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. 19 –  Oct. 31 8:30

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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.November 24 at 8:30

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Stephen King Unexpected is an eerie, spooky, entertaining, and fun improv show inspired by the works of the master of horror. Based on your suggestions our talented performers will weave a never before seen King story that night, right in front of you. Will Pennywise party with Carrie or Annie and driveaway in Christine? Will the improvisers take a stand at a dark tower with your cat at a cemetery? You decide. Come craft an unplugged story worthy of the KING of horror! Expected fun, humor, drama and improvised horror. Together, we will create… Stephen King Unexpected.

Oct. 6 – Nov. 17

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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.

Oct. 21 at 8:00

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Unexpected Productions’ Duo Comedy Showcase is proud to present the Unexpected Improv Duo All-Stars! at the Palace Theatre. The All Stars are invited performers, featuring different improv duos, students, improv professionals, and improv groups from around the city. It’s an open mic for improv. Using your suggestions, each show features teams creating spontaneous scenes on the fly that are so hilarious it’s hard to believe they are made up on the spot.

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Join Professor Clicktime on the adventure of a lifetime! Smartphones in hand, the audience will get to vote in real-time on selections of thousands of random photographs that dictate where the adventure will take the Professor and their crew. Not even the sky’s the limit in this zany tale of expedition and enterprise, where nearly anything is possible!

Fridays and Saturdays 11/1  – 11/15

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Laugh your night away at the real Last Comic Standing, the 40th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition! UP Improv hosts America’s biggest touring comedy festival, the Seattle International Comedy Competition.

33 comedians from the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, and Africa compete for top honors and a shot at over $15,000 in cash prizes.

For 26 days with 22 Shows at 18 venues from Tacoma to Bellingham, these talented comics perform 10 minutes sets for you and talent executives from CBS, NBC, and more: movie studios, managers, agents, and producers. Your laughs help the judges pick the funniest of the bunch, so don’t hold back!

Thursdays 11/7 & 11/14

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Nobody throws an improv party better than Unexpected Productions. Put on your best red and black clothes and get ready to laugh the night away and make memories to last a lifetime! Celebrate with us at Unexpected Productions Second Annual Gala, “Growing U.P: A Funny Improv Fundraiser” on Nov. 16th 8:30 -10:00 (doors opening at 7:00 for drinks and appetizers). It is a night of laughter provided by UP’s professional ensemble. Please join us as we have some laughs, win prizes, change a few lives and have fun. Just like improv, we can’t do this without YOU!

11/16

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Congratulations to teams who advanced to finals! The final teams face off in the improv championship matches between Puget Sound high schools! The Hogan Cup is the first high school improvisational competition of it’s kind in the Northwest with top training from Unexpected Productions coaches. Admission is free for participating students and teachers.
Unexpected Productions has been teaching improv to high school students for over 20 years. The Finals takes on many of the same characteristics as our own Theatresports with some exceptions. This event provides the students with a less competitive environment, giving them the freedom to learn by experience and teamwork with less fear of making “mistakes.”
Admission is $10
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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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