On the Fly

Goofy accents, dramatic expressions, ludicrous antics, and the first thing that comes to mind! Just about anything goes for the University of Dayton’s “On the Fly” improvisational show. I was at the show last Saturday night and, now in my junior year, am disappointed to admit this was my first time attending. As the headline picture indicates, there is not an empty seat in the house for On the Fly (Yes, I see the seat on the left side of the picture. That person had gone to the bathroom, I promise.)

On my way to the show, (Running about 20 minutes late and thus explains why the picture is from the nosebleeds) I was thinking about how hard it must be for members of On the Fly to make people laugh. Folks are showing up and expecting them to be funny and the show could turn into a nightmare if no one laughs. Well, this could not have been further from what went down Saturday night.

Along with the entire audience, I was giggling, chuckling, and full out cackling, the kind where a loud snorting noise escapes from your face and you proceed to cover your mouth and check if anyone is gawking at you. Each member of On the Fly brings a unique comical skill set to the table and through shuffling of scenes and scenarios may leave you in stitches. On the Fly also gets the audience off the bench and into the game in a few different ways.

Volunteers are called from the audience to participate in scenes on stage as well as yelling out suggestions to give direction to the skits. For example, when a section of the audience was asked for a weird family member, “creepy uncle” was suggested and made for a hilarious scene. But how does one come up with a creepy uncle character on the spot?

Junior funny-man and On the Fly member Johnny Antonini noted, “It is necessary to establish the scene by listening to the audience suggestion and figuring out exactly who you are and where you are.” He also mentioned the importance of keeping the situation and jokes natural, “Don’t make the most obvious joke ever.” At the show Saturday night, Antonini certainly played his parts naturally. Although his explanation for improvisation was quite simple, there is no doubt getting on stage and making people laugh is no joke. 

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