Wednesday, November 27, 2013

December Events... Get Ready to Save Christmas




Fun fact, you can see ALL of Ernest Saves Christmas on YouTube for FREE... so soak it up before we enhance it for you.

Two Show Thursday: Thursday Night Troupe & The Ernest of Being Important Comedy Shows
Thursday 12/12 7:30pm $8 All Ages

Two shows for $8! See the hilarious up and coming improv comedy stars of the Thursday Night Troupe as they perform spontaneous games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Followed by The Earnest of Being Important, a dramatically comical reading of Earnest Saves Christmas

The White Elephant Holiday Comedy Show at National Comedy Theatre
Thursday 12/19 7:30pm $8

4 improv comics will face of head to head (to head to head) competing for YOUR laughs at this special, spontaneous, holiday comedy show. The White Elephant Holiday Comedy Show is All Ages, so bring the whole family and squeeze in some laughs together this holiday season!

Christmas Comedy Shows at National Comedy Theatre
Friday 12/20 & Saturday 12/21, 7:30pm & 9:45pm, $12- $14

National Comedy Theatre’s Christmas Comedy Shows will bring you the laughs you’ve been asking Santa for all year! Join us for hilarious and competitive comedy where YOU (the audience) will give out the points! It’s an All Ages event, so bring in all that crazy family you’ve got coming in to town- the cast of comedians at National Comedy Theatre will entertain them so that you don’t have to! Ticket give-a-ways at every show!


Spoof n Cinema Presents Topper Returns
Thursday December 26 7:30pm, $8
A crazy old movie gets a new, hilarious soundtrack live, before your very eyes! Join the cast of comedians from National Comedy Theatre as the 1941 hit movie Topper Returns gets a comedy overhaul. A whole new soundtrack created live, on stage, before your every eyes! New characters, a new plot, new foley and score and more!
Prizes and trivia following the screening provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.,

The New Years Eve Comedy Extravaganza at National Comedy Theatre
Tuesday December 31 9:30pm $29
Comedy! Cake! Champagne! Laugh your way into 2014 at the New Years Eve Comedy Extravaganza at National Comedy Theatre. Start the evening with hilarious Competitive Comedy where NCT’s teams of comedians will go head to head in spontaneous comedy games and scenes. Stick around after the show for delicious deserts and mingle with the cast as we count down to midnight with our Champagne and Cider toast!
This event SELLS OUT every year, so get your tickets early! Seating will be arranged on a first come, first served basis. If you have particular seating requests please call 602-374-5638 when you set up your reservation.

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holy Canoli, its the Holiday Show Lisings!

AND... now through January you can save $2 at any show (except the New Years Eve Extravaganza) by bringing a donation of non-perishable food items! The donations will benefit United Food Bank and families in our community! Use the discount online at www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html enter code FOODS

when should you use the discount? How about at these fun holiday comedy shows...

Two Show Thursday
Thursday November 21, 7:30pm, $8


Two hilarious comedy shows in one awesome night! First the Thursday Night Troupe will delight and amaze with games and scenes spontaneously created based on audience suggestions. Then the LongForm Team presents an entire hilarious comedy show based on a single audience suggestion. It's a lot of comedy to take in on a Thursday night!


Pilgrim-Palooza at National Comedy Theatre
Friday 11/22 & Saturday 11/23, 7:30pm & 9:45pm, $12- $14


If the Pilgrims had improv comedy, we are sure they would be very, very thankful for it. Join us at the National Comedy Theatre for PilgrimPalooza, hilarious and spontaneous comedy that will help you laugh away some of the extra calories you’re about to pack in. It’s an All Ages event, so bring in all that crazy family you’ve got coming in to town- the cast of comedians at National Comedy Theatre will entertain them so that you don’t have to!

Level 2 Improv Comedy Workshop and Performance
$175, 6 weeks, Tuesdays 7:00- 9:00pm

Begins Tuesday 11/26 and meets every Tuesday night for 6 weeks at National Comedy Theatre (November session meets 11/26, 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17 with a break for the holidays- resuming on Tuesday 1/7 and 1/14)
Building upon the skills learned in Level 1, this class places a strong emphasis on improvisational technique and individual performance as well as character development and story telling skills.
WIth instruction from dedicated, professional improvisers this class will culminate in a FREE performance for family and friends on the National Comedy Theatre Main Stage.
Level 2 is intended for participants 18 years and older who have completed Level 1.
Please call or email for more information and registration: 602-374-5638 workshops@nctphoenix.com
Additional 6 week Level 2 sessions begin April 1 and July 29.
Dates are subject to change. Check online at www.nctphoenix.com/classes.html and www.nctphoenix.com/events.html for most current listings.

The White Elephant Thanksgiving Comedy Show at National Comedy Theatre
Wednesday 11/27 7:30pm $8


4 improv comics will face of head to head (to head to head) competing for YOUR laughs at this special, spontaneous comedy show. The White Elephant Thanksgiving Comedy Show is All Ages, so bring the whole family and do some laughing to loosen those abs for tomorrow’s feast!


Ha Ha Hanukkah at National Comedy Theatre
Friday 11/29 & Saturday 11/30, 7:30pm & 9:45pm, $12- $14


It’s the Festival of Laughs! Join us at the National Comedy Theatre for Ha Ha Hanukkah, hilarious and competitive comedy where YOU (the audience) will give out the points and NCT’s comedians will have to SPIN THE DREIDEL to see if they get to keep them! We’re also giving away our 8 CRAZY TICKETS at each show. It’s an All Ages event, so bring in all the family you’ve got coming in to town- the cast of comedians at National Comedy Theatre will entertain them so that you don’t have to!

The Midnight Show
Saturday 11/30 at 11:45pm, $8
(17+ NOT ALL AGES)


National Comedy Theatre's UNCENSORED comedy show returns this month at 11:45pm! TWO comedy teams will present no holds barred hilarity for your amusement; NCT's LongForm Team and then special guests FLD Productions will create raucous comedy based on ONE suggestion!

This show is for audiences 17+. There is no "Brown Bag Foul" and ANYTHING GOES.

Two Show Thursday: TNT & LongForm Comedy Shows
Thursday 12/12 7:30pm $8 All Ages


Two shows for $8! See the hilarious up and coming improv comedy stars of the Thursday Night Troupe as they perform spontaneous games and scenes based on audience suggestions. Followed by The Earnest of Being Important, a dramatically comical reading of Earnest Saves Christmas


The White Elephant Holiday Comedy Show at National Comedy Theatre
Thursday 12/19 7:30pm $8


4 improv comics will face of head to head (to head to head) competing for YOUR laughs at this special, spontaneous, holiday comedy show. The White Elephant Holiday Comedy Show is All Ages, so bring the whole family and squeeze in some laughs together this holiday season!


Christmas Comedy Shows at National Comedy Theatre
Friday 12/20 & Saturday 12/21, 7:30pm & 9:45pm, $12- $14


National Comedy Theatre’s Christmas Comedy Shows will bring you the laughs you’ve been asking Santa for all year! Join us for hilarious and competitive comedy where YOU (the audience) will give out the points! It’s an All Ages event, so bring in all that crazy family you’ve got coming in to town- the cast of comedians at National Comedy Theatre will entertain them so that you don’t have to! Ticket give-a-ways at every show!

Spoof n Cinema Presents Topper Returns
Thursday December 26 7:30pm, $8

In 1941 a hilarious mishap led to the accidental murder of a sassy young lady. Unwilling to let it go, her ghost is out to get to the bottom of things! And just when you thought that couldn’t possibly get any more entertaining, the hilarious cast of National Comedy Theatre is creating a whole new soundtrack live, on stage, before your every eyes! New characters, a new plot, new foley and score and more!
Prizes and trivia following the screening provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.,

The New Years Eve Comedy Extravaganza at National Comedy Theatre
Tuesday December 31 9:30pm $29


Comedy! Cake! Champagne! Laugh your way into 2014 at the New Years Eve Comedy Extravaganza at National Comedy Theatre. Start the evening with hilarious Competitive Comedy where NCT’s teams of comedians will go head to head in spontaneous comedy games and scenes. Stick around after the show for delicious deserts and mingle with the cast as we count down to midnight with our Champagne and Cider toast!
This event SELLS OUT every year, so get your tickets early! Seating will be arranged on a first come, first served basis. If you have particular seating requests please call 602-374-5638 when you set up your reservation.

Level 1 Improv Comedy Workshop
$175 6 weeks Tuesdays 7:00- 9:00pm


Begins Tuesday 2/4 and meets every Tuesday night for 6 weeks at National Comedy Theatre
The National Comedy Theatre improv classes are an exciting and fun approach for people from all walks of life: actors, writers, lawyers or plumbers, beginners to experienced performers, the skills we teach can be applied to all areas.
In National Comedy Theatre’s Level 1 Improv Comedy Workshop you will get up on stage and participate in some of the same improv games you see on stage at NCT’s weekly professional performances in a fun, no pressure atmostphere.
Class size is limited. Level 1 is intended for participants 18 years.
Total class fee is $175. $50 deposit is non-refundable and due at registration. Balance is paid prior to beginning of first class session.
For more information or registration please email workshops@nctphoenix.com
or call 602-374-5638
Additional 6 week Level 1 sessions begin June 3, September 23 and November 4.
Dates are subject to change. Check online at www.nctphoenix.com/classes.html and www.nctphoenix.com/events.html for most current listings.

3 Amigos at First Time Film Club
Thursday January 30th, 7:30pm, $8


Join us for The Three Amigos and you will have a plethora of hilarious fun. Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase hit the road as three unemployed actors accept an invitation to a Mexican village to replay their bandit fighter roles, unaware that it is the real thing. Furthermore, the infamous El Guapo is not a man to trifle with!
Prizes and trivia follow the screening provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Monday, October 21, 2013

She Said "Yes!"

This past Sunday we hosted a show that included an elaborate ruse, see... Laura thought she was there to watch a comedy show for her boyfriends company. Slowly it was revealed that the show was all about HER and, in the end, her boyfriend Mike proposed!

Mike & Laura - Proposal Trailer // Something New Media Wedding Videography // Phoenix, Arizona // (602) 730-0478 from Something New Media on Vimeo.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Labyrinth! As the World Falls Down...

Behold, the music video for David Bowie's "As the World Falls Down" from Labyrinth...



Im reasonably certain that David Bowie is making up for the tight pants he wears in the film with the extra wide and fluffy ones he has donned for this video. Although, an arguement could be made that he is wearing at least as much make up, if not more.

And who doesnt want a xerox machine that only prints pictures of David Bowie, am I right?

Come see Labyrinth this Thursday the 17th! Prizes and Trivia sponsored and provide by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange.

Get tickets online for only $8 from National Comedy Theatre

and plan to stick around afterwards for a discussion with our First Timers!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hi 5! The 5 year Anniversary... What Have We Learned? (if anything)

I thought it might be nice to do some reflecting at a milestone type occasion such as this.
Here are 5 things I think I may have learned in the last 5 years, accidentally or otherwise...

1. Wishes come true, not free. (into the woods)

5 years with open doors and shows every weekend at National Comedy Theatre Phoenix is ACTUALLY more representative of 7 years of hard work and 18 years of practice.

Yikes. Stuff takes work. And work is hard. Is it worth it? I say yes. And that thing that you do, whatever it is, that weird thing that you love so much that you WISH could be the thing you spend your life doing? It CAN BE. And it absolutely SHOULD be... just be aware that at least 18 years of practice and 7 years of hard work will most certainly be involved in the process.

2. Be Excellent to Each Other. (the great ones, Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan. Whom together are known as Wyld Stalynz)

Be nice to everyone. Never burn bridges.... bridges are great for gettin' around. And, in our experience, people rarely leave your life for good. Yes, folks come and go. But most of the time people come back to you again in some way or another. One will find many occasions in life to look back and wish they had done things differently, I have not yet found an occasion to look back on life and regret how nice I was... even to people who were not nice back.
I can not recommend being excellent to each other highly enough. With a side of party on, dudes.

3. Say Yes. Add Something. (every improviser ever on earth and possibly other universes or parallell words where improvisation is popular)

People will want to help you, let them. Say yes, and let them add. You almost never get to choose your family, and sometimes you might end up with an uncle or a cousin with whom you don't see eye to eye. Improv teams are like that. Just like your family, find the good in everyone. Everyone adds something to a family... usually. I mean, at least like 80/20- right?
Furthermore, along the lines a lot of projects have come our way and we have said yes, and done the best we could with them. And some were not great and some were kind of disasters, but each thing always led to the next thing. And that's how we ended up with MashTerpiece Theatre, which became Spoof N Cinema and First Time Film Club and brought us into a great relationship with Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. So, I also highly recommend saying YES to life and always ADD the best of yourself to whatever you do. And, party on.

4. Dream Improbable Dreams... Nothing is Unpossible.... The only possible mistake is to do nothing.... (the Doctor, a tee shirt I got online, again- the improvisers)

In workshops and rehearsals we always say, "don't be afraid to fail." Failure is opportunity. Mistakes are opportunity. And, really, if you are GOING to fail, which we all know is inevitable anyway and, really, failure is REALLY just an opportunity, after all- as we discussed... well- knowing all of that... if you ARE going to fail, fail HUGE. Do not merely crash, CRASH and BURN. Blaze of glory... give yourself a really nice BIG opportunity. Right?
We have everything, because we have nothing! The Only regrets we have are the risks we didn't take! Fortune favors the bold! And so on!

In workshops and rehearsals we always say, and I highly recommend applying this idea elsewise in one's life... the only REAL mistake is to do NOTHING.

5. Goonies never say Die... Just Keep Swimming... (the Goonies, the ones never saying die, and Dory, whose quest was to find Nemo)

Of course its hard. Its supposed to be hard. If it was easy everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. (a league of their own)

The likely hood that, if we go for the above discussed ideas and put something of ourselves out there in the world, you will be- at one time or another- punched in the face by life... is pretty good. The likely hood that life will punch you in the face occasionally is pretty high. Here is the thing though, if you really believe in what you do and whom you do it with and for... getting up again is easy. Working hard is easy. With a basic understanding of leverage and physics, anyone can accomplish anything.

And, party on. Dudes.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

For the Feasting of the Eyes: Pictures from Kevin McDonald Workshop & Show

the workshop with Kevin McDonald was amazingly fun and here are some behind the scenes peeks...

...its like he is watching himself give notes... to himself...

And then An Evening of Stand Up and Improv Comedy with Kevin McDonald
our friends Anthony Thornton and Travis Thurman kicked off the stand up comedy
after which Kevin took the stage for some stand up. Fun fact: I sent some of these photos to him and he said, "I look like a college professor whose students told him he was funny so he tried out stand up comedy at an open mic" and we told him we knew a few college professors like that.
and then Kevin joined the cast of NCT and their friends (Dorian Lenz, Krissy Lenz, all the way from San Diego- Greg Rojceweicz, recent winner of Del Close Student of the Year award at I.O. West in Los Angeles- Allsion Reese and the Torch Theatre's Mack Duncan)
we finished off the evening with some Q & A.
A great time had by all!

and, just to cap it all off, we leave you with a treat... you can not avoid the puppies of purgatory!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rADdKqPNdaM

The Biggest Round of Applause Goes TO.... YOU (The Audience!)

Look at all those shiny, happy mugs.
Thank YOU for gettin on stage with us!

Last Workshops of 2013 and Upcoming 2014 Workshop Dates

Level 1 Improv Comedy Workshop
$175 6 weeks Tuesdays 7:00- 9:00pm


Begins Tuesday 2/4 and meets every Tuesday night for 6 weeks at National Comedy Theatre

The National Comedy Theatre improv classes are an exciting and fun approach for people from all walks of life: actors, writers, lawyers or plumbers, beginners to experienced performers, the skills we teach can be applied to all areas.

In National Comedy Theatre’s Level 1 Improv Comedy Workshop you will get up on stage and participate in some of the same improv games you see on stage at NCT’s weekly professional performances in a fun, no pressure atmostphere.

Class size is limited. Level 1 is intended for participants 18 years.
Total class fee is $175. $50 deposit is non-refundable and due at registration. Balance is paid prior to beginning of first class session.
For more information or registration please email workshops@nctphoenix.com
or call 602-374-5638

Additional 6 week Level 1 sessions begin June 3, September 23 and November 4.
Dates are subject to change. Check online at www.nctphoenix.com/classes.html and www.nctphoenix.com/events.html for most current listings.


Level 2 Improv Comedy Workshop and Performance
$175, 6 weeks, Tuesdays 7:00- 9:00pm


Begins Tuesday 11/26 and meets every Tuesday night for 6 weeks at National Comedy Theatre (November session meets 11/26, 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17 with a break for the holidays- resuming on Tuesday 1/7 and 1/14)

Building upon the skills learned in Level 1, this class places a stronger emphasis on advanced improvisational technique and individual performance.
With instruction from dedicated, professional improvisers, this class will culminate in a FREE performance for family and friends on the National Comedy Theatre main stage.

Class size is limited. Level 2 is intended for participants 18 years and older who have completed Level 1 at National Comedy Theatre.
Total class fee is $175. $50 deposit is non-refundable and due at registration. Balance is paid prior to beginning of first class session.
For more information or registration please email workshops@nctphoenix.com
or call 602-374-5638

Additional 6 week Level 2 sessions begin April 1 and July 29.
Dates are subject to change. Check online at www.nctphoenix.com/classes.html and www.nctphoenix.com/events.html for most current listings.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Dude, there was a Kid in our Hall...

part 1: i love you at the baggage carosel

nobody looks cool waiting at an airport... and looking cool was squarely on my mind.
that was the landscape, the detail was not seeming crazy.

i didnt think id be going along for the pick up from the airport trip. you see, i am a real wiz when it comes to delegation and avoiding lookin crazy. the arrangement made was to have dorian, sweet, calm, loveable and not crazy dorian pick kevin mcdonald of the kids in the hall up from the airport and usher him to his destination, maybe dinner- who knows, we will just see how it goes...

i did end up waiting, awkwardly early, with dorian outside the gate for kevin mcdonald of the kids in the hall present brain candy's flight from winnepeg by way of miniapolis. and i did manage to play it totally cool and professional and not at all crazy... because i didnt say anything.
anything besides, "its so nice to finally meet you, Kevin." to which he replied, "youre much younger than your emails"

as we rode the escilator to baggage claim kevin mentioned that he didnt want to be rude, being canadian, but he wanted to look at a text he just recieved. "its probably from me." dorian offered, wanting to seem polite and canadian... "we're outside the gate, look for pink hair" kevin read aloud, "i dont mean to be rude i just have to respond to this quickly or i might miss my ride to the hotel-- ok, i will see you there. oh look, we are on the escilator. i love you. your friend, kevin"

we DID go to dinner, as it turned out. a dinner at which i DID talk and still remained professional and cool even when he described the alternate ending to brain candy and almost texted dave foley... right there at the table... (i freaked out a bit, but i kept it all inside) and he DID get recognized, albeit for a guest spot on That 70s show.

we rode high that night on the satisfaction that Kevin McDonald of That 70s Show is polite, canadian, very funny, completely willing to talk about anything you like and might even text dave foley at the drop of a hat.

Part 2: My name is Kevin McDonald, I had a TV show in the 90s

saturday was an exhausting whirlwind. my delegation was spot on as dorian fetched kevin and i set up NCT for our arriving workshoppers, 18 of us to make comfortable at National COmedy Theatre for the coming weekends events.

the workshop was exhilarating, fun and worth while. our host and teacher ended each session and anecdote, of which there were many, by standing on stage and proclaiming, "my name is Kevin McDonald and I had a TV show in the 90s" with a polite, Canadian bow. lunch was exciting and fun, kevin got recognized again at the local sandwich shop and was totally kind, polite, Canadian and gracious with everyone who wanted to ask him anything. we ended the day almost half an hour past due... which was fine and pretty amazing when you consider that 9 plus hours zipped by like a heartbeat of fun and laughter, thrilling learning opportunities and really interesting dialogue.

for many of us, the day was far from over. no rest for the wicked. or... the not at all wicked but also not canadian who own theatres and have to put on a show every saturday night. Myself (my name is Krissy Lenz and I watched a lot of TV in the 90s), dorian, laura holloway, bob caplan and andre bryant- all of the NCT Phx cast, as well as our friend Greg Rojceweicz from NCT San Diego were all sticking around for that evenings short form competitive comedy shows at NCT phx.

the 7:30 show was brilliant. the cast- many of whom were not able to partake of the workshop but were fans of Kevin none the less and excited by his presence in our home- was obviously abuzz with excitement, enjoyment, inspiration and appreciation for the awesomeness we had going on this weekend.

Part 3: suprise, i hope you werent planning on wearing that shirt for long...

we had a bit of debate and kerfuffle, as the owners and plan makers of NCT, and we had a little bit of a happy dilemma over whoma to cast in our evening of stand up and improv comedy show with Kevin McDonald of Lilo and Stich. everyone wanteed to play, of course, but how to decide who would or would not share the evening and the stage with a comedy legend? we decided early on that the improv cast would be made up of those taking the workshop. they would have grown a report with kevin, allaying any awkwardness, and they would have- literally- paid their dues.
that made it a pretty small cast, myself and dorian, allison and greg were all available and ready to go.
still, ones heart does ache for those not able to drink the same delicious canadian kool aide.

luckily, kevin AMAZINGLY decided to swing by and play with us at the late show.

now, please keep in mind that he never actually said that he would definitely be doing this... he would say things like "maybe i'll swing by and do a short set with you guys at the end of the show." and then we would all flutter around like idiots and then kevin would follow it up by saying "although i am really bad at improv and im probably way to nervous" so... i litterally didnt know, until the moment that he stepped on stage with us, that it would happen.
but it did.
and, yowza.

he was hilarious, unpredictible, hilarious, full of energy, completely willing to do anything, hilarious, gracious and kind and hilarious and.... just yowza. there was a scene in which i was NOT at ALL professional or cool, but just giggled my way through a scene in which i could not stop laughing and kevin (in character) kept insisting that i look into his eyes (of his character) as he wriggled around on the floor beneath the feet of dorian and greg (in character) and i simply could not do it.
i was looking down into the eyes (of his character) and seeing the face of a comedian whom i have idolized since childhood and hearing the voice i associate with so much of my comedy cannon, and looking down on him on NCT's stage, literally- lying face up on the stage, between the (in-character) feet of my improviser husband and best friend, dorian, and my dear friend greg who came from my alternate home in san diego... and there he was. and there we were. and in not believing it could be real but still living in the moment of having to talk and act and proceed, (in character), my gigglefits took me over and i had my moment of unrestrained joy. unprofessional. uncool. unrestrained. joy.



afterwards kevin hung around and took about ten million pictures with the cast, the audience, the friends and family whom had gathered. he was wonderful, it was awesome and- i assure you- a piece of shrapnel from international space station mir could have taken me out at that moment and i would have gone to my great reward professionally satisfied.

but there was more on the horizon.
a whole entire other and more overwhelming day.

more on that when my arm loosens up a bit from the vice like grip i kept on it thourough my Q & A with Kevin McDonald of Saturday Night Live guest writing fame....



k.




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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Full Line Up Announced for An Evening of Stand Up and Improv Comedy with Kevin McDonald

NCT is excited to announce the full line-up of Sunday September 1st's Evening of Stand Up & Improv Comedy with Kevin McDonald!

Stand Up Comedy will include Anthony Thornton, Travis Thurman and, of course, Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall!

followed by improv comedy featuring Allison Reese, Greg Rojcewicz, Krissy Stewart Lenz, Dorian Lenz and, of course, Kevin McDonald!

Get tickets today at www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sci-Fi Suprise Part 2 is Bigger on the Inside...

We had such a blast at Phoenix Comic Con, in spite of all the evacuations, and we are really looking forward to Copper Con where we will be presenting nearly 3 hours of Spoof N Cinema content.

If you aren't attening the Copper Con with the rest of nerd humanity there is still no reason to miss out on all of our nerdy goodness-
we will be presenting the best 60 minutes of our Copper Con Content at

Spoof N Cinema: Sci-Fi Surprise Part 2
Thursday August 29 7:30pm, All Ages, *FREE* with reservation
Spoof N Cinema: Sci-Fi Surprise part 2 will present some of your favorite science-fiction fare like you have never seen it before… literally. The hilarious cast of National Comedy Theatre’s professional improv comedy team will remove the ENTIRE SOUND TRACK and create a new story complete with live dialoge, new characters, new plot, sound effects and more. It is all created live, before your very eyes.
This screening is All Ages and FREE with your online reservation.

The screening is FREE with a reservation. All we ask is that if you learn that you can not make it after making your reservation, please call and cancel so that we can release those seats to our waiting list.

Not a nerd? Don't worry, we operate under strict non-nerd guidelines to make Spoof N Cinema safe for all viewers, nerd and non-nerd alike!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Christmas In July: Save $2 this month!


Summer time in Arizona is a real time of need! National Comedy Theatre wants you to help out your community and, in turn, save some cash and laugh it up! All this month we are celebrating Christmas in July! With your donation of non-perishable food items you get $2 off admission to ANY Friday or Saturday night Competitive Comedy Show! When you make a reservation online (click here to do just that) use promo code FOOD to take $2 off your tickets (just dont forget your donation).

Visit our friends at United Food Bank (click here to do just that) to see what items are most needed, including Peanut Butter, canned meats like Tuna and whole grain cereals.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall visits National Comedy Theatre for 2 Day Improv into Sketch Workshop & an Evening of Comedy

Ok. Lets start with the facts and then I will ramble a bit about how personally excited I am to share this news...

Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall will be visiting us at National Comedy Theatre as we host a 2 day Improv into Sketch Workshop and then An Evening of Stand Up and Improv Comedy with Kevin McDonald and the cast of National Comedy Theatre.

Kevin McDonald Improv into Sketch Workshop
$300 for two full days
Saturday August 31 & Sunday September 1, 10:00am- 5:00pm

Join Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall for a two day, 12 hour workshop to improve your acting and writing skills. You will learn how to write comedy through performance, and use improv as a writing tool.

The workshop will warm up with improv games to help sharpen storytelling skills, and evolve until students are doing their own improvised scenes in small groups. Kevin will go from group to group, helping and guiding with the "writing" of each scene. Each group will then have the opportunity to present their sketch.

After getting notes, revising and presenting the scenes again, the workshop will end with the groups going away and actually finalizing their scenes. The now fully written scenes will be performed one last time for everyone.

This workshop will improve your acting and writing skills, and will teach you how both skills work in unison to create great scenes and hilarious comedy. And if you ask him, ther'es a good chance Kevin will answer any questions about the Kids in the Hall. You might have to ask him to shut up.

Space is limited. Call 602-374-5638 or email workshops@nctphoenix.com

Kevin McDonald is an accomplished stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, writer, director and improviser. He is best known as a member of the legendary sketch comedy team The Kids in the Hall. He has appeared in films such as Epic Movie, Sky High and Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy and more. Television appearances include Arrested Development, Friends, Seinfeld, that 70’s Show and tons and tons more. His voice work includes Lilo & Stitch, Invader Zim and Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends and tons and tons and tons more….


An Evening of Stand Up & Improv Comedy
Sunday September 1, 7:00pm, $20
(likely R rated, no Brown Bag Foul)

Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall is joining the cast of National Comedy Theatre for an Evening of Stand-Up and Improv Comedy.
Kevin McDonald is best known as a legend of sketch comedy but he is also a hilarious and accomplished performer of film, television, voice acting, stand-up and improv.

Get your tickets now for this exciting event online here.
(this is a special engagement, discounts, vouchers and red tickets do not apply)

So thats the facts.
Personally, I'm so excited about this event that its hard to keep my arms and hands from fluttering uncontrollably, as they did when I sat down to read an email that began, "Hi I'm Kevin McDonald from the Kids in the Hall (the one with curly hair and glasses)..." as I read on I got more and more excited and the fluttering made it extraordinarily difficult to type out a reply.

I grew up on the Kids in the Hall. I literally wore out my VHS of Brain Candy and I very often still confuse people by offering them double A batteries and land in Montana.
I am really excited to host Mr. McDonald. I hope you guys are excited too!

Here he is discussing a great Kids in the Hall sketch with Chris Hardwick for the Nerdist Channel:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mom Squad: App Chat



Krissy Lenz visits with the Mom Squad and Lisa Haffner of Your Life A to Z discuss the ever changing landscape of social media and what Mom's need to know.

Though we only covered SnapChat and the impossibility of keeping your lovely little faces off of the interwebs forever, there is so much more to explore!

tumblr, reddit, buzzfeed, mashable... maybe we will get to revisit it again. By then there will probably be a big stack of new sites and apps to learn about!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013