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Chances are you've been to the Gum Wall in Pike Place Market. But have you ever been behind the Gum Wall?

Past those sticky layers sits the birthplace of Seattle's improv scene, Unexpected Productions, inside the Market Theater. Unexpected Productions is the oldest premier improv company in the Northwest: The 34-year-old company has been operating out of the theater for 23 years, and it's given rise to a generation of talented comics, including Brendan Fraser, who took improv classes here, and Joel McHale, who was a cast member in the long-running Theatersports show in the 90s.

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Most visitors to Pike Place Market depart as the craft vendors and farmers and flower sellers pack up for the day. But after sun down, there's still plenty to do at the market, including catching a show the Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret.

This subterranean theater and bar/restaurant feels like vintage Seattle, a throwback to a time when speakeasies and jazz clubs were the norm. You'll find the Can Can in a cave-like space beneath the Corner Market, where, five nights a week, burlesque shows entertain a packed room and, in an impossibly small kitchen, some of the best food in the city is quietly being crafted.

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