Bats Improv Theatre

★★★★☆
  • 204 Bay St B350

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • 415-474-8935

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Fri-Sat 8pm-10pm

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These guys have to be the best live theatre deal in town. The chemistry between the players is great, and their shows are really, really funny! Even the dramatic performances have good humor in them, and after single show I can't believe they aren't cheating and using a script! 3 of my friends & I have signed up for improv classes after seeing BATS perform - and those are a blast too! (Oh, also, FYI they DO have beer, soda & candy for sale - it's on the other side of the theater)

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★★★★★

These guys have to be the best live theatre deal in town. The chemistry between the players is great, and their shows are really, really funny! Even the dramatic performances have good humor in them, and after single show I can't believe they aren't cheating and using a script! 3 of my friends & I have signed up for improv classes after seeing BATS perform - and those are a blast too! (Oh, also, FYI they DO have beer, soda & candy for sale - it's on the other side of the theater)

Pros: Very talented, Always entertaining, Inexpensive

Cons: MUNI-challenged

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This was our third time seeing a show and we loved it. We'll definitely be back.

Their Main Stage performers are very talented and always make us laugh. If you like the show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" then I recommend you go see one of their Theatresports shows where two teams compete and there is a lot of audience interaction. They also have themed shows as well like improvised musicals; audience participation is big in some of those shows and not in others.

When your friends are visiting from out-of-town, bring them to a show. It's a guaranteed good time! They're kind of like the San Francisco version of Second City (although its in a theater, so no 2-drink minimums or anything like that.)

They have great classes too. I took an intro class here and met a fun group of people. I highly recommend BATS.

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★★★★★

This was our third time seeing a show and we loved it. We'll definitely be back.

Their Main Stage performers are very talented and always make us laugh. If you like the show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" then I recommend you go see one of their Theatresports shows where two teams compete and there is a lot of audience interaction. They also have themed shows as well like improvised musicals; audience participation is big in some of those shows and not in others.

When your friends are visiting from out-of-town, bring them to a show. It's a guaranteed good time! They're kind of like the San Francisco version of Second City (although its in a theater, so no 2-drink minimums or anything like that.)

They have great classes too. I took an intro class here and met a fun group of people. I highly recommend BATS.

Pros: hilarious, good value, talented performers

Cons: hard to find, no food in theater

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A friend and I attended one of the Rock'n'Roll improv nights. It was a reasonable value for $10, but I expected quite a bit more laughs. Oddly, most of the evening's laugh-out-loud moments stemmed from audience involvement.

From a purely improv standpoint, I'd give the evening a B or B-, but from a humor, pure-comedy standpoint, I'd rate it a C. Too much time was spent on the wacky, rather than making the everyday humorous. Additionally, the entire evening seemed completely disconnected from current topical events (in politics, entertainment, sports, etc.). Maybe they were just trying too hard to be inoffensive? Paging Robin Williams...

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★★★☆☆

A friend and I attended one of the Rock'n'Roll improv nights. It was a reasonable value for $10, but I expected quite a bit more laughs. Oddly, most of the evening's laugh-out-loud moments stemmed from audience involvement.

From a purely improv standpoint, I'd give the evening a B or B-, but from a humor, pure-comedy standpoint, I'd rate it a C. Too much time was spent on the wacky, rather than making the everyday humorous. Additionally, the entire evening seemed completely disconnected from current topical events (in politics, entertainment, sports, etc.). Maybe they were just trying too hard to be inoffensive? Paging Robin Williams...

Pros: Cute, Inexpensive, Easy, free parking

Cons: Not so funny, Not daring, No drinks/food inside

 

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