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BYOI’s Annual Auditions

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BYOI is looking for new talent to round out our cast. We will be having auditions Monday, July 31st at 6:30 pm.

Bring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that has performed over 900 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 Monday, July 31st at 6:30 pm 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 two 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 at 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.

First Adult Workshop for BYOI!

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Tonight, BYOI had it’s first Adult Acting & Improv workshop at the WCFA! This was the friendly group of folks who participated and a lot of learning and fun was had by all. We worked on some of the key skills of really listening to a partner and learning to acknowledge the environment and facts of the scene. If you would like to join this merry bunch and join in the next class, you can do so by clicking here. Looking forward to the next workshop on Monday, March 27th! Maybe we will see you there!

BYOI is having auditions!

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It is that time a year again for BYOI’s annual auditions. As BYOI grows and evolves, we are always looking for new talent. This year we are looking for two new members to round out this cast.

Bring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that has performed over 500 shows all across New England. We are a short for 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 year’s auditions will be held Friday August 1st and 8th at 5:30pm at the Warwick Museum of Art at 3259 Post Road in Warwick, RI. After the auditions, you are encouraged to stay for that night’s shows. Attendance at the audition will give you a free ticket to that night’s shows. Make sure to be on time and dress to move.

We are looking for two 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
Brings no drama or ego

Please contact us via email to let us know you will be attending.

See you soon!

BYOI – 5 Years of Comedy and Memories!

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ContactTomorrow night, Friday August 2nd @ 10:00pm at Theatre 82 in Cranston, RI, Bring Your Own Improv will be celebrating 5 years of comedy, over 500 shows and over 400 FAM members.

We want you there! If you have ever seen a show, you should come. If you have never seen a show, you should come. If you have always been promising to see a show, you should come!

As an added bonus, we will have a special guest performer you may never see coming and just to top it off, there will be cake!

We would love you to come out and support us and show us your love for what we do! Please come out tomorrow night, won’t you?

As a special note, for all of our family friendly audiences, BYOI will be celebrating again on Sunday Aug 4th too. So don’t worry, we will have more fun there too!

BYOI – Mr. Davidson

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FAM071413We were visited by some of our old friends and made some new friends at the BYOI show at the Warwick Museum of Art! Paul was joined by Krissy, Corey and Erich and they were energetic and fun.

Aliesia was the FAM, for I believe the third time, since she’s super dedicated and loves BYOI. She’s going into the 5th grade and likes reading horror/mystery books. Her and her dad, Peter, described one another as annoying…aahh, families! We know they really love each other. Aliesia has a cat named Bella and likes pop music.

In FAM Say It Again, Aliesia lived up to her dad’s description, at least according to the cast, who were at her mercy since she had the bell. Erich was an annoying candy cane, Aliesia’s nemesis showed up and Peter wouldn’t buy her a car. Next, Corey got everyone warmed up with a song and dance.

To prove everyone was warmed up, audience member Sam jumped in for Quickest Minute! We learned that 1+3=chair, kids didn’t like their horrible math teacher and after a pep talk, the teacher turned 10 feet tall. It started as a 60 second one, then gradually made it down to 5 seconds. Faster!!

World Without a Letter was next, where no one could use the letters J or G. That made it hard for the cast since they were backstage with Justin Beiber, who refused to perform and was being rude. He wanted big, not mini shrimp on the barbecque. Eventually, he did sign a fan’s hand and thought she had a speech impediment since she kept calling him “Ustin.”

Good Cop/Bad Cop featured Paul and audience member Nathaniel as a talkative and a silent cop. They had to get Corey to admit that he had left the toilet seat up in Antarctica with Luigi.

Next up was Because I Said So, where Corey gleefully played the inquisitive child. Since the game is so fun, audience members Aliesia, Alana, Patti, Jasper, Nathaniel, Brigid and Henry jumped in. We learned a whole bunch of things with all of those parents, like mommy being mean because the dog ate her pancakes, the game was fun since Corey designed it since his life is improv and pancakes are yummy since they’re similar to waffles.

Lines From a Cup featured Aliesia, Patti and Jasper again. Aliesia wanted the talking vermin dead and mom wanted to buy a Wii. Paul’s liver was off balance because a unicorn stabbed him, Batman had a game night and Erich’s dad was wise. In the end, the lawn was painted in rainbow colors! I can’t believe Krissy let a fluffy unicorn hurt Paul!

That craziness was followed by Trolley Stop, with the help of audience members Suzie, Michael and Brigid. Some characters whispered, were clumsy and were bored teens. My favorite was the superhero bird.

Up next was Chainsaw, with the cast, Jasper, Nathaniel and Henry. In typical Chainsaw fashion, things were lost in translation. This time, it ended up so far lost in translation that Corey and Erich offered their cars & houses if anyone got everything correct. Thankfully, our cast members will still have somewhere to live and something to drive around in, since no one figured out that an astronaut was at Dunkin Donuts with a spatula. Some guesses for the occupation were baseball player, circus performer and lumberjack, while the location guesses were Antarctica and science lab. The location was correctly guessed by one person as a spatula, but the rest thought it was a camera, an ostrich or a chicken.

In Spelling Bee, we again had a bunch of audience participation to end the night. Audience members Aliesia, Jasper, Brigid, Patti and Eddie all joined in and they were pretty decent spellers! For definitions, that was a different story. A car was a vehicle under…a car, a pencil was a thing that is useful for students or tax accountants, and salmonella (spelled S-A-Monella) is a bad fish that can swim under water. Ooookay!

Want to play with us as part of our cast? We’re holding our annual auditions to round out the cast for our regular an private shows. Be at the Warwick Museum of Art for the next two Sundays. You must be 18 or over.

We’re also going to be celebrating our birthday soon! The August 2 and 4 shows will be very special and will even feature special guests…and cake!

And scene!

Auditions for BYOI

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ContactBring Your Own Improv is an established improv show that is about to celebrate it’s 5 year anniversary!  We are a short for improv show (similar to Whose Line Is It Anyways) that takes it a step above the rest and welcomes audience members up on stage to perform with us. The group has performed over 500 shows all across New England.  We have been growing in size and are in need of new talent.

Some of our current cast members who have been around for some time are off to grad school, moving to NYC and even having a baby.  Because they will not be available for shows, we are looking for new cast members to take their spots and to increase the size of our cast.  With two regular shows a week and six spots per show, we have a lot of spots to fill.

We are currently looking for six to eight cast members to join the cast of this show.  Performers should be ready to be silly when needed, have an open mind, be supportive to their scene partners, be able and willing to work with kids, are friendly and easy to get along with and do not bring drama or big egos with them.  A basic understanding of improv and comedy is needed.  If you are able to play guitar, that is a bonus, but not a requirement. Performers must be over 18 years old and can pass a RI state background check to be eligible to audition.

Auditions will be held on July 21st and July 28th at 2:30pm at the Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Rd. in Warwick, RI.  Please dress comfortably, be ready to move and bring water for yourselves.  Auditions start promptly at 2:30pm, so do not be late.  In fact being early will start you off right with us.  You may attend either audition, but are encouraged to attend both.  Auditions will last till about 4:30pm and you are encouraged to stay for the show at 6pm.  Attending the audition will grant you free admission to the show that night.

Please contact us at to let us know you are attending.  No head shots or resumes are needed.

Joe’s Ode to “The Other 9 to 5 Show”

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“The show is called the Other 9-5 Show.
He that performs that 8 hours, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when March 1st is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of BYOI.
He that shall perform this show, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is March 1st.”
Then will he unlock his phone and open his YouTube app,
And say “These videos I took at the 9-5 Show at the Warwick Museum of Art.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words- Daniel Lee White, Joe Wilkicki, Nate Lopez, Ryan Hanley and Coburn Childs-Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And March first shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he that plays Party Quirks and Highlander with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition; And all gentleman in Rhode Island now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not there,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That laughed with us at the 9-5 Show.

Oh, and there’s breakfast included afterwards.”
-Joe Wilkicki

BYOI – Donkeys Smell Like Quiche

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95 Empire was the place to be for BYOI tonight! Drew explained the rules of RESPECT before being joined by Daniel, Paul, Ian and Nate. Stephanie, BYOI alum Mike and auditioners Ashley and Jana were also present for some of the games.

The mighty FAM cup produced Gian’s name. Gian’s studying elementary education at RIC. He loves his mom, the Patriots, “Everybody Loves Raymond” and water. He’s not a fan of Providence traffic or sitting home all day and doing nothing. He recently starred in a stage production of “Shrek” as Donkey.

In FAM What Are You Doing, the cast drank water, didn’t wake up (which led to Nate stealing the contents of Paul’s pockets), made tacos, did Donkey impersonations, hated Raymond and revered mom. Drew had a blast giving Nate hard suggestions.

For warmup, Daniel made up an alternate version of the Harlem Shake—the Italian Shake!

Nate, Drew and Jana started off the night with Sit, Stand and Lie Down, as the most dysfunctional family ever. Cigarettes helped baby Drew stop crying, so Jana demanded a divorce. Nate celebrated his victory in getting Jana to take custody by giving the baby a drink. The game ended with Nate being literally dragged to the hospital.

Obviously, they needed counseling, so what better way to follow that than by playing Marriage Counselor? Ian had the hard job of keeping the peace with Paul and Ashley. Paul was obsessed with pugs, while Ashley kept clinking dishes together. At least they agreed on one thing—they never wanted to touch each other again.

Paul was then the child for Because I Said So. The rest of the cast tried to answer his questions with the help of audience members Mike and Diego. Nate and Daniel had an epic run while they explained rocketships. We also learned how to make orange juice, why goldfish have short lifespans and why high fructose corn syrup smells funny.

Ian, Nate, Drew and audience member Diego were the brave souls in Highlander. The quartet played a scene about Swedish models at a nude beach. One was concerned that body paint made her look fat, another strutted by in slow motion, yet another did calisthenics, and the last sobbed into chocolate because she was going to become a plus sized model. Ian was out first, followed by Diego and Nate, which left Drew to run around doing the scene alone.

After the break, Paul and Nate heightened the stakes in Yes And.

Chainsaw was fun with the addition of Mike and audience members Kate and Mary. An artist was at a zoo with a nose hair trimmer when Drew started, but by the time the game ended, suit salesmen and models were in Jurassic Park with a q-tip.

Helping Hands was next, with Nate helping audience member Ryan and Ian helping Jana. Along with Paul sometimes helping Daniel, they performed a scene about training in a call center. Jana and Ryan were contentious exes who insisted on making life difficult for one another.

Stephanie, Jana and Ashley jumped in to give Spelling Bee some girl power. We learned that a zipper is a device to keep your shirt on your butt, an epiphany is a thing that looks like a donkey, litigate is when a person goes to court in South or North Mexico, and a neighbor is a person who likes to live next door to your dog. At least they were able to spell correctly!

In Short Cutz, Stephanie, Mike, Ashley and Jana once again played. Willard Scott needed to be replaced, Russia had radioactive dentists, people were pushed down a ski slope and a bear rode a unicycle in an operating room during surgery.

The final game was Sing It, with Paul in charge of the bell. Stephanie once again joined in for the stage adaptation of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” They sang a dubstep song about everybody hating Raymond, a ska song about Deborah being a terrible cook and a metal song about not being a frog. Raymond ended up breaking character and became articulate, which made his wife like him again. Later, Stephanie did a Marilyn Manson-esque whine because she wanted a penguin and Nate failed at singing in the style of Beyonce. Which means he did just fine since she sometimes doesn’t actually sing.

Don’t forget to join us for our annual “Other 9 to 5 Show” next Friday at the Warwick Museum of Art! As always, it will be a blast with 8 hours of antics. Tickets are $20 at the door and will include free breakfast. Don’t forget to bring sleeping bags and wear comfy pajamas. We’ll have room up front to lie down, but be there early to claim your spot!

And scene!

BYOI is auditioning for Women and Guitarists.

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BYOI is currently looking for women to audition to give us a better balance in our cast.  We are also looking for guitarists who can improv to help add more music to our show.  Auditioners should be open, fun, willing to work with kids, come with no drama, be over 18 and MUST be able to pass a criminal background check.

Auditions are February 10th & 17th at 2:30pm in the lower level of the Warwick Museum of Art (3259 Post Rd. Warwick, RI).  Please dress to move, bring water, a positive attitude and energy.  Please be prompt as we would like to start ontime. The audition will last for two hours and you are then strongly encouraged to attend the show that night at 6:00pm which you will be given one free ticket for at the audition.  Any questions, please contact us through our website at

BYOI – End of Season 5!

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BYOI’s leader, Daniel, married his lovely bride, Kerri, the night before our season ender, in scenic New Hampshire. They were surrounded by friends and family, including many current and past BYOI cast members. On behalf of BYOI, I’d like to wish Daniel and Kerri a lifetime of love and happiness!

All I can say about our family friendly show is: Hugh Jackman.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us and made season 5 memorable! Please come see us again in season 6, starting in January, and don’t forget, we’ll be performing at 4pm and 9pm for Bright Night in Providence on New Year’s Eve.

And scene!