Live Laughs in Myrtle Beach at Carolina Improv

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There are few live theater experiences quite as much fun as improv. Part live theater, part comedy and often reminiscent of sketch comedy shows like Saturday Night Live, the art of improv can be a ticket to belly laughs.

And Myrtle Beach has its own little slice of improv magic with Carolina Improv’s Uptown Theater at Myrtle Beach Mall. Check out Carolina Improv shows like “Whose Beach is it Anyway?” coming up March 23 and 30.

“Our audience interactive shows are appropriate for all ages and similar to the TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ The audience writes the script with their suggestions!” said Carolina Improv founder Gina Trimarco.

“Whose Line is it Anyway?” was first a British radio program later developed for British TV as well as American TV, where it ran for eight seasons with comedian and actor Drew Carey. Whose Beach is it Anyway will be specific to the Grand Strand.

“Imagine a show about all-you-can-eat buffets, beach stores, snow birds gone wild, tourist traps, traffic jams … and whatever else YOU suggest!” said Trimarco. 

Check the calendar on the theater’s website for show themes in April and beyond. Upcoming shows also include “Whose Night Out is it Anyway?,” an 18-and-older show that’s open to adult themes.

President and founder Trimarco moved to Myrtle Beach from Chicago in 2008 and was surprised to find that there were no improv classes available in the area. She had studied improv at The Second City, the famed launching ground for entertainers including stars like Tina Fey and Steve Carrell.

If you’re interested in catching a live improv experience, you may want to buy your tickets in advance, as shows tend to sell out during the summer. Tickets are $11 in advance and $14 at the door.

Information, tickets and schedule can be found at www.carolinaimprov.com.

Posted 3/20/13