Make with the Funny

There are tons of improv sketch comedy groups scattered across the country, many of them filled with unfunny hacks that are more annoying than funny. The Groundlings are certainly not among that set. Based in Los Angeles and boasting alum like Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Lisa Kudrow, and Paul Reubens (the Pee Wee Herman character was born during the Groundlings sketches), the Groundlings have been touring the country performing long form improv since 1974. Cast members have consistently vaulted to superstardom after performing with the group, so chances are pretty good that a star in the making will be performing right before our eyes. Split your sides laughing with the Groundlings, Mod 27, Just the Funny and more at the 2008 Miami Improv Festival, taking place at Just the Funny Theater (3119 Coral Way, Miami) on Friday and Saturday. Performances start at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets range from $10 to $25, and entire festival passes are $60. Call 866-468-7630 or visit
Fri., June 27; Sat., June 28, 2008
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Brett Gillin