Jim Belushi improv group coming to Beaver Creek
Jim Belushi and The Board of Comedy isn’t your typical comedy show, but this doesn’t mean that audiences aren’t guaranteed to laugh for two hours straight.
“We are not stand-up comedians,” Belushi said. “Our show is not a passive, sit-back-and-watch experience. Most of the fun we have on stage comes from our inclusion of the audience — we get suggestions from them to begin each scene we perform, and in certain instances, bring them on-stage with us to add to our performance. It’s less a show and more a party.”
Belushi and The Board of Comedy will bring the laughs to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $68 and are available now by calling 970-845-8497 or visiting http://www.vilarpac.org.
Throughout his career, Belushi honed his comedic chops in sketch comedy, television and movies. As the younger brother of the late comedian John Belushi, Jim is best known for his time as a player on “Saturday Night Live,” the hit sitcom “According to Jim,” and roles in popular movies such as “K-9” and “Curly Sue.” Like his brother, Belushi got his start at The Second City in Chicago and has continued this love of improv with his newly-created group, The Board of Comedy.
Along with Belushi, The Board of Comedy features a rotating cast of trained professional improvisers. These seasoned improvisers create a laugh-out-loud comedy show filled with sketches that the performers come up with on the spot. As anyone who enjoys comedy knows, the best part of improv is the off-the-cuff responses and spontaneous moments that often leave audiences in tears —of laughter, that is.
While many comedians who star in hit TV shows and appear in movies usually leave their improv days behind, Jim Belushi has stayed true to his roots.
“(The) Second City taught me everything there is to know about character comedy, social satire, comic rhythms, what it’s like to study the craft of doing eight shows a week,” Belushi said. “When I got my first laugh on that stage, the adrenaline kicked in. I was dizzy, seeing colors almost. I was hooked. Second City is the foundation of all my work.”