Meet veteran member, Paul R.!
What’s your improv experience?
I have around two (non-consecutive) years’ experience with the UIG, and I started taking Rapidfire Theatre workshops in September.
What or who got you interested in improv?
From about the age of five to seven, my mom would only tell me stories on the condition that I made up a story after she told hers, and that got the ball rolling. When I got older, I would make movies with my brothers and friends. After learning Peter Seller’s parts in Dr. Strangelove were retroscripted, we left in spots for make-‘em-ups. All the while, I was doing skits at summer camp. Little did I know, when I saw the Notorious UIG booth at the university clubs fair in 2012, it was the moment I’d been waiting for.
What is something most people don’t know about the UIG?
It’s totally not a cult. I promise. *cough*(All hail Xenu)*cough*
Why should someone come to a UIG show?
Even though the price is low for a UIG show, the laughs are everything but cheap.
What is the best part about being a member of UIG?
The best part: cool friends, crazy parties, and learning about improv. The worst part (at least for me): you might accidently try and eat a Lush bath bomb.
Are there any scenes or lines that have stuck with you?
“They build our bodies but break our hearts” -Raegan Aleman, as a French body-builder in a forlorn romance.
What advice would you give someone interested in trying improv?
The most common thing I hear when people say they won’t try improv is: “I’d like to, but I’m not that type of person.” It doesn’t matter how funny, smart, or quick you are. The “type of person” who can be a solid improviser is the person who has the drive to be a solid improviser and a willingness to learn. You can be everything you need to be.
The UIG is a diverse group: what is your field study/work/interest outside of improv?
I’m doing a combined degree in science and education, training to be a science teacher.
Anything else you want to add?
“That I exist is a perpetual surprise which is life.” –Rabindranath Tagore.