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Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Throwdown – International TheatreSports Festival

From January 2 through 21 Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTSL) rocks the laughs with its annual improv celebration, Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival. Throwdown welcomes TheatreSports ™ teams from around the world who bring their A-Game to head-to-head matches with each other and local teams comprised of VTSL’s top improvisers.   

Four local teams comprised of VTSL ensemble members play in a classic TheatreSports™ round robin competition for bragging rights as to who is the best in Vancouver. The laughs start to flow based on suggestions from the audience and things can quickly become quite partisan as audience members root for their favourite performers. As in all classic TheatreSports™ matches, the final outcome is determined by audience judges scoring each of the ‘games’ within a match. The team with the most points wins.

January 16 through 21 welcomes the five US teams in a series of hilarious matches and showcases designed to banish even the gloomiest of times.  This line-up features:

Sak Comedy Lab – Orlando, Florida (returning champions)
Curious Comedy Theatre – Portland, Oregon
Improv Boston – Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Future – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Upfront Theatre – Bellingham, Washington

The last evening, January 21, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous week in a winner-takes-all laugh fest.

While no one can predict the outcome, one thing is for certain – you’ll leave in a happier mood from having laughed so much. Perk up your psyche with a good dose of laughter at the funniest improv comedy event of the year.

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Venue: The Improv Centre (Granville Island)

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