Bioanalytical Recap

Back on December 10, the Ship of Fools had its final performance of the Fall 2005 semester, performing at Bioanalytical Systems‘s holiday dinner. I’ve been lazy putting this write-up up (by which I mean, actually writing it), and Ryan and Benji have long since beaten me to the punch.

But why would I let something like that stop me?

Being an of, by, and for the students type of organization, we’re used to performing in front of college students or a roughly similar demographic. But this show posed what may have been the largest difference between performer and audience demographics: 150 corporate managerial staff and their spouses attending a corporate function. A room full of people who don’t terribly want to be where they are! (Let’s face it, do you look forward to corporate social functions?)

The layout of the room was a bit strange. We’ve performed in the Union’s north ballroom before, though this time there were 20 dinner tables set up on the main floor. However, Moses sneaked into the room beforehand and gave it the old Red Sea treatment, putting 10 tables on the left side of the room, 10 on the right side, and a big expanse of nothingness in the middle. It’s a strange layout for an improv show (though the dinner portion of the evening may have influenced it), as you don’t see anybody when you’re facing forward, and soliciting suggestions from the audience involves running back and forth to either side.

Expecting there may be some difficulties getting the audience to shout out suggestions during the show, we tried putting papers asking for suggestions on each of the tables beforehand, with the intent to incorporate them in some of the games during the show. It didn’t quite pan out, as most of the forms came back completely blank, but we used what we could. (The most important part, the suggestions for 185, did come in sufficient quality and quantity to use, which saved the tedium of getting a bunch of suggestions all at once during the show.)

Overall, the show went very well. One of the highlights of the evening unexpectedly turned out to be Day in the Life, which in theory involves having a member of the audience describe a day they recently had, and then we reinterpret that on stage. However, we somehow managed to pick the professional mammographer in the group (who, for the record, was the wife of an employee; Bioanalytical Systems apparently doesn’t do mammography as a core business). At first I thought our volunteer was just trying to be funny, since the fact that she is a mammographer wasn’t revealed until about halfway through the interview; up until then just about every other word was “breast” or “nipple.” Needless to say, when you have that as your source material, there really isn’t anything you can do to top that.

Comedy tip: an exasperated Andy asking “is there anything you do that doesn’t involve nipples?” == comedy gold.

Although the audience was generally less energetic than what we’re used to, they nevertheless enjoyed the show quite a bit. Afterwards, we were informed by a newfound fan that the holiday dinners usually suck, but our performance made this one enjoyable.

Let’s see if we can top that in 2006.

2 Responses

  1. Bravo big bro. you wowed them.
    Now we just need some more “drunk girl” and “finding cake” stories in 2006 and it’ll be a funny year :) Only that kind of stuff would happen to you…

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