12.08.16 News, OrgNew and Improv’d Turn TDU Laughter Levels to Maximum Almost every Friday night at 8 pm in Taylor Down Under, which is located in the basement of Madison Union, the comedy improvisation troupe, New and Improv’d, takes the stage to giggles and applause. The team consists of 12 members who specialize in a type of comedy that thrives on the unexpected. Shelby Imes, a junior media arts and design major with a journalism concentration who has been a part of the team since first semester her freshman year said, “We do improv, so our comedy is typically off-the-cuff and unscripted. It’s really fun because we walk on stage with zero preparation, and kind of go on a journey with our audience. Both the team and the audience are experiencing the show and the jokes for the first time, which makes the audience feel like they’re in on it, like they’re a part of an inside joke.” Every fall semester new performers are chosen from large group of auditions, then smaller callbacks till the two to three “newbs” have been chosen. When performing their first show with their newbies, the audience could not tell the difference between the seasoned improv performers and the beginners. With the opening game of “Household Olympics,” a thrilling action/narration game for four of the returning performers wherein two of the performers are doing a household chore to the ESPN-like sports casting of the other two cast members, the hour long show began. “This was my first New and Improv’d show and I loved it! My favorite part was the first game,” said freshman theater major, Katerina Moser, “I don’t usually come to TDU, but now that I know how awesome this show is I’ll be here every week for comedy and Open Mike Night.” The second game of the night was a cast favorite, dubbed The Dating Game, in which an audience member is chosen to play the part of an eligible man or woman who is interviewing three performers to find out who, what, or when they or their characters are. “Our favorite part of the show/ favorite game is usually anything that has to do with audience participation,” continues Imes. “As a team, we’re usually pretty in sync, so adding an audience member to a game, someone who isn’t exactly in tune with us, is exciting because it really shakes up our performance and gives us a lot of opportunity to explore new avenues for jokes and scene work.” As the hour began to run out the suggestions from the audience got more and more fantastical with shouts of “on the moon” and “riding a unicorn backwards” filling the air. The conclusion to the show was a long-form game called “Monologue,” Where one cast member performs a short monologue based off the accepted audience suggestion for about fifteen minutes while the rest of the cast creates scenes and characters based off the information from the original monologue. Freshman theater major, Emily Dawson said that New and Improv’d was “really clever and made me laugh more than I thought I would! Their impressions in the last game were spot on and showed how well the cast works together.” TDU is at its best when filled with laughter and upperclassmen and underclassmen alike bonding over the newest version of the cast of New and Improv’d. You can see their next show at 8 pm on December 9th in TDU. Come on out and be prepared with your best ridiculous scene suggestions!