Laughing hard with comic frenzy

BYU-Idaho’s comedic improv troupe, Comic Frenzy, will entertain audiences once again beginning May 21.

Shows will be held on May 21, June 11 and July 16 in the Black Box Theater in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts. Two performances will be held each night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m, according to the BYU-I website.

Tickets cost $1 for both BYU-I students and faculty, according to the BYU-I website.

Trevor Hill, the troupe’s faculty advisor, said a lot of the comedy the troupe does is similar to that seen on the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Many of the troupe’s performances are based on suggestions that the audience gives, according to the BYU-I website.

“All improv scenes begin with a single suggestion from the audience, and when a good scene comes together, it blows your mind,” Hill said.

Hill said Comic Frenzy began in 2002 as a student-run comedic group. He said that since 2007, it has been offered as a full-fledged audition-based class by the theater department on campus.

“Students audition at the beginning of every semester,” Hill said. “Classes are held two times a week for two hours where we rehearse the basics of improv and story structure.”

Camilla Martinez, a senior majoring in theater studies, said improv is very hard and that it takes a huge amount of commitment and vulnerability from all the players on the team that create the scenes.

Martinez also said the troupe works together to create stories and scenes on the spot, which leads them to learn how to trust each other both on and off stage.

“When we step out on stage, we have no idea what’s about to happen,” Martinez said. “We rely on skills such as listening, trust and gift giving to develop honest relationships on stage.”

Hill said the troupe specializes in short- and long-term improvisational theater.

“Short form is an improv term used to describe the type of games and scenes that are performed,” Hill said. “These games and scenes are traditionally short in nature and are designed for quick laughs. Long form is different in that it is more focused on story and scene work. These scenes typically last between seven to 15 minutes in length and demand the players to be focused on storytelling and less on jokes or gags.”

It is the perfect cheap date, according to the BYU-I website.

“Our shows are an opportunity for students and faculty to experience a theatrical experience that entertains and teaches,” Hill said. “We want you to be a part of our shows.”

Martinez said the first 20 people who come to any show get in free if they like the Comic Frenzy Facebook page.

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