The Nitty Gritty
- Price is for two people
- Available for Friday and Saturday night improv shows only
- Improv shows are at 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
- Must show photo I.D. to get tickets
- Purchase expires 180 days from date of purchase
Most folks are pretty privy to short-form improv shows like Whose Line Is It, Anyway, but Highwire Comedy Company has come along to change the name of the game. Here, it’s all about the long-con. (And by “con” we mean comedy.) Tucked off of North Decatur Rd. in a former church, the venerable Atlantan jokers are experts in long-form improv – extended pieces that focus more on collaboration, narrative, and character development than the games and gags we’re more accustomed to. Right now they’ve got 4 different shows running weekly, ranging from riffs on classic Shakespeare plays to their flagship show, The Soapbox Show, in which guest storytellers share a tale and the actors bring the story back to life. To be honest, with a rotating cast of talented characters and comedians taking the stage – the options are pretty much limitless.
Sure, riffing off of Hamlet may not seem exactly ripe with comedy, but Founder, Education & Artistic Director Ian Covell assures us, there’s plenty of opportunity to play around. “Even if we’re doing something pretty dramatic, it’s stippled with comedic relief.” He says. The length of the stage-time also gives their improvisors a bit more time to spread their wings, and emulate more scripted and rehearsed work that we’re used to seeing in more traditional theaters, or on television or in the movies. “We’re trying to fill a gap. New York, Chicago, LA – they’ve all got vibrant entertainment industries, and there long-form is the more predominant improv style.”
Taking the stage of Highwire Comedy Company are Hamlets of every ilk. Folks who opt into their improv comedy classes have the opportunity of one day performing on stage in their own show. But lauded guests are known to make their cameos too – including improvisors who have worked on films such as Anchorman 2, Life As We Know It, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and more. (And on the Soapbox show nights, you never know who’ll be the storyteller. Brian Bradley of Scrubs and Chris Kelly of Aqua Teen Hunger Force have both been known to spin a yarn or two in shows past.)