Long Beach Playhouse, Held2gether Partner to Bring Original Comedy to Studio Theatre

For their fifth annual collaboration, Long Beach Playhouse and Held2gether, Improv for Life will bring an original sketch comedy show to the studio stage. The Grass-Fed, Free-Range Sketch Show will run March 1-3 in the Studio Theatre and will feature a dozen sketches touching on universal relationships, today’s political climate, outrageous characters and pop culture commentary.


Last year’s Sketchily After Ever treated audiences to a planetary bromance between Saturn and Jupiter, a revelation between the horrific introduction of dairy products and a burlesque 20s singer at a 6-year-old’s birthday party, according to Held2gether.

The all-new Grass-Fed, Free-Range Sketch Show promises to push the envelope at all comedic corners, offering an entertaining evening with the award-winning improv troupe and some talented newcomers. The original sketches were written by the performers, all Southern California locals.

“They have 30 minutes to create a sketch idea, and then I guide them through it, fleshing out the tone and comic timing. In a way, the creative process is like a reality show,” director Darren Held said in a statement. “It’s kept the show fresh and spontaneous for eight years. Our fans really love it.”

The sketch show is part of the Held2gether improv comedy program that offers improv comedy, sketch writing and performance classes. The Long Beach Playhouse Studio Collaborative showcases original programming from Long Beach artists under the umbrella of Long Beach Playhouse, organizing community-supported theatre and events that “cut across age, gender, ethnic and cultural boundaries.”

“Our collaborative continues to strengthen each season, and Held2gether is a huge part of that,” Playhouse Executive Director Madison Mooney said in a statement. “Their shows are fresh, hilarious and showcase Long Beach’s extreme talent, part of our ongoing mission here
at Long Beach Playhouse.”

Tickets for Grass-Fed are $15 Friday and Saturday, and $10 for Preview Thursday night. They are now available through the box office of the Long Beach Playhouse by calling (562)- 494-1014, option 1 or through the website here. The box office
is open Wednesday – Saturday from 3:00PM to 8:00PM. All performances are at 8:00PM.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 East Anaheim Street.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.