By Brigette Flood

In need of a laugh? Got a hankering for some silly? Like improv? The Village Theatre’s offering plenty of all the above at their new location in The Pencil Factory Lofts.

Head over, delight in their improv antics, and try out their new theater space while you sip a beverage and enjoy a performance. Their new location is at 349 Decatur St., just a hop, skip and giggle down from the older, cozier, some-might-say sketchier location beneath the old Lenny’s bar.

Led by co-owners Blair Holden, Mike King and Chris Clabo, the merry 12-member cast has been refining their style of hilarity for a while. After initially meeting and performing at Whole World Theatre, the crew struck out on their own in 2007 performing together at the 10 High in Virginia Highlands.  It stuck. After about a year, they opened the old Village Theatre in October 2008 with a serious mission: to become a house of comedy. Judging from the enthusiastic crowd in attendance during grand opening weekend, they’re well on their way. Not bad, for a crew that’s yet to quit their day jobs.

The core of what The Village Theatre does is improv comedy but they also host stand-up, burlesque and sketch comedy.

“We are, and will always be, an inexpensive evening of entertainment for Atlantans to sit back, laugh and take their mind off their day,” says Blair Holden. “Our purpose is to create laughter – for both the audience and ourselves.” And they do. Weekly, in fact.

You can enjoy a show with main cast members on Friday or Saturday night for a mere $10 or have some fun with the student group, Danger!, on Thursdays for $5. For those who are more curious about comedy, Village Theatre also offers 8-week improv classes. All come highly recommended by past attendees. As their website says, “It’s the most fun you can have for $10 with your clothes on!”

Starting in May, the Village Theatre will be collaborating with Phat Comedy and will be offering monthly stand-up comedy workshops for youth ages 8-17. “We are very excited for Phat Kids to be a part of the Village Theatre,” says troupe member Emily Holden. It’s worth noting that she is 9 months pregnant, something that works to riotous advantage on stage, as she adds, “We also like being able to say Phat Kids and get away with it.”

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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