By Jeanette Knight
What makes this show special for the Coachella Valley is that the performers were chosen by audience votes at the inaugural Coachella Valley Improv/Comedy Festival, where improv groups and stand-up comics from across the nation performed and competed last July.
The overall winner and headliner for the “Weekend of Comedy” is a Los Angeles-based improv group called “White Women.” This ingenious troupe takes a suggestion from the audience and creates a completely improvised piece of comedy based on the suggestion. “White Women” regularly perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in Los Angeles, which was co-founded by Amy Poehler.
Local resident Richard Weiss, who has performed stand- up comedy for eight years in clubs like “Caroline’s” in New York, has also toured the country in sold out shows as part of the “Stand Up to Addiction” tour. He will be acting as emcee for the event as well as performing. Dr. Mike, a former Marine and practicing physician from Los Angeles who believes “the only true way to heal someone is to make them laugh,” will be doing his stand-up comedy.
Tickets are available for $19-$26. Patrons can select their own seats by going to the interactive seat map at www.indioperformingartscenter.org, or by calling IPAC at (760) 775-5200 Monday through Friday, 10AM – 4PM.