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Duck Duck Scissors feat. Jesse Mercury

Don’t miss this Duck Duck Scissors featuring Synthpop Artist Jesse Mercury!

Duck Duck Scissors delivers Armando-style improv inspired by the real-life stories, songs, and stylings of Seattle’s most endearing and amazing artists. With just a touch of bullshit for good measure. Comedians, singers, dancers, clowns, and anyone in between take the stage to regale you with real tales from their life inspired by suggestions from you. Then Duck Duck Scissors performs fast and furious improv inspired by those stories.

This month features the jaw-dropping Jesse Mercury performing future-techno-scifi songs to amaze!

He’s a cosmic entity flung out of time from the year 3000 who has become Seattle’s favorite Synthpop Superstar and Scifi Podcast Host. He sends musical love waves into the universe to signal help from the timestream to get himself back home at shows like Tiny Baby Talk Show, Super Famous, and The Johnny Unicorn Jam Unit. Now he’ll face his greatest challenge yet: Duck Duck Scissors.


Baby Fin: Dead and Breakfast

[Performances at the Pocket are $10 online and $14 at the door. Online sales close 4pm day of show.]

Randy and Zak try to escape from a haunted house that wants them dead.

Saturday, February 13th @ 7:00pm & Sunday, February 21st @ 8:00pm

Show Description
Randy and Zak retire to a country estate to finally write their next show. A haunted estate. A haunted estate that wants to kill them. A haunted estate that wants to kill them and knows their worst fears. You know how that goes. What you really want to know is if they’ll make it out alive. We’ll see.

Randy and Zak wrote and performed this show.

Clayton Weller directed it.

Producer bio
Babyfin was born when Zak desperately begged Randy to write a sketch show with him. Randy said ok after months of Zak sleeping on his porch and Babyfin was born. Babyfin is like a brandy snifter made entirely out of bacon, it fulfills equal amounts of high and low brow.

Clayton Weller’s Trust Fall

[Performances at the Pocket are $10 online and $14 at the door. Online sales close 4pm day of show.]

Experience 1 man jumping out of his comfort zone 15 times in 1 show

Thursdsay, December 10th @ 7pm

Show Description
Friendship is incredible. You can’t have friendship without trust. Clayton Weller wants to be friends with YOU! Watch as Clayton is forced to do a panoply of crazy things by his friends. Watch as he learns to dead-lift, eat a hot pepper, and hip-hop dance to Beyonce. This is a one time only event; Clayton trusts that you’ll be there to catch him.

Alex Grindeland Lifting Things
Eric Lane Barnes Don’t Ge Me Started
Courtney Weller Secret Letter
Randall Cleveland Political Pie
Sophie Lowenstein Getting Dirty
Caitlin Obom Grimoire Stewart
Ryan Schmidt Baby Time Surprise
Jason Miller Suprise video
Zak Nelson Nighty Night Zak
Caitie Auld Beyond Beyonce
Austin Olson In Sync
Anthony Householder Skin Mystery
Adam Davis Pepper Power
Ryan Sanders TBD
Tootsie Spangles Lunch Break
Chris Dewar The Next 22 Years

All with -> Clayton Weller – Producer, Collaborator, Guinae Pig.

Producer bio
Clayton Weller has been performing, producing and teaching comedy/theater for over 15 years. He’s been doing it as his full time job for 2.5 years. He has never cast a spell or been in a pie eating contest.

Duck Duck Scissors w/ special guest Tootsie Spangles

[Performances at the Pocket are $10 online and $14 at the door. Online sales close 4pm day of show.]

High-energy, rapid-fire Improv!

November 7th @ 7pm

Show Description
You start with a group of improv comedians who’ve delighted audiences in places like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. You introduce them to a special guest monologist—maybe it’s a celebrity, maybe it’s a scientist, maybe it’s someone weird off the street—with a story to tell. Then you turn them all loose.

The special guest will open their hearts to you with stories, memories, and feelings inspired by your suggestions. The improvisers will then turn it into high energy, rapid-fire improvised sketches right before your very eyes!

This month’s special guest is the Artistic Director of The Libertinis, Seattle’s sexiest inter-arts gang: Tootsie Spangles!

Duck Duck Scissors is Alan Hawkins, Randall Cleveland, Zak Nelson, Cory Guebels

The Jelly Improv Jam

Sweeter than any jam, it’s THE JELLY!

Come to the new improv jam at The Pocket Theater for an evening of laughs, friendship, and fun! All skill levels welcome. Pay what you will!

Each session of The Jelly focuses on a theme, form, or technique to help make you just the tiniest bit better than you were when you walked in the door. RSVP to ensure you get a spot on stage!

Hosted by Alan Hawkins, Cory Guebels, and Randall Cleveland

Babyfin: It’s About Time

[Performances at the Pocket are $10 online and $14 at the door. Online sales close 4pm day of show.]

Friday August 14 @ 8:30pm
Friday August 21 @ 7:00pm

Tickets http://bit.ly/BabyFin

Show Description Have you ever wondered how history comes together so smoothly? It’s no coincidence. For in the year 3535, Interdimensional Time Wardens Zak and Randall are charged with traveling through time and space to ensure historic events happen just as they’re supposed to. The only problem is they don’t really like their jobs. Oh and the other problem is they’re not really good at them, either.

Zak Nelson as… Zak Nelson
Randall Cleveland as… Randall Cleveland
Loosely directed by Clayton Weller

Opening sets from Love Snack (8/14) & Sober Virgins (8/21)

So You Want to Improv…

Hello, friends! Today’s your lucky day! No longer do you have to make a pilgrimage to some far-off land like New York or Los Angeles or Chicago to study at the feet of wizened old improv monks. I’ve compiled the following 100% GUARANTEED SUREFIRE CAN’T MISS tips to becoming the greatest improviser in history. Your quirky mockumentary style NBC pilot and Judd Apatow-scribed feature film are just minutes away!


    1. Start every scene with What are you doing? It’s dynamic, it immediately shifts the focus and responsibility to your scene partner, and it frees you up for a few seconds to plan ahead! Speaking of…                
    2. Plan out your dialogue. The best improvisers know that you can’t just react to things or eventually you will say something that isn’t funny! Improv HAS to be funny! Always! That’s what makes it improv! So you should constantly be in your head, anticipating your scene partner’s next move, so you can have a witty bon mot ready.                                                                                                                                                                         
    3. Always go for the laugh. Always. Duh. I shouldn’t even have to say this. If your scene doesn’t immediately descend into multiple CRAAAAAZY characters trying to shout their catchphrases over the din, you’ve gone wrong. Laughs are your lifeblood. Any moment that isn’t punctuated with a laugh is a moment you risk being vulnerable. And you didn’t put on your best solid-color t-shirt and jeans to be vulnerable! Oh that reminds me…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
    4. Definitely wear a costume. All the great improv troupes wear matching costumes. Without a costume you are not an improv team, you are simply a band of misfits. How can people possibly tell you’re an improv group without matching shirts?!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    5. Don’t be afraid to refuse a suggestion. If the audience says something like sucking dicks, obviously you might want to avoid that because your show will quickly descend into who can suck the most dicks” and we’ve all seen that show a million times. But don’t be afraid to say no if the suggestion is something you don’t know or care about. The Armenian Genocide? Pass. Ennui? Uh how about you narrow it down a bit, champ! Apple pie? Eh I’m not in the mood.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
    6. You have to have improv in your group name. Preferably as a pun of some sort. It’s literally the only way people will understand that you’re an improv group. If you’re not called Chimprov” or Mission Improv-able” or even a nondescript Chillicothe Improv Players” at least, then I don’t know what you even are. That’s why all the great bands have music” right there in the name, like The Music Beatles or Musical Nirvana.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    7. Go blue early and often. Here’s a patented comedy secret for you: the word fuck” is hilarious. Any time you feel the audience’s attention waning, or like it’s been several milliseconds without a laugh, drop a good ol’ F-bomb and get those chuckles rippling through the room!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    8. Don’t be afraid to stop committing. Hey if it’s not working, it’s not working! Audience didn’t laugh at your space work? Drop it immediately. Overburdened yourself with a physical action you can’t sustain? Big deal, just stop it and start talking about something else. It’s not like this is theatre.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    9. You can never have enough props. SOME people will tell you that improv is all about theater of the mind” and that you should paint a tableau” and that the only limit is your mind. BULLSHIT. You know what games you’re going to play, because you’ve planned out the whole show ahead of time. So bring those pirate hats along for Act 3!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    10. Definitely leave as soon as your set is over. You may occasionally get billed with other groups. It’s not only acceptable but EXPECTED for you to not stick around and watch them. You’ve just put on the show of a lifetime! Or maybe you’re about to and you need your customary six beers to get ready! Plus there’s YouTube videos of Assscat shows to watch! Who the fuck wants to sit around watching some jokers you don’t even know do improv, anyway?

Six Weeks for 60 Minutes

Should we run it again?

The question is pregnant with uncertainty. In an odd-smelling office on Aurora Ave., four guys and a small white dog are staring at each other expectantly. For the last two weeks, Princess—Dan Hart, Glen Yoshioka, Josh Bornstein and myself, Randall Clevelandhas been rehearsing every night to nail down our biggest show to date: Game Night Gone Bad, an hour long tribute to board games, family game nights, and general game geekery.

I don’t think any of us would admit it out loud, but we’re also kind of sick of each other.



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