Vancouver TheatreSports League Presents The Massacre Improv Tournament and Grapes of Laugh Fundraising Gala

Vancouver TheatreSports League Presents The Massacre Improv Tournament and Grapes of Laugh Fundraising Gala

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) kicks off the new year with two major – and very funny – events: The Massacre, VTSL’s annual international improv tournament and festival, runs January 22 through February 16; and Grapes of Laugh, VTSL’s annual fundraising gala, on January 30.

The Massacre Improv Tournament
 and Festival 
VTSL’s signature festival, now in its 26th year, pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a tournament for comedic supremacy, with the audience deciding who will advance forward. This year’s contestants include teams from Toronto, Austin, Portland, Slovenia and the returning champions from Edmonton.

“The Massacre Improv Tournament and Festival offers an opportunity for members of the global improv community to come together in a lively and entertaining format,” says Jay Ono, Executive Director at VTSL. “We are incredibly proud to host the festival and look forward to welcoming both local and international teams to The Improv Centre.”

Early in the tournament, Vancouver’s finest improv teams will outwit each other in the TheatreSports™ format. As the action heats up leading to Valentine’s Day weekend, favourite teams from past years and hot new groups will descend on Vancouver to claim the title of TheatreSports™ champions.

Massacre shows will take place at VTSL’s The Improv Centre on Granville Island starting January 22; the international players enter the tournament on February 11. The final showdown will take place on Sunday, February 16.

The Massacre Improv Tournament and Festival 
January 22 – February 16 (times vary)
The Improv Centre on Granville Island
Tickets: Online, HERE.

Grapes of Laugh
VTSL hosts its annual fundraising gala, Grapes of Laugh, on Thursday, January 30. The evening will feature wine, canapés, a silent and live auction with enticing items, and, as always – plenty of laughter.

“As a not-for-profit theatre company, VTSL relies on fundraising efforts to support its range of programming,” says Ono. “Grapes of Laugh is one of our most important initiatives of the year, with proceeds assisting community and youth programming, including our school tours.”

Local media personality Fred Lee, and Howard Blank – President of Point Blank Entertainment, will co-host the fete. A reception starts the night, followed by a 75-minute improv show.

Grapes of Laugh
Thursday, January 30
Doors open 7:00 pm
$50 per person (includes wine, light canapés and a VTSL performance)
Tickets: Online, HERE.

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