SWASH Improv has gone through several generations of ECU students now since its founding in 2002. The current 8-person troupe is led by Katlyn Wyllie, T. J. Walker, and Matt White.
SWASH specializes in what’s known as the short form in improvisational theatre. “This is the type of comedy you’d see at a Comedy Sportz venue or on ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?'” said Albright. The players play game after game, some as short as a minute, others closer to five minutes long, each with its own guidelines from which scene work and plot develop. Action is quick, and the players have to be quick-witted, too.
Audiences also add an important element to improv comedy, as they are asked frequently to provide prompts and suggestions and sometimes to join in on the games.
SWASH Improv’s March 24 free show is the troupe’s annual Parents Night performance. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Tags: comedy, improv