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EVENT: “The U-Ha-Ha”
WHO: Baltimore Improv Group
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2019
WHERE: 1727 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Theater Takes Free Comedy to The Streets
With “The U-Ha-Ha”, Baltimore Improv Group takes to the streets in a U-Haul celebrating a full year of free shows
BALTIMORE, MD – The nonprofit Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) presents “Yes You May” celebrating a full year of free comedy shows in their Station North theater. On Saturday, May 11th, the free comedy event “The U-Ha-Ha” will create a mobile theater reaching neighborhoods around the city. After renting a large U-Haul with a sign to the side of reading “U-Ha-Ha” as part of their mission to spread improv throughout Baltimore.
Jennifer Withers serves as BIG’s Artistic Director. As a Radio City Rockette, she fell in love with improv in New York City in early 2007. She began studying with teachers at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and The Magnet Theater.
“Yes! You! May! is back again! It feels great to be celebrating the first year of free shows at Baltimore Improv Group.” said Jennifer who performed regularly with UCB. Now she works to develop BIG’s nonprofit mission to bring that improv experience to Baltimore City.
Terry Withers serves as BIG's Managing Director. He started improvising in 2007, becoming a teacher and performer of The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Terry now teaches improv as a faculty member of BIG University and tours the nation with a few different improv shows.
“We'd like to hit neighborhoods far enough from our theater that walking isn't a comfortable option,” said Terry. “For sure we'll visit some neighborhoods that are known for foot traffic like Hampden, but we also want to hit residential areas, the farther from BIG the better, within city confines. ”
Performers will drive around Baltimore to pre-determined locations and perform improv shows inside the truck as a mobile theater. At each location, the truck will be set up with seats, free water, free soda, and a full staff to create a theater on wheels.
“Somehow it has become our permanent policy and I love that it has!” said Terry. “The year anniversary is a great time to celebrate free theater in Baltimore!"
Also as part of the “Yes You May” series, BIG will continue of last May’s “The Polaroid Challenge” where performers within the theater canvas the city inviting new guests to see comedy at BIG.
“I'm so excited we've gone a full year since we first offered free shows last May,” said Terry. “At the time we thought we would only have free shows for a month or maybe two.”
Performers are looking to invite anyone who has never seen an improv show at BIG or hasn’t visited the theater in at least one year. Volunteers take a Polaroid picture with guests to display in the lobby. The performer who brings the more new guests wins a camera.
“This last year of free shows has been awesome, and I feel proud of the work BIG is doing - becoming more of a theater of the people by aiming to make our improv comedy shows as accessible as possible to as many as possible,” said Jennifer. “It is incredibly rewarding.”
“The U-Ha-Ha” is Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St. For updated information go to bigimprov.org/uhaha
ABOUT BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP
Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) serves as the city’s leading non-profit improv comedy venue. BIG began in 2004 and now entertains with over 120 shows each year. With an annual audience of over 5,000 people, over 100 regular performers present audiences with shows every night of the week. As part of Young Audiences of Maryland (YAMD), BIG performs in assemblies and teaching residencies in Maryland schools.
The BIG Theater opened in October 2017 in Station North. The theater offers 3,000 square feet of space for shows; classes and workshops for adults, kids, and teens; a podcast studio; and a lobby connecting actors, comedy performers, and audiences. BIG shows include improv comedy, stand-up, sketch, and more.
MEDIA CONTACT: Brian E. Young, firstname.lastname@example.org, 240-997-4157
Related Links: bigimprov.org
SOURCE: Baltimore Improv Group