Santa Barbara Zoo presents

IMPROVology featuring Impro Theatre

Part 3 of a 3-part series
Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 8 PM

Lobero Theatre

About the Event

IMPROVology, the Santa Barbara Zoo’s science-meets-comedy show, has landed at the Lobero Theatre.

Animal experts are interviewed live on stage. Then, on the spot, actors from L.A.’s Impro Theatre create skits, songs, and general silliness, accompanied by live music. Think TED Talks meets Whose Line Is It Anyway… but about California condors or African wild dogs or, in one particularly hilarious show, parasitic worms.

Just like a fledgling bald eagle, IMPROVology soared in its Lobero premiere last May. After Dr. Tara Stoinski of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund revealed that researchers collect gorilla poop for genetic and other tests (and that gorillas pass a lot of gas), the improvisers whipped up a Shakespearean tragedy (with appropriate sound effects).

See more expert talks and resulting skits here, including a pair of California condors in marriage counseling, a mash-up of Dr. Seuss and “The Godfather” about gorilla family dynamics, and much more.

Pianist Konrad Kono provides the mood music with guest bassist Dr. Michael Schindlinger (previous IMPROVology expert). Local celebrity judges award points that don’t really count. It’s family-friendly fun, and audience participation is encouraged.

“I’ve never laughed so hard while learning — or learned so hard while laughing!”

– Starshine Roshellwriter, columnist, & comedy connoisseur

Ticket Information

Part 3 of a 3-part series


Single tickets

$50 - VIP seating

$30 - Reserved

$25 - Santa Barbara Zoo Members


Purchase Series tickets

$120 - $63


(Ticket prices include a $6 per ticket Lobero Facility Fee; other fees may also apply.)

Reserved Seating
Seating Chart

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IMPROVology at the Lobero Theatre, "Gorilla Soap Opera"

IMPROVology 2019 - Gorilla Shakespeare - SANTA BARBARA ZOO

IMPROVology 2019 - Condor Puppet - SANTA BARBARA ZOO

IMPROVology 2019 - Dr. Seuss & Gorilla Godfather - SANTA BARBARA ZOO

IMPROVology 2019 - Condor Nest Quest - SANTA BARBARA ZOO

IMPROVology 2019 - Condor Therapy - SANTA BARBARA ZOO

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This event is presented by Santa Barbara Zoo