Q: What do you get when you cross a hilarious improv comedy troupe, a game of truth or lies, and infamous Whistler royalty, Princess Stephanie?
A: Side-splitting comedy that’s sure to go sideways…fast.
Pants on Fire is a hilarious, fast-paced improvised comedy show featuring special guests ready to get caught in a lie. The show features a host, a panel of TheatreSports players, and a special guest ‘Liar’. For the Whistler show, the ‘liar’ is played by notorious over-sharer, Princess Stephanie, herself.
For improv comedy aficionados or just anyone who loves a good belly laugh, Vancouver TheatreSports are top of the
pops as far as improv comedy goes. As Vancouver’s #1 improv comedy company, they execute some of most daring and innovative improv comedy anywhere. If you’ve ever been to one of their shows in the city, you know you’re in for a treat. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and starring in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports is a must see.
So here’s how it works. Each round, Princess Stephanie will present a fact about herself and the players must decide whether the fact is the truth or a lie. Along with the help of the show host and the keen lie-detecting senses of the audience, Vancouver TheatreSports League mainstage players will sleuth their way to the truth and see if they can outwit their guest. Once the players have separated the truth from the lies, they’ll improvise a series of sketches based on Princess Stephanie’s assuredly outrageous stories.
“What’s exciting about the show is that the audience is playing along just as much as the players,” says Brian Anderson with Vancouver TheatreSports. “The key to a good improv show is inspiration – true things that have happened to people are always the most entertaining, but we have a lot of fun with the lies as well.”
Let’s get to know our royal liar a bit, shall we?
Princess Stephanie (Reesor) is a real live mountain princess – the kind of mountain princess you see whooshing down the hill in a tutu and kitty ears, dancing in her ski boots on the bar at Merlin’s, and rocking out to She Stole My Beer at the GLC.
Princess Stephanie knows she’s got it good here in Whistler. She wishes everyone could have her life. She’s been working with Whistler Blackcomb for 25 years, though admits she’s probably failed more instructor certification courses than just about anyone else in the country. But that doesn’t stop her from being one of the most requested instructors at Whistler Blackcomb. She knows it’s gotta be more about the fun of sliding down a mountain on a pair of sticks than the perfect turn.
You’ll likely run into her at Nester’s new juice bar, or at the Green Moustache sipping a “wheatgrass anything”. But when the sun goes down and She Stole My Beer hits the stage, all bets are off.
Princess Stephanie has a huge love for our little mountain town and hopes to be Citizen of the Year one day… though first, she has some parking tickets that likely need to be wiped clean.
In the meantime, she plans to travel somewhere sunny every fall, treasures her 20-year old son who lives in Vancouver, and is always the life of the party.
“My pants are definitely on fire”
With the Vancouver TheatreSports team taking a magnifying glass to her life stories, how are Princess Stephanie’s fibbing skills you may ask? “I’m a Gemini, so I can go both ways. My pants are definitely on fire. Sometimes even I don’t know if I’m telling the truth or not. Everything gets a little blown out of proportion as you reach legend status in Whistler. Truth is sometimes exaggerated – you’re not really sure what’s true and what’s false.”
BONUS: Hey boys aged 25 to 40! She’s single. Age-appropriate men need not apply.
With a theatrical fusion of the dramatic elements of comedy and tragedy coupled with the enthusiasm and edge-of-your-seat excitement of professional sport, Vancouver TheatreSports performance of Pants on Fire will have you laughing so hard you’ll shoot beer out your nose.
With Princess Stephanie on the mic, this is definitely a 19+ show. So kick the night off with drinks in the Gallery (you’re gonna need ‘em!), get the party started with live music from Poor Dirty Sylvia, and saddle up for an outrageous night of improv comedy. With a character larger than life, this night will be the stuff of Whistler legend. Don’t miss it.