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The holidays are a time for family, friends, and celebration - but not all holiday parties run smoothly. When Tony Award winner Laura Benanti's party goes south, she's saved by a few uninvited guests...and the greatest improvised holiday musical of all time. This completely off-the-wall tribute to the holiday season features the improv troupe Vern (Matt Giroveanu, Julie Feltman, Rachel Bouton, Mikey Cakes, Daniel Tepper, Katie Hammond, and Kikki Mikkelson) and special guest Laura Benanti. Vern's live show was directed by Rebecca Vigil, with piano man Dan Reitz and drums from Sarah Mullins. Enjoy this special extended edition of "A Very Improvised Holiday Musical!"

©2017 Vern Improv (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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I loved Vern

It was fantastic! I loved it!! I want to hear more of Vern. They are so funny and original.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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So much fun!

Infectious joy, beautiful music, hilarious laughs! I loved the overall message of connecting in real life, too!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Amazingly Funny and Filled with Holiday Cheer!

What made the experience of listening to A Very Improvised Holiday Musical (Extended Edition) the most enjoyable?

This recording was simply amazing! The cast is full of talented performers who can crack a joke, weave a tale, and sing with gusto. I'm most blown away by the fact that everything they do is made up on the spot with only the help of a few suggestions by the audience! Like.... WHAT?! Crazy amazing.

What other book might you compare A Very Improvised Holiday Musical (Extended Edition) to and why?

Well, this is not a book. Nor was it written, so I feel unable to compare it to anything. It is simply awesome. Think of the best improv you've seen combined with holiday cheer and amazing music, then you are coming close to what this is.

Which scene was your favorite?

This is tough. I really loved the whole musical. The Zoop song that opens and closes the show does get stuck in my head in the best way possible, though.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Join Vern this Holiday Season! Nothing screams the holidays like spontaneous music and cheer!

Any additional comments?

This was amazing. I hear they perform in New York City all the time. I can't wait to check them out and see it live for myself.

Also, Laura Benanti is incredible, but like, DUH.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious!

This was fantastic! Vern's extremely witty and original show had me cackling with joy on the train, which I'm sure made me look odd to the other passengers, but I didn't mind because I was too busy enjoying the silly characters and wonderful musical numbers. Looking forward to Vern's next special!

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Funny & Talented Group - A Great Listen

I love musical improv and really enjoyed this. The group has a bunch of interesting personalities and I thought they had an infectious energy. Would be interested in hearing more from them.

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Goofy, merry, and fun!

What made the experience of listening to A Very Improvised Holiday Musical (Extended Edition) the most enjoyable?

Love Vern - these folks can make up an entire musical on the spot. It's magical to hear it happen, just expect it to go to some pretty weird places. Plus, Laura Benanti's voice is INDEED angelic.

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Forget the Yule log! VERN IS ON FIRE!

I cackled out loud while listening to this at work. I’ve seen this group live. It’s amazing that they’re expanding to Audible. I want more, and I want it now.

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VERN’s the best

You never know what’ll happen with VERN. They’re all truly originals. Great job VERN!!!

Idris

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Vern makes the holidays better.

If you could sum up A Very Improvised Holiday Musical (Extended Edition) in three words, what would they be?

Relatable. Hilarious. Brilliant.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how it sounded like everyone has known each other for years. The chemistry of the group is out of this world.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too hard to choose. That'd be like picking your favorite kid. Wait, everyone has a favorite kid. More like picking your favorite ice cream flavor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

If by moved, you mean laugh, then yes. All of them.

Any additional comments?

Give Daniel Tepper more air time.

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FUNNY, CLEVER, AND ORIGINAL

Really great stuff from Vern. I thought this was really funny and creative. Definitely adds to the holiday season which seems to just fly by. I'd like to hear more of these. I'd be interested in hearing Vern do a little something for each holiday. Yesterday was Valentine's Day which I think would've been perfect for Vern to perform about. I'm normally not someone who is into musical improv but this was top shelf quality. There was a perfect balance of talented singers, quick wits, and general fun vibes. I guess I'll search for VERN every few months and see if Audible releases any more of these. This was the first non-book I ever downloaded on Audible and was a nice surprise.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful