The Backline Comedy Theatre exploded with laughter on Thursday evening as Omaha’s only all-female improv show performed a night of comedy and satire.
The Backline, located on the corner of 16th and Harney, boasts a 19-beer menu and a variety of improv, sketch and stand-up comedy shows throughout the week.
One of Backline’s newest shows, Broad Perspective, features two female improv teams: The Carol Brunettes and NBA (No Boys Allowed).
A driving force behind these teams is former KMTV reporter Lindsey Theis. Theis sent out a wide call to women in Omaha interested in joining an all-female improv in May of this year. Theis noted that the women involved “all have different perspectives, but a similar language and humor, and that makes the team so well-rounded.”
Charlsie Bastian, Emily Worthing and Robyn Helwig are just three of the fourteen comedians that answered Lindsey’s message. All three noted the perceptivity of their fellow female cast-mates that creates a comfortable and communicative improv environment. The three also explained that Broad Perspective allows them to explore comedic roles normally performed by men.
Theis also mentioned that all-female improv has opened up further positive discussion about women’s issues, a support of inclusivity and diversity on stage and introduction of policies at Backline prohibiting abusive speech or harassment.
College of Arts and Science student and theater major Hailee Domalgalski voiced her support for Broad Perspective. Domalgalski intends to pursue improv and sketch comedy after graduation and is currently working on her own improv show to be performed on Nov. 17 at Creighton.
“As a young female comedian, when I see women doing the same thing I want to do, it shows me that it is possible to reach my goals,” Domagalski said. She explained that women and minorities can offer different perspectives and the addition of those voices create a more nuanced narrative.
Affordable and diverse entertainment isn’t Backline’s only contribution to the community, however. They also offer improv classes and free workshops for those interested in channeling their inner Amy Poehler or Steve Carell.
For an inexpensive, hilarious, and fun night out, this improv show is the way to go.
Broad Perspective performs on every second Thursday for a $5 admission price.