Snohomish is the birth-place of Crackpot Comedy. We are both a school and a performance group, teaching and performing locally and doing a variety of creative projects.
We offer Improv Comedy classes and workshops in Snohomish, Washington, as well as bi-monthly improv comedy shows. We partner with local open mic events and have a private Facebook group for our students and performing company members, as well as a Facebook Fan Page for the general public.
We have even occasionally added other meetups and workshops, such as a comedy writer’s group, and every now and then a stand-up comedy and sketch comedy class with other performance opportunities. These come and go with demand and availability.
For all of our events, shows, classes, and workshops, please see our calendar.
Our headquarters and our first improv group is in Snohomish, Washington. We operate as a business independently out of a non-profit local community theater called the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. We also occasionally use other spaces, like the Snohomish Library for our Meetups, organize, produce and MC events and outside gigs, as well as do corporate improv and applied improv training for local businesses and organizations.
Improv Comedy Class
We offer a weekly class on Wednesday nights from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. We occasionally do workshops and bonus classes Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. However, all of this is subject to change, so go to our calendar to make sure something is happening, and then give us heads-up before you intend to come by.
There is no auditing of a class—no observers. This is to protect and nurture the supportive, safe, and creative process of the students, as well as to limit class size for space considerations. Anyone in the class must be a paying student, even if they are only sitting in the seats watching.
How Much Is Improv Class?
Our classes are the lowest price in the entire area, but that doesn’t mean they are of lower quality. We are also very flexible. You can drop into most classes for only around $10 to $15 (depending on what class it is) per person, per visit. There is a small discount if you pay monthly via Paypal. You must talk to us first to determine if you are a good fit for us and we are a good fit for you.
Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater
- Phone(360) 568-9412
- AddressTim Noah Thumbnail Theater
1211 4th Street, Snohomish, WA 98290
(Corner of 4th St. & Avenue D)
Crackpot Comedy Improv Show
Crackpot Comedy Improv, our bi-monthly community theater show, is Snohomish’s own quirky version of improv comedy, including short-form, long-form, and student recitals.
Every show is a riotous good time of new scenes, games, and even songs, all based on audience suggestions and crafted into all-age appropriate comedy by our local improvisers.
You play a part every two months as an active audience member. We offer a mix of classic improv comedy games with new experiments and plenty of audience interaction.
So whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a party, or just looking for some cheap local entertainment, Crackpot Comedy Improv is a brand new show every time!
See Our Calendar For Upcoming Show Dates, as well as links to purchase tickets online.
What If I Want To Be A Performer In A Show?
That’s awesome! We would love to have you participate. We are kind of an odd bird among improv organizations, in that we aren’t just a class, nor a workshop, nor a performing group. We are a hybrid of all of those things.
As such, you’ll want to come by and determine if we are a good fit before you make any hasty decisions. We allow you to come to any class to see and pay a drop-in fee. Then, if you don’t hate us, you can stick around for a while and end up in our shows.
There are some rules that we have for everyone, even if you have a lot of experience.
First, you need to attend at least eight of our classes before you can be in a show. Second, even if you are an improv rockstar, you need to attend the class before the show dates, as that class always acts as a form of “dress rehearsal” for the show. This means that if you are the type of person who comes and goes, it’s totally cool, but you can’t be in the show if you aren’t coming to class (and at the very least, the class, usually a Wednesday, before the Saturday show).
Also, we require everyone to volunteer for support roles when they are not an on-stage performer in the show. If you are supporting the show, you literally support the show. We love having “technical improvisers” join us who can work lights and sound and add spice to the show. If you are performing, you can concentrate on that. We work together as a team to ensure a good experience for all, especially the audience. This is to teach the entire process (lights, sound, backstage, etc.) so that you get a well-rounded education in improv theater, as well as earn your way into the hearts and minds of your fellow players. Don’t be surprised if we ask you to volunteer.
After “putting in your time” with us, we then rotate players through so that people who want to perform get a chance. The director always reserves the right to hold auditions, make cuts, move people around, and there is no absolute guarantee that you will get in a show. However, if you are really excited about it, enthusiastic, a good listener, a hard worker, then there is a high chance you will get to perform, at least occasionally.
The director reserves the right to change these guidelines at any time, for the benefit of the patrons, theater, ticket-buyers, students, and all other powers-that-be.