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Room 101, one of L.A.'s original and most popular indie improv shows, tonight takes its comedy to the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. Hector Santa-Cruz, Nick Mandernach, Rene Gube, Toni Charline and Joel Jensen, who make up the improv group Shakedown, run Room 101. These improv vets are known for producing monthly pop-up – style improv shows at unique venues: a flower shop, an amphitheater, even a hotel room. During the latter show, the Shakedown team had to incorporate the hotel's manager into their improv set after he came in to follow up on a noise complaint. Set to perform at the Last Bookstore show is an impressive lineup of improv ensembles, including Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre's house team Bangarang! and the powerhouse two-man group Outlook of the Poet. All the improv teams will use the backdrop of the Last Bookstore to inspire their sets. “Performing at unique locations is risky and fun because we don't control the space,” says Shakedown member Mandernach. “A lot of customers at the Last Bookstore won't be expecting an improv show.” Did we just let the cat out of the bag? The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., dwntwn.; Wed., June 18, 8 p.m.; free. (213) 488-0599, lastbookstorela.com.

Wed., June 18, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 06/18/14)

LA Weekly