LICE to infest theatre with laughter

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May 26, 2016 12:00 AM

Come Friday the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School Improv Entertainers (LICE) will be getting its last laugh of the year.
The improve club will be joined by Scott Patey and Matterhorn Improv out of Vancouver for a night of amateur/professional comedy done on the fly.
The annual Last Laugh is LICE’s last show of the school year and takes place at the Vic Juba Theatre at 7 p.m.
“I’ve been at the Last Laugh shows for the last two years,” said Grade 12 performer Joel Hanson.
“This one is our big year end show, so this one is where we finally branch out and it becomes a whole community event and we have about 500 people show up every year, so it’s nice to have a little performing art thing that the community can all be a part of.”
Drama teacher and LICE director Simon Stang said the event grows year over year as people become more aware and attuned to improv comedy, and though the group hasn’t sold out the Vic Juba yet, it tries to promote the Last Laugh as much as possible.
All the skits performed during the night are based on audience suggestions, with a lot of what Stang calls theatre sports games, and the suggestions vary based on the demographics of the crowd.
“It can depend whether it’s old or it’s young, so yeah, they’re all going to be all-ages friendly, so we won’t get into any crude humour we hope,” he said of the night’s skits.
The event also works as the club’s only fundraiser of the year, used as a means to make money for trips it takes out of town to check out other comedy shows.
“We always have to provide some food, transportation and accommodation for ourselves, which can get pretty pricey,” Stang said.
“Our biggest one would be the Improv Games. I take 10 improvisors to Edmonton and trying to put all of them up in a hotel for three nights is obviously pretty expensive, so this is kind of to offset those costs.”
He said audience members can expect a hilarious show, one that he says gets funnier every year, and likely one of the best comedy performances Lloydminster has to offer.
Stang credits Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPA) for the success of the event, as they are the title sponsor and really make the event possible.
“Without them the show wouldn’t happen, because it costs a lot of money to fly in four improvisors from Vancouver, so without them (FOPA) we wouldn’t be able to have this many or as highly talented improvisors,” he said.
“They’ve supported us every year and actually they’ve increased how much money they’ve donated every year too.”
Anyone interested in a night of comedy Friday night can buy tickets on the Vic Juba website or purchase them at the door.

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