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Wednesday Gets Weird With The New Movement Improv

Instead of watching the rampant paranoia on CBS'

Big Brother

tonight, why not go for something unscripted? Beginning at 8 p.m., Get Weird Wednesday hits The Mink for a night of open improv hosted by Chris and Tami of The New Movement improv troupe.

The New Movement (TNM) got its start in Austin in 2009 when founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson met during an improv training class. TNM's approach to the craft has been to highlight the "irrational or bizarre" with an experimental and absurdist nature. If improv were an animal, TNM might just be a platypus. Up until recently, Houstonians had to travel to distant lands (Austin and New Orleans) to learn improv The New Movement way. Beginning this summer, however, TNM has opened classes up to the Houston community, with the next round kicking off in September.

Get Weird Wednesday occurs the fourth Wednesday of every month, and this month's will be especially weird. From 8 - 8:30 p.m., special guests Chris and Tami will bring their irreverent style to Houston to perform their two-person, long form show. After that, Chris and Tami encourage the audience to jump up and join them and other TNM performers for "The Shootaround," which is open to anyone, improv masters or newbies.

If you are a little gun shy and would rather share your talents solo, stick around until 9:30 for the anything goes Block Party. Performers are invited to bring their best comedy stylings, standup, music, character monologues, poems, sketches, video and anything in between, for 5 minutes of fame.

Get Weird Wednesday happens tonight at 8 p.m. at The Mink. For more information on the show or upcoming classes, visit The New Movement's website.

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