Shamrocks and Shenanigans, March 17 ‘A whale of a time’ with Vancouver TheatreSports™


Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) has some fun with all things Irish at Shamrocks & Shenanigans, the improv comedy company’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration on Friday, March 17 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Patrons that night have the choice of three Irish-themed improv shows – classic TheatreSports at 7:30 pm and again at 9:30 pm plus a crazy Celtic version of OK Tinder at 11:15 pm. Each show will highlight the Irish theme – for instance a TheatreSports scene with dialogue made up of random Irish expressions, or what happens when your date is ‘acting the maggot’ (“being obnoxious, behaving like an idiot”) or turns out to be one of ‘the little people.’

‘Begosh and begorrah’ the air will be thick with Irish accents as Lucky Charm Leprechauns roam the Theatre bringing hilarity and a chance to win a pot o’ gold to all they encounter. VTSL will hold a 50-50 draw at each show – that’s three chances to be touched by ‘the luck of the Irish’ and go home with the prize. Over in Poet’s Corner, our Celtic Colleen will improvise custom limericks tailored to each guest.

As The Improv Centre is fully licensed, patrons may ‘fancy a few scoops’ (“partake in the consumption of sociable drinks”) at the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge. Bar Manager Paul Belsito is getting into the ‘spirits of the evening’ with specials on Guinness (what would St. Paddy’s Day be without Guinness?) and shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey. There’s even a special cocktail – the Irish Italian Kiss (Bailey’s Irish Cream and Amaretto over ice) for only $8. Don’t forget, audience members can enjoy their beverages inside the theatre as they watch the show. Slainte!

People have the option of purchasing tickets for only one show or two shows or to make a night of it and purchase tickets to all three shows. Whatever option is chosen, they’ll be guaranteed ‘a whale of a time’ of great laughs and convivial Celtic cheer and that’s no blarney. Tickets for the Shamrocks and Shenanigans shows start from $15 and can be purchased online at


About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League

Since its founding in 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) has grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form, entertaining more than 60,000 people per year through 11 shows a week, 52 weeks a year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre, located on Granville Island. An intimate space, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own Bar & Lounge over-looking False Creek Marina. Unlike most theatres, VTSL patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show. In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute – an improv school offering classes from beginner through professional level, conducts province-wide school tours and operates Improv for Business, a corporate training division with a diverse portfolio of blue-chip clients. In 2016, VTSL was voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘Best of Vancouver Awards.’ Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel.


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