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The Small Matters Physical Comedy Lab

Posted by on November 28, 2017 in Shows, Upcoming

The Small Matters Physical Comedy Lab

Presented by Hit That Jive Productions

You know that odd idea you came up with at a party, or in rehearsal, or in a workshop, or in the shower. Need a place to test out that weird idea you have? Have a bit that needs some audience? Or maybe you have a new character, or clown that needs a place to find their legs. Or maybe it’s something you’ve been thinking about, and you just need a deadline to get that first draft done…?

In January 2018, Small Matters launched the Physical Comedy Lab. Facilitated by SMP’s Christine Lesiak, it’s a monthly evening where clowns, physical comedy artists, character actors, alternative comedians, and art-lovers can experiment, play and watch in a supportive, structured environment. We enthusiactically welcome both first-time and experienced performers!

Upcoming Lab dates are:
Tues May 1 – 7 pm
Tues May 29 – 7 pm
Tues June 26 – 7 pm
Tues Sept 18 – 7 pm
Tues Oct 23 – 7 pm
Tues Nov 27 – 7 pm

Each is followed by an optional, facilitated constructive feedback time (approx. 1 hour).

Location: The Playhouse – 102, 10033-80 Ave., Edmonton

Email to reserve a spot (highly recommended!), or just show up and we’ll put you up if there’s time!
Cost: By donation (suggested $5).

Where: The Playhouse – 102, 10033-80 Ave. N.W. Edmonton, Alberta

What: Drafts of shorts 6 minutes long or shorter in any stage of development (longer spots available by request):
– character
– clown & bouffon
– physical comedy – e.g. slapstick, visual humour, dance-based, comedy magic, street acts, etc.
– experimental comedy
Note: The Lab does not cater to traditional stand-up or improv acts (not that we don’t love these, it’s just there are other venues for these forms).

You should know…
– The Lab is a supportive environment where we provide a safe space to take risks and celebrate spectacular failures as much as glorious successes. We recognize that risking failure is an act of bravery.
– We don’t think racist, sexist or hateful material is brave. We think it’s mean and lazy.
However, we don’t jury or censor, and recognize some of the work will intentionally or unintentionally be provocative. You might be offended sometimes. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a great thing to talk about with the artist!
– This space is carpeted, so NO WET MESS or theatre herpes (confetti or glitter) is allowed.

For more information or to sign-up, contact