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State College -- Happy Valley Improv, State College's Premier longform improv troupe, will be performing a completely scripted improv show during a gaveled break in tonight’s State College Borough Council Meeting.
"We're just sick of improv," said Nate Rufo, one of the four founding members of Happy Valley Improv. "We figure we can do a better job if we plan it from the beginning."
“My family always says things like, ‘you had to have planned that, right?!’ after most shows. Now I can tell them, Yes.” James Tierney added, another founding member of the company.
Happy Valley Improv asks that audience members only shout out, "Disneyland" or "Dildo" at the beginning of the show when asked for a suggestion. The scripted improv performance will work with either.
The troupe also asks for the audience to please be prepared for when Andrea Boito and Sam Tanner, a 38-year-old father of two with high cholesterol, enter the audience and sit in the second row during the 3rd beat of the Harold. When they do this, please make room.
Mostly, noted standardization enthusiast Andrea McCloskey is interested in knowing what’s going to happen next. “I just like to be in control,” she said, forking a pool of guacamole into her mouth.
“I like pie,” HVI company member Rich De Luca responded when asked about the show. Rich is often confused and the whole company thinks he is better suited for scripted drama.
“Rich is sort of simple,” Dawn Rosenbaum, another company member said. “We’re all rooting for him to find success in something.
Happy Valley Improv’s newest company members, Jackie Gianico, Jason Browne, Lori Bedell, Luke Streich, and Scott Yabiku declined to comment for this story. An official spokesperson said they were, “Not entirely sure what they signed up for.”
If you're interested in learning more about Happy Valley Improv, please check out www.happyvalleyimprov.com or follow them on social media. Their regularly scheduled shows will continue at the State Theatre Attic Space this Thursday, April 4th, at 8pm. Click here for tickets. Their next level one class begins next Tuesday, April 9th. Click here for more information.