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Student-run Academy of Comedy holds an improv comedy workshop every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Spori 35.

The workshops are held in a relaxed forum to teach students the importance of learning improv.

“We all deal with improv everyday. When you wake in the morning, you don’t know what will happen that day,” said JR Timothy, a sophomore studying communication. “The purpose of the workshop is to teach improv jokes to better anything that they do because improv is in everything that we do. When you wake , you don’t know everything that is going to happen that day, so you have to improvise. It helps with public speaking, talking to the opposite sex and building self confidence.”

Timothy is the president of the gro. He has been with Academy of Comedy for three semesters and Comic Frenzy for one semester.  Timothy also preformed stand- comedy professionally for two years in Arizona.

The workshop focuses on teaching students to act and react genuinely on stage, to use one’s environment to build a scene and to make connections with the audience.

“It is so much more funny when it is real,” said Fred Woolley, a professor in the Psychology Department.

Woolley has been teaching and advising Academy of Comedy workshops for four years and has nine years of improv experience. Woolley also regularly emcees for the Academy’s shows.

“We all benefit from brother Woolley’s experience,” Timothy said.

Timothy teaches many of the workshops. Woolley expressed his wish for students to learn improvisation well enough to set a similar program of their own after graduation, an objective he feels has been successful.

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