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Canned episodes of “Whose Line is it Anyway” isn’t cutting it for comedy fans in Waco. That’s why the Brazos Theatre Group is hosting an improv comedy night at 9 p.m. Friday.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Arts Studio and Theater located downtown at 605 Austin Avenue. Check out the art gallery and grab a good seat before the troupe takes the stage. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, military and seniors at the door. The show will run about two hours and there will be an intermission.

The show runs along the same lines as the improv show, “Whose Line is it Anyway.” When the audience walks in the door, they get a form to fill out. The suggestions from the forms are the basis for every sketch performed. A cast of eight actors will perform the sketches.

Beth Richards, Brazos Theatre Group director said anyone who comes to the show can expect a sore stomach from belly laughs.

“There’s a lot of physical comedy that’ll happen. They’re not afraid to throw themselves down on the ground for a good story,” Richards said. “It’s just a lot of fun, laugh out loud fun. Forget about your worries for a couple of hours.”

Actor Mike Thompson has been with the group for about three months and said he loves being part of the special group. Thompson said he loves the creative and unexpected nature of improv comedy.

“It’s an experience I’ll always take with me,” he said.

The group performed its first improv comedy night in June of 2013 at the Olive Branch, which sold out. After that, the group bounced from venue to venue. Now that they’ve found a home at the CAST, they are able to host larger audiences.

Monica Shannon, CAST co-owner said she is glad to host the Brazos Theatre Group. While she said she’s pleased that the CAST features art, she’s also happy to round out the arts offered with theatre.

“It completes everything about the CAST,” Shannon said.

The Brazos Theatre Group performs an improv comedy night every First Friday of the month. The shows are becoming more popular, so additional shows may be added in the future, Richards said.