People say that where you find comedy at Marquette, you can find me.
Okay… so nobody actually says that. But it’s essentially true.
My sophomore year at Marquette, I discovered the existence of the improv troupe on campus, the Studio 013 Refugees (AKA the Fugees). I profiled one of its presidents for a journalism project - it’s two years later and they haven’t been able to shake me yet. Now, if there is a comedy-related event happening on campus, you can often find in the back of the audience, lurking in the shadows with a notebook and a camera.
So anyway… about a month ago, I found out that two members of the Fugees, Chris O’Reilly and Spencer Rose, are putting together a two-man improv comedy show, called Six Foot Something. I dropped by one of their practices and Chris, Spencer and I talked for about 30 minutes about why they are doing this. Listening to them talk about their show was actually pretty inspiring, I should have recorded it for all of you. The thing that really stuck out to me in their “stump speech”, is that they aim to change the reputation of comedy at this university.
Marquette has a legacy of some great comedians, and it’s a shame this talent doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. As somebody with an interest in the journalistic side of comedy, it breaks my heart to see the audience chattering/yelling over the Fugees as they perform. Comedy doesn’t get a whole lot of respect on this campus.
Chris and Spencer intend to change that.
So you’re probably thinking, “Cool story, Brynne, but what are you doing here?” Great question. Chris and Spencer have probably been asking themselves that, too. It’s long story, so find me later if you really want all the details. But all you need to know right now is that Spencer and Chris have invited me to document the journey of this show. Their hope is to make the show a bi-weekly occurrence at Marquette next semester, and then enter in DuoFest in Philadelphia this summer.
Since the Studio 013 Refugees were formed about 15 years ago, I don’t think anyone has really attempted to revamp comedy at Marquette. I am still learning about this style of improv and I have never freely blogged on my own, so this is unexplored territory for me - that’s ambition, right post-grad employers? In some way, this is an experiment for all three of us.
One last thing I’m going to leave you with. When I first talked with Spencer about this project, he told me that his former professor said Spencer’s best and most passionate writing shone through when he wrote about comedy. Funny enough, I’ve been told the same thing by one of my professors.
I hope that’s enough to convince you to stick with me through this journey. Chris and Spencer are a lot more entertaining than me.