If you were put on the spot in front of a hundred people with no rehearsed script, would you be able to crack a joke? That is exactly what the Saint Joseph’s University Improv Team does. When the team performs, they ask audience members to yell out any word or topic and right there on the spot, the team creates an entire skit based on that word.
We sat down with some members of the team to get a behind the scenes scoop on the Improv Club at Saint Joseph’s University. Sophomore Siobhan Naughton gave us some insight on what improv comedy really is.
“Improv is comedy on the spot. There are various improv games that can be played and each one has a specific thing about it to make it interesting or funny,” Naughton said. “For example, in one game called the Alphabet Game, two people are in a scene and each sentence they say has to start with the next letter in the alphabet (if one person starts a sentence with ‘d’, the second person has to say a sentence starting with ‘e’). Everything is completely unscripted and the only thing you know before you start a game is just a word to get the scene started.”
We asked senior Alex Ventola and Chris Kenkelen about their experiences on the Improv Team over the past couple of years.
“I’m really comfortable with the team now,” Ventola said. “I know they’re all funny people so I know if I slip up, they’ll have my back.”
Naughton also shared her experience with improv and told us why she decided to try out for the team.
“I had never done improv before so I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I had seen shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? (an improv comedy TV show) and knew people who had done improv so I was interested in learning more about it. I tried out for the team first semester freshman year because it seemed like a great creative outlet and a great way to meet new people. I’m so happy I did it and I’ve met legitimately some of the best, funniest people because of it.”
Interested in joining the Improv Club? Check out their Facebook page and reach out to learn more about auditions and upcoming shows!