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December 24, 2013 > Improv comedy ready for the New Year

Improv comedy ready for the New Year

Submitted By Made Up Theatre

Fremont's own award-winning Made Up Theatre is preparing to debut a brand new stage and set design for their "New Year's Eve Spectacular" on December 31. This annual event will feature both of Made Up Theatre's unique and fully improvised comedy shows, Laugh Track City and 5 Play. Laugh Track City is similar to the hit TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and 5 Play showcases a fully improvised one-act play. "We are thrilled to continue working toward our envisioned dream of Made Up Theatre," says co-owner Bobby August. "Our revamped space will greatly enrich the experience of our fans, students, and the entire Bay Area community."

Improv comedy shows are a unique theatre experience, since no scripts or pre-planning are used. Dialogue and characters are created on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Popular comedians such as Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler began their careers by studying improvisational comedy.

The "New Year's Eve Spectacular" is Made Up Theatre's most well known show of the year, and in addition to seeing a show performed by the Main Stage Cast, audience members will also get access to snacks and desserts, a raffle for prizes, and party favors. There will also be an interactive toast hosted by the Made Up Theatre co-owners. "The best part is once the show is over, you'll still have time to get to your final destination for the night and count it down!" says August.

Made Up Theatre co-owners and Main Stage Performers August, Dustin Seidler, Ben Stephens, and Sean Taylor, who have been performing together since 2006, are filled with excitement over the renovation project. "I think the audiences will really appreciate it," says Stephens. "This isn't just for us to do fun scenes; we built it for them." This will mark Made Up Theatre's first major design overhaul since its Grand Opening, and it will include a new stage layout, enhanced lighting, an improved concessions area, and an enhanced design.

"The new stage is going to give us more potential and more freedom in our scenes," says Seidler. "We were inspired by popular comedy venues in Chicago, like Second City and the iO Theater, which utilize multiple entrances and exits to give their audiences a more vivid and hilarious experience."

Made Up Theatre has a lot to celebrate this year in addition to the venue's new look. Their Main Stage troupe 5 Play recently participated in the San Francisco Improv Festival for the fourth time and won Best Improv Group at the Sacramento Comedy Festival. They are also getting ready to observe their 3-year anniversary in Fremont, which consists of over 150 comedy shows and a range of improv comedy classes taught to hundreds of students looking to improv public speaking skills, gain confidence, and make new friends.

Tickets are now on sale for the "New Year's Eve Spectacular" at The show will sell out, so guests are advised to buy their tickets in advance. (This show may contain adult language and situations that may not be suitable for a young or sensitive audience.)

After another successful year, August has one thing to say: "Here's to another year in Fremont!"

New Year's Eve Spectacular
Tuesday, Dec 31
8 p.m.
Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct., Fremont
(510) 573-3633
Tickets: $25 (online price only), $30 general admission

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