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Frenemies & NIXON

$12. Pre-Sale | $15. At Door

Friday, November 16th 8pm

What’s up with this show? Well, everything. First, intellectual raconteurs William F. Buckley (Shawn Westfall) and Gore Vidal (Chris Ulrich) go at again, debating questions posed by you, as Howard K. Smith (Paul Hitlin) tries to keep the show on the rails (Spoiler alert: he’ll fail). Then, because this show doesn’t have enough conservative political references, NIXON (Jamal Newman, Reaves McElveen) takes the stage for hilarity and laughter. This show has it all. What more do you need (Answer: nothing). Show starts at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30). And a reminder: pre-sale tickets are $3 cheaper than waiting to buy them at the door. So, yeah, don’t wait.

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 Howard K. Smith (Paul Hitlin) in tow to ensure that name calling and violence doesn’t occur – or ensure it does.

Our Headlining Troupe: NIXON

NIXON — Reaves McElveen and Jamal Newman — 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!

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

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

Bad Medicine and Insect Fight Club

$12. Pre-Sale | $15. At Door

Friday, November 30th 8pm

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. They’ll be joined by Insect Fight Club, new indie troupe we’ll be hearing more about. You won’t want to miss this one.

Your Opening Troupe: Insect Fight Club

Insect Fight Club uses a predetermined theme appropriate for the time (i.e. a Halloween party) or a location provided by the audience to create a world to explore, jumping through time and space before returning to the time, location, and characters that started it all.

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 Colossus

$12. Pre-Sale | $15. At Door

Saturday, December 1st 8pm

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. They’ll be joined by Colossus, an indie troupe made up of DC’s most talented veterans.

Your Opening Troupe: Colossus

Colossus will take your suggestion and create an entire would as big as a Greek tragedy. Inspired by the name of a God of your choosing, these veteran improvisers (and one eager young man that’s just happy to be here) will provide high energy from start to finish.

Colossus is: 

  • Reaves McElveen
  • Saleh Karaman
  • Bam Alston
  • Donna Steele
  • Zach Mason
  • Eva Lewis

 

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)

 

 

Zach and Kristin Will Make You Slumber Party

$12. Pre-Sale | $15. At Door

Friday, December 7th 8pm

For the first time on the Unified Scene Theater stage, get sleepy Zach and Kristin Will Make You slumber Party.

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)

 

 

The Artless Bards, Best Party Ever, and IRL

$12. Pre-Sale | $15. At Door

Saturday, December 8th 8pm

Your Opening Troupe: 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:

  • Seth Alcorn
  • John Miceli
  • Erin Smith
  • Stephen Major
  • Julia D’Ambrosi
  • Shawn Westfall
  • Liz Crowther
  • Iulia Gheorghiu
  • Elijah Sloan

 

Your Feature Troupe: Best Party Ever 

Elizabeth Fulton and Seth Payne of BEST PARTY EVER have been performing Comedy Improv and Stand-up in our nation’s capital for over the past three years. In 2017 they joined forces to create an improvised duo spectacle that is interactive, wild, and ridiculously hilarious. The duo have been featured in the “North Carolina Comedy Festival,” “Charm City Comedy Festival,” “York Fringe Festival,” and various theaters around the Washington D.C. area. Bringing high-energy and loads of laughs every show we’ll put your past celebrations in the dust!

Your Headliner: 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

 

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

 

 

 

Sunday Faeries and Bring Back the 90s

$12. Pre-Sale | $15. At Door

Friday, December 14th 8pm

Your Feature Troupe: Sunday Faeries

Once upon a time, in an enchanted theater, a group of improv students swallowed some magic beans, or something, and were transformed into the Sunday Faeries, a long form improv troupe rooted in the UST community.

Sunday Faeries is: 

  • Liz Neely
  • Ian Hansen
  • Rachel Johansen Bracken
  • Devon Grams
  • Yancey Burns

 

Your Headliner: 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

 

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

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

 

 

WTF Is Wrong With You?

A (Free!) Live Podcast with Shawn and John

Wednesday, December 19th 8pm

 

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.

 

We’ll take your questions. We’ll give you advice. Now, mind you, neither of us 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. 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?

See you then.

Shawn and John

Visit the Basement at: www.inpapasbasement.com/

 

 

Happy Gilmore Girls and Fish Outta Water

 

Friday, December 21st 8pm

 

An improv duo, and some house favorites: that’s what’s on the bill for tonight’s show, as local legends Katie Ozog and Erica Geisen team up as Happy Gilmore Girls (guaranteed to be 100% Adam Sandler-free) and the troupe formerly known as Gravid Watto, now known as Fish Outta Water.
Your Feature Troupe: Happy Gilmore Girls
What would Lorelei and Rory do if they were foul-mouthed hockey players trying their hands at golf? They would engage in spitfire banter, pass the Bechdel Test, and take you to your happy place. Erica and Katie share stories and live situations as real as the girls of Stars Hollow and as quirky as a Mista Mista lady struggling under the weight of a fallen AC Unit.
Happy Gilmore Girls is:
  • Katie Ozog
  • Erica Geiser
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.
Improvising:
  • Joe Randazzo
  • Pete Bergen
  • Donna Steele
  • Saleh Karaman
  • Erica Geiser
  • Isabel Galbraith
  • Seth Payne
  • Liz Fulton
  • John Heiser
  • Nina Hsu
On Book:
 
  • Bri Lux
  • Justine Hipsky
  • Sabrina Shahmir
  • Michael Alvino
  • Katie Ozog
  • Jordana Mishory
  • Molly Graham
  • Tyler Simpson
  • Bizzy Fain
  • Alex Kazanas
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door

 

 

 

 

NIXON (Now with Bryan and Yulia!)

 

Saturday, December 29th 8pm

 

NIXON’s coming back to The Unified Scene Theater. And guess who’s back in town to join them? Yep, Bryan Jackson. And — wait for it — Yuliya Malamud! THE FRIGGIN’ BAND IS BACK TOGETHER! 
 
 
 
Together with Reaves McElveen, Eva Lewis, and Jamal Newman, NIXON will take you on a fast paced high octane long form improv comedy journey through anything and everything you can imagine. These five veteran improvisers have performed improv, stand up, and sketch for sold out crowds all across the DC, NYC, and LA areas. Come see them join forces to create improv gold!
 
 
The ultra-special guests for this show: McGuffin & Spelvin, a mystery duo composed of two experienced DC improvisors. We’ll, er, leave it at that.
 
 
Show starts at 8pm (doors at 7:30pm)
 
 
 
Tickets: $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door
 

 

 

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