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When: Fri., Nov. 12, 7 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 13, 6 p.m. 2010
Phone: (843) 853-6687
Price: $5/show, $20/full night
When I was a middle school drama nerd, I would watch episode after episode of Whose Line is it Anyway? And at night, as I drifted off to sleep, hopefully to be filled with hilarious dreams of Wayne Brady and Ryan Stiles, I would think to myself, “Gee, wouldn’t it be great to be there in person?” Now I’m an adult, the show has long been canceled, and I can no longer stand Wayne Brady. But I can still appreciate some good improv, especially the two nights and about 10 hours of it that Theatre 99 is hosting as part of its annual Improv-a-Thon. “This is the biggest sampling of the year of what we do here at Theatre 99,” says co-founder Brandy Sullivan. “It’s like ordering everything off the menu and getting to taste it all.” The mighty roster includes Human Fireworks, Tone Locos, Cats Hugging Cats, Shattering Pearls, Minority Report (from Atlanta), the Fighting Gnomes, Carolina Improv Company (from Myrtle Beach), Full Love Throttle, Einstein Meets Elvis (from Atlanta), The Have Nots!, Neckprov, 3 Men and a Little Lady, Village Theatre (from Atlanta), plus two all-star jams and performances from the Theatre 99 ensemble. You can pay $5 for an individual act, or get a $20 pass each night for all of its shows. The weekend benefits the Charleston Comedy Festival. “It’s funny as shit,” Sullivan says. “Who doesn’t need a laugh these days?” —Susan Cohen
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