Winter 2019

Shows & Events

 

Jan 18

Mar 01

Feb 2

Mar 02

Feb 16

Zach and Kristin Will Make You Slumber Party

Friday, January 18th

Tickets: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door

 

Zach and Kristin Will Make You Slumber Party is an on-stage talk-show hosted by Zach Mason and Kristin O’Brien. Special guests and segments that change every show mean you’ll never be at the same slumber party twice. If you like snacks, secrets, and PG-13 sexual tension, you’ll love Zach and Kristin Will Make You Slumber Party.
 
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

IRL, The Four Heads, and ShawnMikael[s]

Saturday, February 2nd

Tickets: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door

 

Four funny dudes; a show that shows you what real life is really like; and a DC-improv scene mainstay reunites: It’s The Four Heads, IRL, and ShawnMikael[s]
 

The Four Heads: 

The Four Heads (Matt Berman, John Heiser, Joe Randazzo, and Chris Ulrich) take to the road on an improvised road trip to… somewhere. In road trips, improv, and life, it’s really more about the journey than the destination.

 

IRL: 

IRL features a style that is grounded and patient. They are focused on building relationships and having fun that comes from honest and real reactions. IRL is: 

  • Lauren Cross
  • Paul Hitlin
  • Julia Rocchi
  • Sara Rouhi
  • Jason Walther
  • Elise Webb

 

ShawnMikael[s]: 

ShawnMikael(s) is a two-man long-form improvisational show combining the talents of two of the DC improv scene’s veteran improvisers: Mikael Johnson, a mainstay at Washington Improv Theater’s long form troupe Jackie, and Shawn Westfall, for 12 years the exclusive teacher of improv at the DC Improv,  founder and creative director of bright young things, founding cast-member of iMusical, The Improvised Musical, and most recently the co-founder of The Unified Scene Theater. Both actors frequently populate their scenes with multiple characters and jumps in time and space while maintaining the scene’s integrity and internal logic. The result? Never-before-imagined worlds come alive, entire communities emerge, and comic possibilities are realized. 

Johnson and Westfall connected in 2010, and, after only a few months of working together, applied for their first “festival”: the Harrisburg Comedy Improv Throwdown, a single elimination tournament in which the competition consisted of troupes from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and New York City. They won. Since then, they’ve been invited to participate in multiple Washington Improv Theater runs, frequently headlined at the DC Improv Comedy Lounge, as well as in improv shows and theaters all over the DC-MD-VA area. In 2011 they performed as part of the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival, playing to sold-out audiences and garnering 5-star reviews, as well as a “Pick of the Fringe” from DC Theater Scene. The duo returned to Harrisburg to defend its title of “Best Improv Troupe” at the Harrisburg Improv Comedy Throwdown, and won again. ShawnMikael(s) has performed as part of of the Charleston Comedy Festival, the Philly Improv Fest, DuoFest, The Baltimore Improv Festival, and the District Improv Festival, and headlined The Charm City Comedy Festival. Their monthly show, in a 70-seat venue in the Columbia Heights section of DC, sold out nearly every show for nearly four years straight, and, in one memorable performance, featured UCB veterans Neil Casey and Will Hines, with Hines returning a few months later to play in with the duo. 

Those who have seen ShawnMikael(s) describe them as “committed” and “patient” (in addition, of course, to “hilarious”). They make frequent use of “multi-casting”—playing multiple characters within the same scene—but only as the opportunity arises organically, and not as a gimmick of the show. In short, while their show can—and has been—greatly appreciated by general audiences, they also think even veteran improvisers will also find something in it to enjoy. 

Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

Fish Outta Water & The Third Annual Faux-Cademy Awards

Saturday, February 16th

Tickets: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door

 

A special night of movie-focused improv at The Unified Scene Theater featuring Fish Outta Water and Our Third Annual Faux-Cademy Awards Show
 
Your Headliner: Fish Outta Water 
 
If you’re familiar with Gravid Watto, you know the premise: we coupled the biggest “Star Wars” nerds in the area, those who could recite dialogue from every episode verbatim, with improvisors who decidedly *weren’t* fans of the movies to the point of never having seen them. Then we put them in scenes together, with the SW nerds reciting dialogue from the movie, and the improvisors, well, not. Hilarity ensued. 
 
But since there’s so much cinema history to be drawn from, and since there are so much cinema that many improvisors have never seen, we’re expanding out of the Star Wars universe into those of other classic movie narratives. Hence the name change to Fish Outta Water, and hence, more fun to be had by all. Movie geeks of all stripes will love this — which, in short, means everyone.
 
Cast List To Come…
 
The Third Annual Faux-Cademy Awards
 
The Academy Awards: an overhyped, overwrought, meaningless opportunity that Hollywood and its army of celebrities take every year to remind you of how telegenically gorgeous they are and how preternaturally beautiful they can look when the world’s foremost designers and makeup artists spend hours making them look good. Everyone gathers in a huge hall in LA to find out which studio’s PR machine won that year as they read stiltedly from teleprompters. And they go to big parties afterward where people ask them what they’re wearing. 
 
Well, this year, The Unified Scene Theater isn’t having any of that crap. That’s why, a week prior to the Academy Awards, we’re hosting our own Faux-Cademy Awards Show. And it’s a show where *you*, the audience, gets to decide who or what gets nominated, who wins, who loses, and who walks away with the lifetime achievement award. We’ll get suggestions from the audience — categories, names of movies, actors and actress, nominated songs, lifetime achievement award from the audience, “clips” from those movies, improvised performances of songs, even some categories you’d finally like to like to see, etc. from the audience. Using those suggestions, our cast of improvisors will  improvise an entire Academy Awards broadcast right before your very eyes: more fun, more laughter, more snark 
 
We’re even, weather permitting, planning a red carpet, velvet ropes, photographers, etc. And you’ll be  invited (though not required) to wear your glamorous best. Or don’t. I mean, we don’t care: we’re The Fucking Unified Scene Theater. Afterward, there would even be an Vanity Fair-style after-party (and by VF, we mean our local ‘hood hangout, Crisp). And even swag bags (filled with cheap, Dollar Store crap) for audience attendees. 
 
It will be intentionally disastrous as the Academy Awards are unintentionally disastrous — though much, much shorter. 
 
Cast List To Come…
 
Doors open at 7:30, show’s at 8 pm
 
Tickets $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door
 

 

Bad Medicine and Friends

Friday, March 1st

Tickets: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door

Tonight, we at The Unified Scene Theater are once again featuring brand-new sketches from those DC sketch-genius mainstays, Bad Medicine (the judges favorites in last year’s first annual 24-hour Sketch Fest) who will show precisely why they’ve earned both mantles. PLUS: secret guests to be revealed later. Watch this space!
 
Your Headlining Troupe: Bad Medicine — A Sketch Comedy Show
 
Bad Medicine is a Washington DC based sketch comedy group specializing in the dark, the cerebral, and the absurd. Though it has humble beginnings–conceived over a plate of tater tots–Bad Medicine has since performed all over DC and the east coast including Charm City Comedy Festival, Philly Sketchfest, Montreal Sketchfest and NYC Sketch Fest. They are a group of singers, designers, lawyers, and students with the shared goal of writing the best comedy about the worst of humanity. No side effects. No horse pills. No cures.
 
Bad Medicine is:
  • Julian Morgan
  • Andy Weld
  • Sean Robinson
  • Emily Price
  • Shoa Appelman
  • Leila Drici
  • Jess Randazzo
 
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $12 pre-sale ($15 at the door)

 

Bad Medicine and Friends

Saturday, March 2nd

Tickets: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door

Tonight, we at The Unified Scene Theater are once again featuring brand-new sketches from those DC sketch-genius mainstays, Bad Medicine (the judges favorites in last year’s first annual 24-hour Sketch Fest) who will show precisely why they’ve earned both mantles. PLUS: secret guests to be revealed later. Watch this space!
 
Your Headlining Troupe: Bad Medicine — A Sketch Comedy Show
 
Bad Medicine is a Washington DC based sketch comedy group specializing in the dark, the cerebral, and the absurd. Though it has humble beginnings–conceived over a plate of tater tots–Bad Medicine has since performed all over DC and the east coast including Charm City Comedy Festival, Philly Sketchfest, Montreal Sketchfest and NYC Sketch Fest. They are a group of singers, designers, lawyers, and students with the shared goal of writing the best comedy about the worst of humanity. No side effects. No horse pills. No cures.
 
Bad Medicine is:
  • Julian Morgan
  • Andy Weld
  • Sean Robinson
  • Emily Price
  • Shoa Appelman
  • Leila Drici
  • Jess Randazzo
 
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $12 pre-sale ($15 at the door)