Improv Inc. causes laughter for 14-hours straight

Freshman screen acting major Peter Heres poses for the camera while a scene ensues behind him during Improv Inc.'s 14-hour marathon in Beckman Hall May 13. Photo by Madeleine Caraluzzi.

Freshman screen acting major Peter Heres poses for the camera while a scene ensues behind him during Improv Inc.’s 14-hour marathon in Beckman Hall May 13. Photo by Madeleine Caraluzzi.

Improv Inc. put on a 14-hour improv marathon May 13.

The event took place in Beckman Hall 103, and both audience members and those in the troupe cycled in and out between their classes and other commitments.

“The nature of the event is a great opportunity to escape from finals and have a laugh,” said Karoline Ribak, a freshman creative producing major and member of Improv Inc.

The troupe transitioned between different improvisational games, such as a short-form known as “Party Quirks” in which a host has to guess what quirk each guest possesses based off of his or her behavior.

Junior screenwriting major Rocky Pajarito builds a desk in the middle of the floor while scenes simultaneously go on around him during Improv Inc.'s 14-hour marathon in Beckman Hall May 13. Photo by Madeleine Caraluzzi.

Junior screenwriting major Rocky Pajarito builds a desk in the middle of the floor while scenes simultaneously go on around him during Improv Inc.’s 14-hour marathon in Beckman Hall May 13. Photo by Madeleine Caraluzzi.

In addition, some games incorporated the use of media, like a long-form game where the troupe members watched a movie trailer for an old movie none of them had seen, and improvised based off what they believe the film is about.

“It gave us a good opportunity to try out new games,” Ribak said. “We knew today would be some of our best and our worst improv, and it has been.”

It also allowed them to look back and learn from what they did, said Cooper Stowers, a junior television writing and production major and member of Improv Inc.

“Afterwards, we sat around decompressing from what we had been through and we spent hours going through all of the bits we did that day and continued to laugh,” Stowers said. “It was an awesome experience that will definitely become a tradition for Improv Inc.”

The transitions between games and scenes happened smoothly, and this continued throughout the event. Troupe members came and left, but there were always members on stage to perform.

“It is incredible they’re going to continuously perform for 14 hours,” said freshman film studies major Sam Gershik, who attended the event for about two and a half hours in the morning.

He admired the energy that the troupe members were able to maintain.

“Even when there were three people in the audience, they performed as if the space was filled,” Gershik said.

This was the first time Improv Inc. hosted a marathon and the event came together quickly, Ribak said.

“Alex (Allsup) walked into practice and said, ‘Hey, I booked Beckman 103. Let’s do improv for 14 hours,’” Ribak said.

An "injured" senior kinesiology major Sydney Adams and junior digital arts major Julie Greiner work on a scene together during Improv Inc.'s 14-hour marathon in Beckman Hall May 13. Photo by Madeleine Caraluzzi.

An “injured” senior psychology major Sydney Adams and junior digital arts major Julie Greiner work on a scene together during Improv Inc.’s 14-hour marathon in Beckman Hall May 13. Photo by Madeleine Caraluzzi.

Many students loved the way the event was just thrown together.

Sydney Richman, a freshman strategic and corporate communication major, pointed out different aspects of the show that were enjoyable and noteworthy.

One of her favorite aspects was senior screenwriting major Rocky Pajarito building a desk on the stage after the instructions had been torn up as the rest of the improvisers did scenes around him.

“And yes, it took three hours and a good deal of physical pain but Rocky finished the desk and it looks wonderful,” Stowers said.

She had left because of her class schedule but returned after to see more of the marathon performance.

“I like to laugh, plus I have been to (Improv Inc.) shows in the past and enjoyed them,” Richman said.

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