Improv comedy subject of March 23 faculty lecture


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Adams State Comedy Improv Group, "Don’t Feed Us After Midnight" includes (left to right) Adam Sperandio, Loraine Glidewell, Jenna Neilsen, Jacob Tighe, Jin Piper, Bothe Kretsinger, Brittney Chowning, Eleanor Smith, James Dunn, Scott Smith, Matt Wesley.

Laughter and fun may be the result of improvisation comedy, but the comedians learn the trade through practice and study. Jenna Neilsen, assistant professor of theatre, will entertain and enlighten the audience during the Adams State College Faculty Lecture "Go Ahead! Make Me Laugh: The Basics of Comedy Improvisation", at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

To improvise, according to Merriam-Websters Dictionary, means "to compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously." Yet, good comedy improvisers are doing anything but "winging it" in front of an audience. So, how does one train to be an improviser? This lecture will cover the fundamentals of comedy improvisation through the lens of training by Keith Johnstone, one of the fathers of modern improvisation with whom Professor Neilsen had the good fortune of studying. Through interactive demonstrations, we will explore the ideas of spontaneity, agreement, status, storytelling and surprise as they relate to improvisation. Come ready to laugh... and possibly ready to make us laugh!

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or

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