Prepare yourself for four days filled with improv and comedy as the inaugural Tucson Comedy Arts Festival kicks off this week. Hosted by Michael Dean and event founder Justin Lukasewicz, the event will feature local and national stand-up comedians, improv troupes and some workshops to help you brush up those joke skills.
The festival's main featured guests for 2015 are national improv vets Eric Hunicutt, Zach Ward and the 808 Hip Hop Improv, as well as stand-up performances from Ross Everett, Elliott Morgan and more. However, the event also showcases a heavy dose of local talent from Ben Dietzel, FST! Female Story Tellers and former Tucsonan Jericho Davidson.
Backed by some of the 50 improvisers involved with the Tucson Improv Movement, the event and its participants seek to lay the groundwork for a large annual festival celebrating Tucson's blossoming comedy scene. Steven Romo will also be performing a live, stripped down version of his popular local late night talk show.
The bulk of the festival will take place at the TIM Comedy Theatre (329 E. Seventh St.), with some special events down the street at The Flycatcher (340 E. Sixth St.) and Mr. Head's (513 N. Fourth Ave.). For ticket information and a full list of this year's events visit the Tucson Comedy Arts Festival website. All shows are $5 each and workshops are $65 per.
Although it's improv and the shows could really end up being about anything, here's a little something to give you an idea of what TIM's all about: