Snohomish is the birthplace of Crackpot Comedy. We are both a school and a performance group, teaching and performing locally and doing various creative projects.
We offer Improv Comedy classes and workshops in Snohomish, Washington, as well as improv comedy shows when it is possible. We partner with local open mic events and have a private Facebook group for our students and performing company members, and 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 now and then a stand-up comedy and sketch comedy class with other performance opportunities. These come and go with demand and availability.
Please see our calendar for all of our events, shows, classes, and workshops.
Our headquarters and our first improv group are in Snohomish, Washington. We operate as a business at various locations around the Snohomish area, sometimes independently out of a non-profit, local community theater called the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater. We are not connected to the theater officially; we simply either rent space and/or perform there from time to time. We also occasionally use other spaces for our Meetups, organize, produce, and MC events and outside gigs, and do corporate improv and applied improv training for local businesses and organizations.
Improv Comedy Class
After a long hiatus from 2020 to 2022, we offer a weekly class on Wednesday nights from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at various locations. We occasionally (rarely) do workshops and bonus classes Saturday mornings. However, all of this is subject to change, so go to our calendar to ensure something is happening, and then give us a heads-up before you intend to come by.
Our format is excellent for beginners and intermediates, all working simultaneously in the same class. We structure the learning to be appropriate for all levels (even advanced players) so that everyone feels like they are growing and learning while having fun.
There is no auditing of a class—no observers. This is to protect and nurture the students’ supportive, safe, and creative process and 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 $15 (depending on what class it is) per person, per visit. The occasional Zoom class is fit for beginners and intermediate improvisers alike. It is $10 per class, paid in advance. Click on the links to specific events on our calendar page to find the payment links. After you pay, we will send you a link to the class. If we do get back to in-person classes, you must talk to us first to determine if you are a good fit for us and if we are a good fit for you.
NOTE: We are not associated with the theater in any official capacity. They are entirely separate entities. Crackpot Comedy is an independent group and class; we simply rent space and/or hold performances at the theater. As such, we can’t answer any questions about the theater.
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 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 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 and 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, a workshop, or 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.
We have some rules for everyone, even if you have a lot of experience.
First, you must attend at least eight of our classes before you can be in a show. Second, even if you are an improv rockstar, you must 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 on-stage performers in the show. If you are supporting the show, you 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 and 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 guarantee that you will get in a show. However, if you are enthusiastic about it, a good listener, and a hard worker, there is a high chance you will get to perform, at least occasionally.
The director reserves the right to change these guidelines anytime to benefit the patrons, theater, ticket-buyers, students, and all other powers-that-be.