Actress Keiko Agena will appear in six improv comedy shows in four days at iO West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. The schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 30, at 11 p.m. with Hometown (Mainstage)
Saturday, May 31, with Hometown at 9 p.m. (Loft) and Ham Radio at 10:30 p.m. (Mainstage)
Sunday, June 1, at 8 p.m. with Hometown (Del Close Theater)
Monday, June 2, at 8:30 p.m. with Renegade Justice Patrol (Loft) and 11 p.m. in Sketch Cage Match Competition, Top Bunk vs. The Divorcées (DCT)
At every one of their shows, Hometown is going to share with you tales from a town that you’ve never heard of, that never even existed until the moment Hometown started to create it. You give them a town name and that town’s slogan, and they’ll take it from there, using a combination of interview-style scenes, fast-paced play and wild character work to bring you inside the life and times of small-town (or big-city) America (or Ireland or Brazil or southwest Uzbekistan). Coached by Sean Cowhig. Cast list: Agena, Erika Godwin, Jesse Durant, Kristen Henley, Dan Heber, James Parker, Sean Harrigan.
RJP is a long-form improv team that uses a suggestion of a location to create a unique world filled with memorable characters. RJP is coached by Dave Hill. Cast list: Agena, Will Choi, Rex Howell, Curtis Spiliotis, Justin Vasquez, Hershey Wingler.
Ham Radio features Agena, Tilt Tyree, and Diona Reasonover.
The Divorcées is an Upright Citizens Brigade-trained improv and sketch group based in LA. They’re picky about food and prefer to perform in wigs. Their full-length sketch show — “Cruisin’” — made its debut at the Comedy Central Stage in 2013 and was brought to UCB in early 2014. Cast: Agena, Katie Nathan, Daniel Landroche, Jake Green, Beth Lepley, Ryan Pratton, Will Choi.
For information and reservations, go to http://ioimprov.com/west/.
Agena is best known for her role as Lane Kim on the TV show “Gilmore Girls” and as Dr. Cheng on Fox’s “House.” On the big screen, she was the blackberry-wielding assistant to Frances McDormand in “Transformers 3.” She also appeared in the historical drama “Lil Tokyo Reporter.”
Besides TV, Agena currently performs in the band Flying Platforms. You will also see her at “Midtones,” a monthly jam session, at the Grandstar Jazz Club in Chinatown, playing the otherworldly character Christine Madeleine. She has been featured in People Magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People” issue in the “they play meek and geeky, but off screen they shine” section, with America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”).
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