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25 Years Of Improv Comedy

1.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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For 25 years, Chicago's i.O. Theater has been a training ground for the world's top improv comedians, including many cast members and writers of Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, MADtv and Upright Citizens Brigade. This hotbed of creativity stoked the imaginations and launched the careers of such well-known performers as Mike Myers, Ike Barinholtz, Mo Collins, Andy Dick, Rachel Dratch, Dave Koechner, Tim Meadows, Joel Murray, Amy Poehler, Andy Richter and Horatio Sanz. Now, for one amazing night, these illustrious alumni from the past 25 years perform in a gala show of improvised comedy as well as tributes to Chris Farley and innovative improv teacher Del Close. The excitement is tangible as this uniquely talented group of performers go back to their roots in this one-of-a-kind reunion; with no scripts and no rehearsals, it's a night where anything can happen!

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  • Actors: Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Dave Koechner, Ike Barinholtz, Tim Meadows
  • Directors: None
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUF6WM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Very disappointed in this video. Maybe it got better towards the end, but my wife and I stopped watching it after 30 minutes because the improv was so bad. The Best of Whose Line is it Anyway? Is much more entertaining if you're looking for an improv video.
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This DVD didn't even have a chance to be good. It was recorded at a large theater with a massive audience instead of at the two stages at iO. Instead of mic-ing the stage... they've decided to litter the stage with stand up microphones and mic stands. That leads to scenes where acting/stagework isn't even attempted, or it leads to scenes where people run around in the background until they have a funny thing to say, which they do by walking up towards the front of the stage and saying it into the mic like some weird spelling bee. It's not very condusive for the stage or improv. And its perplexing seeing as this is a night that is supposed to be celebrating and demonstrating improv from people who are masters at the craft.

It's a trainwreck of an evening with maybe a handful of amusing moments. If you want to see improv on DVD, this isn't it, I think the only thing available is ASSSSCAT. If you're a huge fan of improv and are absolutely too curious to stay away, please do yourself a favor and netflix it... and even then you'll be disappointed with how the evening went and how there are zero special features, no bonus performances set in the actual io theater, no small documentary about iO, how it was formed or anything. There's some fluff interviews with the stars interspersed throughout the evenings footage, but its more of a wedding video like montage with no real information, just people saying 'congrats' into the camera.

Seriously, don't be tricked into thinking this is even close to what it should be.
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I was looking for good comedy and thought " Mike Myers, Andy Richter, Andy Dick" don't think I can go wrong with this one. Well, I did. It was very boring. Maybe 5 minutes of funny and two chuckles in the whole thing. Having watched plenty of "Who's line" with it's semi-improv stuff and always laughing, I guess I was expecting too much. Don't waste your time or money on this one if what you want is real entertainment.
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If anyone wants to learn more about longform improv, and watch the professionals do it, this is worth watching. There are some extremely brilliant moments throughout the film, which is broken down my longform style. It is basically a highlight film of the 25th anniversery. I thought it could have been a little longer, and I wish Mike Meyers was in it a little more, because he is genious. However, you do get to see his supporting role as an improv actor, which he has been known to be one of the best. The Upright Citizens Brigade gets in a nice groove at the end as well. All in all it was good to see people that have gone through the Improv Olympic jump right back in, and not miss a beat.
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