'Holiday Hoopla'

The Rogue Valley's own comedy improv troupe, the Hamazons, will present "Holiday Hoopla," three evenings of comedy improv.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at The Rogue Building, Rogue Community College Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass; and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, at The Black Swan Theatre, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland.

The ancient origin of the Hamazons remains shrouded in mist. A sister tribe of the notorious Amazons, the original Hams, also know as "The Warrior Princesses of Comedy" developed The Creed — comedy that includes no gratuitous sex or violence, and puts no one down, including the performers themselves.

Within this circle of clean comedy, everyone is welcomed and everyone laughs hard. As Victor Borge said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

The Hamazons have performed consistently since 1999. The troupe's comedy improvisation is much in the styling of television's "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Based on audience suggestions, the Hamazons offer a different show every night.

The current Hamazons — Kyndra Laughery, Carolyn Myers, Eve Smyth and Cil Stengel — will be joined for this holiday show by Hamazon alumni Deborah Elliott, Sierra Faith and Bobbi Kidder.

The Hamazons dress with eccentric abandon and invite their audience to do the same.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Hearts and Hands, Ashland; Bad Ass Coffee, Medford; and The Kitchen Company, Grants Pass.

A portion of the proceeds will go to ACCESS, Inc. and the Rogue Community College Foundation.For more information, see hamazons.com or call 776-0643.

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