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Pleasanton’s own Creatures of Impulse, a popular and much-lauded teen improv troupe, will compete against other Bay Area improv teams in Face-Off 2020 at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater.

Each of five shows will includes pro-wrestling-inspired scenes, games, and improv high-jinx, all with the audience-interaction that is a trademark for the troupe. The audience has the opportunity to win prizes, and of course, the champion improv team wins the bragging rights. Each show will feature a different guest ‘opponent’ from around the Bay Area.

Since its founding 12 seasons ago, Creatures of Impulse has represented California at the Teen Comedy Festival in Chicago four times; toured shows in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York; won the prestigious Creating Community Award of Excellence in Youth Development from the California Park and Recreation Society; and performed in San Francisco with the professional improv troupe Un-Scripted Theater Company in Union Square.

Since Creatures of Impulse founder Mark Duncanson, a Pleasanton recreation supervisor, will be backing a new adult (non-student) team for the Face-Off, cheekily named Creatures of Habit, Youth Programs leader Jeff Zavattero will direct the Face-Off this year.

Tickets for the Feb. 19 show are $2. cash only at the door. All other shows are $10, $5 for students. Tickets for those shows may be purchased at the door; at the Firehouse Box Office, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton; by calling (925) 931-4848; or online at

Schedule and Creatures of Impulse opponents:

Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30pm. – A special preview show featuring Mr. Amador from Amador Valley High School.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Mission Improvable from California High School in San Ramon. Cal High was the first high school improv team to face Creatures of Impulse in the inaugural Face-Off in 2008 at the Veteran’s Hall in Pleasanton.

Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. – Pleasanton middle school team.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m. – Creatures of Habit.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. – Las Positas College Improv Team. This year’s Face-Off director, Jeff Zavattero, launched the Las Positas College team and performed with them against Creatures of Impulse in the 2008 kick-off show.