Archive for September, 2017

BYOI – Talk To The Whisk

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We had a great late night show with Ally, Jonathan, David, Emily and Barbara at the Warwick Center For the Arts! Our FAM was Ben! He’s a math teacher, and he likes helping the anxious students learn to like math. He loves his girlfriend Tori and playing D&D on Sundays. FAM Day In the Life had Ben’s eggs given to the bad student and food was used to solve math.

Highlander had a partially musical Robin Hood, and Emily ended up perorming and singing alone in the end! Centerpiece had Jonathan in the middle, with rogue Mario Kart and all the sausage dishes. Timmy In the Well had Cher in trouble at the Hollywood sign, where she lost her wigs! Oh no!

Short Cutz started off with a teacher with a cholesterol problem, the hospital had a rash of deaths due to chicken breath, and there was a toll on the Yellow Brick Road. Spelling Bee had the cast and a few audience members spelling and defining words like kid, crepe and purple. Sit, Stand and Lie down and Ally, Emily and audience member Hosea really wanting bagels, but they drank too much chicken broth the night before. Brunch sisters ended up betrayed in the end! Say It Again ended the night, with Emily singing, chicken in the dorm, and grill marks.

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BYOI – Mary’s Wonderful Life

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We had a great family friendly show at the Warwick Center For the Arts with Barbara, Ally, Jonathan, David, Emily and Josh! Our FAM was Mary! She’s in the 5th grade and likes literature class. In her free time, she likes reading and horses, and used to have pet rats. FAM Typewriter followed Mary and her best friend Ava through recess and a very cultured day travelling all the way to Connecticut, before travelling through Rhode Island.

The Quickest Minute had Josh, Barbara and audience member Rob performing increasingly frenzied versions of “Cinderella”. Pillars had Ally channeling her inner beast, and tons of carrots came out and dentistry was the way. Interrogation Lineup brought in a bunch of criminals for questioning. Thankfully, we figured out the mystery of who threw rocks down the slide at Walmart with Britney Spears. It was a group effort between David, Jonathan and Ally!

Alphabet had pizzaz, a class delinquent, and overwhelming customers. This was followed by Back In My Day, before Netflix, spoons, or zoos. Follow That Action had the search for lunch money and an expensive whistle. Finally, we played Sing It! It took place at the happiest place on the teacup ride! French fries and tetanus shots for all!

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BYOI – Must Hate Easter

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The kids had a great Youth Collective show with Aidan, Juan, Emie, Rose and Luke! Our FAM was Myah! She’s an 8th grader and loves drawing. She’s into romance books, horror and Halloween. FAM Highlander was fun, with lots of money made and Easter being ruined. After that, it was time for Luke to be arrested for cleaning his ears in front of the TV with Hulk at Walmart in Good Cop, Bad Cop!

World’s Worst had really bad dog food testers, dinosaur hunters, and nail clippers. Typewriter told the story of New Year’s Eve with cotton candy on top. I had one footed dancing, great sales, and a mayor! The show ended with Wii Volleyball training interrupted by no internet and new shoes.

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BYOI – Dreams Of Dogicorns and Ice Cream

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We had a super fun time at Providence Improv Fest’s family friendly block. Thanks so much to Elderberry Jam for being amazing and getting the audience in a great mood beforehand. Our special show at 95 Empire had Daniel, David, Ian, Barbara, Erich, Jonathan and Audrey making everyone laugh. The FAM for the show was Cailin, who is in the 6th grade. She gave a great FAM interview, where she impressed the cast with her love of math and oreo ice cream, and where she also invented a dog/unicorn hybrid. In FAM Greatest Hits, Daniel sang the “Tiny Unicorn” which went up the charts to tin foil, according to Jonathan. After that, Ian sang a poppy tune about math and ice cream.

Try That On For Size started off the participation part, with stair licking, running through the woods, and trying to miss school by making a mark on your forehead. Chainsaw followed that, with the cast and 2 brave audience members trying to make it down the line with a door to door ice cream salesman at a carousel with a pencil. The game went off track a few times, and ended up incorrectly with a dog sitter or a bratty little brother in an apple orchard, rodeo or mansion with a cheeseburger or jar of peanut butter. It was fun to watch!

Up next, we had the craziest Action Figures I’ve ever seen in my years of blogging the shows. Daniel and Erich were moved around by 2 audience members as they played a game of hopscotch. It went exactly how you would picture Action Figures hopscotch, with twisting, odd movements, and Erich on the ground. The last game of the show was Curtain Call, with Barbara and Jonathan on guitar. The cast did a recap of the show in song, and we learned that playing hopscotch may have been better with butterscotch.

Thanks again to our great openers, Elderberry Jam, and thanks to Providence Improv Fest for having us! We can’t wait until next year!

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BYOI – It’s a Pizza, not a Baby.

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Our 9pm Late Night Comedy Show featured Daniel, David, Amy, Emily, Ian and Barbara along with our FAM Paul, who is celebrating his birthday. We opened the show with a song for Paul, about moose tracks ice cream, Yankee swaps, and ligers. Growing and Shrinking Machine brought us scenes about missing Zambonis, chicken puree, fingerprints and accordion lessons. During Catch Phrase, our FAM and his daughter went to work at a bowling alley with Amy. Press Conference made Emily have to guess that she was the original Madonna and she invented the shorter burning light bulb. Say it Again brought us bullwinkle manufacturing frozen confections in which Barbara took a dip, there were too many allergens, and Gryffindor won the house cup. Slogans brought forth advertisements for the Spanish Inquisition, sci-fi religions, and ancient Greek preventative measures. Serious Scene followed that, and we wrapped the night up with an Irish Ditty for our FAM Paul!

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BYOI – Like England but Newer

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It’s 7pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts, time for our Family Friendly Show! On Cast were Amy, Barbara, Daniel, David, Ian and Emily. Our FAM was Mike, who sells batteries and likes to play football in the backyard with his kids. His family got a kitten last week, who gets along well with their older cat. Sing it brought us Hip Hop Business, bells aplenty and a snippet from the musical “Les Moverales”. Our second game was Action Figures. David and Amy tried to navigate too many cats, while keeping things tidy with help from our audience volunteers. Lines from a Cup was next. Balloons were inflated, the Rock donkey was cooking the banana and macho nachos, happy happy Thursday! Good Cop, Bad Cop had Ian have to guess that he stole a magical dragon egg from a zoo in the enchanted forest with Porky Pig.

Typewriter featured ‘Mark’s Vacation in Los Angeles’. The Rams went to a football game, gained superpowers, and used those powers to save Walt Disney. Animatronics came to life, and wanted lemonade instead of giants. World’s Worst introduced the worst Tow Truck drivers, salty sentient gummy candy, Low Tide laundry detergent and electrified electricians. Highlander brought our cast and youth collective member Rowan on a malfunctioning jet to Mars. Moving the needle from East to “Fweast” didn’t stop us from having to get out and push. We wrappedthee show up with Say it Again. Football haircuts and apples helped Fredrick know the old witch from the enchanted forest liked the Rams and sold batteries to the man in charge.

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BYOI – Green Skeakers

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It’s 6pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts, and you know what that means! Our Youth Collective took the stage with Emmy, Juan, Rose, Rowan, Aidan and Luke on the cast. Our FAM was Alice, who likes the color green and her best friend Hetta. She likes to read fantasy novels and draw. Our first game was “What are you doing?”, we built cake towers, hunted for pet pellephants (that’s a cross between a pig and an elephant), and avoided making chicken soup. For Excuses, Excuses, Juan had to guess that he missed his bus, lost his green sneakers, and was drawing in a fantasy book. Story, Story Die brought us our Youth Collective’s version of the story of Hansel and Gretel. Growing and Shrinking Machine featured feeling groovy, falling cake, dancing machines and many tears.

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BYOI – You Shrank My Bulldog!

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The final show of the night was another blast with Amy, Ian, Daniel, Audrey, Emily and Jonathan. Our FAM was Dani! She loves Harry Potter and Doctor Who, and would make a strange casting choice for the next Doctor. FAM Greatest Hits sang songs about the Queen, grilled chicken and stuff.

The show started off with Good, Bad & Ugly, where 3 brave gentlemen gave varied advice about dealing with neighbors who leave their trash around and how to make your French friends happy. Alphabet had a miniscule teacup chihuahua, missing certification,  and paddle smacking with sticks. Pavlovian Response at the nursing home was next, with lots of bacon donuts, touching of bums, and excited exclamations. Amy had a blast!

Revolver had Ian and Audrey joined on stage by 2 audience volunteers, with a hidden stash of four leaf clovers, someone stuck in a pipe for 3 weeks, and a crazy night at the local Chelo’s. Rope had greasy cake, fun with the selfie stick, and penguins who kick! The Quickest Minute had a surprisingly innocent witch in the story of Hansel & Gretel, and the show ended with greatest hits of the show with Highlander. It was magically vicious! In the end, Audrey had to perfom all 4 scenes. Yay new girl!

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BYOI – The Unlucky Hockey Stick

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We had an awesome family friendly show at the Warwick Center For the Arts with Daniel, Emily, Amy, Jonathan, Ian, and in her first show as an official cast member, Audrey! Our FAM was Sean, who was celebrating his birthday with us, all the way from Pennsylvania! He’s in the 6th grade, where he loves math. He likes playing ice hockey and playing with his English bulldog named Dublin. FAM Remake took place in the middle school cafeteria with diverted crusts, genetically modified jam, and math.

What Are You Doing started off the show, as we coaxed a baby hermit crab out of its shell, shaved for the first time, reeled in a giant squid and developed a sugar allergy. Last Line, First Line had Jonathan as the sock-er, but he was super picky about socks. The geometry convention had all the shapes, and two heads were better than one. Ian was late for work in Excuses, Excuses. First, he couldn’t wake up without True Love’s kiss, then the bus driver was locked in the house with a zebra, and finally, a comet hit his house.

Two Headed Monster had Audrey and our FAM Sean making a bulldog statue with Ian, before we jumped over to Story, Story, Die! The cast was joined by a few audience volunteers, where they told the story of the rainbow unicorn who played hockey. Thankfully, they beat the secret Russian pegasus team! Growing and Shrinking Machine had a dog standing up on one leg for treats, Spin the Bottle For the New Coach, and a sad proposal from a literal gold digger. The show ended with Irish Ditty!

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BYOI – Fancy Kangaroos

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It’s Friday, people! What a great night for improv. The Youth Collective started off the night with Emmie, Rose, Juan, Rowan and Luke. Our FAM was Joe! He works in the Provost’s Office at Brown University. He likes spending time with his family, traveling, and playing in his band. One day he’d like to visit Norway, because he thinks Norwegians seem funny.

Try That On For Size started off the show with crazy things like toe sign language and Emmie’s boneless arms. Rose was the shopkeeper in Everything Emporium, where she was selling musical ladders to Juan, mile long test tubes to Luke, and British vikings to Rowan. Spelling Bee had the kids spelling words like truck, Joe, basement, and polymer. The show ended with Highlander, as the kids toured Australia, mate!

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