The Observer

“Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

IMPROVment’s annual improv comedy festival

1.+IMPROVment+hosted+%E2%80%9CLake+Effect%2C%E2%80%9D+its+annual+comedy+show+on+April+7.+2.+Fifth-year+student+Brett+DiCello+and+second-year+student+Tony+Monczewski+perform+as+IMPROVment+cast+members+at+%E2%80%9CLake+Effect.%E2%80%9D
1. IMPROVment hosted “Lake Effect,” its annual comedy show on April 7. 2. Fifth-year student Brett DiCello and second-year student Tony Monczewski perform as IMPROVment cast members at “Lake Effect.”

1. IMPROVment hosted “Lake Effect,” its annual comedy show on April 7. 2. Fifth-year student Brett DiCello and second-year student Tony Monczewski perform as IMPROVment cast members at “Lake Effect.”

Daniel Brenner

Daniel Brenner

1. IMPROVment hosted “Lake Effect,” its annual comedy show on April 7. 2. Fifth-year student Brett DiCello and second-year student Tony Monczewski perform as IMPROVment cast members at “Lake Effect.”

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






This past weekend, IMPROVment held their seventh annual “Lake Effect” improv comedy festival. The April 7 event was free and open to the public like all of IMPROVment’s shows, and featured visiting improv troupes.

One of these troupes was Rare Form, a professional improv comedy troupe from the Cleveland area. The other troupes were a bit less varied than in previous years, since Bad Genetics, Plastic Shatners and Lady Parts each hail from Bowling Green State University (BGSU).

The show started with fifth-year student Olivia Taliaferro, IMPROVment’s president, asking the audience what they ate for breakfast; Taliaferro engaged the crowd in a warm-up to get creativity flowing.

Taliaferro said she had a cereal bowl for breakfast. Not cereal, just the bowl.

Bad Genetics and Lady Parts performed long-form improv comedy. Rather than playing several different games which result in shorter scenes, long-form takes a single suggestion from the audience to create several intertwined scenes.

The Plastic Shatners played “Switcheroo,” a game which closely resembled the “One-to-Five-to-One” game, a regular for IMPROVment. This game involves five actors performing scenes based on one suggestion. It starts with a one person scene and then actors are added one by one. Each actor begins a new scene until five actors are on stage. Then, the fifth actor finds a reason to leave, and eventually the game returns to a one-person scene.

The best part of “Lake Effect” was its conclusion, where all the troupes gathered together on stage to play “Clusterf***,” which is exactly what it sounds like. The game included scenes about a mother who desperately wanted her daughter to ride a camel, some sketchy bead dealers in the desert and silly people on a boat.

This year’s “Lake Effect” definitely paled in comparison to festivals in previous years, but was enjoyable nonetheless. Last year’s festival included troupes from BGSU, The Ohio State University and the Cleveland area, whereas this year saw an overrepresentation of BGSU.

Additionally, the free food during intermission turned out to be only cookies, which was pretty disappointing.

Better troupes would have improved the quality of the festival. If the purpose of the event was to make IMPROVment look like the best troupe there, then it was a success.

About the Writer
Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

Mary is a third-year mathematics major with minors in studio art and computer science. If they’re not copy editing or writing for the Arts & Entertainment section, you can usually find them wandering around the Cleveland Museum of Art. They also enjoy hiking, camping and watching Netflix or Hulu. Their favorite show on Netflix is “Dark” and their favorite show on Hulu is “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” If you ever want to talk about TV shows or anything else, you can reach them at mem272@case.edu.

Leave a Comment

In an effort to promote dialogue and the sharing of ideas, The Observer encourages members of the university community to respectfully voice their comments below. Comments that fail to meet the standards of respect and mutual tolerance will be removed as necessary.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    Socks, NERF blasters and tag… oh my!

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Fall for CWRU with our annual Homecoming weekend

  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    East Cleveland Theater opens season No. 50 with dramatic Jekyll and Hyde

  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    A formulaic, yet odd marvel

  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    Author Ben Fountain visits Cleveland

  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    Playlist of the week

  • Arts & Entertainment

    “Reckless” asks, “Can you ever really know a person?”

  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    CWRU student group 4upz set to release full length project

  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    Best selling authors Judy Blume and Daniel Handler meet at Maltz

  • “Lake Effect” hits Cleveland

    Arts & Entertainment

    Misterwives plays Veale for UPBeats Fall Concert

Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source
“Lake Effect” hits Cleveland