|The University of Rochester's comedic improv group, In Between the Lines, performs their opening act on Friday, Septmeber 19 at Ingle Auditorium.
Disclosure: A member of Reporter’s editorial board is affiliated with RIT’s BrainWreck Improv.
A cacophony erupted through Ingle Auditorium as suggestions were called
for from the audience. Everything from piñatas and kiwi to Shakespeare
and zombies were shouted at the stage.
RIT’s very own BrainWreck Improv and University of Rochester’s In Between
the Lines came together for a collaboration show on Friday, September
19. The show operated in much the same way as the popular
television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? as a completely improvisational
performance divided into short skits with brief rules dictating the general
direction of each.
After a quick game by BrainWreck to start things off, a skit called “good,
bad, and two-headed advice” was presented, where advice was provided
about hooking internet up to your computer through three different points
of view. Adam Sampedro, second year New Media Publishing major,
gave bad advice, informing everyone that the best way is to ask your
grandpa. Jason Eberle, third year New Media Interactive Development
major, and Jean-Jacques DeLisle, third year Electrical Engineering major,
offered two-headed advice on the subject by alternating each spoken word
between the two of them.
“I’m hungry,” complained Nathan Horn, third year Game Design and Development
major, while lying trapped in another skit under the construction
of an invisible bridge made from imaginary cheesecakes. “Give it time,”
was the cheerful retort from third year Graphic Media Marketing major
Kyle O’Neill. Horn looked up disdainfully to him shouted, “How will that
help?” O’Neill paused for a moment. “Give it time to be delicious, I suppose,”
he laughed, throwing his hands in the air.
Moving on to another game, Matrix quotes were the only things that Jeremy
Allston, third year Game Design and Development major, was allowed
to say while encouraging Sampedro and Eberle to reenact a new version of
the movie’s office escape scene while riding and carrying llamas.
After the chaos had ensued for some time, U of R’s In Between the Lines
took the stage. The group members began by telling a story about a boy,
coconuts, various animals, and an evil waiter related to the coconuts.
Songs were sung about being naughty on Christmas, there was a space
rave in slow motion, and an argument took place on whether salamis or
jets were better.
“There’s no ‘I’ in ‘jet!’ But there is an ‘I’ in ‘salami!’” shouted group member
Olivia Pedersen. “You’re right. But there’s also a ‘mi’ in salami! It’s teaches
you not to have to depend on others!” retorted fellow group member Mark
Sobel with finesse.
For the final portion of the show, BrainWreck and In Between merged together
on stage to perform several small quick performances and games
of all varieties. One memorable skit involved a pirate anniversary where
In Between team member Tim Reinfield would clap his hands and two
players (not currently in the scene) were expected to act out a flashback
related to the story.
The entire event was a huge success with the jokes depending on timing
and quick thinking, but also being equally hilarious when an embarrassing
mistake was made. The audience participation was incredible. Agreeably,
everyone had a fantastic time and the whole room was clutching
their sides from beginning to end.