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Impromptu comedy troupe makes best of bad seeds


Last Friday in Room 66-110

By David V. Rodriguez
Staff Reporter

Roadkill Buffet, MIT's "best and only improv comedy" group had their first and only performance of the semester last Friday in a packed 66-110. The show consisted mostly of the group getting ideas - or challenges - from the audience for the players to act out, such as asking for a non-geographical location (outer space, in an elevator, bottom of the sea), or a relationship (mother and child, a man and his car). Two of the skits involved the use of single lines of dialogue written by the audience before the show, which were randomly inserted into a conversation ("I just wanted to say to you Meow").

Overall, the show was quite funny - as funny as anything currently in the theatres; as a free show you only have to walk across campus for, it's definitely worth it. The show did have a few weaknesses, though; but none that can't be improved. The largest problem was that much of the material they got from the audience didn't have much potential. The players would do what they could with it, but some skits were doomed to fall a little flat. And the problem was sometimes made worse by the players trying to stick to what they were given, however weak it may have been.

Perhaps they could have chosen the topics a little more carefully, even if it might have reduced some of the spontaneity of the show (of which there was plenty). Roadkill Buffet's next show, Carrion Casserole, will show during Independent Activities Period. For those who want more - or perhaps think they can do better - they will be also offering the Son of Improv Comedy Workshop over IAP.