MSU’s improv team wants to make you laugh

Looking for Something Funny? Well, fear not — you’ll be able to find it this upcoming Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Something Funny Improv Club will be putting on a show at 7 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A. This is the club’s first show of the school year, and it will be both free and family-friendly.

For those who aren’t familiar with improv, it’s essentially spur-of-the-moment acting. It requires a lot of quick, creative thinking on the actor’s part, as well as a fair amount of theatrical and comedic skill. Longform improv basically equates to a one-act play made up by actors on the spot, whereas shortform improv is made up of shorter skits and games. (If you’ve ever seen the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, then should be familiar with shortform improv). Something Funny’s upcoming show will consist entirely of shortform improv, during which the club will split into two competing teams. Both teams will perform a few short scenes — in the form of games — and at the end, the audience will be able to vote for which scene they liked better.

This is only the second year that Something Funny has been in operation. It was founded last year by the club’s co-captain, Alex Tita. “I noticed that we had a lack of fine arts programs here [at the university], and that really bugged me. So I decided that something needed to be done about it,” Tita said. He decided to start a club focused on improv because it’s what he knew best.

Something Funny has around ten core members who show up to meetings regularly, in addition to a handful of other members who pop in sporadically. The club is always open to newcomers — no experience necessary. The ever-changing nature of their group adds another element of spontaneity to their performances, which is why no two shows are the same.

“We have a lot of new, talented people this year. And every time someone new comes into this club, they bring a different brand of humor with them,” Tita said. “A scene with Michael, Helen, Tyler and me will be much different than a scene with Dean, Karl and Ivan.”

Wednesday’s show is free, and that’s the plan for most of their shows. “I don’t feel comfortable asking for money for what we do, because I’m not doing this because I expect compensation,” Tita said. “I’m doing this because I want to spread this art form.” Karl Ohaus, another member, jokingly chimed in, “I joined this club with the expectation that I would be hired by SNL in a couple of years.”

From there, the jokes kept on rolling. “We’re basically all vampires that need to feed off of the energy of an audience,” club Secretary Tyler Weil explained.

“It’s heavily implied that something funny will happen at the Something Funny Improv Show,” Weil said. So if you’re looking to have a great time on a Wednesday, check out the Something Funny Improv Club’s show — it’s free, it’s fun, and it’s conveniently located right on campus. What have you got to lose?

 

The show is on Wednesday, Oct. 28 7 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A. Admission is free.