The improv club is filled with members that are looking for laughter and silliness; the only serious thing about their club is having fun, and they are constantly looking for more members. Their practices are welcome to anyone, every week and are open to the public. If you are funny, this is definitely the club for you.
Name of club:
What’s So Funny? Improv Club
Who started it, and for what reason?
Reed Parkinson and Seth Lawrence started the club in 2008 to have some laughs – literally. These two men enjoyed the fun of acting, without purpose and more for enjoyment, so they decided an improv club would be just the thing.
How would someone go about joining, if there is interest?
Just come! Every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in LA 127 the members are practicing and playing games, mostly having gut-busting laughs and creating relationships. This club is open to all students.
Who to contact?
Chris Clark is the president of the Improv club, and can be reached by email at ChristopherAlanClark@gmail.com or called at 801-830-6355.
Are there many public performances or meetings?
All practices, held on campus, are open to the public. The shows are mostly performed in Center Stage or the Ragan Theater.
What kinds of things are done at performances; what are some of the games that are played?
The practices club members have every Tuesday are exercise games to break out of their shells and get funny. During performances, they introduce themselves and play games to get the crowd warmed up.
Some of the games they play on a weekly basis are buzzer and bells, story time, rotating scenes, dating game, spelling bee, late for work, movie styles, mannequins, sound effects, a rap game and “up yours,” where teams of three perform a scene until the other team shouts, “Objection!” and states something they disagree with in the scene
Why should students join this club?
“It’s fun; we have a blast,” said Reed Parkinson. The students currently in the club look forward to coming weekly to get a break from school and other stresses.
What makes the club unique and/or interesting?
The improv comedy club has no theatre majors; the members just do it as a hobby or as recreation.
“9 out of 10 think we are funny, the other one is dead,” Clark said.
When can they be seen?
Their next show is a Comedy Night fundraiser with the Applied Behavioral Science Club called “The Laugh-Off” on Oct. 18 at 7p.m. at Center Stage. Tickets will be $3 with any student ID and $4 without. All funds go to help former UVU student and “Provo Survivor,” the woman who was brutally attacked this summer on the Provo River Trail. Even after insurance, her medical bills are over $200,000, so every little bit helps.
This is a great cause and should be a night full of hilarity, so come and bring your friends and family.