Loaf improv: just maybe the best thing since sliced bread

Rachel Stalker, ’Doah Staff Writer
February 6, 2013

'Doah photo courtesy of The Loaf Facebook page

‘Doah photo courtesy of The Loaf Facebook page

Twelve “slices” of Shenandoah University’s improv and sketch comedy troupe, “The Loaf,” participated in the College Improv Tournament Liberty Bell Regional in Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 12. After a long day of performing, the Loaf placed second at the event.

The winners of each regional tournament go onto nationals, as well as four wild card teams. The wild cards are selected from all of the second place teams, so the Loaf still has a chance at advancing to nationals.

The Loaf has been performing for the Shenandoah community since 2009. They prepare for shows every month through improvisational games, or by practicing sketches that some of the members write. The troupe also holds monthly shows to which about 50-60 people usually attend.

Every fall, the Loaf holds auditions for new members. Auditions are open to anyone on campus. President Deirdre Dillon encourages everyone to come out. The auditions are relaxed and fun. Dillon says they would love to grow their group.
The Loaf has a Facebook page, which you can “like,” that displays videos, photos and updates on their upcoming shows and events. Dillon also says that the troupe is looking into holding a fundraiser, in order to bring in someone from The Second City to do a workshop.

The Second City is one of the premiere comedy clubs and a renowned school of improvisation. Many famous comedians have been students and performers at Second City, including Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Chris Farley and even Joan Rivers. Look for announcements around campus in the coming weeks on how you can make this a reality for them.

The Loaf’s next show will be held on Feb. 23. Details about the time and place are to come. “Come to our shows — they are a lot of fun. And no matter what, it’s going to be a fun hour and a half. Who wouldn’t want to come see us do crazy, weird stuff?” says Dillon. Keep an eye on your Student Life and SUN-e emails for more information on their upcoming shows this semester.

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