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See Spot Run
Who they are: Another improv oldie-but-goodie, See Spot Run also focuses on short-form improv but through more theme-like productions, said scOtt summitt, the group's newest member (and yes, that's how his name is really spelled).
Where'd they come from: Formerly known as Pale Imitations, See Spot Run organically began back in 2005 with five members. By 2006 two members had moved on and summitt had joined. Then last year the group was invited to study under the best in the art form at the prestigious Chicago Improv Festival, and upon returning knew it was time for a real change. "We really just weren't the same group anymore," said Amy Talbott, one of the troupe's founding members. So they chucked the name and switched gears toward a less traditional, Chicago-esque style of improv.
Why you should see them: With training in Chicago and with summitt and Talbott teaching classes on the regular in Upper Arlington, they're operating on the forefront of their medium. They're even dabbling in new media, with plans to start including improv-based video on their Web site.
How far they'll go: "We like to play smart," summitt said. "We don't always go for the lowest common denominator...but that doesn't mean we don't get down and get silly."
Where they perform: They'll be performing at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Wild Goose Creative. They also host a "jam session" with various improv groups throughout the city the last Sunday of every month at Gresso's Pub.
Interesting tidbit: Talbott and summitt's improv classes are out of the Upper Arlington's LifeLong Learning & Leisure Division. To register for classes or for more information visit the See Spot Run Web site.
Pictured: (from top to bottom) scOtt summitt, Kevin Smith, Yury Khidekel and Amy Talbott.