Fans of ComedySportz know they can get their fix of family-friendly, short-form improvisational comedy on weekends at the Establishment Theatre in downtown Rock Island.
But a month ago, the Establishment flipped the story by adding Wisenheimer, an adults-only, long-form performing trio comprised of Jeff De Leon, John Hannon and Leslie Mitchell. They don’t necessarily go for the jugular vein, but some topics may turn serious.
With one suggestion, the trio creates a 35- to 45-minute sketch onstage.
“It’s definitely different than what our audiences are used to,” De Leon said. “It is not always as rapid-fire and there’s definitely more of a narrative feel to it. Kind of like you’re watching a play that’s being improvised right in front of you.”
De Leon, who is also the social media director for ComedySportz, is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and performed with both The Playground and ImprovOlympic theaters in Chicago.
Hannon is a member of Guys In Ties, the national touring company of ComedySportz Quad-Cities, and he regularly performs stand-up comedy around the area.
Mitchell is new to the Quad-Cities after performing with improv troupes in Chicago and Phoenix.
After Wisenheimer, there will be two new additional long-form games each Wednesday night. First off is “The Lottery,” wherein a random audience member gets to improvise onstage with the performers. Wrapping up the evening is a game called “Honest Dick” in which the audience participates in a race to be as racy as possible.
It’s being performed every Wednesday except the last week of the month, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5,
available at the door, online at
EstablishmentTheatre.com or by calling 309-786-1111.
— Times staff