Your sketch, if you choose to accept it: Mission IMPROVable heads to the Englert

Mission IMPROVable

Englert Theatre — Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

Mission IMPROVable takes to the Englert stage this Friday at 7 p.m., and, in case neither the word play or the capitalization tipped you off, an evening of (improbably) impressive improv is in store for those who attend.

“The way Mission IMPROVable has mastered and commodified something as challenging as short-form improv is really really impressive,” said Spencer Hawk, a member of Iowa City improv troupe Paperback Rhino. “Their players are consistently able to make it work and make it fun, and that’s super rare to see.”

The short-form improv of Mission IMPROVable is similar in format to Whose Line is it Anyway?, but set at the frenzied pace of a spy mission — a theme the troupe members play up as they perform as “agents of comedy” following out the orders of their “co-agents” in the audience. It’s a successful format that has established the group at improv festivals, comedy venues and college events across the country.

Tickets are available online and at the Englert box office.