Georgetown Improv: How Are They Single?

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Georgetown Improv’s first show of 2015 is tomorrow, Jan. 24, at 9 p.m. in Bulldog Alley. Please, try to control your excitement!

I had the privilege of sitting down (well, standing at the front desk in Davis) with four members of the improv team – Connor Rohan (COL’ 16), Joe Luther (COL’ 16), Thomas Moakley (SFS ’17) and Caitlin Cleary (COL ’16). (The other members are Gabe Bolio, Alex Mitchell and Emlyn Crenshaw.)

4E: Where are you guys from?
Thomas: Cape Cod. Fun fact: it’s actually fifteen towns. I’m from Falmouth – people say it’s a scientific community, but I just call it home.
Connor: I’m from Bethlehem, New York, which is actually made of hamlets.
Joe: I’m from River Forest, Illinois. It was found in the 1870s during the railroad boom when wealthy people were looking to get out of the slums. It’s a slum haven. A slaven.
Thomas: Caitlin is stateless. She doesn’t belong anywhere.

Caitlin comes in late, cheeks pink from running. She has a slight cold, which only serves to make her the most beautiful woman the group has ever seen. (-Caitlin)

4E: Are you guys ever nervous during a show?
Connor: I get nervous when the audience isn’t responding, even if I’m not in the skit.
Joe: Yeah, but I’m comforted by the fact that there’s seven of us.
Thomas: I get nervous moments before the show but during it, we rely on each other. Except Gabe, who likes to eat with his “friends” at Leo’s instead of with me.
Caitlin: I get really nervous before shows. We do the warm up song and if it weren’t for the warm up song I wouldn’t be able to do the show.
Joe: Being on stage is kind of like being blackout –
Caitlin: But without the shame –
Joe: In that it’s a ton of fun but you don’t remember anything.

4E: How did you guys get into improv? Did you know you were funny?
Connor: Well I actually went to George Mason, so I was involved in a similar group there.
Joe: Like yeah I know I’m funny, but I don’t like to say it.
Thomas: I did acting in high school.
Caitlin: My roommate forced me to audition.

4E: If you could have any celebrity guest join you for a show, who would it be?
Caitlin: I think the best people to have in an improv show would be people that you don’t think are funny… like maybe Donald Trump.
Thomas: Pope Francis so he could finally tell people who impersonate the pope using an Italian accent that the pope hasn’t been Italian since 1976.
Joe: Thomas has a crush on [Massachusetts Governor] Charlie Baker.
Thomas: I used to have a crush on John Boehner for three reasons: his hair looks really soft, he has really nice eyes and he’s got nice tie knots.
Caitlin: That’s what I look for in a leader.
Connor: I’ve heard you say so much about politicians but I’ve never heard you talk about policies.
Caitlin: Thomas has a Boehner boner.

4E: How do you prepare for shows since none of it is rehearsed?
Caitlin: We don’t have rehearsals, we have practice. For the plebeians reading this, it’s a lot like soccer practice – you learn the skills you’ll use in the game but you can’t rehearse because the game isn’t predictable. Neither is the show.
Thomas: Caitlin is just using a sports analogy so she seems like less of a nerd.
Caitlin: Go Pats! Just kidding, I don’t follow baseball.

4E: Do you guys have like partners that you usually go up with?
Joe: No, it is just based on the chemistry before the show.
Thomas: But it’s usually based on whom you’re comfortable with.
Caitlin: Yeah like it’s about increasing intimacy. The more I get to know these people, the more I realize they’re just full of sh*t. Let that be my quote, literally and figuratively.
Connor: But it really is just who you’re comfortable with – like I probably wouldn’t go up with Caitlin.
Caitlin: We don’t work together. I am the beautiful amphibian that should be allowed to thrive and Connor is the chytrid fungus that destroys me.

Some chatter:

Thomas: Tell them that bipartisanship is important no matter what state you are from. Good luck to Massachusetts’ new governor, Charlie Baker.

Caitlin: Your microbiome contributes more to your immunity than just your immune system.

Joe: So The Hoya just celebrated its 95th birthday.
Thomas: My friend’s grandma would have turned 95 but she died a few weeks ago.

Thomas: Instead of COL next to my name can you write “DMASS” as in Democrat, Massachusetts?
Caitlin: Can you put a U in there so it says “DUMASS” and people know he’s a dumbass?

The cast requests that readers follow the Georgetown Improv on Twitter @georgetownimprov. They also shared their personal Twitter handles:
Joe: @joelu72
Thomas: @tmoaks
Connor: @aspartame_demon

Joe: Do you know the title of this article? You could say, “It seems like it’s so fun to hang out with them!”
Caitlin: Or “How are they single? They’re all great people!”
Thomas: Maybe it’s because Caitlin is so enigmatic. She’s like a unicorn.
Joe: So this is for the blog, but will it make it onto the front page of the paper?
4E: The blog is not even in the newspaper.
Connor: Well fu*k. I think we’re done here.

Be sure to check out Georgetown Improv this Saturday and get ready to fangirl so hard for all of these amazing comedians.

Photos: Georgetown Improv

Sara Carioscia

Sara Carioscia

Sara is a senior majoring in Classics and Biology. Right now she's probably eating ice cream, competing in a triathlon or annoying her roommates. Her favorite foods are Pho and M&Ms. One time she made Jason Bateman laugh.
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