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BYOI – Retiring the Blog – August 2018

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The BYOI Blog has had a long 10-year life with thousands of posts recapping some of our favorite moments. Thanks to its many contributors and commenters. However, it is time to lay the blog to rest as we move all of our news and show recaps over to social media.

We finished off our last post celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary Show and that landed us at our 1,100th FAM. It just seems like a good way to end the blog.

Enjoy the posts while you can as we will be taking down the blog soon as we begin work on a new Bring Your Own Improv site.

You can find all of our recaps, news and fun posts on our social media:

Love to all of you and all of our BYOI Featured Audience Members!

BYOI – Alien Babies are not Rice

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Here we are again at Brown University for a second time this month at the STEM camp! Tonight’s cast was Jonathan, Tim, Emily, David and Myself and we had FAM’s Mia and Ty. They are both counselors at the camp, enjoy their jobs, miss home cooked meals and were recently discussing alien babies.

Our first game of Pillars found that Emily thought she ate her co-worker’s lunch, but discovered she had actually eaten samples of the experiments. Try That On for Size looking towards the sky and eating spaghetti. Two-Headed Monster discovered that wearing goggles can be difficult and painful, while in Timmy in the Well, we discovered that Tin-Tin had been bitten by a Shark, in an aquarium, in his house. The Quickest Minute gave us a rather generic Annie and Action Figures almost gave us letters to home. Then in Debate Club, the war waged on between cat and dog owners.

After a brief intermission, Remake taught us how not to make empanadas, Trolley Stop had a great raptor costume, and Centerpiece found new ways to shorten Pinocchio’s nose. Chainsaw took a Dancing Engineer at Buckingham Palace with a high heel shoe and turned it into a ballerina in a NASA lab with a sock. And finally, in Highlander, we saw all of Cinderella performed by Tim.

Thanks for having us again this year Brown!

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BYOI – Semi Annual Quarterly Report

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It’s our second of three Monday night shows and this time we were at a local corporate event working with the companies H.R. department. We did a two-hour workshop followed by a show! Our FAM for the show was Elliana who is an intern, loves doing the quarterly narrative and loves her career choice. We began with Remake where we saw the “Disney” musical about the Twelve Dwarfs in the Muchkin HR Department.

Trolley Stop saw ballerinas a dancing and selfies at the right angle. Two-Headed Monster taught us that a career as a waiter can be difficult when setting up the glasses and silverware. Chainsaw had a Wellness Dude in the Galapagos Islands with a Drum become a Grave Digger in a dance hall with a baseball bat. Debate Club agreed that there should be a Semi-Annual Quarterly Report and Action Figures ALMOST got us into the Gym. Finally, one of the audience members, Kaylie won a Highlander that saved a young man from the ice pool.

Thanks so much for having us!

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BYOI – Hahvarrrrhda

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It’s 7pm on Friday and you know it is because Josh, Emily, Jonathan, David and Ian are here performing at BYOI! Our FAM tonight is Maureen who is a Career Services Officer at Harvard and her husband is an IT specialist. She enjoys writing a book about relationships that she hopes to become a play and then a movie. In FAM Reunion we saw Maureen at work where too many cute pictures were posted and that created assault with a shelayly.

In What Are You Doing?, we saw cooking with an Easy Bake Oven, playing the World Tea Cup and Yo-Yo Yoga. Then in Catch Phrase, we saw that unflavored Jell-O earns you more. Good Cop, Bad Cop had Emily committing the crime of picking strawberries at Logan airport with Minny Mouse. Next up in Questions we saw the wheel get invented and then unused. Spelling Bee gave us Hahvarrrrrrrrrhda where one of the old buildings was there for eons. We saw Beauty in the Beast where we put out Lumiere. Finally, in Irish Ditty, we type our reports in a pot.

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BYOI – Acid & Base

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It is a Monday night and BYOI is out at a STEM camp at Brown University with Myself, Emily, David, Barbara and Tim! We had an extra long show tonight with two separate FAMs, Lauren and Dan. Lauren loves to sit around and read and thinks it is strange if you trip UPstairs. Dan enjoys Parenthood, yet does not enjoy teen drama. We began the night with Pillars where the National Yarn competition created a mess of floppy dolphins and tiny monkeys. In Try That On for Size, we swam all night and showed that we were fabulous! The Two-headed Monster only liked cleaning up burgers at Burger King and Quickest Minute gave us Cinderella in just 5 seconds. Timmy in the Well had Tim guessing that Neil DeGrasse Tyson got stuck in a garbage disposal on the moon. Action Figures showed us that it is difficult to make a pizza and Debate Club asked, “If Cinderella’s shoe with perfectly… how did it fall off?”

After a brief intermission, we were back with Remake asking which came first, the egg, the chicken, or the Western Omelette. Trolley Stop gave us Robots, Can You Believe it Girls and The Mystery of the Girl on the Bench. Centerpiece had David in four different scenes and he was shook… out of a tree. Chainsaw saw a Theoretical Physicist, in Wakanda with bread become, Grand Moff Tarkin in the woods with soda. Freeze Tag taught us that no ring is big enough for an engagement and Highlander taught us that Acid, Base and rock may cause cool kids to shake violently. Finally, we sang the group out with Curtain Call.

Thanks so much for having us again! We will be back in just a few short weeks!

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BYOI – Greasy Bacon Parasites

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It’s Friday night and BYOI is here with Erich, Amy, Jonathan, Tim, Alan and Barbara for our Family Friendly show! Our FAM tonight is Fritzi who came with her daughters Shae (Snarky) and Aidan (High Maintenance). She also has a rag doll cat named cookie who is very official. She also has someone who lives close to her who is a parasite. She wants her house totally cleaned, a meal made of an entire pig and a gift card to Kohls. In our first game of FAM Reunion Fritzi is holding the toilet paper hostage and things just got smellier.

Next up in Helping Hands, there were travesties at the bacon festival with spitting. Then in Two-Headed Monster, the new cleaning crew may need more training. Timmy in the Well helped us find out that Cher got attacked by a swan at a diner. In Movie Critics, we saw a bacon western called Greasy Parasite where Mr. Fancy Britches brought kicklines to the crispy, soft and soft serve bacon off. In Spelling Bee we learned that sorbat is cold and not cold when frozen and coogflagrayshun is a word. Next up Try That On for Size brought us checking out boogers, rubbing bunions and Love Boat planes. We finished with Curtain Call where we weren’t fakin’ our bacon and ragdoll cats like to catch mice.

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BYOI – Dog Purses & Golden Eggs

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Tonight’s a special night, it is Rose’s last BYOI Youth Collective Show because she is now 18. She has been with us for four years now and we are sad to see her go. In a bit of “luck,” her Mom Linda is the FAM tonight. Linda teaches cooking, had chickens on a farm, walks her dogs and wants to visit the Coral Reef of Austrailia. The first game of the night was Fortunately/Unfortunately where George the chicken needed a ride home from his buddy’s wife which he paid for with a Golden Egg.

Next up was Chainsaw where a ballerina in an ice cream bar with a feather turned into ballerina on a farm with a bubble. Then in Debate Club, we learned about math in everyday life and how free computers are paid for with school taxes. In Short Cutz, dog purses have doggie poop holes and Paypal credit cards. Finally, in Sit, Stand & Lie Down, apple juice is really strong in small fridges.

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Snow Hurricanes – SHOW CANCELLED

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Well, the weather is bad enough that there is no improv tonight. ::Le-Sigh::

Shows are canceled due to the storm, local power outages, high winds and that we want you all to stay safe.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday! 🙂

BYOI – Lake Tuna

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It’s Barbara, Alan, Emily and Myself out in Chepachet, RI for Gary’s 50th birthday party! Gary loves to plow snow, hit up auctions and has a great love to go out on the lake with his daughter. We began the night with a game of FAM Pillar where Gary brought fresh tuna to the lake for his daughter to catch.

Next, in Alphabet, we saw lactose intolerant mythical creatures. Then in Good Cop, Bad Cop, Barbara used the not-a-restroom on the 9th hole of a golf course with Buggs Bunny. Then in Action Figures, Alan got a scalpel in his head and my patient was heavily knocked out. Because I Said So allowed me to learn that I was adopted, Dad is in a well-built dog house and Gary’s friends know him well. Finally, we sang the night away with Curtain Call. Thanks to Gary and his friends and family for having us out!

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BYOI’s 2018 Annual Auditions

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BYOI is looking for new talent to round out our cast. We will be having auditions Friday, January 12th & Friday January 19th at 5:00pm.

Bring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that has performed over 1000 shows all across New England. We are a short form improv show (similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway) that takes it a step above the rest and welcomes audience members up on stage to perform with us.

This audition will be held Friday, January 12th & Friday January 19th at 5:00pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, RI. Make sure to be on time and dress to move.

We are looking for a few performers who can commit to the following:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Can pass a Rhode Island Background Check
  • Works well with children
  • Be silly when needed
  • Commit to two Friday nights per month
  • Have reliable transportation and arrive to things on time
  • Can be available during the week, during the day for school shows
  • Brings no drama or ego

Please email us at to let us know you will be attending.