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Address: 1428 Post Alley, 1st & Pike, Seattle, WA 98101-2034
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For 34 years Unexpected Productions has focused on the art of storytelling...

For 34 years Unexpected Productions has focused on the art of storytelling in its work, taking suggestions from the audience & weaving them into stories & scenes. The audience is always part of the story. We ten perform 10 shows a week and are the home of the most established improv school and corporate training program in the Puget Sound. We are consistently voted Best Live Comedy in Western Washington, we are the heart of improv in the Puget Sound. Our International Festival of Improv, now in its 20th year, has brought improvisers from around the world to Seattle. After the festival, they bring back to their, homes styles & knowledge that they learned at Unexpected Productions. From our home at the Market Theater in Seattle's Historic Pike Place Market, Unexpected Productions has ten shows a week & has created well over 150 original shows. They also Seattle TheatreSports, the first in the United States, & Seattle's longest running show, ever.

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Theater at its best

Decided to do something I have never done and went to Unexpected Productions improv. They were excellent, funny, entertaining! Well worth the cost plus some!!

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Danielle S
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Decided to do something I have never done and went to Unexpected Productions improv. They were excellent, funny, entertaining! Well worth the cost plus some!!

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Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

Theater's not usually my thing, so was a little worried, but never stopped laughing and was by far one of the best parts of my vacation.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

Found this place by accident walking around for good fun walked in they were doing final fantasy improve very funny and really good Tallent on the actors behalf. Would go see it agian.

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We went to see the Laqwrence Welk improv show. It was so much fun! The place is next to the "gum wall" outside of Pike Place. Kind of a grundgy feel, but about what you'd expect for this kind of a theatre. The drinks were affordable - $4 and $5 - and you could bring them into the theatre with... More 

2 Thank lololives
McAllen, Texas
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

My husband and I walked by the theater in Pike Place Market and noticed there was an improv show that night. We came back and it was absolutely hilarious! The perfect thing to do for a Seattle evening. Definitely R rated, so I would not recommend it for young kids.

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Vancouver BC
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

I have seen them twice. Once at a Christmas production and very recently in March 2013 for a production called Black Eyed Blonde. They take audience suggestions at the start of the show but never use them in the show. The show runs mote like a slow, badly plotted script without any spontaneity. A shame because I think they try... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

Theatersport is wonderful. Two teams doing improv with judges rating them and awarding points, and the winning team returning the next time. Audience participation encouraged. Mostly very clean comedy, so safe to bring older children. Extremely entertaining.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

My walking tour guide tipped me off to this place -- I'm so glad he did. This was a wonderful find for an enjoyable evening of humor. I stopped by the 7:00pm show for a paultry $5 ticket price and then was able to stick around for FREE for the 8:30 show. After the second show, I jumped down the... More 

2 Thank Ernest J
Miami, FL
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

The Market Theater is home to Unexpected Productions, a comedy troupe of local area comics. They serve sodas, snacks, and alcoholic drinks right before and during their performances at very good prices. I attend Seattle Theater Sports, and I must say, my throat was hurting at the end of the evening from all the laughter from the Improv performance. Great... More 

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Reviewed 9 September 2012

Found this place next to the Gum Wall and saw they were doing Final Fantasy Comedy Improv. These are two of my favourite things, so we had to go. We got there for 7pm where there was a happy hour for $5 a ticket - and you could stay afterwards and see both the Final Fantasy show and another show... More 

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