Get Ready to Laugh: Panic Squad Returns to Gallery 7 Stage September 25!

By September 17, 2015Abbotsford News, Arts/Culture

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For Immediate Release
September 16, 2015

Media Contact: Ken Hildebrandt

Get Ready to Laugh: Panic Squad Returns to Gallery 7 Stage September 25!

Gallery 7 Theatre is thrilled to launch their 25th Anniversary Celebration! Season with the return of Panic Squad and Friends, those masters of super-funny, super-clean comedy improvisation. This one-of-a-kind show runs for one night only on September 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.

Those who have watched the hit T.V. show, Whose Line is it Anyway? will know what’s in store for this evening of fun but there will be one distinctive difference: the comedy will be totally clean, thus making the Panic Squad and Friends show a perfect night out for the entire family.

Using only suggestions provided by the audience, Panic Squad leaps in to action, creating scenes right out of thin air. The results are side-splitting, tear-rolling hilarity.

“All I can say is be ready to laugh…a lot!” explains Gallery 7 Theatre’s Executive/Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “Every year, Panic Squad manages to deliver an exciting improvisational show here at G7 that keeps people in stiches. It’s a great way to spend a night out with friends and family, and a fantastic way to kick off the fall season!”

Traversing North America with their special brand of clean comedy, Panic Squad usually performs with three improvisers. With the show at Gallery 7 Theatre, the Squad invites a few more top-notch performers from through-out the Lower Mainland and Pacific Northwest to create a unique experience not to be seen anywhere else in Canada.

At the helm of the team is Andrew Bright, based in Bellingham, WA. One of the founding members of The Panic Squad, Andrew is Mr. Physical Comedy and loves to bend his face and body into anything the scene calls for. Andrew discovered his love for improv at Trinity Western University, where he became part of the university’s comedy improv league, 11:07. Graduation didn’t seem like a good enough reason to stop doing improv, so in 1996 Andrew, started The Panic Squad with a few other improvisers. The rest is history.  In 2001, The Panic Squad became a full-time venture.

Joining Andrew in a rare appearance will be original Panic Squad founding member, Scott Campbell. Campbell performed full-time with The Panic Squad for 4 years. Scott brings incredible wit, fresh perspective and rich characters to the stage. He is currently the Vice President of Alumni and Community Engagement at TWU and lives in Fort Langley with his wife, Margaret and children, Hudson and Imogene.

Other performers will include John Voth and Steven Krajnyak.

Panic Squad and Friends runs for one night only on September 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford.

Tickets are only $25 Adults, $20 Seniors and Students and $15 Children aged 12 & under. A special rate of $20.00 is available for groups of 8 or more.  Tickets can be purchased at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford or by calling 604-852-3701 or 1-800-665-8828. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please visit

Season passes for the entire 2015/2016 “Celebration!” Theatre Season are also available through the theatre’s website, or by contacting House of James. Please visit for more details.


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