May 13, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS—Comedy duo Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreationand “House of Lies”) laugh it up with an improvised performance with suggestions from the audience at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) on Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Together they will create characters, scenes and storyline off-the-cuff, not knowing where they’ll end up.

No hooks, no gimmicks, just two weirdos making everything up in front of your eyes. Every show is totally different. Tickets are on sale now at the State Theatre Box Office, charge-by-phone at (800) 982-2787 and online at

Thursday June 13 8 p.m. State Theatre $34, $41.50, $49

All pricing includes a Building and Restoration Fee of $4.

Thomas Middleditch can currently be seen staring as the lead character in Mike Judge’s critically acclaimed HBO series, “Silicon Valley.” Middleditch’s performance as the shy, entrepreneur Richard Hendricks garnered him a 2016 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series along with three Critics’ Choice nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. The show has received four Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.

On the big screen, he will next be seen in Godzilla: King of the Monsters opposite Sally Hawkins and Kyle Chandler and Replicas opposite Keanu Reeves.

He was last seen in Joshy, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and the horror comedy The Final Girls. He also lent his voice to the DreamWorks animated feature Captain Underpants, along with Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, and Kevin Hart.

In 2013, Middleditch appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film The Wolf of Wall Street opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. He also appeared in Jay Roach’s The Campaign opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

Middleditch’s other credits include: NBC’s television series “The Office” as Dwight Schrute’s (Rainn Wilson) brother as well as films such as The BronzeThe Kings of SummerThe Brass Teapot, Fun SizeBeing Flynn, and Splinterheads.

Ben Schwartz is an Emmy Award-winning writer, actor, and comedian. He’s starred in the television shows “House of Lies” and “Parks and Recreation” and is currently producing and starring in the Showtime pilot “The Wrong Mans” alongside executive producers JJ Abrams and James Corden. He has appeared in the films Night SchoolThis is Where I Leave You, Happy Anniversary and will voice the role of Sonic in Paramount’s upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie out this November. He also voices the roles of Dewey on “DuckTales” and Leo in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Schwartz has written numerous films for various studios as well as co-authored the national bestseller Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals and its two sequels. His latest book, Things You Should Already Know about Dating, You F****** Idiot, co-written with Laura Moses, was released by Hachette Books in 2017 and is currently being developed as a television series for CBS.

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts. We serve the community through our three historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our unique arts, culture and education programs. All performances of the Broadway on Hennepin series are supported by Bank of America. All performances of the Living Legend series are supported by BMO Harris Bank. Spotlight Showcase is sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, Slumberland Furniture and Sun Country Airlines. Learn more at

Call (800) 982-2787, visit, or purchase in person at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. *Ticket pricing current as of April 22, 2019. All pricing subject to change.