The most popular game is based on the board game Clue.
Three players head off stage out of earshot from the audience, the host and a fourth ensemble member. Audience members suggest a character that has been murdered, the weapon and the place, and the host picks the best as the final scenario — say Rudolph gets killed by a candy cane on a rooftop.
"Then the first person on stage has to pass this off to the next person, using only pantomime and gibberish and goofy sounds," Pauley said. Once the second person is convinced he's figured out the scenario, he has to similarly pass it on to the third person — the catch being he cannot use the same pantomime or sounds used to demonstrate the scenario to him.
"You go down to the fourth person and see if they got the answers right," Pauley said.
Envision the chaos that ensues.
"Only once in 12 seasons have we gotten it completely right."
Though this is an improv troupe, it does have regular Thursday night rehearsals.
"People always ask, 'How do you rehearse improv?' " Pauley said. "What you do is you rehearse the games. They have to be played a certain way to work. We have to play the games in front of ourselves to break it down — what we really do is practice the art of it."
Pauley said he and his fellow troupe members work hard to not break up during routines, but the occasional break from character is inevitable. Blame Jeff Bukovinksy.
"The one person who makes all of us crack up is Jeff Bukovinsky," Pauley said. "I can just look at Jeff and it will make me nearly pee my pants. He's truly one of the funniest people I've ever met."
Saturday marks the last show for Bryan Roller, a longtime troupe member who is stepping back because of family obligations. Come next season, the troupe may be looking for a new member.
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