its all about, how it all works or if it’s for you? This class is just for you! Test the waters in a fun, no pressure environment that will introduce you to the basics of improvisation and all that workshops and classes have to offer.
2:00pm- 4:00pm
$25 pre-register $30 at the door
(5 person minimum participation)
Skill Level: Beginners & All Skill Levels Welcome


We are excited and we hope that you are too! 
Check out our facebook page for even more fun updates and info! 


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Whats Up This Week... Is it Censored... NO! Is it Competitive... YES! Is it HALLOWEENY? You Betcha!

Here's whats happening the weekend of October 8th-10th!

THURSDAY -- October 8th
Its the monthly Improv Uncensored Show!
Come see the saucy side of National Comedy Theatre at the show with no Ref, no rules and no Brown Bag Foul... and no one under 18 admitted!
The show on October 8th features a host of spooky and spontaneous Halloween themed improv & sketch
comedy including: NCT LongForm Comedy Team, this specialized cast includes Andi Oliver, Anthony Thornton, Francis Zagarrigo, Heath Wilcock and Paul Broccolo. They will create an entire comedy show, full of nuance and surprise, based on just one audience suggesting!
Next up...Heath & Krissy Get Killed in which Heath Wilcock and Krissy Lenz expound upon the life of a made up human being... whilst endangering their lives themselves!
Last but not least we've got 80's Abridged... hilariously dramatic readings of your favorite terrible HORROR movies. This week its Friday the 13th! The cast includes Josh Cox, Krissy Lenz, Andi Oliver, Francis Zagarrigo adn Gretchen Kinder!

Friday October 9th --
Competitive Comedy at 7:30pm & 9:45pm
...you have to pay for the entire seat, but this comedy is going to be so exciting and spontaneous.. you're only going to use the EDGE! On the schedule this Friday we've got Anthony, Bob, Francis, Heath, Jordan, Krissy & Ricky!

Saturday October 10th
we're starting out the day with Instant Improv Class! 
The topic for this Saturday is... Guessing Games, the Mystery Behind the Magic!
If you have always wondered HOW we do the amazing guessing games we play at the show... this class will break it down for you in fun, no pressure games and exercises!
Its a totally unique class, open to all skill levels, and we would love to see you there.
To call and pre-register dial 602-374-5638 or email workshops@nctphoenix.com

and THEN its Competitive Comedy time!
Derrick, Francis, Chico, Dorian, Mike and Sarah can't wait to see you at the show where Josh Cox will make his Main Stage debut!


Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

and don't forget about all the other exciting good fun we have coming up this month. Including...

10/15 TNT Improv & the Bucket of DOOM!
10/16 & 17 Competitive Comedy
10/22 Movie MashTerpiece Theatre- 90s Horror TV!
10/23 & 24 Competitive Comedy
10/24 Instant Improv Class Beginning Improv- Whats it All About?
10/29 the Spooky Elephant Show
and its all building up to... 10/30 & 10/31 the Halloween SpookTacular!





Monday, October 5, 2015

Instant Improv... More Drop In Style Classes Added in October!

Instant Improv Class has been a big hit and so we are bringing you even more opportunities to check out some super fun improv comedy classes without committing to a full 6 week workshop session...
Instant Improv Class! Individual Drop-In Style Classes at NCT
Each class has a specific theme & focus. Take just one or take them all!

Instant Improv classes are a great supplement to our 6 week improv comedy workshops or an easy way to test the waters and see if this improv thing is for you!


 Saturday October 10th 
Guessing Games: the Magic behind the Mysteries
NCT’s improv teams use lots of guessing games in their shows on stage. Many times the audience will ask us… “HOW do you do it??” In this class, we unlock the mystery behind improvised guessing games!
2:00pm- 4:00pm
$25 pre-register $30 at the door
(5 person minimum participation)
Skill Level: All Skill Levels Invited

Tuesday October 20th
Editing Scenes with Style!

Transitioning from one scene to another can be tricky. This class will give you the tools you need to edit scenes with finesse and style! 
7:00pm- 9:00pm

$25 pre-register $30 at the door (5 person minimum participation)
Skill Level: All Skill Levels Invited, some scene work experience a plus

Saturday October 24th
Intro to Improv: Whats this All About?

Perhaps you have always wanted to take an improv comedy class… but just weren’t sure what its all about, how it all works or if it’s for you? This class is just for you! Test the waters in a fun, no pressure environment that will introduce you to the basics of improvisation and all that workshops and classes have to offer.
2:00pm- 4:00pm
$25 pre-register $30 at the door
(5 person minimum participation)
Skill Level: Beginners & All Skill Levels Welcome


Tuesday October 27th
Creating Characters

Improvisational exercises, scene work  and games to help create and develop interesting characters
7:00pm- 9:00pm
$25 pre-register  $30 at the door
All Skill Levels Welcome from Brand New Beginner upward!






Check for more Instant Improv offerings coming in November. But also, be sure to consider our full 6 week workshop, which begins on Tuesday the 24th! 
Improv Comedy Class Level 1: Beginning Improv
Begins Tuesday November 24th, 6 week class $175
Improvisational skills can sharpen your wits in the board room, the class room and beyond. Learn the mystery and the magic behind the same exciting improv games you see on the NCT stage. National Comedy Theatre's Level 1 Improv Comedy Class is a fun, no pressure environment with individual instructor attention and lots of stage time. Improv will help build confidence, quick thinking skills and more!


For ALL Classes Call 602-374-5638 or email workshops@nctphoenix.com for info & registration.
The next available 6 week Level 1 Improv Workshop AFTER November 24th begins January 19th 2016.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Whats Up This Week.... Scary? Stupid? Competitive? YES!

Hey there Super Fans! Welcome to the beginning of October!
Whats happening this week at NCT?

THURSDAY-- October 1st

Two Show Thursday takes the stage this week!
We've got the TNT Improv Team up first and they've got some new players hopping into the mix. Join us this week to welcome Shannon & Jeff to the TNT team!
Newbie Shannon McGivern
They'll be playing alongside your TNT Favorites: Bailey, Harry, Karen, Matthew, Mike and Tricia!
This month's second show is our first official Halloween themed event... Ernest Abridged- Ernest Scared Stupid.... a hilariously over-dramatic theatrical retelling of Ernest P Worrell's attempt to thwart an evil Halloween troll!
Whose in the cast of Erenst Abridged this time around? We've got Krissy, Andre, Jordan, Josh and Tricia- doing double duty in this month's Two Show Thursday!
Newbie Jeff Underwood






FRIDAY-- October 2nd
Competitive Comedy at 7:30 & 9:45pm
The best of the Main Stage team at NCT are ready to rock and roll and compete for your laughs!
This Friday on the schedule we've got Amy, Andrew, Anthony, Derrick, Francis, Krissy & Dorian with Matthew Turner on Mr. Voice!

SATURDAY -- October 3rd
Competitive Comedy at 7:30 & 9:45pm
Its going to be a record breaking weekend outdoors... and we're keeping it just as hot on the stage at NCT!
Well... I mean, not literally... we will be cranking the AC, as always. I just mean, the quality of the comedy will be, you know, very hot. You get it... you see what I'm saying... right?
Anyway, on the schedule for this Saturday October 3rd we've got Andi, Anthony, Heath, Krissy, Dorian, Mike and our newest Main Stage player Sarah! Chico Talbert is up in the voice booth this Saturday night and its going to be a super great show.

Check it all out and get tickets on our website here.

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Thanks, Super Fans! We're excited to see you this weekend!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Return of Movie MashTerpiece Theater...

we're baaaaack....

When we first started the movie mash-ups way back in the day it was at Tempe MadCap Cinemas. We did some cray pieces our there, like Turkish Star Wars and the Bloody Pit of Horror!

When MadCap closed we moved to the Royale and did some even crazier stuff like an Italian knock off of the terminator meets predator that no one remembers the name of and, of course, the original movie  Blood Orgy of the Damned. By the way, you can TOTALLY buy your own copy of Blood Orgy on Amazon HERE complete with our LIVE soundtrack. Blood Orgy was the first MashUp we performed at Phoenix Comicon!

After the Royale we brought the project home to NCT with the help of Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. We took on their preferred moniker, Spoof N Cinema and spent two wonderful years making fun of some of the WORST movies we could find, from the musical adventures of the Inspector General and Something to Sing about with James Cagney, to the lesser known works of Martin & Lewis, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and more.


Now we are excited to put the Movie MashTerpiece theater back out there with more crazy, ridiculous, completely dated and way out there wacky cinema-fare. We're starting with Fangs of the Living Dead, a 1969 EuroTrash movie that is so confusing, so bizarre and so nonsensical that the cast and I couldn't even figure out what the actual plot is supposed to be about.... needless to say, we are very excited to present it to you on Thursday the 24th at 7:30pm!

In the cast we have myself, Krissy Lenz, as the jilted fiance Piero, a man of science who simply does not believe in superstition. Andi Oliver plays the mysterious but stylish Count, who has a hidden agenda and a mysterious purpose, along with a love of interior design. Andre Bryant is playing against type as Sylvia, the very VERY confused young heiress who might be inheriting a castle, but might also being trapped in a supernatural battle to the death. Tricia Mahler is taking on two roles and the scheming barmain Berta and the dunken town Doctor Horbinger. Josh Cox is making his MashTerpiece Theater debut as Max, Piero's skirt chasing best friend and Bluto, an outer Bavairan suitcase carrying giant.

The show on the 24th is rated R, but if you are holding out for some All Ages MashTerpiece, you won't have long to wait! October 22nd our Halloween themed MashTerpiece Theater features the best of the worst of 90s Horror TV!

Check out these events and more on our facebook page!