Arts & Culture / Mosaic / February 6, 2013

Improv garners laughs with ‘Bill Cosby slowly melting’

Bill cosbyBill Cosby slowly melting: an evening of “everything and nothing at the same time.”

Old Main’s Alumni Room was full of laughter on Friday night when the Improv Club presented its first show of the term: “Bill Cosby Slowly Melting.”

The crew was complete with their Bill Cosby inspired sweaters, high energy skits and involvement of the audience.

The evening consisted of two types of improv: short form and long form. Short form kicked off the show, including the popular skit “Party Quirks” in which the audience decides who the guests are and the host has to try and figure them out. Abe Lincoln, a shark and the show “Dance Moms” were among those on the guest list.

Members of the audience became part of the show during “Puppet Masters” when the actors were only able to move when placed in compromised positions, and an actor faced his biggest fear of forgetting his lines during “Actor’s Nightmare.”

Only the Finnish language could be found at a morgue in a game of “Lost in Translation”, and passion was felt in the form of earmuffs in a round of “Emotional Objects.” The seemingly successful varieties of short form concluded with a skit in which a dolphin had to be tickled back to life.

Long form improv completed the second act, which added more detail to each skit. Anything was possible after the opening words of “Your mustache is divine” during “Montage,” where the actors were quick on their feet to come up with new scenes to correlate with the last words of each spoken passage.

A chimpanzee dressed as a man who was dressed as a zebra was on the run from a lawyer turned zookeeper in a game of “Close Quarters.” Chaos ensued when all the scenes happened chronologically — and all at once.

The audience seemed to have a positive reaction to the show.

“It was ridiculously funny,” freshman Tari Nussinov said. “It’s cool how they can make things up on the spot.”

“It was wonderful. Very innovative and creative,” freshman Rebecca Krupp said.

Post-baccalaureate fellow and founder of Improv Club Isaac Miller ‘12 said he loves the feeling of acting on the spur of the moment.

“It’s awesome,” Miller said. “It’s really great working with a crowd like this. We’ve gotten to know each other, and people will pick up on what you’re putting out there.”

“It’s really exciting and really forgiving,” junior Andrew Cook said. “The audience accepts and helps you develop skills. Everyone knows it’s stressful.”

Several of the members became involved with improv after auditioning for shows.

“I wanted to act in something but really had no experience,” Cook said. “But I was hooked.”

Although most people would feel too nervous to think on their feet, the Improv Club members seemed to feel differently.

“I was thinking of everything and nothing at the same time,” junior Philip Chau said. “I went crazy.”

To catch more of the Improv Club, look for signs about their upcoming show on Feb. 22.

Tags:  Abe Lincoln Actor's Nightmares Andrew Cook Bill Cosby Dance Moms Emotional objects Isaac Miller Montage Party Quirks Philip Chau Puppet masters Rebecca Krupp Tari Nussinov Teri Nussinov

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