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In an attempt to highlight local comedy acts, one theater is making it happen with a monthly night of comedy. Comedy lovers will no longer have to look farther than downtown Scranton to see their favorite groups perform as well as new acts that they haven??t seen before.


The Vintage Theater (326 Spruce St., Scranton), will be hosting its first ever all-ages comedy/improv night, which will feature three local comedy acts.


??The idea is to bring all different types of comedy together in the area and showcase it every month,? explained Theresa O??Connor, co-owner of The Vintage and a member of Unorganized Business, one of three acts performing on Saturday, Feb. 23.


Unorganized Business brings a different type of comedy to the table. Instead of the group coming up with the jokes, they let the audience set the scene. The group takes words or scenes that the audience shouts out and creates a scene from these suggestions, bringing the show to a whole different level.


Two of the three groups performing are what comedians commonly refer to as improvisational, or improv, groups, meaning that the comedians have no idea what they will be performing on stage before they arrive. Improv groups thrive on audience participation to fuel their shows.


It sounds nerve-racking, but O??Connor said that??s something that she prefers to do rather than read from a script.


??Personally, I??d rather do an improv because you??re going up there and you??re just doing what comes naturally. It just comes out and it??s really free flowing.?


Audience participation is something that Unorganized Business thrives off of. Without the crowd, the comedians wouldn??t have a show.


??Its all done from whatever the audience gives us,? explained O??Connor. ??We do not tell jokes. We get suggestions from the audience and we start a scene that comes from what the audience suggests we do. It??s very interactive. The audience part drives the show, and it??s just a laid-back time. Everybody that joins can be involved.?


Because the audience is always so diverse at an Unorganized Business performance, it keeps the show new and fresh. There are never two shows that are alike, which keeps the group interesting.


??Every show we??ve done has something completely unique and different,? O??Connor remarked.


Unorganized Business will be joined by another local group of improvisational comedians, Here We Are in Spain, and Scranton comedian John Walton.


If the event is successful, The Vintage will continue to showcase different comedy acts on the last Saturday of each month.



February Comedy/Improv night with Unorganized Business, Here We Are In Spain, and John Walton: Feb. 23, 7 p.m., The Vintage Theater (326 Spruce St., Scranton). $5.



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