November 15, 2006

Comedy and a funky song

Filed under: Comedy,Listings,Press Releases — offoffbway @ 11:30 pm

There’s nothing we like better than a funny show with a kickin’ theme song. (Well, OK, we’d like an enormous pile of money more than that.) The Riant Theatre’s new show WHO’S GOT GAME? has both. Funny improv, cash prizes for the performers AND the audience, and a theme song that’s way better than anything this guy ever came up with. Actually, it’s much better than that. Give it a listen, and check out the show. Big opening night this Sunday at 6pm, show continues on Sundays through December 17th. Press release after the jump.

The Riant Theatre
Presents a Dynamic New Improv Show
At Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street, Roy Arias Theatre, 5th Floor
Sundays at 6PM – Now through December 17th

Van Dirk Fisher, the founder and artistic director of the Riant Theatre and producer of the long-running critically acclaimed Strawberry One-Act Festival, presents a dynamic new improvisational show called WHO’S GOT GAME? Performances are at 6pm on Sundays from now through December 17th and will be at The Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street, Roy Arias Theatre, 5th floor.
In this improvisational comedy show, twenty actors have been chosen to compete for the title of “Best Playa Playa.” Each week the actors will partner and compete to win points from the judges and from the audience. At the end of the night the audience will cast their votes and decide WHO’S GOT GAME? And each week one team of two actors will be eliminated. The actors who manage to make it to the final show on Sunday, December 17th will then compete for a CASH PRIZE of $500.00! But the cash prizes don’t stop there. At every show audience members qualify for a chance to win a cash prize just by casting their votes.
The three judges for the competition are Karen Page, who is the host of Riant! Riant! Arts & Entertainment, director Kristin Hoffman and Van Dirk Fisher.
Performances for WHO’S GOT GAME? will be at The Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street, Roy Arias Theatre, 5th floor and will be on Sundays at 6pm from November 5th through December 17th. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (646) 623-3488 or by visiting You may also purchase VIP tickets to see all performances for $100 and receive complimentary drinks, reserved seating and a WHO’S GOT GAME? T-shirt. There are also discounts for bringing your friends: if you bring 3 friends who pay full price you get in for free; if you bring 2 friends who pay full price you get $10 off your ticket price; if you bring 1 friend who pays full price you get $5 off your ticket price. Be the first to try Player’s Delight, the specialty drink created just for this show. The first 75 people to purchase their tickets online will receive a complimentary drink; the first 25 people to purchase tickets online will also receive a special door prize.
The videotaped show will air on Riant TV (RTV) at on Monday through Saturday 24/7 where viewers can pay $15.00 to view the show and cast their votes and also have an opportunity to win more cash prizes for playing the game.
The Black Experimental Theatre (BET) a.k.a. The Riant Theatre, was founded in 1979, as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization, by Artistic Director, Van Dirk Fisher. BET is a theatre that entertains as well as teaches by nurturing and developing new works by playwrights that encompass the historic and social progression of the Afro-American and the contributions the Afro-American has made in the United States.
Through the years BET has grown to include all nationalities (Asians, Afro-Americans, Hispanics, Anglo-Saxon, etc.) as its main focus, because the company believes that by furthering the understanding between the races, people can all advance and learn to live in harmony. The company celebrates their diversity and takes joy in sharing their cultural differences and similarities. To this end BET was founded. They acknowledge that theatre is an important tool that has been used for centuries to help people see themselves in a new light and achieve a new perception of themselves and the world in which they live. The Riant (which means merriment and laughter in French) has grown to become a place where artists (singers, writers, actors, directors, musicians, & visual artists) can come together to collaborate on new works and share ideas. WHO’S GOT GAME? is one of many projects that The Riant Theatre will present in the coming months.

At The Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street, Roy Arias Theatre, 5th Floor
SCHEDULE: Sundays at 6PM, November 5th through December 17th.
TICKETS: $15, special discounts available; Call (646) 623-3488 or order online at

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