Creating universes: Local improv group takes the stage at The Roxy

Abby Lynes for the Missoulian

Missoula’s improv comedy group, Club Soda, creates entire universes starting with one simple question.

“Has anyone had a memorable experience this week?” a member of the crew will ask.

What follows is a short interview about the experience and a hilarious — and deeply human — series of mishaps and resolutions creating complex characters and a story arc with a beginning, middle and end, all made up on the spot. At Club Soda’s show last Friday, that involved weddings, “pumpkin” moons, bridesmaids, hitchhikers and lounge singers.

“You can be in any world you want,” group member Ken Grinde said. “And maybe a crazy world is a fun place to go.”

Friday’s show was the first of the series of improv shows Club Soda will put on at the Roxy Theater this summer. Performers include Ken Grinde, Bente Grinde, Kelly Bouma and Casey Chapman, along with rotating guests. Each group member has years of improv and performance experience, and they are excited to bring improv back to Missoula, after the last few local improv groups have come and gone.

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Club Soda began performing last summer in the Roxy

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