OTC Comedy Troupe is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by returning to the place where it all started — the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett.

OTC Artistic Director Kelley Cody-Grimm taught a series of workshops at the UUCG that eventually led to the formation of the professional improv comedy troupe. OTC will kick off its 10th year by performing a special benefit comedy show at the UUCG Saturday night. The performance will raise money for the middle school Coming of Age program. The OTC Comedy Troupe combines the art of comedy improvisation with audience suggestions to help the actors create scenes on the spot, allowing the participants a chance to be the star of the show. The performance will include a coffee house atmosphere with specialty brews and chocolate desserts. The show will also include OTC signature pieces such as “Sounds Like a Song,” “Tag Freeze” and “Irish Drinking Song.”

“It’s wonderful to be literally coming home to UUCG where we actually started 10 years ago,” Cody-Grimm said in a release. “I started teaching improvisation classes out of the church in 2005 when John Schmedes took one of my workshops and was looking for someone to help him start an improv group in Marietta. At that time we were called Comedy Cobb but as time went by we evolved into the OTC Comedy Troupe and perform mostly in Gwinnett County – in fact we’re Gwinnett County’s only professional improvisational comedy troupe. Being able to start out 2015 for a benefit at UUCG where it all began is very special.”

OTC Comedy Troupe’s benefit comedy show will be Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, 12 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person.

For more information on the OTC Comedy Troupe including upcoming performances, corporate trainings, special events, upcoming workshops and the web show “Death by South,” visit otccomedytroupe.com or call 678-464-0115.

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