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Cast of Point Blank Live creates campus comedy club

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The Point Blank Comedy Club will have their first show of the year at the Arcade Comedy Theater on Sept. 7. at 8 p.m.

The Point Blank Comedy Club will have their first show of the year at the Arcade Comedy Theater on Sept. 7. at 8 p.m.

Photo by Lauren Clouser

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The Point Blank Comedy Club will have their first show of the year at the Arcade Comedy Theater on Sept. 7. at 8 p.m.

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Since its debut last semester, the live sketch comedy Point Blank Live has reached over 1,000 views on YouTube. Sophomore cinema major Chris Copen, the creative director and co-head writer for the show, said people were questioning him about what would be next for the comedy troupe.

“Since Point Blank Live, it seems like everybody’s been asking: ‘What’s next?’ So the club is kind of the next natural extension of it,” Copen said. “Obviously the show went really well, so all kinds of people were like: ‘How do I get involved?’ And we all liked working with each other so we were like ‘Let’s continue it in a more organized fashion,’”

The group took the momentum of the show and created the Point Blank Comedy club. Copen has plans for the club.

“We’re planning on bringing in stand-up comedians, doing our own monthly sketch show, doing a monthly improv show, kind of doing short films and stuff within the club too,” Copen said.

Vanessa Vivas, the secretary of the club, said the organization grew from Point Blank Live.

“We’ve moved from doing a one-time sketch comedy, one night, never again type show to a reoccurring kind of collective that we can use to produce and support student comedy projects,” Vivas said.

Becky Brown, a junior BFA acting major, said the club plans to alternate its members for comedy shows.

“Since we have so many performances and improv sets and things that each week we can send out six to 10 people and rotate through people,” Brown said.

Brown said the club is not limited to actors and writers.

“We just added some marketing managers and stuff like that, so people who aren’t necessarily interested in writing or acting are going to be running an Instagram page and stuff like that,” Brown said.

The first official club event took place over the summer. The group submitted a script to the Social Voice Project’s Radio Theater called “Hello Operator.”

“It was really; cool there were other troupes who came from Pennsylvania, from the area, and they also did their little sets, so we kind of met them too,” Vivas Said. “It was cool to network.”

Now that everyone is back on campus, the club’s next performance is an improv show at the Arcade Comedy Theater on Sept. 7. at 8 p.m.

“This is our first event so it’s like we’re back,” Copen said. “And I guess it’s kind of proving that we can do more than Point Blank Live.”

The group is opening for another improv show called “Your Life: The Musical.”

“They’ll talk to someone about their day and they’ll turn it into a Broadway musical, which is very impressive and also very intimidating to have to go before, because it’s crazy that they can even do that,” Copen said.

Brown said that since the show is improv, it will be impossible to predict what will happen.

“Anything can happen,” Brown said, “So probably some really wild and extreme situations, that’s usually how it turns out.”

Brown said rehearsing for such a spontaneous show can be difficult, but that it is mostly about team building.

“It’s a lot of ensemble building and getting really close as a group of people…Because once you’re a group and you feel almost like one person then things kind of click and everything can happen from there,” Brown said.

The group has already performed an improv show at Arcade Comedy once before in order to prepare for Point Blank Live.

“For the first month of Point Blank Live, when we were still writing it, obviously we couldn’t rehearse because we had no script,” Cohen said “So we decided to do improv instead and that really built our cast cohesion.”

Vivas said the cast for the improv show was large, and that the stage was a bit crowded.

“It was a lot of people on stage,” Vivas said. “That was the one thing we learned was that their stages aren’t huge and they had a big cast.”

For this upcoming show, Vivas said the cast will be much smaller.

“I liked that our show that’s coming up is a lot smaller because it’s manageable, it’s not overcrowded, and you can actually listen to each other…So bringing that number down helps a lot,” Vivas said.

Copen said that the group has grown much closer since Point Blank Live, which will help with the performance.

“We worked so long on that [Point Blank Live] and we were together for so long that we just kind of all became friends,” Copen said. “And that helps when you’re doing something like improv where you have to totally rely on other people.”

Copen said he hopes that having a club will expand the tight-knit group.

“I think after Point Blank we know each other a lot better,” Copen said. “And that’s kind of what the club is doing, we want more people in that circle.”

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