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Brent Tubbs, left, Leslie Mitchell and Jeff De Leon comprise Wisenheimer, celebrating its fourth anniversary with a performance and a podcast debut on Saturday.

The traditional fourth anniversary present is fruit or flowers.

"Four isn't really a fun number," said Leslie Mitchell, one-third of the long-form comedy improvisational trio Wisenheimer.

So she, Jeff De Leon and Brent Tubbs are celebrating their fourth anniversary this weekend by launching their own weekly podcast.

"I can't remember having this much fun doing something," said Mitchell, who has been practicing podcasts since the summer with her cohorts.

"Now we're really confident," she said. "We've got our skills where we want them and we can release this to the world."

Tubbs, the newest member of the trio, suggested a podcast to De Leon last year, and the latter has become a fan of that form of comedic expression.

Through the group's new website,, iTunes or SoundCloud, the trio takes off into long-form sketches inspired by current events, historical anniversaries or a "word of the day" app.

The three say it was easy to adapt their stage chemistry into an audio-only offering.

"I don't feel like it took a lot of adjustment, because with our gauge, it's become making each other laugh. We gauge that as our goal, to make each other laugh," Mitchell said. "If we can see the other person smiling we're going in a good direction."

De Leon added, "We leave it on there, just because that's part of the fun is hearing each other cracking each other up."

"If I can make them laugh, that's a real compliment," Mitchell added.

Another luxury is the ability to go back and edit material, rather than releasing it immediately on stage, although De Leon says "98 percent of it is still there."

"Where physicality takes over more in the stage show, here it's more vocality. I use different voices and persona, and they come across as stronger," Mitchell said. "I'm really enjoying that aspect a lot."

Wisenheimer shows may eventually become podcasts of their own, the three said.

Like the live shows, currently the first Saturday of each month after the family-friendly ComedySportz performances, the podcasts are uncensored.

De Leon, Mitchell and John Hannon began Wisenheimer four years ago on Wednesday nights. Hannon left the group, and Nathan Klaus and Brent Tubbs were added. Klaus dropped out, and the three decided to remain as a trio.

They say none of the Wisenheimer success could have happened without ComedySportz owner and Establishment Theatre general manager Patrick Adamson, who gave the OK to start the long-form, adult improv. Wisenheimer became the springboard for the Saturday night "Studio Series" at the Establishment, with various adult-themed shows each week.

"Patrick trusted us and also gave us the venue and the backing to get us where we are today," De Leon said.