Zenprov: Laugh 'til Your Cheeks Hurt!



Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jun 22 7:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Live Zenprov Comedy
Run Time:90 minutes


Don’t miss Zenprov Comedy’s last show of the season before they come back next fall. Titled “Laugh ‘til Your Cheeks Hurt!” the troupe promises to take their audience through a twisted rollercoaster of hilarity. 

The name of the show originates from one of troupe’s favorite reviews. Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival, said: “Zenprov is one of the best comedy troupes in Arizona. People were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting!”

If you haven’t seen Zenprov Comedy in awhile, you’re in for a treat. Freshly back from the Phoenix Improv Festival, the troupe hired a professional improv coach from Second City in Los Angeles for two days of intensive training to take their play to new levels of authenticity and hilarity. Moving forward, the troupe will add more Chicago-style, long-form sets to their shows.

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

If you’ve never attended one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs fast-paced games and scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is rehearsed or scripted ahead of time. Best of all, it’s never the same show twice.

The Zenprov Comedy players embrace the Del Close method of improv acting, which emphasizes the “group mind” that mysteriously develops during a performance. Miraculously, the player’s minds fuse together to create a “super mind” where they practically finish each other’s sentences—and often do. Laughter ensues.

The super minds of Zenprov Comedy are Derek Dujardin, Shaeri Richards, Chris Redish, Tom Shoemaker, Shaunn Cochran, Betty Testa, Linda Roemer and Mary Carder.

Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show. Shows are rated PG-13 and run approximately 90 minutes. Visit www.ZenprovComedy.com to learn more.