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Mile High Comedy brings improv with 'SNL' vibe to Elks

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Mile High Comedy Theater cast members rehearse an improvisational “press conference,” which is the the type of improv, stand-up comedy and sketch routines they will perform Saturday in their premier show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

Courtesy photo<br> Mile High Comedy Theater cast members rehearse an improvisational “press conference,” which is the the type of improv, stand-up comedy and sketch routines they will perform Saturday in their premier show at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

The Prescott entertainment community has a new face in its midst and the commitment to audiences is to make them have fun and laugh.

The curtain will go up at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, on the Mile High Comedy Theater's premier performance at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

The cast of all local talent plans an "evening of comedic entertainment in Prescott never before combined in one show," said Cynthia Sobo, the comedy theater's director. "Think of a cross between the improvisational comedy show 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' mixed with the sketch comedy of 'Saturday Night Live' and rounded out with professional stand-up comics, and you've got Mile High ComedyTheater."

Sobo, who has lived in Prescott 12 years, came to town with a background in stand-up comedy and writing comedy as a professional in Los Angeles.

"People always told me I was funny," Sobo says on the theater's website. "But, I never knew that I could actually have a career being funny until I started out at open mics in coffee shops and bars."

She then found gigs at the Comedy Store, the Ice House and the Comedy Club and continued honing her performing and writing talent by joining ACME Comedy Theater, a sketch and improvisational group. She also studied long-form Harold Improv with Second City.

Sobo's stand-up routines led to writing professionally for a variety of venues, including a game show and a sit-com, and she has also written, produced and been a story editor for eight different series on the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

She moved to Prescott to be near family and has taught broadcast television and film at Bradshaw Mountain High School for nine years.

Mile High Comedy Theater's cast also includes:

Michael James, Andrew Johnson-Schmit, Angie Johnson-Schmit, Dedrick Kline, Brent Nielsen, Annie O'Connor, Cisco Ortiz, Jantina Russell and Jennifer Tobin.

Stand-up acts feature Sobo and Kevin Rose.

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