Kevin Reid: Crush Improv’s sixth anniversary show


When I’m not writing blog posts for OttawaStart, I play piano with Crush Improv, an improv comedy group based in Ottawa.  We have a big anniversary show coming up on December 6.  I could tell you how great a show it’s going to be, but here’s something even better: Guest blogger Kevin Reid writing about what’s in store. -GG.

The CRUSH IMPROV lineup: Glen Gower, Brooke Cameron, Dan Lajoie, AL Connors and Tim Anderson.
Photo by Andrew Alexander. 

Time’s a funny old thing. It seems like barely a year since the last CRUSH IMPROV anniversary extravaganza, and here we are again! And if ya thought last year’s shindig was a good time, well, you’re correct. Pat yourself on the back, why dont’cha? But more and gooder times await this Friday December 6th at the CRUSH IMPROV SIXTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL at Academic Hall!

There have been changes to the lineup of Ottawa’s premiere Improv troupe over the years, and even since last year some new blood has been added as Ottawa Improv fav’rit Brooke Cameron was asked to join long-standing Crushers AL Connors, Dan Lajoie, Tim Anderson and of course, Glen Gower on keys.

They’ve had an amazing year in 2014, finding a new home for their super-successful Bout Time monthly event, relaunching their SPOTLIGHT ON… shows, and hosting an amazing series of shows and workshops at the MY SUMMER CRUSH series that I’m still glowing over. 
The gang will be getting together on the December 6 for some major anniversary party fun and games, bringing back some former team members to make the night extra-special indeed. Jordan Moffat, who has since taken up with the great Bad Dog Theatre in Toronto, will be live and in person for the festivities, while legendary alumni Cari Leslie (playing these days with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam) and the Brad MacNeil (grooving with Instant Theatre in Vancouver) will appear through the magic of televisuals, or some other such wizardry. Those last two will be engaging in a rarely seen cross-continental game called the Doppelganger effect which, trust me, you want to come out to see. And naturally, there will be a few other special guest stars coming out to play as well.

Photo by Andrew Alexander.
If you can’t wait that long for the finest improv in the Capital, then come on out to Mother McGintey’s at the Heart and Crown Irish Village in the Market on December 2nd for the latest monthly instalment of Crush’s epic ‘BOUT TIME series, and this one is one not to be missed. The fact that all proceeds of this event are going to the Ottawa Mission, well, that’s just good spirited icing on a hilarious cake. Or something. And knowing the Crush gang they’ve likely got workshops and spotlights and all sorts of other Hoo-Haa going on this month to boot. Check their website and newsletter for all the facts. 

(This post originally appeared on The Visitorium.)

See also: Ottawa Entertainment Guide
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