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October 23, 2013

Comedy: Who ya gonna call?

Louisville is a unique town — a town filled with archaic architecture and historic homes. Such places create a rich soil to nurture countless ghost stories. This fact makes Louisville an epic Halloween town. From zombie walks and countless haunted house attractions, we are one of the creepiest towns to be hanging out in this time of year.

But not everything about horror is scary. In fact, sometimes it can be flat out hilarious. Enter Project Improv and their “We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts” Halloween show. This weekend at The Bard’s Town, Project Improv will have a little bit of unscripted fun with our city’s favorite holiday. Hosted by Dr. Ryan E. Kemp, a real life paranormal investigator who works with the Western Kentucky Ghostbusters, the improv troupe will try to brighten the most terrifying season with live on-stage banter and hi-jinx.

The evening will be run the old-fashioned improvisational way — nothing scripted, nothing predictable: The whole show relies on suggestions from the audience and the sheer creativity of the performers on stage. The event will also feature a mystery dinner party, where the audience will re-name classic Halloween characters as the names of guests at the party.

It’s undoubtedly one of the rare events where you can be an interactive part of the storyline. The show could be smart, heady and hipster-filled with obscure jokes from horror movies you’ve never seen, or it could be a litany of dick and fart jokes nuanced by vampires, zombies or werewolves — who knows? The tempo and content of what you’ll see will be solely determined by the people who show up and participate. Project Improv needs your participation or there truly will be nothing on stage.

Considering the audience will be in the hands of well-rehearsed improvisers and one real life ghost hunter, there’s nothing to be afraid of here. So if you want to see something strange in your neighborhood, don’t miss “We Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts,” because much like Actors Theatre’s “Dracula” and the occasional trip through Waverly Hills, Project Improv indicates this show will be the genesis of what will become one of Louisville’s greatest and most beloved October traditions.