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Improv Jam

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Improv Jam, New Jersey’s hilarious and longest running comedy troupe will bring their high energy audience participation show to The Stress Factory on Tuesday, November 26th. It’s just like that hit improv TV show that can’t be named due to copyright issues, but un-edited and less “family-friendly”. Help the troupe with scenes, songs, and general debauchery, by offering suggestions, or even your body for the sake of comedy. For 20 years Improv Jam has been a leader in the underground movement to cultivate New Jersey comedy for the masses, creating a unique performance environment that includes every aspect of comedy. It is this mixture of the various forms of comedy that makes the Improv Jam Comedy Lab unique. Gaps between the various styles of comedy are bridged for performer and audience member alike. Performers from within Improv Jam’s ranks and from the community at large have the rare opportunity to stretch their talents across multiple forms of entertainment in a nurturing environment while audiences are challenged to expand their horizons and educated in forms of comedy they may be less familiar with. Improv Jam alums include Nathan Fillion ( star of ABC's "Castle" ), Lou Taylor Pucci ( star of "The Story of Luke", and “Evil Dead” ), and Lorene Scafaria ( writer, "Nick and Nora's Infinate Playlist", “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” ). Creative Director of the Improv Jam Comedy Lab, Mike O'Keeffe has been performing and teaching improv comedy professionally for over 20 years. After graduating from Villanova University, he worked in Orlando, Florida performing and writing with the Sak Theatre Comedy Lab. His troupe mates included Wayne Brady ( "Whose Line is it Anyway?" ) Jonathan Mangum ( "Whose Line is it Anyway"), Nathan Fillion ( “Castle” ) and Aaron Shure ( producer / writer: "Everybody Loves Raymond" ). Michael performs weekly with the IMPROV JAM COMEDY LAB, and to date has performed over 6000 comedy shows worldwide. Recently, he performed shows with Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum when they toured in support of the hit television show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?”. "Every improv performer in the state has either taken classes from or been in Improv Jam at some point in their life. They are essentially the ones who put improv comedy on the map in New Jersey".

 

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