Seriously Bent presents ‘April Showers’

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Seriously Bent, Suffolk’s improv comedy troupe, hosted their annual end of year revue show titled “April Showers,” on Friday.

The show involved multiple sketches from spoiled children criticizing their late father over his grave, to a man complaining about not getting sexual favors from his wife on his birthday.

“The ‘April Showers’ show is our end of year revue. We do a sketch and improv show once a year, typically in the first or second week of April,” said Seriously Bent co-captain and senior, John MacGregor.

One skit involved an eccentric, self-important couple trying to get into heaven. They met a very peeved Jesus Christ, played by captain Zachery Barker, in a white robe, at the gate. Almost instantly upon arrival, Jesus rejects them from Heaven. They proceed to use their irritating voices to annoy Jesus into convincing God to letting them in. Both Jesus and God agreed that heaven may not be their calling.

“I love Seriously Bent, we are really big fans. We go to every single dorm show. My favorite skit was the chip one. I was in the front row so the chips went on me,” said student Kevin Fabrizio on behalf of his friends.

Current Seriously Bent members and alumni at their Seriously Bent Takeover Show in February.
Photo courtesy of Seriously Bent Facebook page

The audience definitely enjoyed watching the show, laughing and applauding for many of the sketches. Yet it was easy to see that the Seriously Bent performers enjoyed pleasing the crowd almost as much as the audience enjoyed watching them.

“I would’ve left Suffolk a long time ago had I not gotten on Seriously Bent. Once I joined the troupe, my focus 100 percent shifted to improv. I basically majored in improv comedy here,” said MacGregor.

This year, MacGregor worked alongside seniors Stephie Kay and Zachary Barker. Because all three captains are seniors, their absence next year will not only be felt on campus but also on stage performing for Seriously Bent.

“It’s nice to move on, but I’ll miss everything about being on Seriously Bent. I’ll miss the weekly shows, the bi-weekly rehearsals. I’ll also miss the traveling to other schools to perform, the festivals and the tournaments. It’s all great,” said MacGregor

For this event, all three captains had to work together to organize the end of year revue.

“It was cool, but obviously challenging because there are three of us. We all have different opinions and we had a good time trying to figure out how to run the troupe as a team,” said MacGregor.

Next year Seriously Bent will be back on stage performing with their new captain and junior, Tom Burke.

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