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Oklahoma improv comedy growing by leaps and bounds

None July 15th, 2010

OKC Improv
8 p.m., 10 p.m. Saturday at the Ghostlight Theatre Club
3110 N. Walker
Through July

Raychel Winstead calls OKC Improv the Baskin-Robbins of comedy, with 1,000 different flavors and still growing.

Winstead performs with three OKC Improv troupes "” The MiDolls, The Ones Your Mother Warned You About and Villain: The Musical "” and says of late, there's been an "explosion of new troupes, new ideas and new things."

And upcoming show schedules indicate she's right. If your funny bone is in need of tickling or your gut in need of busting, OKC Improv has you covered.

Dallas-based The Hindenburgs makes its local debut 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ghostlight Theatre Club, 3110 N. Walker. The group will be followed by The MiDolls in a goddess-themed show. At 10 p.m., Edmond's teen troupe The T.B.A. Prime Players will take the stage, followed by the OKC Improv All-Stars, featuring a rotating cast of the metro's best improvisers. Everybody and Their Dog, Oklahoma's longest-running troupe, will cap off the night.

As evidenced by the lineup on a single night, the group's diversity of laughs knows few limits. Keeping with her food metaphor, Winstead compared the comedy show to cuisine: There's not just any one flavor of improv.

"For a long time, all Oklahoma had was Tex-Mex," she said.

Few can categorize one of Winstead's troupes, Villain: The Musical, which she said is part "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" and part "Wicked." The ratio of the comedy components changes every performance, she said, and that's where the fun lies.

OKC Improv's summer season continues with 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows Saturdays through July 31. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call 343-1570 or e-mail For more information, visit "”Nicole Hill
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