Senseless Acts of Comedy goes beyond the BLUU

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TCU’s Senseless Acts of Comedy is no joke.

The student-run improv group has been making TCU students, faculty and families laugh for 14 years, and for the first time ever, they will be competing nationally.

In January, SAC performed at the Southwest Regional College Improv Tournament against eight other college teams. The group placed first.

Co-President Tori Twomey said SAC has hosted free improv shows on campus since 2002. Most of the time, SAC shows are performed in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium.

SAC members playing a game where they must associate actions with words given by audience members.
SAC members playing a game in which they must associate actions with words given by audience members.

 

The group holds auditions at the end of each semester.

“I’ve seen so many different teams together,” Twomey said. “Every semester, we lose and add people. I think everyone right now is blending really well, and it’s cool seeing how we all work together.”

SAC is known to perform in all-black clothing. Each member, however, picks his or her own tie and shoe color, which must be the same.

Ryan Lynch shows off the official SAC uniform.

Bo Briggs, a sophomore business major, is one of SAC’s improvisers this semester. He said SAC brings joy to students on campus.

“This is something I’m proud off,” Briggs said. “I love being a part of it. I think a lot of people like to break out of their daily routine and go see a funny show.”

Jon Barnes, a senior acting major, has been on SAC for three years. He said he has built “a lot of history” with the group.

Students gathered in the BLUU Auditorium to watch SAC perform free improv.
Students gather in the BLUU Auditorium to watch SAC perform free improv.

“I’ve seen a lot of people come and go.” Barnes said. “Looking back, it’s probably been the single-most influential thing on me during my time in college. Over the years, I’ve seen SAC get stronger and stronger as a group.”

Former SAC members agree.

TCU alumni Kelly Ryan was a part of SAC for four years. She said the group has come a long way and she is “very proud of their improv careers.”

“The team definitely has the right puzzle pieces to it right now,” Ryan said. “They were all talented before, but sometimes you just need the right mix of people at the right ages in order for them to reach their highest potential. I’m excited to hear about what they do.”

Alumni Paul Heyduck was also a member of SAC during his time at TCU.

“I’m happy a good group was finally able to put on a good enough performance,” Heyduck said. “Everyone has different strengths and weakness and how those come together to make the team is what makes each year different.”

Cole Rasco, a first-year film-television-digital-media major, said he loves watching SAC perform and tries to go every Thursday.

Kayla Stallings, a junior strategic communications major, said she has always enjoyed the show. “The best part is you never know what’s coming next,” she said.

Senseless Acts of Comedy performs at 9 p.m. in the BLUU Auditorium every Thursday.