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Comedy improvisational troupe Mission IMPROVable will present games and skits and lead the audience through a series of “missions” 10 p.m. Saturday in the Farinon Snack Bar.

“The show will be entirely different from the stand-up comedians that we usually present,” says history major Steve Schrum ’05 (Flanders, N.Y), comedy co-chair for Lafayette Activities Forum. “It will be a high-energy interactive event. Everyone has a chance to be a part of the show. It is part of our ongoing effort to diversify the kinds of acts that we present.”

Mission IMPROVable’s act is similar to the popular television show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” but with a twist. Just like in the old TV series “Mission Impossible,” the six actors pretend to be agents. The audience members are the co-agents and participate in the hilarious theater games or “missions” by yelling out suggestions.

The group was formed at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where the original six members came together. After two years, they moved to Chicago, home of “long-form” improvisation and ensemble training. They studied the ins and outs of improvisation, completing training programs at The Second City, Improv Olympic, and Annoyance Theater.

Since then, members of the group have performed alongside performers from shows such as “Saturday Night Live”, “Mad TV”, and “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” and are working on production of their own television show.

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