By THOMAS DAVIS
Student improvisational comedic performers filled the jam-packed The Sharpe Theater with ‘loneliness’ and hilarious bits of comedic and dramatic skits at a special Valentine themed show. With enthused audience volunteers, this show knocked students off their rockers.
The Fooligans’ , a student produced comedy, sketch show featured short types of bits such as relationship re-enactments, dating scenarios and Valentine’s Day shenanigans. This event was well received by student audience members and will definitely be in high demand due to its outrageously funny, dramatic, non-scripted yet well-organized comedy show.
“This show was our Valentine’s Day special. We had decided to title it ‘Loneliness,'” sophomore Fooligans member Ryan McGilloway said. “The reason behind that was just for a laugh pretty much. We didn’t want to call the show ‘TheFooligans Present: Love and Gooey Feelings Blah Blah Blah…’”
“We wanted something else that people associate with Valentine’s Day so we could parody it,” McGilloway added. “I think not having a ‘valentine’ is something some people do worry about, so it was fun to just play on that notion.”
This showcase began with more than 10 students sitting on stage in different groups engaged in different and completely fictional yet relatable scenarios, which included eating junk food and crying, a valid activity for Valentine’s Day, playing board games, eating pickles and masturbation. Sad and lonely country songs blasted through the theater, helping the audience to feel automatically included.
“I expect this show to be really funny. When you hear my really loud and high pitched laugh, that’s how you know I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Rachel Valovcin, a sophomore.
Ushers handed out Valentines as students filled the theater, which included faces of various performing arts students. This allowed students to get a feel for what they were in for upon entering the show, such as confusion, sensible humor and enlightenment.
“The Fooligans always make me laugh; I have been to every show and have never been disappointed. They are definitely very funny from start to finish,” said senior Melissa Mugica.
The group played all types of games, such as one called “Anonymous Dating Show,” which consisted of three contestants with interesting flaws, including one whose hands were on fire, a man allergic to his own skin and a girl whose behind stuck to anything metal.
“I think our show was beneficial for students because it gives them something to enjoy,” said McGilloway.
Moments such as parents using the word “YOLO” and a man being able to dispense Q-tips from his back were just a small part of this show. It was relevant, kept students involved and most of all; relieved some stress. The Fooligans invited students on stage to answer questions such as where they met and what they admire most about each other. They then used this information to give their best portray of these students friendships.
“The Fooligans Valentine’s performance was so enjoyable and had me laughing from start to finish. This was my first improvisation show ever, let alone the first time I saw the Fooligans and I was more than impressed,” said Lauren Magenta, a senior. . “I was shocked that they were college students just like me; they had so much talent. The members were so professional and organized. The show went off without a hitch.”
If the audience applause was any indication, The Fooligans’ achieved their goal
“In a college setting, events that bring in students are what really keep the heartbeat going on campus,”McGilloway said. “Being able to provide not only entertainment, but joy and laughter to the student body is extremely important to all of the Fooligans, including myself.”
For further information on where the Fooligans will be causing improvised mayhem next, check out their Facebook or Tweet at them @ramapofooligans.