Show X was founded in 2010 by Eric Knobel, M Ritchie and Andy Kuhlmann of the legendary improv group Splendid Things. It was an opportunity to bring together improvisors who admired each others’ work but never got to play together, drawn from Brave New Workshop, ComedySportz and the then-itinerant HUGE Theater. The show was on Monday nights to accommodate the schedules of working improvisors. The original cast was Lauren Anderson, Jill Bernard, Fred Beukema, Joe Bozic, Mike Fotis, Eric Knobel, Andy Kuhlmann, Nels Lennes, M Ritchie and Butch Roy.
In the years since, through no fault of our own, the show has been touted as “The Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young” of local improv, “a bona fide supergroup”, an “all-star squad” and “the best of the best”, “venerable” and “impactful”. The show moved from the Bryant Lake Bowl to HUGE Theater when it opened in December 2010. In 2013, Eric Knobel passed over production of the show to HUGE Theater, without noticeable changes to the show format.
As the years went by the cast lineup had to shift. Many of us started families, moved away, or cultivated more demanding careers. We added improvisors who had a combination of many years of experience, solid improv chops, high visibility and great personalities. The current cast includes: Lauren Anderson, Jill Bernard, Rita Boersma, Tim Hellendrung, Katy Kessler, James Rone, Butch Roy, Taj Ruler, Jen Scott and Hannah Wydeven.
The cast of Show X are working professional improvisors, teachers and directors who are on the lookout for improvisors who match the spirit and demands of the show. Once a year the cast makes nominations for new members. Some years we add no one, this year we’ve added four people.
We are pleased to announce our new cast members: Alexis Camille, Gubby Kubik and Heather Meyer will start in October and November and Lupe Muraszewski will be joining us in 2019.
In addition we would like to express gratitude to our Show X Emeritus – performers who are no longer active cast members, but are always part of the Show X family: Joe Bozic, Fred Beukema, Joshua Eakright, Mike Fotis, Dan Hetzel, Andy Hilbrands, Eric Knobel, Andy Kuhlmann, Nels Lennes, Aric McKeown, M Ritchie, and Troy Zimmerman. You may still see them when they drop by to visit.
Show X was born out of a desire for veteran improvisors to come together in a weekly showcase, and it continues as a beacon of improvisational theater. A beacon, in literal terms, is a fire or light set in a highly visible place as a warning, signal, or celebration. The warning we offer is that you might start improvising with your friends in your twenties and find that you never stop. We signal that improvisational theater can be consistently high quality and being “made up” is not an excuse, but rather a strength. And we celebrate the art of being joyful and goofy, while at the same time truthful and compassionate. We try to provide light on a night when other theaters are dark.
This is your standing invitation. Come join us, any Monday at 8pm, $8, HUGE Theater.