You get a free night out when a local journo poos in local artists’ sandbox

I missed it when it first ran, but back at the end of December, an apparently troubled and humorless Sac News & Review writer went for Sacramento Comedy Spot’s jugular while reviewing their regular Wednesday night improv show at the Capitol Garage.

I won’t bother to get into exactly how ignorant the reviewer is of comedy styles and the practical reality of just how difficult it is to get up and just make up funny shit on the spot – funny shit based on audience member input a significant amount of the time, by the way (Mr. Reviewer, I’m looking at you) – but I will relay the anecdotal evidence that shows like Who’s Line Is It Anyway? routinely rolls tape for about 2 hours so they can splice together a meager 22 minutes of high quality funny bits for broadcast.

And those guys get paid. Quite well.

But you stand to benefit from this bad review. Sacrament Comedy Spot managing director Brian Crall, in responding to the review in a letter SNR published this week, has offered free entry to anyone who shows up and decrees he or she heard this show is a train wreck. So you can save the regular $5 entry fee and check out the show for yourself. Who knows – it might really turn out to be a train wreck. Or you’ll laugh a lot. Or you’ll laugh at a train wreck. As Crall says, they can’t all be winners – but take your chances anyway.

Of course, if you like it, you should ante up. It’s just $5, you cheapos.

Improv at the Capitol Garage 1500 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 $5.00 (or free) at the Door. Wednesdays at 9:00PM.

1 Comment so far

  1. Jeff (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 7:50 pm

    Apparently troubled? Did you induce that from the review, or do you know something you are not telling ?

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