The Humor Code is BYU-Idaho’s sketch comedy gro, similar to Saturday Night Live or Studio C.
“It’s a gro that comes together, improvs, writes sketches, reads the sketches, edits the sketches, puts the sketches on their feet and then performs them in an incredibly hilarious end-of- the-semester show,” said Jensen Sturzenegger, a senior studying communication and the manager of The Humor Code.
Auditions were held Sept. 23 in the Hyrum Manwaring Center Little Theater.
Sturzenegger said The Humor Code holds auditions every semester to maintain the gro’s size as well as host new ideas.
Maren Smith, a junior majoring in theatre studies, had the chance to audition and loved the spur-of-the-moment wit comedy allowed.
Smith said she has been in school plays, but for most of her life, she avoided theater because it was something her siblings enjoyed.
“Life inspires my humor,” Smith said. “Life is hilarious. I think God has a sense of humor.”
Brittany Hurlbut, a graduate with a degree in university studies, came back to the university to audition.
“I think that people laugh at things they can relate to,” Hurlbut said.
She said this is her husband’s last semester and her last chance to audition.
“Honestly, I just think everything is funny,” said Nick Welch, a junior studying art. “Improv is a lot of fun, and it really helps you think on your feet.”
Welch said he was in a lot of plays in high school and is involved in the Academy of Comedy, another comedy gro on campus.
“I have to take advantage of every audition opportunity that comes ,” Smith said. “It’s in my blood, I must!”
Sturzenegger said The Humor Code accepts students every semester who have any range of experience in improv or comedy.
He said it is important for people to come see their show because sporting our fellow students creates unity on campus.
“You need to laugh,” Smith said. “You can’t just go through life serious. You have to laugh and loosen .”
The Humor Code will host a show in November.
“I think it is great for people to laugh and have a fun time, all while still keeping it clean and in line with the Spirit of Ricks.” Sturzenegger said.