Kristen Wiig joining Groundlings for anniversary show

By Sean O’Connell “Saturday Night Live” and “Bridesmaids” helped put Kristen Wiig on the map, but the gifted physical comedian got her start with the legendary Groundlings improv troupe, and this month, she’s returning “home” for an anniversary show.

“The Crazy Uncle Joe Show” is an original presentation created by Groundlings alum Holly Mandel that started small but quickly became one of the most popular weekly improv exercises at the L.A. group’s program.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the “Crazy Uncle Joe Show,” Mandel will be joined by Wiig and the current Groundlings Players for a special presentation on Wednesday, June 22.

How does it work? According to a release, the audience suggests three ideas, and the Groundlings Players proceed to weave stories. Throughout the show, the Groundlings are traveling back and forth through time, playing different characters in many different situations. They keep it up for a 40 minutes straight, and after a brief intermission, they come back and do it all over again – with three new audience suggestions.

Tickets for this special show should go fast, particularly with Wiig’s involvement. They cost $25, and are available at the box office or via phone at 323-934-4747 ext. 37. The Groundlings Theatre is located at 7307 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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