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Mile High Comedy Theater tickles funny bone Saturday

Members of the Mile High Comedy troupe ham it up and improvise at the group’s first performance in June. The performance on Saturday, Sept. 6, will include two visiting professionals and the Mile High Comedy Theater taking suggestions from the audience. (Courtesy photos/Cynthia Sobo)

Members of the Mile High Comedy troupe ham it up and improvise at the group’s first performance in June. The performance on Saturday, Sept. 6, will include two visiting professionals and the Mile High Comedy Theater taking suggestions from the audience. (Courtesy photos/Cynthia Sobo)

A bunch of local actors with a comic bent believe everybody deserves a good laugh every now and then and thus was born the Prescott Mile High Comedy Theater, which will present its comedic routines Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

And, so that the audience can take part in the fun, Cynthia Sobo, the theater's director, urges buying tickets in advance and showing up early so that people can make suggestions for the show. The show begins at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6 p.m.

Early arrivers "have a better chance for their suggestion to become a part of the show," Sobo said.

Sobo describes the show, a combination of improv and stand-up sketches, "as a cross between the improvisational comedy, 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' mixed with the sketch comedy of 'Saturday Night Live,' rounded out with professional stand-up comics."

The Prescott Mile High Comedy Theater's cast is made up of Michael James, Brent Nielsen, Annie O'Commor, Jantina Russell, Jen Tobin and Cisco Ortiz, all locals loaded with talent, Sobo said.

Also appearing in the Saturday show are stand-up comics Brian Kohatsu, an impressionist, improviser and writer who was recently a finalist in Arizona's Funniest Comedian competition, and Mike James, who was recently honored as the 2013 "Comedian of the Year" by the National Comedian's Guild.

Once the show gets started, it's anybody's guess what kind of improvisational cavorting will happen on stage. Sobo said she takes suggestions from the audience, hands them to the cast members, and it's all up to them to take it from there.

The show's finale will be playing a game called "Mousetraps," which will find the actors, blindfolded, performing their scene in a "sea of set mousetraps," Sobo said. "It's hilarious."

Tickets to the night of comedy are $10 general admission and are available on the Elks website at www.prescottelkstheater.com or by calling the box office at 777-1370.

"We created the comedy theater to be affordable," Sobo said, adding that the intent is to make it like a community event, with four shows a year, with one show every three months.

The theater also is offering classes in stand-up comedy from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and on improv from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Classes are $30 a month and are held at the Switch Performing Arts Center in Prescott. People can come and observe a class for free.

Sobo encourages anyone who has ever been told he or she was funny or those who want to explore their funny side to come and watch a class.

Complete information about the Mile High Comedy Theater is available on its website, www.milehighcomedytheater.com. People can also call Sobo at 713-7328.

Some of the show's material and language may be inappropriate for young audiences. The suggested age is 18 and older.

- Story by Karen Despain, The Daily Courier

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