Saturday evening laughter will reign supreme at WILLow LeaVes of Hope.

Area residents are invited to an evening of improv comedy with ‘The Cori and Pete Show,’ presented by the Actors’ Studio of Hope and 626 Productions in association with WILLow LeaVes of Hope.

Hope resident Pete Law says he hopes the show serves not only as an introduction to improv for the Hope Community, but that the show leads to more of its kind in the future.

“A lot of people around here aren’t as familiar with improv,” he says. “The TV show ’Whose Line Is It Anyway’ is what they think of, but there is more to it than that. It isn’t done around here; you have to go to Indianapolis, Louisville and Chicago to find anything that is related to improv.”

When considering bringing an improv show to Hope, Law collaborated with long-time friend and acting colleague Cori Brod.

Brod began acting in high school, but took time off to raise children and, now that they’re grown, she has gravitated back to the stage.

The Columbus resident says improv is something she truly enjoys and hopes it will spark interest in the audience.

“It’s an audience participation kind of thing, it’s fun and different every time,” she says.

She admits audiences are often hesitant in the beginning, but as the show goes on people relax and start yelling out suggestions for the actors.

Improv is comprised of a series of ‘games,’ Brod explains. Games is a general term used to define the different scenarios or skits actors pursue based on audience suggestion. For instance, people write down a line from a movie or book and put them in a hat. The actors then pull from the hat and the suggestions frame the scene.

“One is ‘An Oscar Winning Moment’ where the audience gives the actors a character and title of a movie that has never been made,” Brod says. “One of the actors takes the suggestion and plays out what it would be if he or she won an Oscar.”

One game Law is looking forward to is known as Lounge Lizard. During this skit, actors go out into the audience and interview people, then make up a song based on what the audience member says.

The flow of the show, like its contents, is based entirely on the audience, Law says.

“We may go from a rap battle to an Oscar Winning Moment,” Law says. “I think we’ve listed 12 activities, but we may not get to all of them.”

The uncertainty of what audience members may suggest is what makes the whole process so much fun, Brod says.

“I enjoy the fact it isn’t planned,” she says. “You can just go with it, step up on the stage and have a lot of fun without having to overthink things.”

Traditional improv is usually broken down into 10 to 20 minute skits, Brod says. However, this show will be nearly 90 minutes, which translates to nearly one dozen games with an intermission.

“Improv is a wonderful collaboration because it isn’t about being the funniest person,” Brod says. “It is about teamwork, taking things your partner offers up and using those and giving back so you build the scene together.”

Law admits it is the audience’s laughter that he enjoys the most. It is the audience’s enthusiasm that fuels the show, he says.

“I just want everyone to laugh and enjoy a show made up on the spot,” he says. “We know the activities, but we don’t know what we are going to say and that is the fun part.”