The Kentucky Center for Performing Arts' Bomhard Theater will host Improvapalooza 13 at 8 p.m. Jan. 12. This annual festival will feature The Black Version of the Los Angeles-based Groundlings improv company and Louisville's own Louisville Improvisors.

Improvapalooza was founded in 2000 by the Louisville Improvisors to showcase a wide variety of types and styles from the world of improv.

The event is the longest running improvisational comedy festival in the Southeast, bringing together the best improvisers in the country, previously including writers, producers, and performers from "The Simpsons," "Saturday Night Live," "The Daily Show" and "MAD TV."

The annual festival has featured top improv groups from Louisville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn., St. Louis, Mo., Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ft. Wayne, New York, N.Y., Los Angeles, Calif., San Francisco, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.

The Black Version

In "The Black Version," the audience suggests the title of a popular film and the all-African American cast of actors improvises "the black version." The second act brings the audience the DVD extras.

The troupe includes: Jordan Black of "Halfway Home" and "Community"; Daniele Gaither of "MAD TV" and "Chocolate News"; Jerry Minor of "Saturday Night Live," "Eastbound and Down," and "Community"; Gary Anthony Williams of "Boston Legal" and "Boondocks"; and Cedric Yarbrough of "Reno 911" and "Black Dynamite." They are directed by Karen Maruyama of "Whose Line..."

The show opened at The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. in the summer of 2010.

The Louisville Improvisors

The Louisville Improvisors originated ensemble improvisation in Louisville, Ky. in 1999 and have continued to explore the unique art form of theatrical improvisation. Their concept shows walk the tightrope of unscripted theatre, combining traditional stage work with the unpredictable elements of improvisation.

The cast includes: Chris Anger, Jenni Cochran, Brian Hinds, Alec Volz and musical director Todd Hildreth.

Tickets cost $24, with student and senior tickets available at $20. To purchase tickets or for more information call (502) 584-777 or visit