Improv Comedy Team

BCHS ‘Balding Eagles’ Improv Team

Logo of the Balding Eagle TeamBishop Chatard’s award-winning Improv Team, ‘Balding Eagles’, is one of the most popular extracurricular organizations at Bishop Chatard.

Students have a great time while learning important life skills! Besides teaching teamwork and having fun, improvisation develops performance skills that can carry over in many life situations: listening, observing, being in the moment and thinking on your feet.

The BCHS Improv team begins preparation for its season towards the end of October. Workshops introduce improv to students new to the sport. Tryouts for the team are held shortly after. Practices then start, consisting of warm ups, exercises highlighting important roles to comedy, and practice games that will be played at matches.

More is required to be a part of the ComedySportz team than meets the eye. “We are looking for rule followers, not just people who are considered funny,” said Balding Eagles head coach Mr. Tyler Mayer. Members try to follow the basic “Tina Fey rules of improv” which consists of agreeing to your partner in a scene and also adding onto a scene.

Inter-school matches can begin in January and run through April. Match comedy is for everyone and therefore must be appropriate. Inappropriate lines can be penalized by the match referee with a brown bag foul, causing the player to wear a brown bag over his/her head for the remainder of the scene. Puns that cause the audience to groan may result in a loss of points for the team. unless the player declares a heartfelt apology to the audience. Energy is also a key part to improv.

The goal of a match is to make the audience laugh since they determine the winner based on reactions, enthusiasm and applause.

Condensed from The-Blueprint.org, the student news website.


‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Unscripted’

When: Friday & Saturday, Dec. 20 & 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: BCHS Kyle Guyton Theatre (Room 102)

Mark your calendars for Christmas laughs as the BCHS Improv Team asks you to ‘script’ this Christmas entertainment! ‘Rudolph Unscripted’ will involve interaction with the audience in this improv performance.

Cost is $5 for the general public; free for BCHS students and North Deanery students with a Future Trojan Pass.

Reserve your ticket, as space is limited. These performances often sell out.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating.
Ticket sales will open on December 10.

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Improv Team Performance

Bishop Chatard’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Tyler Mayer, coaches the Improv Team. If you would like to know more, contact him at tmayer@bishopchatard.org.