Is improv on the rise in Sacramento?  The B Street Theatre seems to be trying to popularize the trend.

The B Street Theatre is offering a special preview performance at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret (10th and K Street, in Downtown Sacramento) of a night of improv and sketch comedy. Those 18 or older are encouraged to attend to experience “an evening of spontaneous comedy entertainment that will knock your socks off!” Tickets are $5 for this preview instead of the usual $15 dollar general admission free.  The ticket includes one drink per person and the show begins at 9pm.

Improv originated from the mid-1500s and Commedia Dell’Arte, when actors would be given a scenario and a character role based on that scenario. Everything else-dialogue and action, would be left up to the actor. Improv continues to be a popular performance style today, particularly in Los Angeles, because it helps improve public speaking skills, confidence, creative thinking, acting ability and more.

You don’t have to go to L.A. to learn or experience improv however.  There are several organizations that offer improv classes and performances right here in Sacramento.  Two of these are Sacramento Comedy Spot (1050 20th Street, Suite 130) and Comedy Sportz (2230 Arden Way).

To purchase tickets for the B Street event, visit http://www.bstreettheatre.org/tickets/improv .