Improv team hosts ‘Let’s Just Kiss’ show

Improvisational acting requires the ability to react spontaneously. (Lariat file photo)

Adam Jones

Saddleback College’s Improv Club kept the audience laughing with their “Let’s Just Kiss” comedy show last Friday.

“The show was called ‘Let’s just Kiss’ because when we were in rehearsal we would come to an awkward moment in the scene and we’d just go ‘Do you want to kiss?’ or ‘Let’s just kiss,’ said Kurt Christman, 21, creative writing.

“Wait, you mean we’re not really going to kiss?” asked Chase Engelhardt, also with the Improv team.

“We stress about the show, but people come here to laugh,” Christman said. “It’s always a great time.”

The Improv Club is headed by Justin Huft, 21, psychology, who has been on the team for several years.

“It went very well,” Huft said. “A normal show is standing room only. The last show had 130 to 140 people.”

The show was well received by the audience, who were eager to give suggestions for personalities, scenes, and the like. Improv is a style of comedy based off of these audience suggestions being put into short skits or games.

The team members then use improvisational acting techniques to spontaneously play out on stage.

“I thought it was hilarious,” said Alex, 19, nursing, who was in the audience. “This was my first time at their show. Everyone should come see it.”

“I liked how the show went,” Christman said. “There was some dead time, but that is how Improv is, and the audience is here to laugh and have a good time, so [they understand].”

The Improv Club allows anyone to attend club meetings, but only team members can come to rehearsals.

Tryouts are held each semester for the Improv team, so interested students get the opportunity to show off their talents.

The Improv Club puts on a show once or twice per semester. Check the ASG’s website for more information.