Improv Group “Simply Unemployable” Visits CCSU

by Corey O’Neill

Students were in for a treat at the Semesters lounge in the Student Center last Wednesday evening. Members of the New York-based improv comedy group “Simply Unemployable” put on a great show that had students bursting with laughter.

Hosted by Central Activities Network (CAN) as part of Winter Week, the hour-long event concluded with CAN members handing out T-shirts, bracelets and coffee mugs.

The show had comedians Matt Catanzano, Trevor Livingston, Richie Moriarty and Cavan Rogers performing improvised skits on the Semesters stage. For students who sat in the front two rows, the show was a very interactive experience. Students could yell out ideas for the comedians and most of the improvised skits were based off of what the students had suggested.

Some audience members were also invited onstage. One student was called up for an interview with Catanzo. After the interview, he found his life being comically reenacted by the comedians. The group also asked four students for their cell phones, not telling the students what they were going to do with them. Once the phones were in their possession, the four funnymen improvised a scene with the only dialogue being the students’ text messages.

One student, Chris Aquino, found his phone in the hand of comedian Trevor Livingston. Aquino was not sure what Livingston was going to find in his text messages. It turned out that all of the phones had some dirty laundry on them.

Students may have recognized one of the comedians, Richie Moriarty, from TV. He has been featured in numerous commercials and has had small roles on shows such as “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Power” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” He also has a role in the upcoming comedy “How to Be Single,” starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson, so look out for this young rising talent.

The comedy group “Simply Unemployable” met at the Improv Asylum in Boston about 10 years ago. They have been putting on performances ever since. The group now resides in and puts on many shows in the New York City area. In the past three months, the group has performed 11 shows in New York. Wednesday’s show at Central Connecticut State University was their second college show in the month of January. The group typically performs admission shows at comedy clubs.

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