Don’t Make Me Laugh — I Dare You!

Ladies and gentlemen, emperors and plebes: presenting Season Seven of Improv Thunderdome, The Pitch’s 2008 winner for Best Comedy Show. Each of the three rounds showcases a frenzied three-way of improv competition, which means nine teams battle over the course of four months for the championship title. Round one pits Babel Fish against RocketFuck and multiple championship winner Loaded Dice (starring The Pitch’s own Fat City blogger Jonathan Bender and some other guys). Each team gets 30 minutes to fight for survival; only the funniest gets out alive. And who is the cruelly capricious Caligula who gives the thumbs up or down? You, dear audience, you. Experience so much fun and power for the low price of $10. Abuse it wisecrackingly. Round one goes down at 9 p.m. at the Westport Coffeehouse Theatre (4010 Pennsylvania). Call
913-375-5168 for reservations, and see
thetripfives.com for more info.— Grace Suh

Sat., Jan. 8, 9 p.m., 2011