For golf and country clubs looking for entertaining options, we provide a variety of fun approaches for murder mystery dinners across the country for various groups and gatherings. We have choices that range from using participants in the show to strictly using our actors. Below you will find some of our more frequently asked questions.



A country club murder mystery dinner show for your membership gatherings, banquets and charity fundraising customized for your members has proven to be perfect for entertaining your community. So exactly what is a country club murder mystery dinner and what does it entail? To answer this and more specific queries, we have assembled a list of frequently asked questions here, along with appropriate answers.

Q: Do you perform public shows?

A: While most of our shows are private parties and corporate events, often the country clubs and golf clubs that we work with sell tickets to their shows. This means that the show may be a public event. From our side, however, we consider it a direct relationship where we are contracted to produce the event. For all intents and purposes it is a private event for us. That being said, when it is public the people in the audience don't know each other and it becomes more important for the entertainment to reflect that fact. Therefore, our country club shows have different structures more conducive to people that are unfamiliar with one another.

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Gala Murder Mysteries

The classic format for very large groups with all kinds of added elements. This is the perfect format for very large banquets surrounding the exchanging of vows.

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Straight Murder Mystery Dinners

The industry standard brings 4-7 actors interacting with your guests leading up to a murder and a comedic investigation. Meet and talk with the crazy cast of characters, witness a crime and then work together to solve it!

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Frick & Frack Shows

More of a stand-up comedy routine, this involves one or two detectives investigating an improvised whodunit while directly involving your guests members in the crime. The interaction creates details from the crime that could never be repeated!

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Mix and Mingle Mysteries

For smaller, very intimate groups, our Clue Parties has everyone as a character and they mix and mingle while trying to determine the culprit. It's a great way to break the ice at the beginning of a weekend or for the members of the wedding party!

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Participation Events

A great way to keep costs down and to give members of the wedding party the opportunity to speak with everyone is to have them play the characters. Our Cambridge Solution mystery has a variety of themes to allow this to happen. Generally, the bride and groom ard witnesses.



We created a page to allow you to see the more common questions and answers regarding these shows. Of course, we are more than happy to answer any questions you have directly.

Q: You say that you customize shows, how customized are they?

A: For our full shows or galas, every script is unique and written for the show and group involved. There may be certain elements that have been repeated over the years, but we tailor directly to you. Additionally, all of our performers have years of improvisational training and public performances under their belt. This means that their improv skills are fully taken advantage of and can react to the situations around them. Literally, we could not perform the same show twice even if we tried. For smaller events such as the Cambridge Solutions or Clue Parties, these may be very similar to past shows, but even these are customized some to the group involved.

Q: What makes a THEY improv Murder Mystery different from others?

A: THEY improv stands out in the murder mystery business in a lot of ways. The most obvious is that the cast of THEY improv is comprised of some of the top improvisational comedy talent. This means that the show not only has a great interactive experience for the audience, but that the entire cast adjusts to the changing needs and comedic energy of the group involved. Secondly, THEY improv never forgets that the emphasis is on entertainment, not on mystery. The show is designed to entertain the audience more than perplex them. To that effect, we push the murder back in the plot allowing for a larger amount of audience interaction and fun prior to the murder and a shorter interrogation time. In some shows the detective is the star. In ours, the comedy is. Thirdly, some murder mystery companies try to beat the audience and not even give out the prizes. THEY improv guarantees that someone will have been correct in their solution of the murder mystery for our full shows. There are a lot of ways we're different. The best way for you to find out how is to contact us for a show and see for yourself.

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We have many themes and can customize to just about any other that you can think of. Some of the more common themes include: The 1920's or 1930's for a Prohibition Era party, A Millionaire's Mansion, A Movie Mogul, Mobsters, A Wedding and many others. We have conducted murder mystery dinner shows with everything from the Versace Mansion to Gilligan's Island. If you want to have a particular theme, just let us know!


Q: What is interactive as opposed to immersive?

A: Generally, when someone refers to a show being interactive, it means that the performers will talk to the audience, either to get input or a reaction. Because interactive is a term used and understood in the industry, we tend to use the term incorrectly. Our shows are more accurately referred to as immersive. An immersive performance is where our actors fully participate in the audience experience and can be mistaken as audience members. Some audience members can also be confused with performers. This immersive experience enhances the entire event and increases the involvement of the audience members to the point of maintaining full attention.


Younger or more sensitive audience members should have no problem enjoying a night of fun and clean comedy when THEY improv takes the stage. We are predisposed to performing clean comedy shows. If, however, we are requested to become more lively in our performance, we may do so. After all, our murder mysteries are custom-tailored for the audience involved. If you have more than just a couple of children but are instead throwing a gathering for a group of kids, we have specific themes written for children. To ensure a great evening simply inform us at the time of contracting for the show.

Smaller groups can get cost-prohibitive for murder mysteries, but THEY improv may still be able to help. Although our more standard murder mysteries have custom-tailored scripts and 4-8 actors, we do have other options to bring the cost down. This can be even more important for non-profit organizations looking to have a fundraiser. There are two additional approaches we can take. First, is our Cambridge Solution. This is called the Cambridge Solution because we considered it to be Harvard smart when we developed it. It uses 4-10 of your group as characters in the murder. More information is on our Cambridge Murder Mystery Page. For even smaller groups we have our Dartmouth Plan. It's really the Cambridge Solution redesigned to either use everyone as a character in more of a Speed Dating setup or using half of the people as characters. Our second option is what we refer to as Murder Mystery Mayhem or a Clue Party. This is where everyone is a character and they mix and mingle randomly. It comes down to Means, Motive and Opportunity, much like a game of Clue. More information is available on our Murder Mystery Game Show page.

While we prefer the immersive experience, we can perform "Presentational Murder Mysteries." This is performed on a stage or raised area with sound system like a play and with limited audience interaction. This is usually done for much larger groups and is more heavily scripted. This tends to have a higher cost because of the writing involved.

We have a variety of offerings. Some of our offerings are designed as a mix and mingle party that allows your participants to interview each other to try to determine the culprit. Another offering allows some of your people to play the roles being interrogated by our detective and the audience to determine the culprit. But for our signature immersive murder mystery dinners, you want to limit the exposure of your people as performers. Quite frankly, they're simply not professional, and our people are. But we will customize any event to you and follow your lead as to who you want to participate. So the short answer? Yes, but it isn't our recommendation.

THEY improv is capable of performing anywhere. After all, we are improvisational. We are used to making do and reacting to what is at hand. Generally we perform in banquet spaces and dining rooms, though we've been known to operate in bars, in patio areas or even out on a golf course. The question usually comes down to an ability to be seen and heard by the audience. The real answer is that you should contact us if you have a venue that you have a question about and we are certain that we can find a way to make it work.

We are happy to help with some publicity. We'll share our graphics and make them available to you and will brainstorm with you to provide fun themes to help get media attention. But THEY improv can not take responsibility for the ability to market a show, will not guarantee any level of attendance and will not directly handle any ticket sales for legal reasons.

Q: What is an ambush murder mystery?

A: We are one of the few companies in the country that specializes in the ambush murder mystery. This is a scenario where the audience is unaware that a murder mystery is occurring. We create a situation where our players would reasonably be expected to be in the location. After establishing the legitimacy of our characters, we then create situations that would rarely happen at parties. The 'train wreck moments' are designed to get the audience talking about what's going on around them and attempt to intercede on behalf of our characters. Think of it as an elaborate prank being played on your audience. When the death finally occurs, the audience then realizes that they've been had and are led through the process of determining the culprit. One of the major advantages of this form of show is that the audiences expectations are constantly changed.


THEY improv is one of the fastest growing murder mystery companies in the country. Right now we provide murder mystery dinner shows in all 50 states. We can provide our services throughout the nation including areas such as Los Angeles in Southern California, San Francisco in Northern California, Scottsdale and Tucson in Arizona, the DFW area, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma, the Gulf Coast, Southwest Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, North Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, New York State, Fairfield County and Hartford in Connecticut, Chicago, Milwaukee, the Midwest, Ohio, Idaho, Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, Salt Lake City in Utah, Hawaii as well as everywhere else in all 50 states. Most locations do not even have a travel fee associated with it as we have performers all over the place. There are, of course, some places that are more out of the way or don't have a large acting community nearby. This may require some travel, but would be included in any quote that we provide for you.

Because every show is custom designed you have to contact THEY improv directly to receive a quote for your banquet. Prices range based on the costs for a show. The more actors, the more props, the larger the event, the more the writing or rehearsal, the higher the cost. When we provide a quote, the prices are usually independent of venue, food and technical equipment such as lights and sound. Contact us for a detailed quote.

Even though we call them dinners, the reality is that a lot of our events take place during the day. Lunch is quite common and it operates basically the same, though often there is no cocktail hour. It can be a great idea to entertain your employees without keeping them after hours. Likewise, an ambush at lunch works well with our people to look like a regular team building group or lecturer. Contact us to find ideas that might work for your group based on your timing.

Generally no, but we work based on our direction from our clients. Based on the desires of the client, we may have gunshots (blanks, of course), stabbings, etc. All such things are usually done to comedic effect and may require authorization of the venue and appropriate security staffs. Likewise, the Client must indemnify us and indicate to potential guests with any conditions the inherent issues or concerns. If you are the one hiring us for a private party or corporate event, then whether there are gunshots is up to you. But as mentioned, we'd recommend not to have them.

We can accept most forms of payment including checks, credit cards, ACH, cash, PayPal and just about anything else that you can come up with. Usually we require 50% up front with a follow-up of the final 50% one-week prior to the event.

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We can provide our services throughout the nation including areas such as Los Angeles in Southern California, San Francisco in Northern California, Scottsdale and Tucson in Arizona, the DFW area, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma, the Gulf Coast, Southwest Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, North Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, New York State, Fairfield County and Hartford in Connecticut, Chicago, Milwaukee, the Midwest, Ohio, Idaho, Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, Salt Lake City in Utah, Hawaii as well as everywhere else in all 50 states.


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Include the size of your space, how many people you think might attend, potential dates you have an interest in, and any special concerns or requests. This can include specific themes that you might have in mind, such as the Roaring '20s or '30s in the Prohibition Era.


Review the options and clarify any details

Our staff works hard to make certain that all details are ironed out and that you understand the process prior to any agreement.


Verify final details for a proposal

We will explain additional themes, timing, dining considerations, sound, lighting and stage equipment needed (which are not usually included in our proposal), payment methods and timing, etc. This will allow us to prepare a 3 page proposal for your event. Page 1 is a cover letter. Page 2 is the actual contract. Page 3 is a credit card form just in case you choose to pay by that method, though often checks are the more popular option. We also accept PayPal, Venmo, QuickPay, and many other methods.