Every Friday and Saturday, get ready for a night of laughter, action and intertwined improv scenes. You will decide the title of the show AFTER all of the improv scenes are played out. After Words explores our interactions after they happen. Each hilarious scene is independent of each other with no agenda. You, the audience, will then will define the meaning of each scene after seeing it and come up with a WORD to describe it. All the independent scenes will be combined to create the theme of each night.

The theme of the show and the title will only become clear for everyone in the theater…AFTER WORDS.

8:30 pm 7/5 – 8/24

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Performing for over eight years, Improv Anonymous, Unexpected Productions’ resident narrative troupe, has presented classic and innovative improvisational formats. They now take off the safety net of carefully rehearsed structures and open it up to you. At each performance, the improvisers will interact with the audience, explore options, and together, you and the performers will choose the night’s format. Every show is a tight rope walk of improv. You’ve heard that no improv shows are ever the same, but it’s never been truer than in Wild Card.

Thursdays at 8:30

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Theatresports is Seattle’s best weekly, high-stakes, competitive improv comedy tournament. Based on audience suggestions, two teams of incredible improvisers rumble, creating exciting fast-paced improv games, stories, scenes, and songs right on the spot and in the moment.

Each dynamic night is created on the fly and is so funny it’s hard to believe the improvisers made everything up on the spot.

Boo the judges loudly as they award points to each team. At the end of the night, one team is declared a winner! The audience member with the best suggestion walks out with a prize and you walk out with new memories.

Come create a show! Leave the stresses of the world outside, join your friends (and a few strangers) to really LAUGH.

Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30

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Improv Unplugged (formerly Improv Happy Hour) is a wildly unpredictable hour of classic improvisational games, techniques, songs, and stories created from the ideas tossed out by YOU…resulting in hilarious storytelling. It’s a family-friendly show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. It’s Improv Unplugged!

Fridays and Saturdays at 7

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The Duo Comedy Improv Showcase is Seattle’s ONLY improv open mic. Each show features multiple two-person teams doing what they do best: creating spontaneous scenes on the fly that are so hilarious, quick-witted and perfectly constructed, it’s hard to believe they are made up on the spot.

Wednesdays at 8:30

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Every Sunday, the veteran improvisers of Unexpected Productions bring you a new improvised play, based on the work of American writer and humanist Kurt Vonnegut (Cat’s CradleSlaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions). Vonnegut is known for his satirical literary style, humor and the science-fiction elements in much of his work. He once said, “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” Each week the improvisers will new create a fun improvised play based on whatever the chemicals are in the audience’s brains creating their suggestions. We will tell a story by jumping around in time, while anyone in the cast explores humans and the lovely (and awful) things they do. Hi ho.

Sundays 7/14 – 8/18, 8:30

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The successful performance of THE HAROLD is the Holy Grail of any seasoned improv ensemble. It begins with a single audience suggestion. From that point on, anything can happen. It’s unpredictable. The improvisers are off and running, creating a humorous improv jam session, that has never been seen before and will never be seen again. The popular form of improv is simply called, the Harold, created by improv legend Del Close in the 1960s.

Join Unexpected Productions Improv Thursdays we create meaning from your suggestion, by forming different stories scenes and games, crafting characters and themes that weave together to create THE HAROLD!

Thursdays at 7:00

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This is an exciting exploration of storytelling in several exciting forms. Our talented cast of improvisers is inspired to create stories from your true-life secret, personal, and funny stories. It’s The Moth meets Whose Line is it Anyway, only less formatted, more spontaneous and out of control fun! Come share an Inside Story.

August 25 at 8:30
November 24 at 8:30

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For well over a decade, Peter Greyy has been teaching a Beginning Stand-Up Comedy Class…and now, he is proud to present the Showtime! Class Graduation Show, for the latest session of his class, here at Unexpected Productions!

Students taking this class only have three classes to learn the basics of stand-up comedy writing and develop their own performance skills before they perform, many for the very first time ever, on the SHOWTIME! Class Graduation Show.

Tuesday, August 26 at 8:00

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Unexpected Productions welcomes world-renowned musical improv accompanist Laura Hall (Whose Line Is It Anyway) and veteran improviser and television actor Rick Hall (KC Undercover, Curb Your Enthusiasm) for a night of improv and made-up musicals! They will join members of the Unexpected Productions’ ensemble and together they will create a hilarious, completely improvised musical improv show!

Sunday, Sept. 8th 8:30

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SketchFest Seattle, the world’s original sketch comedy festival, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! The world’s ORIGINAL sketch comedy festival! Every year SketchFest brings together the most talented and hilarious comedians we can find across the globe, pairs them with the best and brightest local acts already killing it in town, and curates the most magical laugh-a-minute fest in the Northwest. Come see us this September at Unexpected Productions

September 4 – 14

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It was a dark and stormy night … Campfire: Improvised Ghost Storiesreturns to UP Improv just in time for the Halloween season.

Take a trip back to the campfires of our childhood when talented storytellers spin spooky stories around the fire. Our improvisers gather true-life events from YOU and turn them into improvised campfire stories and hilarious scenes.

Some of the stories are scary and some are funny, and all of them will have you perched on the edge of your seat.

Campfire has been an audience favorite for over a decade.

Thursdays Sept. 20 –  Oct. 31 8:30

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We all know the story of Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol”. Or do we…?

Unexpected Productions brings back its holiday favorite, A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol. Based on your suggestions, the improvisers bend and twist Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions — and each show is different. Where does Scrooge work? What ails Tiny Tim? Does Scrooge even get reformed? It’s all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride. A holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.

Enjoy the show by offering the improv suggestions at the beginning of the performance. Arrive early to make sure that you offer and learn the 30+ show suggestions/offers to guarantee you understand the premise of each night’s unique performance.

November 29 – December 23

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