Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pain - it's funny! PCW fights for laughs in Battle Acts improv

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Even in the most hardcore, no-holds-barred wrestling matches, a battle axe is a bit much for inclusion. But at this Saturday's Battle Acts, members of the Platinum Championship Wrestling roster will take their battle from the ring to the stage for a different kind of fight.

Stephen Platinum is out to win the Battle Acts battle axe
  • Academy Theatre
  • Stephen Platinum is out to win the Battle Acts battle axe

Known for its absurd theatrics and improvisational flair, PCW wrestlers have traded in their trunks for intellectual wit for the past two installments of Laughing Matters' monthly improv comedy show. In these contests, eight competitors have done battle in a gauntlet of improv challenges, with the top four contenders from February and March advancing to the finals of this month's PCW Battle Acts.

Trey Williams of the Washington Bullets wins last months Battle Acts
  • Academy Theatre
  • Trey Williams of the Washington Bullets wins last month's Battle Acts

February's winners, "The Demigod" Mason, Prima Donna, Oscar Worthy and Timmy McClendon, tag team against last month's winners, Jon and Trey Williams (the Washington Bullets), referee Duke Korey and Stephen Platinum. It all takes place Sat., April 16 after PCW's weekly Friday show in the back studio of the Academy Theatre, when a battle of the brains rather than brawn moves to Academy's front stage. Not surprisingly, most of these combatants are skilled comics and thespians outside of the ring, having honed their humorous skills on stages at Dad's Garage, the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Punchline and Relapse Theatre before stepping into the ring.

Laughing Matters' Battle Acts. 8 p.m. April 16. Academy Theatre, 119 Center St., Avondale Estates. 404-474-8332. www.academytheatre.org. $15.

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