Opening Remarks at the 3rd Annual Tremendousfest Improv Festival, by Lauren Church

improvHello everyone, and welcome to the 3rd Annual Tremendousfest Improv Festival! I am, of course, Randall Howard, Head of the Tremendousfest Committee, and I want to start by thanking everyone here today to help us kick off Billings’ paramount improv experience of the year! There will be plenty of classes and shows and special guests this year so we’re preeeetty pleased with ourselves, ­and we’re sure you will be too!

Now! We’ve really grown a lot since last year’s fest, so let me start by explaining to everyone where this year’s three performances spaces are.

Stage One will be at Tremendousfest Headquarters at the Impact Theatre. This will not only be where Saturday’s headliner shows will be, but it’s also the location of tonight’s Kick Off Soiree, the Friday Night Mixer, the Saturday Night Social, and Sunday Night’s Wrap Up Party! Also, Stage One is sponsored this year by our good friends at The Listless Frog Microbrewery, who are encouraging everyone to drink responsibly and to remember that your Tremedousfest wristband gets you a free shot with every draft purchase! Okay!

Stage Two is at the Underground Cellar Theatre. Now, I know, the Underground IS about 20 minutes away from Impact and they’re doing construction on the water main that runs next to their parking lot. But they’re going to have a lot of great groups over there, so besuretocheckthatout. Oh! Almost forgot! Stage Two’s sponsor this year is Pauli’s Pizza. “When you have a craving inside you, ol’ Double P is all you need!”

Our last stage will be located at Jefferson Middle School and will be home to all of our family-friendly activities. We did decide to go ahead and add a second improv show this year, so bring your kids to either the 2:00 or 4:00 show Saturday  and stick around after for the Brews and Booze Barbecue! Funds raised from the barbecue go toward expanding the Impact Theatre parking lot!

Now, we have a lot of teams who have come in from all over the region to participate in Tremendousfest. So now, here for your enjoyment, ladies… and… LADIES… I’m just kidding. Ladies and gentlemen, your 3rd Annual Tremendousfest Improv Team Lineup!

  • Here Comes Tribble (Missoula, MT)
  • Doctor Recommended (Billings, MT)
  • Poptart Pizza (Billings, MT)
  • YELLING! (Sioux Falls, SD)
  • Girlz Night (Boise, ID)
  • Saint of Subtlety (Billings, MT)
  • *splat* (Bozeman, MT)
  • A Horrendous Waste of Time (Bozeman, MT)
  • Moose Cruise (Billings, MT)
  • Tim Curry’s Corset (Spokane, WA)
  • Bacon Mustache Thick Glasses Squad (Boise, ID)
  • FartOddMug (Bismarck, ND)

And headlining Saturday’s show at Stage One, all the way from Chicago, epic improv supergroup Show Name Goes Here! followed by a special midnight show from Billings’ own drag queen improv duo Thundertuck Express. The Thundertuck Express show is, of course, 21 and over only. Awww, I know, but you underaged folks can always give Jeff a call, right Jeff? Eh? Oh man, JUST KIDDING JEFF. Man, one arrest and he cannot take a joke anymore!

Okay, folks, that’s it, and again, thank you so much. Now, as you exit be sure to grab the green sheet—that is going to have the most up ­to ­date schedule of shows and classes! The printed flyers are incorrect, so you need the green sheets, alright?! Okay! Thank you! Have a great Tremendousfest!

Lauren Church loves to laugh. She enjoys writing but isn’t sure what she’s doing with her life. This is surely the midlife crisis that high cholesterol has promised her. She blogs every Friday at itscasualfriday.com.

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