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Academy of Comedy performs improvisational comedy shows based off of audience suggestions and participation. The gro has been around since 2008. MEGAN SEXTON | Scroll Photography

BYU-Idaho provides two outlets for students to participate in comical student improvisation: Comic Frenzy and Academy of Comedy.

There is also a comedy show on campus called Laugh Out Loud.

Although their purpose may be similar, these two outlets, Comic Frenzy and Academy of Comedy, are different events.

For example, Comic Frenzy is a class and Academy of Comedy is more of a workshop.

They allow students to improve skills in improvisation, commonly referred to as “improv.”

Both gros perform in a style much like the type of entertainment found in popular shows like  “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
The Academy of Comedy is a student-run comedy gro.

They hold an improv comedy workshop every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Manwaring Center’s Little Theater.

Comic Frenzy is a program offered by BYU-I’s Theatre Department. Auditions for this class were held on April 19.

Comic Frenzy also performs in front of student audiences.

Comic Frenzy performed two shows in the MC Little Theatre on Saturday, May 19, at 7 and 9 p.m.

The programs are similar as they both follow the same basic methods where the participants play games with each other and with their audiences.

These games involve audience interaction and have the performers act out various scenarios, which are often times suggested by the audience.

The shows use props, singing and dancing and include both simple and complex humor.

The student actors perform a wide range of skits.

Students who wish to sport the programs are encouraged to do so by getting involved in the free comedy improv workshop or by attending performances as audience members.

The school also provides another comedy show called “Laugh Out Loud.” It involves students doing stand- comedy and is only held once a semester.

Students who wish to perform must audition on June 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the MC Little Theatre.

Students who wish to sign to audition for this event can do so on the BYU-Idaho Talent Activities Facebook page.

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