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Your life on the stage!!! Become the star of our show as our cast improvises a hysterical romp through your life's most embarrassing, most rewarding, most awkward, and most triumphant moments. Nudity optional.

From the company that brought you "BLISS" in the 2005 fringe, and "The Play My Mother Hates" at the Bryant Lake Bowl in 2008; Swandive Theatre takes on improvisation in the only way they know how.

We guarantee completely accurate representations of you and your loved one's lives. Like the time you threw chicken guts at a wedding celebration, and your lawyer who only thinks about lunch, that state championship 2 on 2 soccer game, your husbands touching love songs about making out in swimming pools, your trusty robot backup dancers, and talking corpses.

Completely accurate.

We are giving away our comps. The first ten PAIRS of tickets purchased for our Thur 7/30 and Fri 7/31 show will be buy one get one free.
So find a friend (not hard to do at the fringe), or bring a loved one, show up early and be one of the first ten pairs in the door for this totally awesome deal during opening weekend!
Note: this does not apply to any fringe packages or online sales. This opportunity is for at the door single ticket purchases only.

The Bryant Lake Bowl will not be serving food and drink in the theater space during the fringe. They will however, let you bring drinks in. Our recommendation is to buy 2 drinks when you get to the bowl. One for standing in line and one for the show.

Here is our promo video clip, check it out!

Here are some highlights from a recent rehearsal.

The cast

Meg DiSciorio
Role: second spear holder from the left
Confusious says: Changes will soon occur in your life that will require heavy use of the words "Cantankerous Stinker".

Rachel Flynn
Role: Skipper, Barbie's plucky little sidekick
Rachel is the worst human being on the planet. She regularly steals candy from small children, leaves the toilet paper roll empty, and purposely doesn't say "bless you" when someone nearby sneezes. Some of her recent theatrical endeavors include repeatedly saying the word "Macbeth" while wandering around the backstage of the Guthrie, and wishing all of the dancers in the touring production of "A Chorus Line" good luck on opening night. And do you remember that time when you were a kid and your parents told you that your dog Jack went to live on a farm in the country with lots of land and rabbits to chase and other dogs for him play with; and you were sad that he was gone but also happy for him that he was in such a great place until one of your friends planted the seed of doubt by suggesting that the "farm" was really just a euphemism for putting your four-legged best friend to sleep. Well, it turns out that your parents DID take Jack to an awesome farm that was like dog heaven on earth but then Rachel came by the next day, dognapped him and took him to work in a cubicle with no widows, poor air circulation, and a crummy benefits package. Seriously, keep your friends, spouses, children, pets (especially dogs), colleagues, neighbors, and anyone you don't totally hate away from this horrible person.

Aaron Konigsmark
Role: Husky Voiced-read the following in such a tone.
Visited from the future, Aaron know's he's the leader of the human resistance. Zombie's will rule the Earth and the only hope humanity has is Aaron. (even huskier voice) "If you can read this you are the resistance. Zombies are a real threat that undermine the persuit of life. Find me. I'll be the one surround by Zombies." Aaron hopes before you sit down you check for the nearest exits and what objects can easily be gathered when Judgement Day desends.

Damon Runnals
Role: Pink Gorilla
Ooh ooh ooh ah ah ah me ooh ooh ah likey ooh ah ooh ooh ah improv. Ooh ah ooh ooh silly cast ooh ah ah ah ooh. English ooh ah better ooh ooh ah ah when show ah ah ooh ah goes ooh ah up.

Jason Vogen
Role: Special Ed
They call me Special Ed: double OH 2012...I exile the enemies of enmities, abolish angry aggravators, bemuse backstabbing betrayers and condemn coupling creepazoids...also I spend quite a lot of time on the internet discovering delectable deals and perusing pornographic prolificness...and as a general note I have an affinity for cheese in a way that some might consider to be unhealthy. Thank you and please do not spit your gum out in public.

Josh Vogen
Role: Eryx the Caedmon
Hello! My name is Eryx the Caedmon and I am on a quest. A quest to save my girlfriend! But I don't have one yet...and that's where I can use your help. If you're looking for the kind of guy that was an original Larper before it became cool and mainstream, or someone who has mastered the hundred sided die in ACTUAL game play, or how about the owner of THIRTEEN shoe boxes full of mythic rare Magic the Gathering cards; that's a bakers dozen people, then you have found your man :) E-mail me at with at least 3 photos, an extensive bio (footnotes optional), as well as a list of cant's and wont's, and you just may be lucky enough to call yourself my Boadicea *wink* You will not be disappointed.

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Swandive Theatre

Full Frontal Improv

Thu., Jul. 30 @ 5:30 p.m.
Fri., Jul. 31 @ 7:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 3 @ 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 7 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 9 @ 2:30 p.m.

Warning! Adult language

Venue Bryant-Lake Bowl
For ages 18+
Created by Swandive Theatre
Web site
genres Improv, Comedy
features Audience participation, World premiere, Regional premiere (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Original script/choreography

Overall rating

User reviews

Improv is tricky and here's why
by Jesse Corder Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
When coming in (albeit late) to this, the game was already afoot and I enjoyed the first half. And then it kept going. And going, until the jokes started falling flat and didn't get back up. I know that improv depends much on the energy of the audience and whether the performers are just simply on that night, but they were not the night I saw them. (also, no one will laugh much at stereotypical homo-phobe jokes)

It's hard work making comedy!
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
These folks are clearly having a good time whether they're batting .900 or striking out, and with improv both things are equally likely. They'll tenaciously chase a laugh if they sense it's in the room.

They've still got me.
by Jodi Furness Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Full disclosure: I know these people well. Perhaps too well. One would think that would make their comedy too familiar or predictable to me...but Full Frontal is hilarious! The house was packed and none of us new what was coming next - for that matter the actors didn't either and that vulnerability made for some priceless moments. The cast connected with their audience and personalized the show. The talent on stage is more impressive than I realized and they are more than worth an hour of your time! Go see the show and have some fun tonight.

great show
by dominic calderilla Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
a good show, they have come a long way from their normal theatrical shows. Improv might be another step in the funny direction, can't wait to see more...

Very entertaining
by anne calderilla Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show was very funny, it really had me at the seat of my pants... I liked how the audience was involved and never knowing what the actors were going to say. The hour show went by very fast never a dull moment....

Go See? Not when there's better improv.
by Nick Decker Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
While actual quality improv at this year's Fringe plays with plenty of seats left to fill (*cough*Comedy Go!*cough*), bad improv like this show pack in the audience.

Swandive plays it safe, sticking to recognizable short-form games recognizable to anyone whose sole exposure to improv are a couple episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway?. Character work was rarely solid, chemistry was never sparked, and cheap laughs were quickly grabbed in favor of a more meaningful joke. When other long-running short-form venues like ComedySportz and Stevie Ray's perform better and cheaper, there's no reason to see this poorly rehearsed improv show.

Improv pro-tip for the actors: wear closed-toed shoes for your safety.

Full Fun Improv
by Shawn Boyd Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Improv is acting at the edge of a precipice. Hanging from the ledge with one hand, the actor may emerge heroic or plummet in failure--a fact that makes success even more glorious. This crew deserves that glory. Their show was fast-moving, always interesting, and uproariously funny. If you fear joy or aspire to melancholy, be warned: This will wrest a smile from you. What a fun night out and what a perfect venue for the hijinks.

by Cody Stewart Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
7-31-09 @ 7:00 pm
Bryant Lake Bowl

This improv could have been rehearsed beforehand. Actors had energy and were successful in the beginning at rousing the crowd. The premise didn't allow the actors to really improv; the rules of the game weren't restrictive enough to make the show fulfilling. Even the loose cues of improvisation beforehand were forgotten by the performers. The show didn't make it's time frame (only 2 audience members life stories were picked instead of 3). Because the show is personalized by the audience (loosely), you may catch a lucky break with this one. I give it a 2 out of 5.

Is it good? YES
by James Lekvin Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Full Frontal Improv is a zany good time with a strong cast of talented improv actors. They have devised a great format (This is your life) to keep the improv flowing in sharp, and sometimes too short, scenes. And the cast manages to make you feel like you are in on the fun, not just a spectator. Really worth the time and money.

Charming, if unfocused
by Bard Husson Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Not high-octane comedy, but the ensemble keeps it going by being charming and likable. It really does give you the sense that they're just screwing around. Which isn't a bad thing. But they could definitely hone their act some.

class act
by Robert Flynn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
We have a new class act improv group here in Mpls. Opening night was not just fringe fluke; they are good. Full Frontal Improv could give the "big boys" in town a run for their money!

by Ruth Virkus Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I'm usually really uncomfortable with Improv; I keep waiting to get accosted and forced into service. What I loved about this was the way the cast included the audience without targeting the audience. I'm too chicken to volunteer, but the cast was so warm and fun that I was immediately put at ease. Their attitude made the show for me, and it was pretty solidly funny.

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