Friday, November 28, 2008

2009 Tantrum Show Schedule

We're finished for 2008, but 2009 brings more shows and more funny!

Many, many thanks to Corey Rittmaster and Monique Madrid of the Union...and guest monologist Tom Farnan...and everyone who packed the house for our night-after-Thanksgiving show! We're taking December off, and coming back in January with a regular monthly show and a return to the Library.

Second Fridays at the Westport Coffeehouse
4010 Pennsylvania • 816-678-8886 for reservations
8pm • Tickets: $10
Now you can see Tantrum every month! Starting in January, we're back home at WCH for 90 minute shows. Watch this space to see what they're all about. 

Making a Scene at the KC Public Library
Plaza Library, 4801 Main • 816-701-3407 for reservations
7pm • Admission: FREE
Wednesdays, February 18, March 18 & April 15
Tantrum is back for an encore at the Library, with a new monologist telling true stories based on audience suggestions every month. Check back for names and bios.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nice words from the Pitch

Don't miss "daring, scene-based improvisation" PLUS a "well-regarded sketch-comedy duo."

Alan Scherstuhl

Tonight, as Americans stagger home from Black Friday shopping and as newscasters scowl at the early numbers and warn us that "this looks like an unmerry holiday for retailers," you could talk to your family. Or, better yet, consider hitting the Westport Coffee House (4010 Pennsylvania) for the latest in a new breed of Kansas City improv: shows that pair the daring, scene-based improvisation of one of our best local troupes (Tantrum, which features Rob Grabowski, The Pitch's Best Funny Performer 2008) with the best imports from other cities (Corey Rittmaster and Monique Madrid's well-regarded sketch-comedy duo, the Union). Tantrum plans one of its inspired monologue shows. "We'll have a monologist telling true stories, and we'll spin off them into scenes," explains Trish Berrong, one of this town's sharpest comic minds. As for the Union, Berrong says, "They're both funny as hell and funnier together." In other words, if your idea of improv comedy is rhyming games — and "Can I get a celebrity? Yes! David Hasselhoff!" — you should spend Black Friday getting schooled. And laughing. The show costs $10 and starts at 8 p.m.; for reservations, call 816-678-8886.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Don't miss Tantrum + Tom Farnan + The Union this Friday

Guest monologist Tom Farnan's alter ego, Velvet Tom (actually, it might be the other way around).

Who isn't ready to get out of the house the night after Thanksgiving? So use us as your excuse. 

First up, there's Tantrum—this time, with old ComedyCity pal Tom Farnan telling stories based on audience suggestions. Then husband-wife team Corey Rittmaster and Monique Madrid (aka The Union) present a sampler from their latest show, Ward and June are Dead—fresh from the Annoyance in Chicago. Then—because why the heck wouldn't we?—we'll all play together. And after that, McCoy's/the Foundry.

Reservations are filling up fast for this one, so call 816-678-8886 right now (seriously—we'll wait). Friday, November 28, at 8pm at the Westport Coffeehouse Theatre. Tickets are $10—cash only at the door.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Photos from our first KC Library show

Here we are with two-time monologist Valissa Smith. 
Turns out they have a Flikr account. Who knew?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Announcing our latest guest monologist: Jim Howard

Another reason not to miss our last library show November 12:
Hallmark writer Jim Howard calls himself a "prosodist, screenwriter, hired word gun; father of three, master of none." His screenwriting credits include Big Bad Love and the Lifetime Channel movie Dawn Anna. His blog, Spulge Nine, is infrequented by nearly dozens of readers. And he recently snared his 100th Twitter follower in a web of terse rumination.