The Anti-Cooperation League christened the Sacramento Comedy Spot’s new location with a long-from improvisational performance on Friday night.
A compelling blend between dry wit, slapstick and quick thinking enthralled the crowd of over 100.
During the performance, the comedians welcomed audience volunteers to the stage to share details about their lives. Adeptly transitioning between scenes portraying gambling-obsessed women, lustful elderly men and hypochondriac middle school children, the performers created a series of hilarious scenes inspired by the volunteers’ lives.
One audience volunteer mentioned that he works at the UC Davis Medical Center and has an affinity for stealing pens. In a scene inspired by his life, visiting L.A. comedian Betsy Sodaro entered a room with two pen-obsessed doctors and said, "I have a pretty bad case of cancer, but I have a big box of colored Sharpies — the whole rainbow."
"Everyone supports each other and works off each other," said Brian Crall, performer and Comedy Spot co-owner. "It’s about playing smart on stage, taking a creative idea and making it work."
Located in 20th Street’s MARRS building, between Lounge on 20 and Azul, the Comedy Spot is bringing affordable improvisational and stand-up comedy to Midtown on Thursday through Sunday nights.
"We are an alternative comedy place," Crall said. "We are not going to charge you a two-drink minimum. You’ll have a good time watching quality comedy at a good price."
The new location represents a significant expansion for the Comedy Spot, which had occupied a smaller location on Broadway. The current location is three times larger, Crall said.
"It’s like the movie Trading Places,’" Sodaro said. "Broadway was Eddie Murphy and this place is Dan Aykroyd."
Monday through Thursday the Comedy Spot also offers classes on improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy. The Comedy Spot is planning on brining in nationally recognized comedians to help teach some classes, Crall said.
"It’s almost like a gravitational pull," said aspiring long-form comedian and Comedy Spot intern Kelsea Williams. Williams hopes that after taking classes, she’ll be able to join the Anti-Cooperation League. "They are so good at what they do, it makes you want to be a part of it," she said.
Ticket prices for the Comedy Spot range from $5 to $8. Headlining shows begin at 8 or 9 p.m, while the more experimental performances begin later in the evening. Information about upcoming shows and classes is available at their website.
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