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Season 5 of Indy’s Made Man Improv marks the program’s 10-year anniversary



Indianapolis, Indiana – On Saturday, The Made Man Improv Show will premiere season 5 and mark ten years of completely sold-out performances in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. The variety event Made Man Improv, which includes interactive games, skits, sketch comedy, and more, sells out Indiana theaters with hundreds of seats in as little as six minutes.

On Saturday night at 7 p.m., the already sold-out event will take place at the Indiana Historical Society. Fans can anticipate new games, new headliners, and an improved lobby experience with 360 booths, photographers, DJs, interviews, and more for the upcoming season.

“I love the fact that I’m doing something in the city that has a positive impact,” said Justin Bland, the creator of The Made Man Improv Show. “It’s a safe haven. It’s more than just laughs for a lot of people, it’s therapeutic,” said Bland.

The first participant in the new season’s opening performance will be the comedian Asia Chardonay. “The whole reason for this platform is to remove myself from the spotlight and give other people the opportunity to shine,” said Bland. “I’m in a position now where it’s a blessing to be a blessing. If I can bless somebody then I’m blessed.”

Vincennes University was the starting point for the program, which was first known as the J Bland Made Man show. Charles Bamm Surett, his mentor, pushed him to make an impact on school. Bland, who at the time was well-known for hosting a number of events at Vincennes, realized that his strength was improv and opted to conduct a variety show that has progressively evolved over the past ten years.

The Made Man Improv Show will soon make its way to Butler University, where it will be accessible to on-campus students. Additionally, Made Man Improv intends to visit colleges around the state with their performance. Beyond his improv act, Bland hopes to establish his own theater in Indianapolis and aims to perform a self-written play there within the next two years.

As the humorous youngster who was influenced by programs like In Living Color, Kenan & Kel, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and All That, Bland referred to himself as. “This is just me, I’m not trying to be funny but I know people gravitate towards me because of my personality,” said Bland. “It was sacrifices that had to be made, it was a whole lot of sleepless, restless nights trying to figure out how can I crack the code. We’ve manifested these moments.”


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