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Bad Medicine and Friends

Saturday, March 2nd

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: more sketch comedy from Designer Breeds!

Your Feature Act: Designer Breeds

Designer Breeds is a sketch comedy duo featuring Kelsey Sweeney and Allyn Engle. You’ve seen them at the DC Improv, NYC People’s Improv Theater, Wonderland Ballroom, Dojo Comedy, and your sweetest dreams.

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. Bad Medicine has performed all over DC and at comedy festivals including the Philly Sketchfest, Montreal Sketchfest, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival 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:

  • Andy Weld
  • Sean Robinson
  • Shoa Appelman
  • Jess Randazzo
  • Ashley Nimmo
  • Seth Alcorn

Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $12 pre-sale ($15 at the door)

WTF is Wrong With You? A (FREE!) Live Podcast Recordings

Tuesday, March 5th  

FREE

 

WTF Is Wrong With You? — A (Free!) Live Podcast with Shawn Westfall of The Unified Scene Theater and John Papageorgiu of Papa’s Basement
 
What the f**k is wrong with you? Well, plenty, probably: living in DC costs a lot of money, and your job pays you in Pizza Hut coupons; dating and relationships are tough, and you haven’t been allowed into the super-hot-peeps-sexy-time dating app that all the cool kids are on; and a strain of amoebic dysentery somehow became sentient, got elected president, and is now ruining the country, and your life. So, yeah, plenty. So you got questions about, like, a lot. 
 
Fear no more: Shawn and John are here to help. 
 
They’ll take your questions. They’ll give you advice. Now, mind you, neither are medical professionals: Shawn’s the owner and co-founder of The Unified Scene Theater, a teacher of improv comedy, holds an MA in English Lit, is an honorably discharged member of the United State Air Force, and was once married to a woman nearly 17 years older than he. John doesn’t have an advanced degree, but before you get all hoity-toity with the book learnin’, know that he’s accomplished a lot in his life: he runs his own business; he’s the brainchild behind Papa’s Basement, DC’s premier comedy podcast; and, finally, he’s managed to circumnavigate various local judicial systems champing at the bit to serve him multiple bench warrants. So, yeah, you can act on that advice at your own discretion. 
 
In short, they’ve got problems, too. And theirs might pale in comparison to yours, putting your own in perspective. And you might laugh and feel better. At the very least it’ll be fun. 
 
So show up. It’s free, remember? And bring some booze. We don’t care. Tell us what’s going on. It’ll be on a podcast that might go viral. And who knows? You might get internet famous. And who doesn’t want that? 
 
Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8 pm. And again, it’s free!
 
See you then. 
 
Shawn and John

 

The Kilbournes, Padsworth, and Bring Back the 90s

Friday, March 8th  

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

 

The Kilbournes: 
 
The Kilbournes dive deep into their characters, drawing out the honest, real, and weird to weave an organic monoscene full of emotion and organized chaos. The Kilbournes play patiently, focusing on growing the character’s relationships, and favor multi-casting to complete a heightened environment, creating a strange and fun world for the audience. Sometimes this involves two eighth grade boys living in a town of mobsters, and sometimes that involves a street cat who turns out to be Jar Jar Binks. 
 
The Kilbournes is: 
  • Spencer Orenstein
  • Heather Marie Vitale 

 

Padworth

A brand new troupe that formed out of a recent Harold class at The Unified Scene Theater, Padsworth delivers big laughs through big characters. Padsworth: Cory Seth, Frankie, Abralind, and Neil Satchell.
 
 
Bring Back the 90s: 
 
Someone once warned us against thinking in terms of decades, because they aren’t really that definitive or all-encompassing when it comes to summarizing an era. But you know? To hell with that dude. For instance, the ’90s! Who doesn’t love them? A Clinton in the White House! Zach and Slater were still at Bayside! P Diddy was still Puffy. Those were the days, right? Well, no need to simply reminisce: the cast of Bring Back the ’90s will make them reappear right before your eyes, via the magic of technology (they’ll broadcast music videos from that decade) and the even magic-er magic of improv. It’ll be bigger than Zach Morris’ cell phone!
 
Bring Back The ’90s is: 
  • Erick Acuña, 
  • Nik Manohar
  • Neil Barron
  • Olivia Martinez
  • Elaine Colwell
  • Ginnie Seger
  • Martin Steger
 
Doors at 7:30pm. 
Show at 8pm. 

Fish Outta Water

Saturday, March 9th  

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

 

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 ensues. 
 
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: TBD
 
Doors at 7:30 pm, show’s at 8 pm

Special Event: Ari Voukydis of UCB & Friends

Saturday, March 9th 

9pm 

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

 

Tonight, we at The Unified Scene Theater are proud to feature UCB legend Ari Voukydis, and we’ve surrounded him with some of DC’s finest improvisors for an unforgettable evening of hilarity. 
 
Cast includes: 
 
  • Ari Voukydis
  • Jamal Newman
  • Eva Lewis
  • Mikael Johnson
  • Katie Carson
  • Josh Kuderna
  • John Heiser
  • Pete Bergen
  • Sabrina Shamir
  • Denny Johnson
  • Colin Murchie
  • Katie Ozog
  • Shawn Westfall
 
About Ari Voukydis: 
 
Ari Voukydis has been performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since back when there were hookers in Times Square, and has been teaching there for over 15 years. An award-winning writer of funny things, Ari has performed thousands of hours of comedy, some of it good, from LA to London. He has written for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, BuzzFeed, GQ, Esquire, SPY, and Entertainment Weekly and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show, and about a thousand VH-1 pop culture shows like The Best Week Ever and All Access. Ari is one half of the comedy duo Mark & Ari, whose last sketch show, Loft, ran at UCB NY for a year and was a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick. Their comedy short “Small World” was directed by John Landis and featured on The Tonight Show. They have produced several comedy shorts and pilots, and have won an award or two for screenwriting. Ari spent 11 years on Harold Night house teams, and has been part of countless shows, including ASSSCAT, Let’s Have a Ball, and Wicked F***in’ Queeyah, an annual salute to his home town of Boston that he co-created with Amy Poehler and Rob Corddry. Ari lives in Los Angeles with his wife and comedy partner Betsy Stover. Together they co-host “Teacher’s Lounge: The UCB Faculty Show” at UCB Sunset. They have three very loud sons.
He also appeared on Jeopardy and lost.
 
Doors at 8:45 pm, show’s at 9 pm

SINGLE TICKET FOR BOTH EVENTS

Ari Voukydis of UCB & Friends + Fish Outta Water

Saturday, March 9th 

Tickets: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door

 

The Shows

 
Fish Outta Water at The Unified Scene Theater, Saturday, March 9th, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
 
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 ensues. 
 
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: TBD
 
Doors at 7:30 pm, show’s at 8 pm
 

 
Special Event: Ari Voukydis of UCB & Friends at The Unified Scene Theater, Saturday, March 9th
 
Tonight, we at The Unified Scene Theater are proud to feature UCB legend Ari Voukydis, and we’ve surrounded him with some of DC’s finest improvisors for an unforgettable evening of hilarity. 
 
Cast includes: 
 
  • Ari Voukydis
  • Jamal Newman
  • Eva Lewis
  • Mikael Johnson
  • Katie Carson
  • Josh Kuderna
  • John Heiser
  • Pete Bergen
  • Sabrina Shamir
  • Denny Johnson
  • Colin Murchie
  • Katie Ozog
  • Shawn Westfall
 
About Ari Voukydis: 
 
Ari Voukydis has been performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since back when there were hookers in Times Square, and has been teaching there for over 15 years. An award-winning writer of funny things, Ari has performed thousands of hours of comedy, some of it good, from LA to London. He has written for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, BuzzFeed, GQ, Esquire, SPY, and Entertainment Weekly and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show, and about a thousand VH-1 pop culture shows like The Best Week Ever and All Access. Ari is one half of the comedy duo Mark & Ari, whose last sketch show, Loft, ran at UCB NY for a year and was a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick. Their comedy short “Small World” was directed by John Landis and featured on The Tonight Show. They have produced several comedy shorts and pilots, and have won an award or two for screenwriting. Ari spent 11 years on Harold Night house teams, and has been part of countless shows, including ASSSCAT, Let’s Have a Ball, and Wicked F***in’ Queeyah, an annual salute to his home town of Boston that he co-created with Amy Poehler and Rob Corddry. Ari lives in Los Angeles with his wife and comedy partner Betsy Stover. Together they co-host “Teacher’s Lounge: The UCB Faculty Show” at UCB Sunset. They have three very loud sons.
He also appeared on Jeopardy and lost.
 
Doors at 8:45 pm, show’s at 9 pm

Insect Fight Club and Sistine Robot

Friday, March 15th 

Tickets: $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door

Insects and Robots: need we say more? Yeah, you’re not gonna wanna miss this one. 
 
Insect Fight Club: 
 
The first rule of Insect Fight Club is we don’t talk about Insect Fight Club.  The second rule of Insect Fight Club is we are a local D.C. troupe performing a long-form Spokane format.  All they need to get started is a location suggestion from the audience!
 
  • Natalia Antas
  • Ted Blanton
  • Jennifer Hyman
  • Ted Livermore
  • Paul Pearlman
 
Sistine Robot: 
 
Sistine Robot is one of the Washington, D.C. area’s longest-running independent long-form improv teams. The Robots have appeared in numerous festivals around the country, taught librarians have fun, and even performed in the back of a hardware store. They host the venerable monthly show “Enjoy an Appletini with Sistine Robot” in the basement of a local gay bar. With a style that is both smart and silly, Sistine Robot is proof that robots CAN learn to love.
 
Cast:
  • Jamie Bingner
  • Paul Hitlin
  • Dan Miller
  • Jonathan Murphy
  • Joe Randazzo
  • Sara Rouhi
  • Elise Webb
 
 
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

 

 

 
 

The Lodge, Aboulia!, and ShawnMikael[s]

Saturday, March 16th 

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

The Lodge: 
 
A secret society (ssshhh..), improvised. Come join it:  https://www.facebook.com/thelodgeimprov/
 
Aboulia!: 
 
ABOULIA! formed out of Shawn Westfall’s classes in September 2011, making them one of DC’s longest running indie improv teams (seriously, they don’t often last very long). They take your one-word suggestion and weave it into a world filled with characters you want to hang out with for the rest of the night. They have no idea where the story will take them, but it’ll be a damn good time. By the way, the word “aboulia” means indecision. Buy them a beer after the show and they’ll tell you the story of how they came up with that…if they can decide on a beer.
 
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.
 
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

 

 

 
 

“Hate To Admit This…”   A (Free!) Live Podcast with Mikael Johnson, Adam Stanzione, and Shawn Westfall

Tuesday, March 19th 

FREE!

There are cultural artifacts we’re supposed to like: Bruce Springsteen. Kitten/puppy videos. “Game of Thrones,” apparently. And then there are those cultural artifacts we’re *not* supposed to like: Anne Hathaway, Shia LaBeuf, Chevy Chase (in both their movies and IRL). The bands Smashmouth, Nickelback, and Coldplay. And any food that Guy Fieri recommends. No doubt you have some nominees for both lists. 
 
This podcast provides a different take: Adam, Mikael, and Shawn are going to be intellectually honest and talk about things that they like, or are underrated, or even ignored or condescended to, culturally, and perhaps talk about things/people/talents that are overrated, or given a pass where others of similar talent aren’t. 
 
Their credentials? None. I mean, same as just about anybody else’s. Well, Adam’s a lawyer, and Mikael and Shawn have performed improv comedy (live, in front of paying audiences and all), so all three know what it means to be at the unpopular table of the cultural lunchroom. 
 
Perhaps you have a few of your own hot-takes or “I’ll-die-on-this-hill” opinions. Show up. Share them. It’s free, remember? And bring some booze. We don’t care. Tell us what’s on your mind. It’ll be on a podcast that might go viral. And who knows? You might get internet famous. And who doesn’t want that? 
 
See you then. 
 
Adam and Mikael and Shawn
 
FREE! Doors at 7:30 pm, show’s at 8 pm

 

 

 

 

 
 

Improvised Sword Duel, The Quitters, and ShawnMikael[s]

Friday, March 22nd  

 
Improvised Sword Duel: 
 
A fully improvised sword duel, with actual sword combat! Two men enter. One man leaves. (Then the other man will leave too, just slightly later, as he was on the ground pretending to die and has to get back up first.) Brought to you by Erik Beringer and Eli Sloan. 
 
The Quitters: 
 
The Quitters will quit the shit out of you. With all the charisma of an emoji and the dedication of anyone you ever met on Tinder, these ladies will create an entire world based on nothing but the stuff you’ve quit. And they’ll erase any of your lingering guilt. Because we’re all just a bunch of natural-born quitters. Get behind it, Quitter Nation.
 
The Quitters is: 
 
  • Sanaa Abrar
  • Paula Atkinson
  • Molly Graham
  • Tonya Jordan
  • Jenny Koch
  • Kristin O’Brien
  • Andrea Quach
  • Karyn Wilson
 
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.
 
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

 

 

 
 

Big In Certain Countries, IRL, and Last Ham Standing

Saturday, March 23rd  

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

 

Tonight the short-form improvisors are invading The Unified Scene Theater, showing those ponce-y, uppity long-formers how to do it, and do it right. 
 
This show features long-form DC darlings Big In Certain Countries and IRL, as well as visit from exurban Virginia’s Last Ham Standing, who take short-form style improv, like the kind you’d see on “Who’s Line Is It, Anyway?,” and amplify it for a DC crowd. Have your suggestions at the ready, because you’ll need ’em. And, yeah, be prepared to laugh.  
 
 
Big In Certain Countries: 
 
Four men, destined to become the weirdest uncles humanity has ever seen. It’s Erik Beringer, Alex Galloway, Eric Schlein, and Eli Sloan. 
 
 
IRL: 
 
A style that is grounded and patient. They are focused on building relationships and having fun come from honest and real reactions. IRL is Lauren Cross, Paul Hitlin, Julia Rocchi, Sara Rouhi, Eli Sloan, Jason Walther, and Elise Webb. 
 
 
Last Ham Standing:
 
About Last Ham Standing: If you like “Whose Line is it Anyway?” then you’ll love Last Ham Standing, the other comedy meat! Last Ham Standing is the improvisational comedy troupe comprised of founders Dave Wright, Steve Heaton, and David Sly, who together make Market Street Productions, the company who ran the Tally Ho Theatre from 2008-2012 in downtown Leesburg, VA. Offering hilarious comedy, each show is different as audience participation and suggestions fuel the fun. A variety of additional Last Ham Players, whom you can “meet” at www.lastham.com, rotate in and out from show to show, keeping things fresh and interesting each time you watch. 
 
Doors at 7:30pm. Show at 8pm. 
 
 

The Train-Wreck:

Our Second (Free) Stand-Up Comedy Workshop Show

Tuesday, March 26th  

FREE

 

Five weeks ago, some improvisors showed up to the The Unified Scene Theater and didn’t do improv. Instead, they began workshopping and honing 5 minutes of stand-up comedy. Together they laughed, blanched, grimaced, laughed again, and basically gave each other support as they crafted a five-minute act. And now they’re gonna do that act for you. Free, of course. 
 
But we’re in this together, and tonight we’re going up to perform. Show up. Like, it might be a train wreck, but, hey, those are always entertaining. Right? Plus, it’s free and all. Free train wreck — I know, right? See you then! 
 
Cast List To Be Announced! 
 
Show starts at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30). And again, it’s FREE.

The Artless Bards and The Unified Scene Theater’s Short-Form Show

Friday, March 29th  

Tonight’s show we’re really kicking it old school, with both short-form improv courtesy of The Unified Scene Theater’s Short-Form Show and some improvised Shakespeare from The Artless Bards. Come by. Show up and comedy-party like it’s 1989. Or 1589. Whatevs. 
 
About The Unified Scene Theater’s Short-Form Show: 
 
For this new format debuting at The Unified Scene Theater, we’re kicking it old school, with some OG short-form, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway” improv games and structures. No, we don’t like the name of this show, either, and we’re definitely going to change it. But for now we’ll let it stand. Come ready with your suggestions to shout out as we pay tribute to the genius that was Ryan Styles, Colin Mochrie, Mike McShane, Clive Anderson, and Drew Carey and both the British and American versions of short-form improv. 
 
The Artless Bards:
 
For thy entertainment this eve: The Artless Bards, a rascally troupe of scapegraces and dunderpates who shalt mangle, confusticate, and otherwise bedevil the memory of the Bard. What will spin faster? Their tongues as they spin a fantastical tale, or the Bard’s corpse as his life’s work is profaned for your pleasure?!?! The play’s the thing! All the world’s a stage! 
 
The Artless Bards are:
 
  • Seth Alcorn
  • John Miceli
  • Erin Smith
  • Stephen Major
  • Julia D’Ambrosi
  • Shawn Westfall
  • Liz Crowther
  • Iulia Gheorghiu
  • Elijah Sloan
 
Show’s at 8 pm, doors at 7:30. Tix are cheaper if you buy early, BTW.