I had the pleasure of interviewing four members of the OCU Improv troupe, Katy Yates, Mercedes Arndt, Matt Tuley, acting juniors, and Marcus Canada, music theater sophomore, at their rehearsal this week. Naturally, I asked them the most pressing questions.
Q: What is your favorite DCOM?
Yates: I was really obsessed with High School Musical. I had all the merchandise. Then, my friends and I wrote two 45-minute movie sequels and some comics about the plot.
Arndt: The Cheetah Girls.
Tuley: Hatching Pete. It was the last of the Renaissance.
Canada: High School Musical 1.
Q: If you wrote an X-rated film, what would it be called?
Yates: Saving Ryan’s Privates.
Arndt: The Help (Me Daddy).
Tuley: Aboobcalypse Now.
Canada: It’d be called Veggie Tales.
Q: What would be your nightmare career?
Yates: Those people that have to free climb giant telephone polls or really tall buildings
Arndt: A nurse. I can’t do blood and gore, sickness, touching people’s skin, etc.
Tuley: Mortician. I’m strangely okay with dying on the job but not being around people who are dead.
Canada: Being a taxi driver. Not like Uber. Taxis. Or one of those people at an airport that check through bags. TSA, that’s it. No one likes you.
Q: If you could be an expert in one thing, what would you pick?
Yates: I think I’d speak every language.
Arndt: Right now, I’m thinking Shakespeare.
Tuley: Money handling. Finances, I guess.
Canada: Human behavior.
Q: Would you rather eat a Tide Pod or catch your little sister with drugs?
Q: If you became the next Sonic guys, improvising in commercial advertisements, what product would you want to advertise?
Yates: I’m assuming we get some sort of deal with the product, so I’ll take that into account. Maybe a craft project like crayons or those sponges that that lady sells.
Arndt: Maybe the Sonic Blast, but as a Jimmy Neutron playoff. I’d say “Gotta blast!” Or maybe a PSA about Tide Pods.
Tuley: I think I’d say Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They’re god’s gift to man. I’d do some sort of weird Brotherhood moment for peanut butter and chocolate. The history of how they met. They were roommates in college.
Canada: I really don’t like the Sonic guys. I’d advertise toilet paper because everyone needs it. It’d be a new campaign where people use toilet paper for everything, like clothes and sheets.
Q: Which OCU professor belongs on this improv troupe?
Yates: Jeannie Scholer.
Arndt: I’d like to see Jeff Cochran do some improv.
Tuley: I bet Courtney DiBello would be good too.
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