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Just for laughs

Nuke-fam5 Just the Funny, the comedy-theater troupe with its own home in Coral Gables, plays host to The Nuclear Family this weekend when the New York-based company headlines the 2009 Miami Improv Festival.  John Gregorio, Stephen Guarino and Jimmy Ray Bennett (pictured here) improvise musicals about a not-so-normal family, and Gregorio will teach master classes on how to build on improvisational skills to create rich characters and stories from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The festival begins Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m. with a performance by Model Citizens, followed by The Nuclear Family at 9 p.m. and Just the Funny at 10 p.m.  Master class students perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by Impromedy at 8 p.m., The Nuclear Family at 9 p.m. and A Pair of Nuts at 10 p.m.  Master class students also perform at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets to Nuclear Family performances are $15, with all other shows $10 each.  The workshop cost is $150.  Just the Funny's theater is at 3119 Coral Way in Coral Gables.  For information, call 305-951-1875 or visit the festival web site.

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