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The Brave New Workshop decks the halls with a brand-new holiday show, The Best Christmas Show in Three Years, running Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 to Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at 824 Hennepin Ave.

September 22, 2022

Preview performances precede official opening night of Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 22, 2022) — Hennepin Theatre Trust has announced that the Brave New Workshop will deck the halls in their traditional festive spirit with a brand-new holiday show, The Best Christmas Show in Three Years. Do not open ‘til X-mas 2020 2021 2022 beginning Friday, Nov. 11 through Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at 824 Hennepin Avenue., in downtown Minneapolis This is Brave New Workshop’s 306th show with preview performances beginning Friday, Nov. 11 and an opening night scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. to the general public at

Performance dates
Preview performances are:
Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening night is Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Remaining performances are Saturday, Nov. 19 to Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023. Performance dates and times vary.

Ticket prices
Preview performances: $23
Thursday and Saturday matinee performances: $38
Friday and Saturday evening performances: $43

A $3 service fee per ticket is included.

The Brave New Workshop has three years’ worth of pent-up holiday cheer, and this year is going to be one to remember! The Twin Cities’ funniest holiday tradition returns for the first time since 2019 with The Best Christmas Show in Three Years, a hilarious collection of sketches and songs that promise to fit three Christmases into one stocking. If the last two years left you feeling like something was missing from your holidays, the Brave New Workshop is back and ready to fill the void!

Everyone feels the pressure of trying to create the perfect holiday, and after two years of failure to launch, that pressure must be released. The Best Christmas Show in Three Years will take the edge of unreasonable expectations by showing you the real holidays that the Hallmark Channel would never dare to air. Ridiculous family drama, joy-induced neuroses and a hilariously unhealthy amount of competitive celebration make for a gift you would not dream of returning, all culminating in the Brave New Workshop’s signature rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Veteran cast members Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott and Taj Ruler return to deck the halls along with Musical Director Jon Pumper and Technical Director Matthew Vichlach.

The Brave New Workshop is now in its 64th year of crafting audacious and original satirical sketch comedy and improvisation. Founded in 1958, the Brave New Workshop is the longest running comedy theatre in the United States. Dudley Riggs, a fifth-generation circus aerialist who performed all over the globe, originally founded BNW as the “Instant Theatre Company.”  Riggs assembled and led a talented group of writers and performers intending to make people think by first making them laugh. The company opened off-Broadway with a show consisting of vaudeville-style sketches, burlesque blackouts, and something completely new:  the use of audience input in the creation of “instant theatre.” This “theatre without a net” would be the beginning of comedic improvisation as it is widely known today.

After touring nationally, Dudley and his “Instant Theatre Company” found a permanent home in the Twin Cities in 1958, and the name Brave New Workshop, was added in 1961. In 1997, co-owners John Sweeney and Jenni Lilledahl purchased Brave New Workshop from Dudley Riggs to ensure long-term sustainability and honor the unique history of the theater. In 2021, Hennepin Theatre Trust purchased the Brave New Workshop and the downtown facility (824 Hennepin) from Sweeney and Lilledahl to steward the theatres’ rich world-class sketch comedy and improv tradition.

Since the beginning, Brave New Workshop has made its home on Hennepin Avenue – first in the original East Hennepin location, then in uptown from 1961-2010. Their mainstage theatre home is now in the downtown facility at 824 Hennepin in the heart of Minneapolis’ theater district. In the more than 60 years since its founding, Brave New Workshop has produced more than 400 original productions and exposed over 4 million people to the theatre’s unapologetic and unwavering brand of sketch comedy and improvisation. With an impressive list of alumni, including Louie Anderson, Lizz Winstead, Stevie Ray, Al Franken, Melissa Peterman, Tom Davis, Mo Collins and Cedric Yarbrough, the Brave New Workshop is a true Minnesota institution.

Connect with Brave New Workshop online:
Facebook: /BraveNewWorkshop
Instagram: @bnwimprov
Twitter: @BNWImprov

Brave New Workshop, now in its third owner and 64th year of crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis, is a Twin Cities comedy institution, and a truly unique place to enjoy an evening of laughter that will make you think on the car ride home. Brave New Workshop has been writing, performing and producing original sketch comedy, music and comedy improvisation longer than any other theatre in the United States.

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at

Heart of Hennepin – celebrating 100 years of the Hennepin Theatre District To honor the centennial of the Hennepin Theatre District, Hennepin Theatre Trust is not only celebrating its historic venues — the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres, The Hennepin event center and 824 Hennepin — but also everyone who is part of the legacy that has made the district the heart of Hennepin for 100 years. This year-long centennial celebration pays tribute to our community and history, and looks ahead to the future of the arts, the Trust and downtown Minneapolis.

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This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.