On April 21st, SCWLA’s Greenville Region was entertained at their luncheon by actors from the Laughing Stock Improv theater in Greenville (www.laughingstockimprov.weebly.com). The Laughing Stock is an improv group that performs regularly at the Greenville Little Theater. To entertain the crowd during the luncheon, the Laughing Stock actors used a series of short form, improv games that required audience participation.
Some of my favorite games used elements from the legal profession. In one game titled, “Old Job Lawyer Job,” the audience was required to name a job. The audience chose a waste disposal worker. The actors then had to act out the waste disposal worker’s first day on the job as an attorney. Another game called “People’s Court” required the audience to provide an example of a common argument. The audience selected the classic argument over how to properly load a dishwasher! The actors played lawyers who argued passionately before a judge about the proper loading of a dishwasher. There were also plenty of games that had nothing to do with the legal profession that showcased the talented actors. One game was called “Pop Up Book”. In this game the audience provided a title of a pop-up book and one actor made up the story. The other actors played character from the pop up book and would freeze in a position during certain times of the story. Our title was “The Duck that Laughed.” The picture above shows the actors doing their best laughing duck.
The luncheon was an entertaining change of pace. It was nice to take time to laugh and relax during the middle of a work week. The Laughing Stock actors were incredibly creative and charismatic. I will definitely try to catch one of their shows the next time I am in Greenville. Hopefully other SCWLA regions will think outside the box and do something a little different — and maybe a little quirky — at their next meeting or luncheon.
-Stephanie A. Nye