Lady Business Set to Perform this Saturday

By Lisa Spivak

Lady Business, a Sacramento-based all-female improvisational comedy troupe (of which I’m a member), will perform on Saturday, July 24 at 8pm at the Sacramento Comedy Spot (1050 20th Street between J and K Streets, inside the MARRS building). Tickets are $5.

The players — me, Stacy Beckley, Brittany Birrer, Becca Costello, Mel Gelbart, Micaela Smith — will use a one-word suggestion from an audience member to launch into true stories from their lives. Those stories inspire improvised scenes that are made up on the spot. No two shows are alike, and the audience (and players!) never knows what will happen next. Fast-paced scenes, creative characters and smart humor define this show, featured monthly at the Comedy Spot.

The ladies in "Lady Business"

We perform long-form improvisation, which is quite different from what is seen on the tv show “Whose Line is it Anyway.” Long-form improv focuses on scene-based stage work rather than short games and one-liners. The humor arises naturally from the characters’ reactions to each other and the world they find themselves in.

The six members of Lady Business met through taking classes and performing at the Comedy Spot over the past few years. Finding ourselves in the minority as women in the typically male-dominated improv community, we naturally gravitated to each other and decided to form a group in February 2010. After performing a few times at the Comedy Spot’s open mic night, the owner of the club liked what he saw and booked us for a monthly show, which premiered in April. Each lady brings her own unique personality and style to the stage, drawing inspiration from our varied backgrounds and vastly different day jobs.

Lady Business is a great show for a girls’ night out or as part of an evening of food, drink and entertainment in midtown Sacramento. There is no two-drink minimum or age restriction at the Sacramento Comedy Spot, which features weekly shows of improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy.

Be sure to come out and check us out!

Guest blogger Lisa Spivak was born and bred in Sacramento and has been known to utter the words, “It’s only going to be 103 tomorrow.” She enjoys laughing, singing, improv, and raising funds for important causes.

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