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ImproVision: Mondo Mascot Meat Draw

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Attending a meat draw at a legion is a Manitoba experience that ranks up there with going to a social.

The dependably funny, fast-on-their-feet ImproVision crew — Alan MacKenzie, George McRobb and Ed Cuddy — take advantage of their cosy legion venue by adding a twist to their games: three meat draws, with the winners getting prizes and becoming part of the show. Such is the strength of the veteran performers that they can take an average boring workday as related by the winner of the canned ham (FYI: don’t expect any steaks or ribs) and re-enact it with a bit of embellishment for plenty of laughs.

The improv games performed included a form of marshmallow torture and acting out random shows from the fringe program in different styles. The group has been together long enough to take any audience suggestion, no matter how silly or inane (Jamaican Tara Reid, anyone?), and riff on it.

And, if you miss anything, don’t worry: they end the night with a rapid-fire puppet recap.

— Rob Williams

 

From the Fringe program:

Not the tawdry tale of a young woman's descent into the seedy, meat-filled world of giant-headed, dead-eyed, smelly-suited wannabe cheerleaders – because it's short-form improv. Because it's ImproVision, it's improv with mondo twists like clothespins, mashed-up games and more. Because it's at the Duke of Kent Legion, there will be meat draws. Really. And because the bar will be open during the show, all three founding members of ImproVision will be there. Really.

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