Academy of Comedy

Laugh hard with the Academy of Comedy

Written by Brie Boss. 

The Academy of Comedy will perform at the Manwaring Center Little Theater March 4 at 4 p.m.

Ryan Froude, a freshman studying business management, and Katie Tyner, a junior studying art, are some of the comedians.

“I hope that people get my awkward, weird sense of humor because I really embrace the awkward that dwells within me,” Tyner said.

Tyner said she got involved with the Academy of Comedy Spring Semester 2015 and first performed Fall Semester 2015.

“What I love about the group is those who are in charge are so friendly, encouraging, helpful and inclusive,” Tyner said. “I have true friends from the group because they are so cool. It’s really laid back, and I just love all of them.”

Tyner transferred to BYU-I from Southern Virginia University in Spring Semester 2015. She was involved with comedy there and wanted to continue to be in an improvisation group.

“I knew I wanted to get back to it once I transferred here,” Tyner said. “When I perform, I just really want to make people happy and to make someone’s belly ache from laughter or shed a tear from laughing so hard.”

Ryan Froude said he joined the academy this semester.

“The first workshop I went to was great,” Froude said. “I had a blast. It was the first time I had done theater since my junior year of high school.”

Every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m., the group plays games and learns concepts of improvisation. Marinne Williams, a junior studying art education, usually leads the workshops, Froude said.

“The workshops teach the basics and is a great place to cheer each other on to come out of our shells,” Froude said. “Marinne knows what she is doing.”

Every game is different, ranging from miming to singing, according to “Improvisation for the Theater” by Viola Spolin.

“Also, when we make mistakes, we just laugh it off without anyone feeling stupid for making a mistake,” Tyner said.

Improv consists of short scenes usually constructed from a predetermined game, structure or idea and is driven by an audience suggestion. Improv means to do something without any preparation, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

There are many college-based improv groups in the United States and around the world, according to “Improvisation for Theater.” Many theater troupes are devoted to staging improvisational performances and growing the improv community.

The Academy of Comedy updates its Facebook page for upcoming shows regularly. Many reviewed this group as a “hit’ and “always worth the time.” People commented that their stomachs hurt from laughing so much, according to the Facebook page.

The Academy of Comedy wants to continue to have “bigger and better shows” for those at BYU-I, according to its Facebook page.

The Academy of Comedy consists of five more members: Malachi Anderton, a sophomore studying physics; Michael Pierce, a junior studying philosophy; Shelby Wright, a freshman studying communication; Jacie Crapo, a sophomore studying biology; and Jed Schuyler, a freshman studying biochemistry.

The tickets for the event are $1, according to the Academy of Comedy’s Web page.

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