It looks like some of our favorite people are joining forces for a night of comedy at the Richmond Triangle Players.
FuseBox, an improv duo and part of the Richmond Comedy Coalition, are battling comedians John Porter and Jared Cullum in a hilarious take down set for July 24.
“I can’t wait for this,” Porter says. “The battle has been brewing for a long time and now it’s time to let the audience decide who’s the best.”
Each comic will perform a 15-minute round followed by the improv group performing a set based on material from the stand-up act.
“FuseBox has not seen the material being presented, so it will be just as fresh for us as it will be for the audience,” Mandy Butler, one half of the improv duo, says.
Porter says the idea for the evening came when he met Butler last spring at VCU where she is pursuing an MFA. Porter was teaching a class in stand-up comedy and Butler taught improv at the university. The two became good friends.
“We were looking for a way to further our love for making people laugh,” Porter says. “But at the same time we wanted to present something a little different. She’s a little bit country; I’m a little bit rock and roll.”
“Whatever,” Butler says. “It was completely our idea to do this. Only improvisers think that fast.”
Stand-Up versus Improv: Six Rounds of Comedy takes place at Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Avenue, on Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Photo of FuseBox courtesy Richmond Comedy Coalition.