Comedy - Four Atlanta improv joints bringing the cheap thrills

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Dad's Garage:
?The ATL's most consistently funny bet for made-up-on-the-spot comedy is Dad's Garage in Inman Park. Founded in 1995, the troupe is comprised of a hilarious set of improvisers (including "Archer's" Amber Nash) that not only make people laugh, but also, in a few cases, double as staff members who help keep the lights on. In addition to improv shows, musicals, classes, and soap operas, Dad's holds an annual fundraiser, BaconFest, which the actual Kevin Bacon attended in 2012. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. dadsgarage.com.

Laughing Matters:
?Started in 1985, Atlanta's longest-running improv troupe holds monthly shows at Manuel's Tavern in Poncey-Highland and Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates. Its members have been featured on "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Critic," and myriad television commercials. 173 Cleveland Ave. 404-225-5000. laughingmatters.com.

Village Theatre:
?Recently relocated to the Pencil Factory Lofts on Decatur Street, the Village Theatre is home to Atlanta's newest group of improvisers. In addition to workshops and weekly stand-up on Fridays, the Village Theatre's shows are some of the cheapest in the city — you won't pay more than $10. 349 Decatur St. 404-688-8858. villagecomedy.com.

Whole World Improv Theatre:
?Since 1994, Whole World Improv Theatre has hosted plays, summer improv camps for kids, hosted outdoor improv performances, and provided private event space on Spring Street in Midtown. The nonprofit hosts four regular shows weekly and a monthly kids show on Saturday afternoons from November to May. 1216 Spring St. 404-817-7529. wholeworldtheatre.com.

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