Cobranauts 5th Anniversary Show: Choose Your Own Adventure
Sep
26
9:00 pm21:00

Cobranauts 5th Anniversary Show: Choose Your Own Adventure

Four-time winner of the Westside Comedy Theater's House Team Tournament, the Cobranauts specialize in fast-moving, group-minded long form improvisation! Join them for their 5th Anniversary show, as they debut a new form based upon the hit childhood book series, Choose Your Own Adventure!

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

FREE
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The Carpet is Lava (House Sketch Team Night)
Sep
14
8:00 pm20:00

The Carpet is Lava (House Sketch Team Night)

Two hand-picked Sketch Teams perform their original sketches on the Westside Stage!

Featuring:

Red Flag
and
 
The Carpet is Lava
 
Cast/Writers:
Alonya Eisenberg (Actor/Writer)
Andrew Heder (Actor/Writer)
Chelsea Hogan (Actor/Writer)
Carrie Long (Actor)
Cole Stratton (Actor/Writer)
Adam Schneider (Actor/Writer)
Greg Santos (Actor/Writer)
William Taylor (Writer)
Director:  Marc Warzecha

Twitter: @TCILsketch
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCILsketch

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323a 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850
$5
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Pretty, Pretty Pony with guest TBA
Sep
12
10:00 pm22:00

Pretty, Pretty Pony with guest TBA

 

Why the long face? Pretty, Pretty Pony presents an Armando-style improv show so gorgeous you’ll want to groom its silky, sexy mane. Say yea and not neigh to these long-form and fast-paced make-em-ups based on stories from a special guest monologist who most likely has been on television or movies or something. Guest for the September 12th show TBA!
 
"100 Best Things in Comedy of 2013" -- The Comedy Bureau
 
Pretty, Pretty Pony is:
Chris Alvarado (Comedy Bang Bang / Heyday)
Joey Greer (Mission IMPROVable/Bear Supply)
Vanessa Ragland (Pop My Culture Podcast/Van Jam)
Ed Roe (The Best Man/Battlesocks)
Atul Singh (Mission IMPROVable/JJ Caesar)
Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture Podcast/Mission IMPROVable)

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

FREE
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Cobranauts (House Team Night)
Sep
12
9:00 pm21:00

Cobranauts (House Team Night)

Four-time winner of the Westside Comedy Theater's House Team Tournament, the Cobranauts specialize in fast-moving, group-minded long form improvisation!

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

FREE
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Lip Sync Extravaganza
Aug
29
8:00 pm20:00

Lip Sync Extravaganza

Join a bunch of Westside Comedy Theater regulars and host Cole Stratton as they compete against one another lip syncing infamous rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, dance, pop and klezmer hits from throughout the ages. You pick the winners, they get a tacky trophy. And we all feel better about ourselves. Don't miss it so you can say you were there and saw this really dumb thing that was actually fun! 
 
Syncing their little hearts out:
Joshua Birnbaum
Max Crandall
Alonya Eisenberg
Austin Green
Valerie Henderson
Chelsea Hogan
Leah Kilpatrick
Katrina Lofgren
Rolland Lopez
Sam Mark
Natasha Milner
Bob Miret
Sean Monahan
Robert Rico
Betty Suravech
Lori Talley
Lindsay Weglarz
Bryce Wissel

Hosted by Cole Stratton

M.I's Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850
FREE
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Cobranauts (House Team Night)
Feb
22
9:00 pm21:00

Cobranauts (House Team Night)

Four-time winner of the Westside Comedy Theater's House Team Tournament, the Cobranauts specialize in fast-moving, group-minded long form improvisation!

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

FREE
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Mission IMPROVable
Feb
12
10:00 pm22:00

Mission IMPROVable

Mission IMPROVable is M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater's flagship show -- fast-paced short form improv from some of the quickest minds in Los Angeles!

M.I's Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

$12

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Mission IMPROVable
Feb
5
10:00 pm22:00

Mission IMPROVable

Mission IMPROVable is M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater's flagship show -- fast-paced short form improv from some of the quickest minds in Los Angeles!

M.I's Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

$12

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Groundlings Personals with Regan Burns, Stephanie Courtney, Jamie Denbo, Brian Palermo, Jim Rash, Colleen Smith and Cole Stratton
Jan
22
8:00 pm20:00

Groundlings Personals with Regan Burns, Stephanie Courtney, Jamie Denbo, Brian Palermo, Jim Rash, Colleen Smith and Cole Stratton

SF Sketchfest welcomes back smash hit "Personals," from the mind of Groundling Brian Palermo, who will comb through dozens of genuine internet dating sites and select the real personal ads of actual people.

Then improvisors who have not seen these profiles become characters based on them. The audience decides who dates whom and we see the world of dating through the eyes of prisoners, furries, goths... and maybe even Republicans.
Millions of people are looking for love - see if these freaks get any!
Featuring incredible performers from The Groundlings Theatre and more!

Friday, January 22, 8pm, The Eureka Theatre, San Francisco, CA
$25 BUY TICKETS

Each/Other with Scott Adsit and Tami Sagher, with Cobranauts
Jan
17
7:00 pm19:00

Each/Other with Scott Adsit and Tami Sagher, with Cobranauts

Scott Adsit ("30 Rock," "Big Hero 6") and Tami Sagher ("Inside Amy Schumer," "Broad City") return to Sketchfest to once again blow your improv mind and relocate it to a better improv neighborhood. Two Second City legends, two chairs, one night only. With an opening set by Cobranauts.

Sunday, January 17, 7pm, Eureka Theatre, San Francisco, CA
$25 BUY TICKETS

Theme Park Improv
Jan
16
10:00 pm22:00

Theme Park Improv

The Theme Park Improv Show's improvisers take a single suggestion of a theme from the audience, and wing an entire set of fast-paced long-form scenes and characters, based on stories from a special guest monologist. After six sold-out years, they return to SF Sketchfest with a stellar lineup: Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), Michael Hitchcock ("Best in Show"), John Michael Higgins ("A Mighty Wind"), Jessica Makinson ("Halfway Home"), Oscar Nunez ("The Office") Cole Stratton ("Pop My Culture Podcast) and Janet Varney ("Burning Love"). With special guest monologist James Roday from "Psych!"

Saturday, January 16, 10pm Brava Theater Center, San Francisco, CA
$25 BUY TICKETS

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook and guests
Jan
15
10:00 pm22:00

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction with Bryan Cook and guests

Bryan Cook hosts the live show and podcast that holds the esteemed honor of being the internet’s #1 most trusted source for Muppet boners and horny loners. Comedians compete writing and performing Erotic Fan Fiction pieces, based upon their whims or audience suggestion.

Rolling Stone listed the show as one of its “Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now,” calling it “foul, outrageous… and compelling” with jokes that “transcend porn mechanics to become a titillating delight.”

Come see why Laughspin.Com said CEFF "might be one of my favorite comedy shows I’ve ever taken in. Period."

Guests for the SF Sketchfest version are Michelle Buteau, Frank Conniff, Ivan Hernandez, JoAnn Schinderle, Beth Stelling, Cole Stratton, Jim Tews and Brent Weinbach.

Friday, January 15th, 10pm, Brava Theater Center, San Francisco CA
$25 18+ BUY TICKETS

Pop My Culture Podcast with Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland and special guest Fred Willard
Jan
10
12:30 pm12:30

Pop My Culture Podcast with Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland and special guest Fred Willard

Pop My Culture is a weekly-ish podcast hosted by comedic actors and improvisers Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland. Join these two entertainment nerds and their special guests as they discuss movies, music, television, celebrity gossip, etc. without all those pesky “serious” topics like politics, religion and the environment. I mean, you can tune into Fresh Air for that. We’ll just tackle the trivial watercooler stuff, ok? 

Joining Vanessa and Cole for a live recording at SF Sketchfest is a very special guest -- legendary comedian and actor Fred Willard ("Waiting For Guffman," "Best In Show," "Fernwood2Night," and countless others)!

With over a million downloads, Pop My Culture has been named the #2 Best Comedy Podcast of the Moment by Rolling Stone, and has appeared on Best lists by Paste Magazine, IFC.com and Mashable.com. It's part of the Nerdist network of shows. Past guests include Drew Carey, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Cary Elwes, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Rachel Dratch, Laraine Newman, Jonathan Silverman, Reginald VelJohnson, Jodie Sweetin and many more.

Sunday, January 10, The Eureka Theater, San Francisco, CA
12:30pm
$15 BUY TICKETS

Rifftrax Night of the Shorts VI: Riffy Potter and the Half Blood Riff with Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett and guest riffers
Jan
7
8:00 pm20:00

Rifftrax Night of the Shorts VI: Riffy Potter and the Half Blood Riff with Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett and guest riffers

Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and Rifftrax.com return to SF Sketchfest for a sixth edition of RiffTrax Shorts -- the guys will take on some of the worst PSA, educational, scientific and promotional shorts of yesteryear, and riff them into submission.

Joining the terrific trio are guest riffers John Hodgman ("The Daily Show"), Adam Savage ("Mythbusters"), Paul F. Tompkins ("Best Week Ever"), original MST3K writers and performers Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Nelson, and frequent RiffTrax Presents team Cole Stratton ("Pop My Culture Podcast") and Janet Varney ("The Legend of Korra").

Thursday, January 7th, 8pm The Castro Theatre, San Francisco
$30 BUY TICKETS

 

Cobranauts: New Year's Drunk Show
Dec
28
9:00 pm21:00

Cobranauts: New Year's Drunk Show

Come watch the improv house team Cobranauts fill themselves with, um, holiday cheer and try to do a show for you!

Monday, December 28th, 9pm
Westside Comedy Theater, Santa Monica
FREE

The Cobranauts Take Over Your TV (A Sketch Show)
Sep
22
7:00 pm19:00

The Cobranauts Take Over Your TV (A Sketch Show)

Four-time winners of the M.I. House Team Improv Tournament, The Cobranauts present their first ever sketch show for one night only -- sending up the tropes and traditions of that glowing tube that everyone owns (except for pretentious people at parties, who we guess just watch kale). Join them as they branch out and attempt to conquer a different corner of the galaxy!
 
with
Shaun Boylan
Morgan Christensen
Jennifer Cowan
Al Garcia
Mary Gutfleisch
Byron Kennerly
Jen Parker
Rob Shelley
Cole Stratton
 
Coached/Directed by Bryce Wissel

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323a 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA

$5
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Games of Throne
Sep
9
8:00 pm20:00

Games of Throne

Yes And is coming! Watch as improvised new characters from the wacky world of Westeros take to the stage only to die just when you start to like them! Wolves, Whitewalkers and Wildlings abound as Knights, Kings and Khaleesis all vie for a chance to sit atop a chair covered in swords. 
 
"It looks like a lot of fun, but I know nothing." -- Jon Snow
 
"I'd give my right hand to see this thing!" -- Jaime Lannister
 
"Hodor Hodor Hodor Hodor. Hodor...Hodor!" -- Hodor
 
Joining the Knight's Watch are:
Shaun Boylan
Amy Bury
Morgan Christensen
Jennifer Cowan
Joey Greer
Mary Gutfleisch
Miranda Shade
Cole Stratton

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

$5
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The Carpet Is Lava (House Sketch Team Night)
Aug
26
8:00 pm20:00

The Carpet Is Lava (House Sketch Team Night)

Two hand-picked Sketch Teams perform their original sketches on the Westside Stage!

Featuring:

Dullboy Jack
 
Cast/Writers:
Atul Singh (Writer/Performer)
Courtney Barnett (Writer)
Hayley Hirsch (Performer)
Leah Knauer (Writer/Performer)
Matthew Schlissel (Writer)
Lauren O’Brien (Writer/Performer)
Mark Lowe (Writer/Performer)
Jen Murray (Performer)
Director: Timmy Tamisiea
 
and
 
The Carpet is Lava
 
Cast/Writers:
Holly Brown (Actor/Writer)
Alonya Eisenberg (Actor/Writer)
Andrew Heder (Actor/Writer)
Carrie Long (Actor)
Cole Stratton (Actor/Writer)
Adam Schneider (Actor/Writer)
Greg Santos (Actor/Writer)
William Taylor (Writer)
Director:  Marc Warzecha

Twitter: @TCILsketch
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCILsketch

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323a 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850
$5
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Cobranauts (House Team Night)
Jul
27
9:00 pm21:00

Cobranauts (House Team Night)

Four-time winner of the Westside Comedy Theater's House Team Tournament, the Cobranauts specialize in fast-moving, group-minded long form improvisation!

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

FREE
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Westside Abbey
May
13
8:00 pm20:00

Westside Abbey

It's time to spend some time in Downton Santa Monica! The aristocracy and help collide onstage as lords, ladies, valets, maids, cooks, footmen, farmers, earls, countesses talked in hushed tones and overreact to things. 
 
Simply agog are:
 
Shaun Boylan
Jennifer Cowan
Joey Greer
Mary Gutfleisch
James Heaney
Miranda Shade
Cole Stratton

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

$5

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Castor Troy's 3D Movie Trailer Extravaganza
Mar
30
10:00 pm22:00

Castor Troy's 3D Movie Trailer Extravaganza

What's the best part of going to the movies? Why, the trailers of course! Castor Troy, the comedy team of Byron Kennerly, Lauren O'Brien, Joey Scavuzzo and Cole Stratton, improvise some film previews and one film that most likely WON'T EVER be coming to a multiplex near you. Or will they? Hollywood is out of ideas and don't be surprised if Michael Bay steals this shit. Also starring Robert DeNiro, Gilbert Gottfried, Owen Wilson, The Olsen Twins, Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Zooey Deschanel, Danny Glover, Steve Buscemi and whomever else they pimp each other out to impersonate on the spot! Oh -- and it's in 3D, so get ready to wear some glasses!

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323a 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 

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The Groundlings' Crazy Uncle Joe Show
Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

The Groundlings' Crazy Uncle Joe Show

Come and see one of L.A.'s longest running long-form improvisation shows! Watch as The Groundlings Players begin with three suggestions from the crowd, and then proceed to weave the stories together, traveling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. AND, they keep it up for an uncanny 40 minutes straight. AND, after a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again with three new suggestions! 

The Groundlings
7307 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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The Worst Improv Show in the World
Mar
11
8:00 pm20:00

The Worst Improv Show in the World

Oh, good lord. Look, we hate this show as much as you do. The only reason we even programmed it was because of a costly clerical error. We couldn't cut their run short or, you know, "legal action." We've tried to figure out a way around this but we can't. We've got banana bread beer and a bunch of other great ones on tap that will help wash the taste of this show away, so at least there's that, right? 
 
Blame these people, don't blame us:
 
Shaun Boylan
Seth Brown
Morgan Christensen
Jennifer Cowan
Charlie Farrell
Joey Greer
Mary Gutfleisch
James Heaney
Miranda Shade
Jennifer Smedley-McAdams
and Cole Stratton

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323a 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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RiffTrax Live: Night of the Shorts 5: A Good Day to Riff Hard
Feb
5
8:00 pm20:00

RiffTrax Live: Night of the Shorts 5: A Good Day to Riff Hard

Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and Rifftrax.com return to SF Sketchfest for a fifth edition of RiffTrax Shorts -- the guys will take on some of the worst PSA, educational, scientific and promotional shorts of yesteryear, and riff them into submission.

Joining the terrific trio are guest riffers Todd Barry ("Louie"), John Hodgman ("The Daily Show"), Adam Savage ("Mythbusters"), Paul F. Tompkins ("Best Week Ever"), frequent Rifftrax Presents team Cole Stratton ("Pop My Culture Podcast") and Janet Varney ("The Legend of Korra").

www.rifftrax.com 

$30 All Ages

Thursday, February 5th, 8pm
The Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

 

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Theme Park Improv (SF Sketchfest)
Jan
31
10:00 pm22:00

Theme Park Improv (SF Sketchfest)

The Theme Park Improv Show's improvisers take a single suggestion of a theme from the audience, and wing an entire set of fast-paced long-form scenes and characters. After five sold-out years, they return to SF Sketchfest with a stellar lineup: Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), Michael Hitchcock ("Best in Show"), John Michael Higgins ("A Mighty Wind"), Jessica Makinson ("Halfway Home"), Oscar Nunez ("The Office") Cole Stratton ("Pop My Culture Podcast) and Janet Varney ("Burning Love"). 

$25 All Ages

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at California Academy of Sciences
Jan
29
6:00 pm18:00

SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at California Academy of Sciences

(Cole is performing with Groundlings: Personals)

Comedy and science nerds unite for the fifth annual SF Sketchfest Comedy NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. This year's theme is "What's So Funny About Love, Sex and Science?" with shows presented throughout the museum. Highlights: America's favorite fifty-something Jewish mothers and relationship experts Ronna & Beverly will host their popular talk show. Famed Los Angeles improv collective the Groundlings present Personals, with improvised characters based on real profiles on internet dating sites. Competitive Erotic Science Fan Fiction returns for more ridiculous off-the-cuff debauched readings based on your favorite science fiction stories. Popular Nerdist Network podcaster Sex Nerd Sandra will explore fascinating and funny perspectives on sex and love. And top stand-up comedians including Erin Foley, David Dineen-Porter, Jesse Elias and more will perform. NightLife features food, drinks and DJs and is for guests ages 21 and over.

$12 21+
California Academy of Sciences
55 Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

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Pop My Culture Podcast Live with guest Ron Funches (SF Sketchfest)
Jan
24
4:00 pm16:00

Pop My Culture Podcast Live with guest Ron Funches (SF Sketchfest)

Pop My Culture is a weekly-ish podcast hosted by comedic actors and improvisers Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland. Join these two entertainment nerds and their special guests as they discuss movies, music, television, celebrity gossip, etc. without all those pesky “serious” topics like politics, religion and the environment. I mean, you can tune into Fresh Air for that. We’ll just tackle the trivial watercooler stuff, ok? Joining Vanessa and Cole at SF Sketchfest is hilarious comedian and actor Ron Funches (NBC's "Undateable," Comedy Central's "@Midnight")

With over a million downloads, Pop My Culture has been named the #2 Best Comedy Podcast of the Moment by Rolling Stone, and has appeared on Best lists by Paste Magazine, IFC.com and Mashable.com. It's part of the Nerdist network of show. Past guests include Drew Carey, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Cary Elwes, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Rachel Dratch, Laraine Newman, Jonathan Silverman, Reginald VelJohnson, Jodie Sweetin and many more. www.popmyculturepodcast.com

$15 All Ages (SF Sketchfest)

The Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA

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70s Key Party
Nov
12
8:00 pm20:00

70s Key Party

It's about to get really intimate as these swinging seventies suburbanites draw keys from a fishbowl and go home with someone new in this improvised "sexploration" of an era most of us weren't around to see. Remember that scene from "The Ice Storm?" Yeah, sort of like that, except that we don't have Sigourney Weaver in our cast. We asked her, but she's "busy." Whatever, 'gourney.
 
Drawing keys and saying yes please are:
Shaun Boylan
Amy Bury
Morgan Christensen
Jennifer Cowan
Mary Gutfleisch
James Heaney
Miranda Shade
and Cole Stratton

Wednesday, November 12, 8pm $5
M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323a 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA

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Mission IMPROVable
Nov
8
10:00 pm22:00

Mission IMPROVable

Mission IMPROVable is M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater's flagship show -- fast-paced short form improv from some of the quickest minds in Los Angeles!

M.I's Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0850

$10

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Lip Sync Extravaganza
Sep
29
8:00 pm20:00

Lip Sync Extravaganza

It's back! Join a bunch of Westside Comedy Theater regulars and host Cole Stratton as they compete against one another lip syncing infamous rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, dance, pop and klezmer hits from throughout the ages. You pick the winners, they get an incredibly useless prize. And we all feel better about ourselves. Don't miss it so you can say you were there and saw this really dumb thing that was actually fun! Followed by a karaoke party!

Cast TBA!

M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater
1323-A 3rd St. Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

FREE
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