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Election Show 2016

Jet City Improv proudly presents the return of its critically-acclaimed original comedy ELECTION SHOW for a five-week engagement leading up to this year’s presidential election with a simple promise to the American people:

Make Elections Fun Again.

The 2016 edition of this long-running satire provides a break from coverage of the real presidential election with the return of the show’s traditional non-partisan approach: at ELECTION SHOW, no real politicians or political issues (not even a giant border wall) are allowed.

Instead, every night’s skewering of the political process comes with the chance for you to create the platforms of completely fictional candidates – in either the Whig or Bull Moose party – before pitting them against each other in a series of town hall debates, cutthroat pundit roundtables, and outrageous attack ads. The candidate that manages to survive their scandal, select the right running mate from the audience, and secure the most votes at the end of the show is elected President of the United States with a mandate to follow through on the promises that put them in the White House.

Who will be our next president – the upstart challenger or the reigning incumbent? You decide!

The only reference to real-world politics at Election Show comes with the hope of encouraging voter registration and turnout in this year’s election: audience members that bring their voter registration card to the show can receive one free popcorn at the concessions stand.

Since its debut 2004, ELECTION SHOW has been selected to comedy festivals in Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Toronto, Miami, Phoenix, as well as local appearances at Bumbershoot and the Seattle Festival of Improv Theater.

What people are saying:

“All of the idiocy and none of the tragedy of our real-life election show. Satire wins big.”
– The Seattle P-I, 2004

“Election Show returns with a vengeance… It’s a winning formula.”
– Seattle Weekly, 2008

“A journey through the absurdity and ridiculousness of the election process in a mere 90 minutes.”
– The Seattle Star, 2012

“If only we could dispense with [the real] presidential election so quickly.”
– The Stranger, 2012

When can I see it?

Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Oct 6 – Nov 4 2016
Special Election Night event Nov 8, 2016

What does it cost?

Advance tickets are $10 on Thursdays, $12-$15 on Fridays plus a $2 service fee. Tickets at the door are $15-$18. Discounts are available for students (with ID) and seniors over 55 (also with ID), military personnel and TPS members.

Would you like to bring a group? Grab a discount for 10+ people by clicking here.

Age Appropriateness

Pundits and politicians will try to be on their best behavior in order to secure votes so you won’t hear any language that could result in a scandal. The satirical nature of this show may lead to attack ads with mildly adult themes, so viewer discretion is only lightly advised.



Created and Directed by John Boyle and Douglas Willott
Technical Improvisers: Michael Draper and Tony Morse

Press and Photos

Election Show 2016 Press Release
Click on photos to enlarge (Candidate headshots by Mandy Price. Production photos from Election Show 2012 by Todd Gardner.)

election-show-1 election-show-2 Stephani Thompson, Jen Rizor, Douglas Willott, Phil Arrensberg, "Election Show 2012." Photo by Todd Gardner. John Boyle and Douglas Willott, "Election Show 2012." Photo by Todd Gardner.

About Jet City Improv Presents

Election Show is a returning favorite in Jet City Improv’s line of improvised plays. Unlike most short-form improv formats that involve improvisers switching from game to game and creating brand new scenes every time, Jet City Improv Presents is an ongoing series of longform improv shows that present one or many stories around one cohesive theme. Improv still lies at the heart of each show, and every story is created based on unique suggestions and input every night. So yes, even though Jet City Improv Presents shows have sets and costumes and some thematic rules, the major role of the audience guarantees that no two performances are ever alike.

Jet City Improv’s 25th Anniversary Season is made possible by support from the following:

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