Zenprov Comedy: Laugh Therapy



Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, May 22 7:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Live Zenprov Comedy
Run Time:105 minutes


After 16 months away from the stage, Zenprov Comedy is fully vaccinated and ready to shoot a mega-dose of hilarity straight to your funny bone with their completely improvised show “Laugh Therapy” on Saturday, May 22 at 7:30.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions at Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona, a maximum of 50 seats will be available. Tickets are $15 each. This show is likely to sell out, so make sure to order early. 

While the troupe hasn’t performed live for more than a year, they have been practicing—a lot. Besides doing a handful of monthly online comedy shows on Zoom, they studied with professional Second City coach Jessica Mitilio in Chicago.

“Working with Jessica as an improv coach is one of the bright spots for us this year,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “While we’ve always done consistently good shows, I felt the troupe had hit a plateau. Jessica helped us get to a whole new level of performance and has given us a host of new games to play together. Everyone is extremely grateful for her, and we truly miss our fans! We can’t wait to be live again.”

For those who aren’t ready to venture out into the world quite yet, Zenprov Comedy also performs free, one-hour shows on Facebook via Zoom once a month. Visit their website at ZenprovComedy.com for a list of dates and times. “We have fun doing the free Zoom shows because they work different improv acting muscles. But unlike theater shows, they Zoom shows live on Facebook forever. So, that’s kind of scary,” said Dujardin.

For more than a decade now, Zenprov Comedy has tapped into the rich source material that comes from living in a community steeped in spiritual seeking, UFOs, vortexes, self-help gurus, radical vegans and endless roundabouts. While Zenprov Comedy may start in the New Age culture of Sedona, their otherworldly performances are grounded in the fundamentals of rock-solid improv theater, inventive satire, and a constant search for hidden truth in the great Cosmic Giggle.

“Zenprov is the best comedy troupe in Arizona,” said Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “People told me they were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting.”

If you’ve never been to one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs a mix of fast-paced improvised scenes created in the moment based on audience suggestions as well as Chicago-style, long-form like the “Harold.” Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or prepared ahead of time, so it’s never the same show twice.

The super minds of Zenprov Comedy are Derek Dujardin, Shaeri Richards, Shaunn Cochran, Chris Redish, Betty Testa, Linda Roemer and Mary Carder. Tickets are $15, and only 50 seats will be available. Please note: Shows are rated PG-13, are seldom politically correct, and often contain adult material or themes.

Due to their popularity, these one-night-only performances often sell out, so please purchase tickets ahead of time.

The Mary D. Fisher Theater is located across the street from the Harkins Movie Theater on 2030 St. Rt. 89A, next door to BMO Harris. Doors open at 7:20 p.m., and the show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. and concludes around 9:15 p.m. Beer, wine, and snacks are available in the lobby.