Panic Squad & Friends Opens With Explosion Of Clean Comedy Improv

By September 25, 2014Arts/Culture

Submitted. Gallery 7 Theatre is thrilled to be hosting Panic Squad and Friends, those masters of clean comedy improv, for a special, one-of-a-kind, not to be seen anywhere else in Canada performance that will have audiences in stitches the whole night long. Based out of the Pacific Northwest, Panic Squad is an international touring comedy improv team and will help launch Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2014/2015 Refined by Fire season.

“It’s always great having Panic Squad open our new season each year,” says Gallery 7 Theatre’s Artistic Director, Ken Hildebrandt. “They have the audience in stiches all evening long. Better yet, people don’t have to worry about off-colour humour since the team specializes in providing entertaining, yet super-clean comedy. It’s great, family-friendly fun.”

For over 10 years, Panic Squad has successfully performed for hundreds of churches, conferences, businesses, and top Fortune 500 corporations across the United States and Canada. Their show is very similar to TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway? and Theatre Sports in that they create spontaneous comedy scenes based on audience suggestions and participation. While the team’s goal is to present high quality comedy, they also keep their shows all-inclusive and all-clean.

“Typically, Panic Squad consists of three performers who travel to locations through-out North America,” continues Hildebrandt. “The show at Gallery 7 is unique in that team invites additional Lower Mainland improvisers to perform. We are the only location in Canada where Panic Squad does this. With double the performers, there’s double the hilarity, plus they get to try out new games that have been in the workshop, but not yet performed in front of an audience.”

At the helm of Panic Squad is founding member, Andrew Bright of Lynden, WA. He will be joined on stage for the Gallery 7 Theatre show by Mike de Boer, Frank Nickel, Steve Krajnyak and John Voth, all of Vancouver, BC.

The 90-minute Panic Squad & Friends show runs one night only on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Gallery 7 Theatre’s new performance venue, the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. Tickets are $23.00 adults, $21.00 seniors & students, $20.00 for groups (8+) and $15.00 for children (12 & under). They can be purchased through the House of James at 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford, by calling 604-852-3701 or by going online to

Season passes are also available for Gallery 7 Theatre’s entire 2014/2015 Refined by Fire season at savings of up to 25% off regular ticket prices. For information or to order season passes, please visit the Gallery 7 Theatre website at

“Don’t miss out on this evening of fun,” concludes Hildebrandt. “It’ll be a side-splitting, tear-rolling night of hilarity that promises to be both super-clean and super-funny. You can definitely invite your grandmother to this one!”

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