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Upcoming public shows:
Oct. 12 is a special fundraiser show benefitting the family of McKenna Speed, a four-year-old girl with leukemia. See a segment about the show on Fox 43!
Details about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1641308246095631/
Take our quiz! “Which Moron are you?”
We had a great time at the SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival! Thanks to the organizers for accepting us among some really top-notch groups.
And thanks to the Morning Call for such positive praise of our performance, which they called their favorite of the festival!
“Our favorite was Oxymorons, a Harrisburg- and York-based troupe whose comedy was very broad and offered more real laughs in a 15-minute set in the cinema than others did in more time … It was comedy about as broad as it gets – physical slapstick, with even a scatological joke. There’s nothing that has to be acquired to find that funny.”
About the Morons
The Oxymorons improv comedy troupe formed in 2010, a year that will eventually be marked in history books for its awesomeness. The group consists of actors from the central PA area, including York and Harrisburg.
Our improv games, familiar to those who watched “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” are all about thinking on our feet, making stuff up on the spot, and praying nobody realizes we’re flying by the seat of our pants.
E-mail us at OxymoronsPA@Gmail.com for booking information. We’re available for colleges, theaters, bars, and more.
Check out a sample of our shows on our YouTube page.
Toby Bradbury has been enjoying making people laugh since grade school where he would do impressions.
Now grown up (physically only), he is doing it on stage. Toby has trained with the PA Renn Faire, with the great Ginny Bartholomew, and has taken improv workshops with the Washington Improv Theatre, Philly Improv Theater and Baltimore Improv Group.
Outside of comedy, Toby dabbles in music, sports, and stage combat.
Sara Shaw (director):
Sara is a Leo who enjoys putting on concerts for people stuck next to her in traffic. She has been theatrically and comedically preoccupied for most of her life, and is patiently waiting to maneuver her way into foreign royalty to eventually rule over a small country. In the interim, she is content to work at a local college, helping students make amazing things happen.
Critics have said of Sara, “What? She’s not a Pantene hair model? But that hair!” and “Shouldn’t someone be paying her to be that awesome?” Don’t worry about which critics said it, the credentials of said critics, or the legitimacy of their existence. Take her word for it.
She does not like pizza, she does like hugs, and she encourages anyone who thinks they can quote Anchorman better than her to kindly see her after any show. In the parking lot. To get schooled.
Sara has performed theater professionally in the area and has taken improv workshops with the Washington Improv Theatre and Philly Improv Theater, Peoples Improv Theater in New York and Baltimore Improv Group.
Sara is also a member of Hot & Modest, an improv pair selected to perform in the 2011 DuoFest in Philadelphia. And she co-founded No Artificial Sweeteners, an all-female improv troupe that performs for charity, as well as being a new mom.
Randy is a self-proclaimed nerd for musical theatre! He works as a sales rep. for a beverage company.
Most of his free time has been performing in Harrisburg and York area theatres. Some of Randy’s favorite roles have been: Marcellus in “The Music Man”, Brad in “Rocky Horror Show”, and Lead Male in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”. He recently took on a new role as “Director” when he was given the opportunity at Fishing Creek Playhouse with “Beehive: The Sixties Musical”.
When not working or on stage, he spends time Facebook stalking (we all do it, don’t lie) and being with family. Love to M & K.
Randy has performed theater professionally and has taken Improv workshops with Washington Improv Theater and Peoples Improv Theatre in New York.
Andy Shaw (director):
Andy’s day job is doing web & social media, which means he’s paid to be on Facebook. Andy 1, Everyone Else 0.
He’s a dad – Sara, his wife, happens to be the mom, which works out nuclear family-wise. You can also catch him doing stand-up around the region at comedy clubs and with Earl David Reed of 105.7 the X.
He also prefers “Sister Act” to “Glee,” and has never read a Harry Potter book, a fact that has caused his near ouster from the Oxymorons. Andy would also like to ask mid-1990s Tiffani Amber Thiessen on a date. Please call.
Andy has performed theater professionally around Pennsylvania and has taken improv workshops with the Washington Improv Theatre, Peoples Improv Theatre in New York and Philly Improv Theater and Baltimore Improv Group.
As a young lad growing up in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Josh had to support his family by pick pocketing and turning tricks on the street in order to feed his family. He only had one arm which made it hard to wash and bathe his mother, father, grandmother, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. As he got older he volunteered for a risky medical procedure that, if successful, would grow another hand where his stump once was. To his and the doctors’ surprise, the procedure was a complete success.
Now living in Marietta, Josh has found a new passion…raising a pack of alpacas . But also, improv. Knowing some Oxymoron members in his past he was invited to practice with the group.
Josh now fills in whenever the Oxymorons need him. Josh has taken an improv workshop with the Baltimore Improv Group
Raised by snakes in Central Pennsylvania, Liz Curtis has been making people laugh (sometimes intentionally!) since 1985. Liz first performed stand up comedy at her Alma mater, Millersville University, in 2008, and a mere two years after this began frequenting open mic nights at the Harrisburg Comedy Zone. In true girl-meets-improv-troupe love story fashion, that’s where she met the Oxymorons.
If you’d like to be friends with Liz, consider complimenting her penmanship, buying her a jack and coke, or delivering a pun in her presence. If you’d like Liz to silently judge you, simply abbreviate words when sending text messages, talk while you’re masticating, or say that you “could care less” about anything.
Also, thanks! Liz is glad you like her glasses! Yes, they are prescription. She bought them online. For $8.95 (plus shipping and handling).
Liz has taken an improv workshop with the Baltimore Improv Group.