Georgetown Improv: How Are They Single?

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Georgetown Improv’s first show of 2015 is tomorrow, Jan. 24, at 9 p.m. in Bulldog Alley. Please, try to control your excitement!

I had the privilege of sitting down (well, standing at the front desk in Davis) with four members of the improv team – Connor Rohan (COL’ 16), Joe Luther (COL’ 16), Thomas Moakley (SFS ’17) and Caitlin Cleary (COL ’16). (The other members are Gabe Bolio, Alex Mitchell and Emlyn Crenshaw.)

4E: Where are you guys from?
Thomas: Cape Cod. Fun fact: it’s actually fifteen towns. I’m from Falmouth – people say it’s a scientific community, but I just call it home.
Connor: I’m from Bethlehem, New York, which is actually made of hamlets.
Joe: I’m from River Forest, Illinois. It was found in the 1870s during the railroad boom when wealthy people were looking to get out of the slums. It’s a slum haven. A slaven.
Thomas: Caitlin is stateless. She doesn’t belong anywhere.

Caitlin comes in late, cheeks pink from running. She has a slight cold, which only serves to make her the most beautiful woman the group has ever seen. (-Caitlin)

4E: Are you guys ever nervous during a show?
Connor: I get nervous when the audience isn’t responding, even if I’m not in the skit.
Joe: Yeah, but I’m comforted by the fact that there’s seven of us.
Thomas: I get nervous moments before the show but during it, we rely on each other. Except Gabe, who likes to eat with his “friends” at Leo’s instead of with me.
Caitlin: I get really nervous before shows. We do the warm up song and if it weren’t for the warm up song I wouldn’t be able to do the show.
Joe: Being on stage is kind of like being blackout –
Caitlin: But without the shame –
Joe: In that it’s a ton of fun but you don’t remember anything.

4E: How did you guys get into improv? Did you know you were funny?
Connor: Well I actually went to George Mason, so I was involved in a similar group there.
Joe: Like yeah I know I’m funny, but I don’t like to say it.
Thomas: I did acting in high school.
Caitlin: My roommate forced me to audition.

4E: If you could have any celebrity guest join you for a show, who would it be?
Caitlin: I think the best people to have in an improv show would be people that you don’t think are funny… like maybe Donald Trump.
Thomas: Pope Francis so he could finally tell people who impersonate the pope using an Italian accent that the pope hasn’t been Italian since 1976.
Joe: Thomas has a crush on [Massachusetts Governor] Charlie Baker.
Thomas: I used to have a crush on John Boehner for three reasons: his hair looks really soft, he has really nice eyes and he’s got nice tie knots.
Caitlin: That’s what I look for in a leader.
Connor: I’ve heard you say so much about politicians but I’ve never heard you talk about policies.
Caitlin: Thomas has a Boehner boner.

4E: How do you prepare for shows since none of it is rehearsed?
Caitlin: We don’t have rehearsals, we have practice. For the plebeians reading this, it’s a lot like soccer practice – you learn the skills you’ll use in the game but you can’t rehearse because the game isn’t predictable. Neither is the show.
Thomas: Caitlin is just using a sports analogy so she seems like less of a nerd.
Caitlin: Go Pats! Just kidding, I don’t follow baseball.

4E: Do you guys have like partners that you usually go up with?
Joe: No, it is just based on the chemistry before the show.
Thomas: But it’s usually based on whom you’re comfortable with.
Caitlin: Yeah like it’s about increasing intimacy. The more I get to know these people, the more I realize they’re just full of sh*t. Let that be my quote, literally and figuratively.
Connor: But it really is just who you’re comfortable with – like I probably wouldn’t go up with Caitlin.
Caitlin: We don’t work together. I am the beautiful amphibian that should be allowed to thrive and Connor is the chytrid fungus that destroys me.

Some chatter:

Thomas: Tell them that bipartisanship is important no matter what state you are from. Good luck to Massachusetts’ new governor, Charlie Baker.

Caitlin: Your microbiome contributes more to your immunity than just your immune system.

Joe: So The Hoya just celebrated its 95th birthday.
Thomas: My friend’s grandma would have turned 95 but she died a few weeks ago.

Thomas: Instead of COL next to my name can you write “DMASS” as in Democrat, Massachusetts?
Caitlin: Can you put a U in there so it says “DUMASS” and people know he’s a dumbass?

The cast requests that readers follow the Georgetown Improv on Twitter @georgetownimprov. They also shared their personal Twitter handles:
Joe: @joelu72
Thomas: @tmoaks
Connor: @aspartame_demon

Joe: Do you know the title of this article? You could say, “It seems like it’s so fun to hang out with them!”
Caitlin: Or “How are they single? They’re all great people!”
Thomas: Maybe it’s because Caitlin is so enigmatic. She’s like a unicorn.
Joe: So this is for the blog, but will it make it onto the front page of the paper?
4E: The blog is not even in the newspaper.
Connor: Well fu*k. I think we’re done here.

Be sure to check out Georgetown Improv this Saturday and get ready to fangirl so hard for all of these amazing comedians.

Photos: Georgetown Improv

Blogger Voices: “Mazel Tov, Obama”

Congratulations Obama

In Jewish tradition, when a boy turns thirteen he is called to read Torah in front of his family and friends, and in doing so, he becomes a man. He becomes someone who can shoulder adult responsibility. But, this is all lies. Voice cracks and braces overshadow the transition to adulthood, and so that pinnacle turning point remains a mystery. When does a boy become a man? Simple, when he cuts the bullsh*t.

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Likewise, last night, Barack Obama became the President of the United States. President Obama, despite the jeers and sometimes absent applauses, shouldered his responsibility and asked us to do the same. Last night, Obama cut the bullsh*t (for the most part) and thank God for that. He resembled the anomalous Jewish boy who experienced puberty before his Bar Mitzvah rather than after. Yes, he checked boxes off the public servant list, but he did so with a suave sternness that galvanized some Republicans to at least contemplate standing.

Don’t let Boehner’s Botoxed expression fool you; he’s just jealous his wife isn’t as hot as Mrs. Biden. Every party has petty people who assume the superior position as “observer“ and self-bequeath the right to judge those they spectate, and last night, the Republicans sat and watched. Of course that’s only their poor justification for why no has asked them to dance. Crossing the aisle requires participants, not spectators, and if the Republicans refuse to compromise then we are condemned to externalizing our prepubescent fears of rejection.

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

Time and time again, thirteen-year-old boys have had to face their peers (invited by one’s parents without one’s consent) in a uniquely embarrassing ritual in the naïve hope of becoming a man, and in the end, the bullies and nerve-wracking cuties alike congratulate the boy out of respect for the ritual. The United States too holds itself to a holy ritual – that of democracy.

In last night’s address, Obama asked that we bear the weight of that platform in mind, because in moments where we may lose respect for one another we can reorient ourselves through the respect we owe our country. Obama acknowledged the bipartisanship of this country, because non-partisanship would be like an atheist Bar Mitzvah. Someone has to believe in something to sanctify the ritual in which they partake.

So when Obama inched closer to the podium ready to engage the congressmen before him, he did something somewhat unprecedented: Obama cut the bullsh*t (once again, for the most part). With regard to partisanship, Obama is not colorblind. Our ritual requires the vibrancy of the blues and reds we celebrate and purpling Congress will not make us stronger. Democracy breeds contention with the long-term goal of consensus. However, gridlock is not inevitable. Obama prescribed a new technique for Congress: rather than going backwards, try working backwards. Begin with the fundamental values both sides share because only from that origin do we honor the ritual that frames us.

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During the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama poked holes in our binary understanding of America. Obama took a humble step back and outlined the often-missed big picture: if we don’t respect the ritual than we are nothing more than a prepubescent boy publicly committing social suicide.

Photos: Google Images, whitehouse.gov