TCU Senseless Acts of Comedy (Photo courtesy of Maryn Richardson)

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Lights! Camera! Improv!

Senseless Acts of Comedy, TCU’s student-led improv group, is heading to Chicago to compete nationally for the second year in a row.

SAC has been at TCU for about 15 years and this is the group’s second year at nationals.

The College Improv National Tournament is the very best of competitions as far as college improv goes,” Maryn Richardson, president of SAC, wrote in an email.

In January, there were 15 regional sites across the country where over 130 college improv teams competed. The champion of each regional site earned their spot at CIT Nationals.

Senseless Acts of Comedy group members (Photo courtesy of Maryn Richardson)
“The main benefits of CIT is that it will give us all really good experience and knowledge of the improv world,” wrote Richardson.                                                     (Photo courtesy of Maryn Richardson)

SAC is the back-to-back Southwest Regional champion.

The improv group usually has a two-hour practice every Sunday, wrote Richardson. In preparation for nationals, they have added two-hour practices every Monday and Wednesday since they qualified.

Richardson wrote that the group has tried to keep things fresh and not so serious by trying to do some new and exciting improv.

Before competing in the finals, SAC will have to win the South Super Regional. In the Super Regional, SAC will have 20 minutes to play any type of improv they choose and will be judged by five improv and theater professionals against two other teams: The Milk Routine from New College of Florida and Let’s Try This from Georgia Tech University.

Even though CIT Nationals seems like a competition Jonathan Pitts, executive director of Chicago Improv Productions, said it is a “celebration disguised as a competition.” He said this tournament is a way college improv teams can have something they can be connected to and have a community with.

Fellow Horned Frogs can support SAC by watching online and paying $2.50 to watch TCU’s match at 1 p.m. on Saturday or $5 to watch for the whole day.

The national tournament will take place on Feb. 25 at the Vittum Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.