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COMEDY FESTIVAL ‌ World Class

Atlanta's hard-working improv group aims to add local flavor

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Award-winning Atlanta company Whole World Theatre joins the Comedy Fest lineup for a third consecutive year
  • Award-winning Atlanta company Whole World Theatre joins the Comedy Fest lineup for a third consecutive year

Whole World Theatre
Sat. @ 7 p.m., American Theater


Exhibiting no noticeable signs of fatigue from their six-night-a-week show in Atlanta, four actors and one MC from Atlanta-based Whole World Theatre will offer up an encore of their brand of improv for this week. The members of the 13-year-old company like to inject a slice-of-life aspect into their shows, suspending reality by creating dramatic situations then adding an impromptu helping of comedy. And if they've done their homework, they'll be including some local humor too.

"We always try to make our shows relevant to locals," says WWT actor Eric Goins. "We'll definitely be checking out current events in Charleston." So it's safe to expect some smoking ban gags. "It'll be fantastic to step outside of our comfort zone. It's a challenge to perform in front of a new audience." The company prides itself on delivering shows that are unrehearsed; with situations sucked fresh from the minds of audience members, watching them overcome that challenge should be entertaining in itself.

Whole World shouldn't have too hard a time of it here. The company has followed a similar path to Charleston's Have Nots!, pleasing punters with regular improv shows and training new comedians to swell its ranks. WWT's trophy cabinet sags with awards from Atlanta papers; last year readers of The Sunday Paper voted them Best Local Improv Group, while Creative Loafing readers chose them as Best Improv Group and Best Theatre Company, indicating the artful way that they weave the comic suggestions of audiences with tried and tested theatrical devices. –Nick Smith

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