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IMPROV ON THIS THE ECLECTIC COMPANY WAGES THE BATTLE FOR IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY IN BUFFALO

COMEDY
WHAT: The Eclectic Company

WHEN: Every Wednesday at 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Calumet Arts Cafe, 56 W. Chippewa St.

TICKETS: $5; $4 for students

INFO: 855-2220

Improvisational comedy is never easy but in the hands of talented comics, it can be a blast for performers and audience alike. The Eclectic Company has been waging the battle of bringing improv to Buffalo for the past few years. Don Gervasi, one of the mainstays of the group, says he loves improv because, "We get to play. We get to play like kids." That kind of fun attitude permeates the Eclectic Company, and its roster has included Adam Nowak, Sarah Nowak, Todd Benzin, Peter Cumbo, David Hoffmann and John Kreuzer. They're in their 20s, funny and willing to take chances with an audience. And it is the audience that often dominates improv gatherings, giving the performers subject matter and situations to set to routines. "You never know what's going to happen next," Gervasi has said. "Nothing is already written. Whatever happens is up to the audience." Improv is not about telling jokes as much as it is about creating humor out of every day life situations. The Eclectic Company does so with joyful abandon.

-- Anthony Violanti

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