Short-form improvisational comedy is a difficult genre to tackle. It takes unique skill, confidence, quick thinking and performance abilities.

Comedian Amy Poehler once said, "Improvisation is almost like the retarded cousin in the comedy world. We've been trying forever to get improvisation on TV. It's just like stand-up. It's best when it's just left alone. It doesn't translate always on TV. It's best live."

Indeed, and Saturday, Aug. 7, you'll be able to catch one of Idaho's improv comedy groups in a live setting. Improvolution is a seven-piece performance troupe with more than 30 years of collective comedic and theatrical experience. They're a fast-paced outfit that promises to have you ROFLing well into the evening.

And that's a good thing. According to, laughter is a great way to "reduce the levels of chronic stress in your body, enhance your lifespan, boost immune system function, protect your nervous system and your sanity." So in addition to having a blast, you might live a healthier life.

If you're not sure what improv comedy is all about, think Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the popular TV show hosted by Drew Carey. The performers are given suggestions and ideas from audience members, then turn them into skits, songs and games, all while cracking jokes and engaging in hilarious antics.

Saturday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m., $5, Stage Coach Theatre, 5296 Overland Road, 208-342-2000,

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