Have a question about East Side Story? Send it to us at contact@essimprov.com and we may add it to the FAQ!

Is it really all made up?

All of our improv shows are 100% made up on-the-fly from your suggestions! Nothing is written ahead of time, and while we do practice technique, we never rehearse or pre-plan improv shows.

Is it kid-appropriate?

Generally our Saturday shows are appropriate for all ages. We don't aim the content specifically at kids or teens -- it's targeted at adults -- but younger audience members should enjoy it too. Content generally falls between what you'd expect to see in a PG to light PG-13 movie.

Fridays are our more experimental and adventurous shows, and are more likely to be appropriate for older teens and adults. If a show has full-on adults-only content, we'll note that in the show description, but generally Friday can fall between PG-13 and one of those movies you walk out of and go "how did that get a PG-13 rating?"

Am I going to get picked on or called up on stage?

Nope! We ask the audience for suggestions, but there's no insult comics here. If you want to sit back quietly and anonymously, go for it! Of course, in some shows, there are opportunities for volunteers to jump up on stage and join us. But please, wait until we ask. 😉

You seem to be having a lot of fun! How can I get involved in improv?

Most of our cast learned improv from local theaters Unexpected Productions and Jet City Improv. Both offer excellent classes from beginner to advanced, and we highly recommend them. The awesome team over at ComedySportz Seattle also has improv classes. East Side Story is doing long-term planning to bring additional improv education opportunities to the east side, to complement the great work those theaters do.

Exactly what is East Side Story?

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to bringing original comedy and other improvised and scripted performance art to the Seattle east side area. We work in tandem with other organizations such as SecondStory Repertory (also a 501c3 non-profit) to create opportunities for both audiences and performers experienced and new alike to experience and present original and unique artistic efforts. We're also in the early stages of planning an educational component as well.