CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Whether you are a holiday cynic or a card-carrying member of the Christmas Spirit club, Kevin Pauley promises a Saturday show by the comedy improvisation troupe the No Pants Players is bound to get you — or keep you — in a good mood.
"It's a very universal show — no matter how old you are, or young you are; if you love or hate the holidays," Pauley said of the troupe's annual Joytactular show.
After all, the audience guides the show by suggesting topics for comical pantomimes or themes for scenes the troupe's members act out.
"We've had all kinds of ridiculous scenarios thrown our way," Pauley said.
The only caveat is that the No Pants Players won't give away any Santa secrets. This is, after all, a family-friendly show.
And Joytactular is an equal-opportunity holiday show. Pauley said members are prepared to cover Kwanza, Hanukkah, Christmas and more.
"We try to be as aware (of holiday traditions) as we can," Pauley said. "But we make no promises as to our intelligence."
Saturday's show at the Alban Arts Center in St. Albans has a double purpose. Proceeds will go to the local chapter of the American Heart Association.
"It's a fun night for a good cause," Pauley said.
The evening will start with holiday music by Stevie Brigode at 6:30, with comedy at 7 p.m.
Alban Arts Center director Adam Bryan serves as host for the show modeled a bit after the popular television show "Who's Line Is It, Anyway?"
"We'll be doing our favorite games and bringing out a few new ones," Pauley said. "In this case, they all will have a holiday theme."