Violence is as integral a part of American entertainment as the banjo. If you think you can get away from it by avoiding sports and World's Dumbest... then think again. The world of comedy, for instance, is a ferocious battle for dominance that's reflected in its vocabulary of cheap shots, punch lines, remarks like "You killed last night," "Well, that bombed," "I'm dying out there," and the occasional banjo solo. Sometimes we can't bring ourselves to watch the carnage, and other times we can't look away.
So why pussyfoot around? Let's step it up from the guerrilla level and declare official war. That's the strategy at National Comedy Theatre, where each weekend evening brings a skirmish of Competitive Improv Comedy that pits team against team in wild performances that are both generated and judged by the audience.