‘Deviant Behavior’ introduces new segments, laughs in third show

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 6:45 PM
‘Deviant Behavior’ introduces new segments, laughs in third show  by Livia Homerski
Photo: Livia Homerski

The Deviant Behavior Improv group performed their third show of the semester on April 7 in Diebold Theater. The show was directed by Montana Sertz.

Attendees were encouraged to write and submit ideas for the actors to act out before the show. 

There were two teams named for the color of their shirts; the black team was comprised of Rob Francis, Sarah Wheaton and Ryan Richards, and the blue team was made up of Dewey Hudacky, Zach Goughler and Cameron Maxon. Lukas Gerlach wore red and was “the llama,” or the odd-man out that bounced back and forth between the two teams.

As always, the show had guidelines of no profanity or overly-inappropriate references, and the audience was encouraged to boo if they heard something they did not like, so the actors knew what should be off-limits. 

The first segment of the show was called “O Captain, My Captain,” and it was much of the cast’s favorite portion. Created by Sertz, the premise was to turn one of the team members around, then bring out five props, which the other actors had to describe without saying the actual name. 

“It’s our newest one, but it’s also one of our strongest and funniest ones. None of us know what the props are gonna be anyways, so it throws everybody for a loop, so that’s probably my favorite one,” said Francis. 

“I think it’s really creative and a lot of fun,” added Maxon. 

The black team ultimately took the challenge home after Francis correctly guessed all five of the items. The blue team was close behind with four out of the five items identified. 

The next segment was “World’s Worst,” and like the title implies, the performers act out audience suggestions for the World’s Worst (insert theme/suggestion here). The first suggestion was “World’s Worst Star Wars Movie” and the response, “Star Wars Episode 8, no debate” by Maxon brought on a roar of laughter from the audience. Other themes included Disney movies, Easter bunnies, Bill Murray in “Caddyshack” impressions, and love songs. 

Following this challenge was the improv classic “Bus Stop,” in which two actors are at an imaginary bus stop waiting for the bus. The segment saw many creepy and unpleasant bus goers that nobody wants to deal with, assassins, even Dora the Explorer and Hank Hill. 

“Who, What, Where?” was a team activity where one member goes out into the lobby, while the audience throws out suggestions for the who, what and where of the scene. The remaining team members have 30 seconds to prepare. When the team member from the lobby is brought back in they must use context clues provided by their team members to figure out who they are, what their problem is and where they are. 

The first scenario of “Donald Trump at the DMV with a runny nose” was given to the blue team. Goughler was sent to the hallway and upon his immersion in the scene, he quickly caught on to the “who” and “where” aspects, especially when his team members exclaimed, “These lines are huge, these lines are the biggest they’ve ever been!” He did not guess the “what.” 

The scenario given to the black team was “Goofy at the soup store with uncontrollable diarrhea.” Gerlach was the member sent into the hallway, and thanks to a strong Mickey Mouse impression by Richards, along with Wheaton’s manager role, Gerlach managed to guess the “who, what and where.”

There was one more improv skit segment, and it was a play upon the classic “Dating Game” TV show. A member of the audience asked the three contestants, consisting of Sheriff Woody (Goughler), Inspector Gadget (Maxon) and Darlene the Hillbilly with his pet chicken, Feathers (Richards). Inspector Gadget ended up being the lucky winner. 

The next segment took audience suggestions once again. Each actor would go to the front of the stage to throw out their takes on topics such as “Things You Think About in the Shower,” “Bad Presidential Speeches” and “If Pencils Could Talk.” 

The very last segment was “Art Gallery,” in which one group has to pose and a member from the opposite team acts as curator who explains the art pieces. This segment saw both a cynical and not-so-kid-friendly Spongebob (Francis) and Rocky Balboa (Maxon). 

Despite reusing classic improv games throughout the series, the actors continued bringing fresh material to the show and even more impressively, showed great restraint in the lack of profanity used. 

Sertz described that although being the director, the show really came together because of the work of the actors. 

“Directing Deviant Behavior is the most rewarding thing because every night, it just makes me happy. No matter what kind of day I’m having, coming and hearing what they have to say just makes my day better. You can see how much work they put into it; it’s truly all them,” she said. 

Livia Homerski can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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