Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Funny Like a Heart Attack: Chris Anger's Solo Show Explores His Comic Heritage

Chris Anger
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Louisville Improvisors artistic director Chris Anger comes from a long line of comics with heart trouble.

His great-grand-uncle, Lou Anger, was head of production at Paramount Studios in the early days of Hollywood, where he worked with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and managed Fatty Arbuckle. He died from a heart attack. His grandfather Harry Anger was a headliner in Vaudeville before becoming a producer and agent who discovered Abbot and Costello and Red Skelton. Same fate. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:06 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The High Wire Act of Improv Comedy

The Louisville Improvisors host their 13th Improvapalooza Saturday at the Kentucky Center. The production is the troupe's annual celebration of the thrills and dangers of improvisational comedy.

The troupe will perform, and they will also welcome “The Black Version,” an improv sketch comedy show that originated at The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. Featuring an all-African American cast of Groundlings alumni and performers from television's  “Reno 911,” “Community” and “Saturday Night Live," the comedians will begin their show by asking the audience for the name of a popular film. The cast then creates and acts out, on the spot, "the Black version" of said film. 

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Local News
2:28 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Improv Comedy Club in Fourth Street Live Closes, Cordish Promises "Brand Experience"

In a message posted online Monday afternoon, the Improv Comedy Club in Fourth Street Live downtown announced its permanent closure.

The club has been in the venue for about three years. Baltimore-based Cordish operates Fourth Street Live and owns the lease on the space. Online, the Improv gives no reason for the closure.

"They didn't say and we didn't ask," says Mayor's spokesman Chris Poynter. "Cordish called us last week to let us know [the closure] was coming down the pike."

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