Looking for some laughs on Saturday? Local improv comedian Brent Tubbs asked his two best friends from Los Angeles and a Sacramento improv group to come to Lodi for a show Saturday.
Tubbs is teaching improv classes at Hutchins Street Square, and wanted to put together the show to encourage more people to participate.
“I think a lot of people don’t know what improv is and what specifically we would do,” he said.
It is important that people don’t go into the show thinking it is stand-up comedy, Tubbs said.
Instead, he described it as actors coming up with material on the spot based on suggestions from the audience.
“It’s like watching a play being written in front of your eyes with no editing and no rewrites that no one will ever see ever again except for the people in that audience that night,” he said.
Tubbs, 27, trained at The Second City Conservancy in Los Angeles, and he has practiced improv for 11 years.
Since starting the classes, Tubbs has had three people regularly participate, and one of the students, Nathan Tanner, agreed to be featured in the show.
Members of Comedy Sportz are coming from Sacramento to participate. The troupe puts on shows where two improv teams compete in challenges to win laughs from the crowd.
Tubbs also will reunite his improv comedy group, Americans of the BBC, with his two best friends, John Feemster and Brandon Petrie. Despite the name, none of them have actually appeared on the BBC.
“We kind of landed on these British characters that are over-the-top British humor. Through that we wrote a sketch show called ‘Americans of the BBC’ and as a spin-off we started an improv group,” Tubbs said.
He hopes the comedy show will be a new offering for area residents interested in improv who don’t want to travel to a large city.
“We are in a generation where people watch movies and TVs at home by themselves. This is just as entertaining, if not more, because it is live in front of your face,” Tubbs said.