The Big Sexy Weekend of Improv is back on July 10 to 12 with a revamped line—7 shows and 18 acts from all over DFW, plus Austin and New York. Big Sexy did not have a good year in 2013. Their host club closed and the multi-night event slimmed down to a couple of late-night shows at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre.
For the 6th year of Big Sexy, Alternative Comedy Theater joined with Audacity Theatre Lab and relocated to the Margo Jones Theatre, 1121 First Ave., located in the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park across from the Old Mill Inn. Broadening out from usual long-form improv, the fest now includes musicals, games, one-act plays, solo performances, and even improv based on northern Mexico musical traditions. How about looking at "clean improv"? That would be Unicorn and Alternative Comedy Theater's Not Born Yesterday. Improv is even riskier than stand-up. Risk pushes comic performers to rely on the easy sex and drugs laughs. How do these two troupes get around that? Also, Locked OUT Comedy is basically clean, but they don't advertise that.
Commendably reaching beyond the Alternative Comedy Theater troupes for local talent, Big Sexy line up includes The Motley Players, Random Access Memory, Locked OUT Comedy, and the Fort Worth based Hammock District. Audacity Theatre Lab kicks in the Fun Grip duo of Brad McEntire and Jeff Swearingen, and the fest will once again host McEntire‘s Monologue Jam that puts audience members on stage. Alternative Comedy Theater kicks in the long-running The Victims, the all-female Band Wreckers, and the PG-rated Not Born Yesterday doing an early show.
Austin contributes a number of performers such as the wildly popular Girls Girls Girls known for its full-length improvised musicals. Your Dad’s Friends showcases an ever-changing lineup of Austin improv veterans, and Elevator Action features members from ColdTowne Theater’s top troupes. Shades of Brown, the city’s first minority improv troupe, presents the musical Narcocorrido Show.
Big, bold Rory Scholl of New York holds down an interactive song show that knows no limits. From Oklahoma comes Red Dirt Improv out of the impressive OKC Improv consortium. Panda Butt, a duo from Dallas now based in Chicago, uses an intriguing talk-show format. The All-Star Jam puts performers from many of the troupes through short-form improv games.
Showtimes are Thursday 7 pm and 8:30 pm; Friday 7 pm and 9 pm; and Saturday 5:30 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm. Tickets are $12 per show. Festival pass is $42.
Weekend workshops will be offered by Girls Girls Girls (Musical Improv), Tyler Bryce (Intensity Grab Bag), Michael Jastroch (Play the Moment or Get Out of Your Head II), Rory Scholl (There is No Spoon!), and Brad McEntire (But I Suck at the Administrative Side of Things).
More information at www.improvact.org/big-sexy-weekend-of-improv.