What better way to start the New Year than to "get ready to match the stars!' with a new edition of Dennis Hensley's The MisMatch Game. The perennial L.A. cult favorite returns to the Center's Renberg Theatre for another comic free-for-all tonight and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12.
Producer and host Dennis "Gene Rayburn" Hensley will be joined onstage by a panel of film, TV and theatre performers - some of Hollywood's fastest, most creative and deranged comic minds. Once again, Hensley and Company are generously donating the run's proceeds to benefit the Center's wide array of free and low-cost services.
The MisMatch Game regularly fills the house at its irregularly scheduled gigs. Audiences keep coming back for the razor's-edge improv (the panel has no clue what the questions will be) and the sassy, racy and decidedly un-PC wit and wildness.
The long-running cult hit has been a staple at the Renberg Theatre for nearly nine years, raising $100,000 for the Center-an especially impressive accomplishment considering that tickets are always priced at a budget-friendly $15.
The Advocate honored The MisMatch Game with a "Theatre: 10 Best" award, writing, "This recurring Los Angeles happening reimagines the '70s TV game show Match Game with full-camp press and excellent sub-lebrity impersonations." With kitschy prizes for volunteer contestants pulled from the audience, it's time to dig out that leisure suit for an affectionate, irreverent parody of '70s game show insanity.
The cast for this edition will be announced as information becomes available. Past performers have included Willam Belli, Patrick Bristow, Julie Brown, Jackie Clarke, Drew Droege, Nadya Ginsburg, Tom Lenk, Melissa Peterman, Felix Pire, Jack Plotnick, Oscar Quintero and Tony Tripoli.
Writer/performer Dennis Hensley is a staff writer on E!'s hit series Fashion Police with Joan Rivers. He is the author of the novels Misadventures in the (213) and Screening Party and recently released a DVD of his short film projects called The Dennis Hensley 5-Pack, which features the comedies Rubdown, Reunion, Screening Party, Dipshits and Evie Harris: Shining Star. The DVD is available for purchase at FilmBaby.com.