Malachi Nimmons (right) performs with Matt Patterson and Justin Bunch of Improv Chattanooga. (Photo: Staff)

Which is funnier: the carefully curated musings of a standup comic or the off-the-cuff creations of an improvisational actor?

The audience will decide at Saturday night’s Improv vs. Standup, presented by Malachi Nimmons at First Draft Theater.

The show will begin at 10 pm., and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Student tickets are $5.


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Saturday’s showcase is a swan song for Nimmons, a comedian and actor, before he returns to New York City. Some of his credits include shows such as HBO’s “Master of None” and the 2017 series “Crashing,” created by Pete Holmes.

He said this show is a way for him to give back to his hometown.

“I really love doing shows when I come to Chattanooga,” he said. “There’s really no better feeling than having the privilege of sharing comedy with my home crowd, friends and family.”

Nimmons—who enjoys both improv and standup comedy—was struggling to decide which type of show he wanted to produce. So instead of choosing, he decided to offer both in a competition format.

“A quick Google search informed me that the idea was absolutely not original,” he said. “But I decided to do it anyway.”

Six of Chattanooga’s rising comedians will participate in the showcase against members of Improv Chattanooga’s main troupe. Nimmons will perform with Improv Chattanooga. 

Comedians performing are Natasha Ferrier, Grace Holtz, Ben Dalby, Ryan Darling, Ian Sharp and Donnie Marsh. Derik Zoo will also perform.

The audience will decide who wins the competition by applause.

First Draft Theater is at 1800 Rossville Ave.