The Academy Center of the Arts is thrilled to host the United We Laugh Comedy Festival this November. Featuring 3 fun events, the United We Laugh Comedy Festival aims to bring Lynchburg together to share some laughs this election season.

Each show is ticketed individually. Academy Member Presale is happening now! General Public on-sale begins Friday, July 12, at 10:00 AM.

HYPROV: Improv under Hypnosis Starring Colin Mochrie & Asad Mecci

November 1, 2024, 7:30 PM
Historic Academy Theatre

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Hyprov’s 90-minute live show combines hypnosis and improv. First, World Renowned Hypnotist Asad Mecci welcomes 20 volunteers on stage to be hypnotized. The most receptive to hypnosis then join Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it, Anyway?) to improvise the rest of the show, while hypnotized.  In the hands of two experts, and solely crafted from the volunteers’ uninhibited, unconscious minds and audience suggestions, each show is an entirely original and completely unforgettable theatrical experience.

Bill Blagg: Family Magic

November 2, 2024, 7:30 PM
Historic Academy Theatre

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Family Magic is specifically designed to entertain and engage audiences of all ages. Bill Blagg’s unique blend of comedy, audience participation, and mind-bending magic will keep audience members on the edge of their seats eagerly anticipating what’s coming next. Family Magic is a unique blend of interactive entertainment and awe-inspiring magic that guarantees an unforgettable adventure for all ages.

The Second City: Mo’ Funny Less Problems

November 16, 2024, 7:30 PM
Historic Academy Theatre

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The Second City Touring Company’s “Mo’ Funny, Less Problems” promises an uproarious celebration of comedy genius through two acts of scripted scenes, musical comedy and their legendary improvisation. The iconic Chicago theater makes America laugh at pop culture, headlines, scandals and trends. The Second City’s 65-year influence on comedy is rich with luminaries considered the best comedic minds of their generation such as: Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Catharine O’Hara, John Candy, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Colin Mochrie, Amber Ruffin, Jason Sudeikis, Aidy Bryant, and countless others.