We want to introduce you to the people who make UIG great. Look for new interviews each week.
Meet long time member Chris B!
How long have you been improvising?
I’ve been improvising for 2 years.
How long have you been involved with the UIG?
I became a member of the UIG in my 1st year of University, and now I’m in my 3rd year.
What or who got you interested in improv?
I went to a Halloween party in my first year and recognized one of the girls. I kind of bumbled around and mingled with other people before I could place how I knew her. Could it be? Was she in theatresports from the night before? I finally got the courage to ask her if she was in Rapid Fire Theatre. She was shocked that I recognized her but we then talked about improv. She introduced me to her good friend, and they asked if I was interested in joining the club on campus. I, a fan of RFT, jumped on the opportunity and said hell yeah. That was the night I became friends with Sarah Mattiello and Alaina Sadowski.
What is something most people don’t know about UIG?
The club travels! Players get opportunities to go to cities around Canada and show their skills off to other improvisers.
What is the best part about being a member of UIG?
Definitely the idea of having friends to just hang out with after long days at school and laughing at our own impulses, failures, and quirks.
Are there are scenes or lines that have stuck with you?
The first thing that comes to mind is scene I did with Dylan Sharp in Vancouver. It was in a workshop with Amy Shostak. The scene was about a father and a son emptying the washing machine only to find that all of their clothing, specifically the dad’s track suit and son’s soccer gear, had turned pink.
What advice would you give someone interested in trying improv?
Do it! Even if the stage isn’t for you, there are hosting opportunities, friend opportunities, and sometimes even pizza.
Why should someone come to a UIG show?
Easiest stress reliever you’ll find on campus.
The UIG is a diverse group: what is your field of study/work/interest outside of improv?
I’m an education student looking to do Occupational Therapy. I work as a rock climbing instructor and coach.
Anything else you want to add?
I’m not even good and I’ve had this much fun. (Editor’s note: he’s quite good!)