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Roadkill Buffet

Active members: 12, mostly undergraduates

Regular meetings: Mondays from 7-10 p.m.; auditions will be held on September 10

Website: <http://web/roadkill/www/>

Contact: <rkb@mit.edu>

Admit it. You’d love to be able to leave an audience rolling in the aisles with your sparkling wit, without even having to memorize a bunch of boring lines. Week in and week out that’s exactly what the Roadkill Buffet, MIT’s Improv Comedy Team, is about.

“Improv is the art of performing a scene or play without any prior preparation,” said Roadkill’s Boutros-Boutros Dictatrix (a position which roughly corresponds to “president”), Erin R. Conwell ’03.

The group’s repertoire runs the gamut from quick, short form sketches to less punchy long form segments that can last up to 30 minutes. The subject matter is generated by the audience; short segments usually center on slapstick style while longer ones are based more on plot and character development.

“We’re unique among theatre groups,” Conwell said, “in that we perform more often than the others.”

Still, says Conwell, the best part about Roadkill is the people involved with the troupe.

“Sometimes, at MIT, it’s hard to find people who think out of the box,” said Conwell.

There’s also the “sheer adrenaline rush of standing in front of 150 people and knowing you have to say something but not knowing what its going to be.”

“It’s a very fun legal drug,” she said.

Potential members of the company should probably check out the first show of the year, according to the Roadkill chief, which will take place before the auditions.

“Most people come to MIT never having done improv before,” she said, “[so for] the first few weeks it is hard into learning.”

“But there are no levels [in the group] ... the only requirement is that you come to every rehearsal.”

The Roadkill Buffet is one of the most well-received groups on campus. Maybe it’s because “we’re the only English-speaking improv troupe on campus.”