Asheville’s comedic Yes Fest made its debut last fall, and now it’s back for a second year. “There’s long-form improv, short-form improv, various improv games and more often than not, the audience is solicited for ideas, words or phrases from which the individual improvisations take off,” says Steven Samuels, artistic director of the presenting organization, The Magnetic Theatre. This year’s unscripted hilarity relies on the speedy brainwork of local troupes Reasonably Priced Babies, No Regrets, Blacklist Improv and The OxyMorons. Two groups perform during each session, and the schedule makes it possible to sample all four acts (or parts thereof) on each of the festival’s three nights. Yes Fest the Second runs Thursday to Saturday, April 21-23, at 7:30 and 9:30 nightly. $15/$18 per show or $60 for the entire series. themagnetictheatre.org. Photo of Blacklist Improv courtesy of The Magnetic Theatre
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