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Improv shows are high energy, kinetic, hilarious and sometimes weirdly disturbing (in a good way) and owe their excitement to the spontaneity essential to the form. Many people are familiar with ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” which is now off the air. UP has its own group dedicated to improv. Improv is short for “improvised”–a form of theater which is all about connection. In the spirit of the word, they never know what to expect.There is no script. UP’s improv group The Bluffoons is comprised of individuals who are willing to appear before an audience with only their knowledge of improv games and the camaraderie and trust for each other to prepare them.Audience suggestion and prompts are key.They are only given moments to react and construct a scene. It is this unique interaction between Bluffoons and audience members that creates magic and memories.This audio post is about those brave souls.
The first part is a quick chat with audience and Bluffoons members after a show in March in which they attempt to sum up the show . The second part is a sit down with Bluffoons members Allie, Devin, and Jackie. Learn what drew them to the chaos,the process of preparing for shows, why they stay, challenges they have had, advertising woes, what has been rewarding for them,the growth in membership, their hopes for the future of the group and why they do what they do.
The last chance to see the Bluffoons in action this school year is on Friday, April 26 at Mago Hunt Theater. They will perform an improvised play with songs.It is $3 per a person or $2 for two and doors open at 7:15. For more details, such as the featured actors check out the Bluffoons’ event page.