Laugh Lines

Psychologists tell us that control is an illusion. Even so, it’s an illusion that most of us cling to like the unlikely hope that illegal immigrants will one day be welcome in Phoenix.

The brave souls of Mesa’s National Comedy Theater will relinquish complete control to their audience at the Green Elephant Show. The comedy troupe normally performs preselected improvisational skits ala Whose Line Is It Anyway?. This time, viewers get to select games such as “Sing It,” where players are forced to belt out an improvised tune, assisted by keyboardist John Smetek.

What happens if one player can’t sing? “The thing about improv is that it can go off the rails at a moments notice,” says Creative Director Krissy Lenz. “Luckily, we usually crack ourselves up with our mistakes and then the audience loosens up and finds humor in the awkwardness.”

Thu., March 17, 7 p.m., 2011
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Wynter Holden
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