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The Second Annual Faux-Cademy Awards

(Improvised Version)

ONLY $10.

Sunday, February 25th, 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)

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, once again, 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 (and Second Annual) 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 Members Include: 
  • Macey Schiff
  • Kate Symes
  • Isabel Galbreath
  • Greg Tindale
  • Katie Honerkamp
  • Joe Randazzo
  • Eva Lewis
  • Zach Mason
  • Shawn Westfall
  • Kathy Baird Westfall
Show starts at 8:30 pm, doors open at 8 pm

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Frenemies: The Buckley-Vidal Debates and Fade to Black

$15.

Friday, February 2nd, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Your Feature Troupe: Frenemies: The Buckley-Vidal Debates
During the 1968 Republican Convention, conservative commentator William F. Buckley and novelist and progressive public raconteur Gore Vidal agreed to take part in a series of live television debates throughout ABC’s coverage, a series of debates that eventually descended into venomous spirited name-calling and threats of violence: live, on camera, Vidal called Buckley a “crypto-Nazi,” and Buckley responded by calling Vidal a “little queer” and then threatening to punch Vidal in his “goddamned face” whereupon he would “stay plastered.”
We at The Unified Scene Theater can think of no better time than the present to resurrect the spirits of these two esteemed men, as well as the rhetorical tone they both took when engaging intellectually. Taking various and decidedly non-political subjects throughout the show, William F. Buckley (Shawn Westfall) and Gore Vidal (Chris Ulrich) will debate (read: improvise) the merits of each, with a moderator (Paul Hitlin) in tow to ensure that name calling and violence doesn’t occur — or ensure it does.
William F. Buckley: Shawn Westfall
Gore Vidal: Chris Ulrich
Moderator: Paul Hitlin
Your Headlining Troupe: Fade To Black: An Improvised Movie
Bring your popcorn. Add butter. From start to finish, this long-form team from up the road in Charm City improvises a movie that’s never been seen before, complete with director’s choices from close ups, rack focus, fade-in, fade-out, overhead shots — again, all made up on the spot.
Fade To Black: 
  • Rasheed Green
  • Alan McCombs
  • Kristen McKenzie
  • Annie Powell 
  • Nate Tyson 
  • Harold Young
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

The (Free) Late-Night Mondo Comedy Show

FREE

Friday, February 2nd, 9:30ish p.m.

Yep, it’s our new block of improv hilarity on weekend nights. Two-to-three troupes take the stage as part of a free show. What’s going to happen? Hell, we don’t know. A bunch of weird crap, probably. It’s free. And hey, what the hell, bring your own beer. We won’t tell. Donations accepted. We’re not proud.
Tonight’s show: Two improv troupes: One’s a duo, one’s not. The duo do stuff, making it up as they go along. Together. Just two of them. No more, no less. No math required. The other troupe isn’t a duo. They have more members. Some math required. Show up.
Sound & Motion: Eileen Breslin, Jack Youngblut
Bottom Shelf: Nick Martinez, Matt Strote, Jon Jon Raizon, Jane White
Show starts at 9:30-9:45, or whenever we can finally kick the mainstage show audience out …

An Evening With The Artless Bards

$15.

Saturday, February 3rd, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

The Artless Bards: An Improvised Shakespeare Show

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! But this one’s where you’ll guffaw the loudest on this fair eve!

The Artless Bards:

  • Seth Alcorn
  • John Miceli
  • Erin Smith
  • Stephen Major
  • Julia D’Ambrosi
  • Ali Branscombe
  • Shawn Westfall

Show starts at 8:00 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

The (Free) Late-Night Mondo Comedy Show

FREE

Saturday, February 3rd, 9:30ish p.m.

Yep, it’s our new block of improv hilarity on weekend nights. Two-to-three troupes take the stage as part of a free show. What’s going to happen? Hell, we don’t know. A bunch of weird crap, probably. It’s free. And hey, what the hell, bring your own beer. We won’t tell. Donations accepted. We’re not proud.
Tonight’s show: Stand Up For Whaa?? and Please & Thank You
Please and Thank You: 
They’re an improv troupe. They’re kinda weird. They make crap up. Show up. Laugh.
Stand Up for Whaaa?:
This year, there have already been too many reasons to protest. Stand up for Whaaa? wants to let each and every one of you know that we’re here for YOU, and we are ready to stand up for whatever is on YOUR mind. Because EVERYONE’S voice matters. Best said in the words of a young-but-important protester, “I love trains.”
Cast: Elizabeth Fulton, Robin Doody, James Jelin, Ren John, Ray Simeon – Coached by Eva Lewis 
Show starts at 9:30-9:45, or whenever we can finally kick the mainstage show audience out …

Bad Medicine-A Sketch Comedy Show and Gravid Watto

$15.

Friday, February 9th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Star Wars and sketch comedy: how often has the former prompted the latter? From the mid-70s “Saturday Night Live” era (think of Bill Murray’s lounge singer character making up his own lyrics to the theme from the movie) to the present, “Star Wars” has provided tons of hilarious moments for us, in addition to melting our faces off in cineplexes for the last four decades. Tonight, we at The Unified Scene Theater are once again combining both for hilarious results: Gravid Watto finds “Star Wars” geeks — those who know the movies the way Yoda knew anger leads to the dark side, and who will ensure every line of their dialogue comes from the movie — with those who have yet to be touched by The Force, who wouldn’t know the Kessel Run from the parsecs required to complete it. Hilarity ensues, of course. They’ll be followed by our first sketch comedy troupe to grace our stage: local DC legends 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. Hilarity ensues, redux. Show up.
Your Feature Troupe: Gravid Watto
On one side: Improvisors who can recite scenes from the Star Wars films word-for-word. On the other side: Improvisors who haven’t the foggiest about the classic space opera series. What follows is a show lovingly inspired by Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water, transforming Star Wars scenes into something this galaxy has yet to experience. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, it’s more than enough entertainment for you to shake a lightsaber at!
“Star Wars” Geeks: 
  • Greg Benge
  • Ryan Brookshire
  • Alex Kazanas
  • Kevin Koeser
  • Ryan Krull
  • Reaves McElveen
  • Clare Mulligan
Non-“Star Wars” Geeks:
  • Adam Fishbein
  • Justine Hipsky
  • Nina Hsu
  • Bri Lux
  • Samantha Schifrin
  • Kaelan Sullivan
  • Ben Taylor
  • Katie Ozog
 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: 
  • Andy Weld
  • Elizabeth Kemp
  • Michael Alvino
  • Jessica Randazzo
  • Seth Alcorn
  • Kelly Andersen
  • Sean Robinson
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

The (Free) Late-Night Mondo Comedy Show

FREE

Friday, February 9th, 9:30ish p.m.

Yep, it’s our new block of improv hilarity on weekend nights. Two-to-three troupes take the stage as part of a free show. What’s going to happen? Hell, we don’t know. A bunch of weird crap, probably. It’s free. And hey, what the hell, bring your own beer. We won’t tell. Donations accepted. We’re not proud.

Tonight’s show: The Sunday Faeries, Topher & Dave and ???, and The Female Accent 
The Sunday Faeries:
  • Elizabeth Neely
  • Yancey Burns
  • Devon Grams
  • Ian Hansen
  • Rachel Johansen
Topher & Dave & ???:
Longtime DC mainstays Topher Bellavia and Dave Johnson, veterans of numerous DC indie troupes, join forces with, well, you, perhaps? Pulling someone out of the audience, Topher and Dave begin improvising a scene with the lucky person, proving once again that, in improv, as in life, there’s no experience necessary.
The Female Accent:
Based on your suggestion, The Female Accent creates a world full of voices that you’ll want to explore. By the end of the night, you’ll know these characters and their backgrounds better than some of your closest friends — not that you’ll want to be friends with all of them. The Female Accent is a longform improv comedy team performing in and around Washington, DC since 2014.
The Female Accent:
  • Thomas Harris
  • Alex Kazanas
  • David Lapkoff
  • James MacIndoe
  • Renan Snowden
  • Ross Townsend
Show starts at 9:30-9:45, or whenever we can finally kick the mainstage show audience out …

Bring Back the ’90s

$15.

Saturday, February 10th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

 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! They’ll be joined by VI Lenin, who instead of magic, prefers relentless, iron-clad control as they guide you to the funny. Just obey…

Your Featured Troupe: Bring Back the ’90s
The ’90s were a great time for pop culture, fashion, and of course… music videos! Bring Back the 90s is an improv show based on the most memorable 90s music videos. The audience will get to choose which music videos to watch. The cast will use the images and lyrics from those videos to create hilarious, and off-the-charts scenes.
Bring Back The ’90s is: 
  • Erick Acuña
  • Elaine Colwell
  • Ginnie Sieger
  • Martin Steger
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

The (Free) Late-Night Mondo Comedy Show

FREE

Saturday, February 10th, 9:30ish p.m.

Yep, it’s our new block of improv hilarity on weekend nights. Two-to-three troupes take the stage as part of a free show. What’s going to happen? Hell, we don’t know. A bunch of weird crap, probably. It’s free. And hey, what the hell, bring your own beer. We won’t tell. Donations accepted. We’re not proud.
Tonight’s Show: Two improv troupes: One’s a duo, one’s not. The duo do stuff, making it up as they go along. Together. Just two of them. No more, no less. No math required. The other troupe isn’t a duo. They have more members. Some math required. Show up.
First Date/Last Fight: 
As First Date/Last Fight, Katie Ozog and John Heiser chronicle the mix of the tantalizing initial moments of a budding relationship and the smoldering ashes of whats left after it the ends. Come to see love bloom, stay for its cringe-worthy death throes.
Stand Up for Whaaa?:
This year, there have already been too many reasons to protest. Stand up for Whaaa? wants to let each and every one of you know that we’re here for YOU, and we are ready to stand up for whatever is on YOUR mind. Because EVERYONE’S voice matters. Best said in the words of a young-but-important protester, “I love trains.”
Show starts at 9:30-9:45, or whenever we can finally kick the mainstage show audience out …

The Quitters and Sistine Robot

$15.

Saturday, February 17th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Isaac Asimov once outlined his now famous Three Laws of Robotics: 
  1.  A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2.  A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3.  A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
But, as brilliant as Mr. Asimov was, he forgot The Fourth Law: Robots don’t fuckin’ quit, man, like, ever. 
And tonight, we’ll put that law on display with two troupes, The Quitters and Sistine Robot, both of whom won’t quit making you laugh this evening, an evening that will find you saying “I can’t quit you, robot!” Show up.
Your Feature Troupe: 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 are: 
  • Sanaa Abrar
  • Paula Atkinson
  • Tonya Jordan
  • Kristin O’Brien
Your Headlining Troupe:  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)

VI Lenin and Christian Science Theater

$15.

Friday, February 23rd, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Marx said that “religion is the opiate of the masses!” (exclamation point in original). Lenin, who essentially was a walking-talking copy of Das Kapital, agreed. If we read that correctly, it basically means that you’ll be addicted to this show, which features The Unified Scene Theater mainstays Christian Science Theater and our House Troupe VI Lenin. Comedy fans of the world, unite!
Your Feature Troupe: Christian Science Theater 
I know what you’re thinking: “we get it: one’s a Christian, one’s a scientist, and one, was, like, in the theater, right?” Matt Roland, Shawn Westfall, and Brandon McTavish would love for you to think that they put that much thought into the troupe name. But they didn’t: It just kinda sounded cool. If you want, you could think of it as kind of combination of left-brained, right-brained performance art. But even that is kinda pretentious for what they do: take a suggestion, start parsing their respective multiple neuroses, and then improvise scenes about it. Tons of laughter.
Your Headlining Troupe: VI Lenin
VI Lenin (Rich Nyman, Joe Uchno) explores the world and characters around us just as soon as we figure out what they are, sometimes before. Rooted in discovery and patient scenework, each Lenin show will take a different form. We follow whatever discovery is most interesting and see where that takes us. Come along for the ride. We’re going to have a good time together.
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

Request for Protest and OLGA

$15.

Saturday, February 24th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

As some of you might know, our motto at The Unified Scene Theater is, like, unify crap, or something, we, er, think — we’ll have to check. But in the spirit of unifying crap, we’re bringing two improv scenes together for this evening’s show: OLGA, an awesome improv duo from Baltimore, and Request for Protest, one of our House Troupes here at TUS. So: unify yourself over to our theater and watch some of our crap!

Your Feature Troupe:  OLGA

OLGA is a Baltimore-based comedy duo comprised of Jen Diamond and Pam Hugi. Jen and Pam have a cat named Zucchini and love their moms a lot. Come watch OLGA perform a scene from a movie they’ve never seen before (which is every movie because they have only seen the Sex and the City Movie and it was ok but not as good as the tv show).

Your Headlining Troupe: Request for Protest

Character-driven and full of quirk, RFP shows are like a string of feral ponies high-stepping across the not-so-nice-end of the beach: a little unruly and a lot of fun, even with the strong likelihood of strolling over a used syringe. Since meeting in a DC Improv class in the winter of ’15, RFP has been honored to play on several of the District’s mainstay comedy stages including: The Unified Scene Theater, DC Improv, ShawnMikael(s) in CoHi (Studio 1469), Improvapalooza (Source Theater), and DC Arts Center. RFP is coached by Shawn Westfall.
Request for Protest is:
  • Brandon McTavish
  • Pat Bragan
  • Emily Markle
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

An Evening With The Artless Bards

$15.

Friday, March 2nd, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

The Artless Bards: An Improvised Shakespeare Show

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! But this one’s where you’ll guffaw the loudest on this fair eve!

The Artless Bards:

  • Seth Alcorn
  • John Miceli
  • Erin Smith
  • Stephen Major
  • Julia D’Ambrosi
  • Ali Branscombe
  • Shawn Westfall

Show starts at 8:00 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

The Youtube Show Take Over

$15.

Friday, March 9th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

We unveiled this new format recently, and, as of this writing, received no cease & desist letters from YouTube. So we’re bringing it back, while we still can. It’s the return of The YouTube Show! — specifically, a takeover of the entire evening.
There’s some wild crap on YouTube, right? And, inexplicably, some of that wild crap actually makes to YouTube’s list of most popular videos, right? That’s where The YouTube Show! comes in: getting suggestions from the audience, we search and play video clips in real time as inspiration for improv scenes. And we’ll even go toward the more popular clips, new and classic YouTube videos for inspiration. Think of it as, well, like, a live version of a YouTube clip.
Cast: 
  • Reaves McElveen
  • Jamal Newman
  • Shawn Westfall
  • VJ: Brian Duss
  • + players to be named at a later date!
This one’s gonna be a hell of a lot of fun. Show up!
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

NIXON and Where’s My Ukulele?

$15.

Friday, March 23rd, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Your Feature Troupe: 
NIXON — Reaves McElveen, Jamal Newman, Annie Barry — will take you on a fast paced high octane long form improv comedy journey through anything and everything you can imagine. These three veteran improvisers have performed improv, stand up, and sketch for sold out crowds all across the DC area. Come see them join forces to create improv gold!
Your Headlining Troupe: 
Formed out of Unified Scene Theater short form improv classes, Where’s My Ukulele (Mike Taylor, William Kuduk, Liz Crowther, Sachin Kandari, Kelsey Flora, Tasha Prados, Diane Killion) fuses soft-rock musical stylings with the classic Harold improv format to deliver a musical experience heretofore unknown to the entire galaxy. They started in Spring 2017 and are based out of Eckington, DC.
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

Fade to Black and OLGA

$15.

Saturday, March 24th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Your Feature Troupe: Fade To Black: An Improvised Movie
Bring your popcorn. Add butter. From start to finish, this long-form team from up the road in Charm City improvises a movie that’s never been seen before, complete with director’s choices from close ups, rack focus, fade-in, fade-out, overhead shots — again, all made up on the spot.
Fade To Black: 
  • Rasheed Green
  • Alan McCombs
  • Kristen McKenzie
  • Annie Powell 
  • Nate Tyson 
  • Harold Young
Your Headlining Troupe: OLGA
OLGA is a Baltimore-based comedy duo comprised of Jen Diamond and Pam Hugi. Jen and Pam have a cat named Zucchini and love their moms a lot. Come watch OLGA perform a scene from a movie they’ve never seen before (which is every movie because they have only seen the Sex and the City Movie and it was ok but not as good as the tv show).
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

Bring Back the ’90s

$15.

Friday, March 30th, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

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! They’ll be joined by VI Lenin, who instead of magic, prefers relentless, iron-clad control as they guide you to the funny. Just obey…

Your Featured Troupe: Bring Back the ’90s
The ’90s were a great time for pop culture, fashion, and of course… music videos! Bring Back the 90s is an improv show based on the most memorable 90s music videos. The audience will get to choose which music videos to watch. The cast will use the images and lyrics from those videos to create hilarious, and off-the-charts scenes.
Bring Back The ’90s is: 
  • Erick Acuña
  • Elaine Colwell
  • Ginnie Sieger
  • Martin Steger
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)

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