Improv Q&A: Ali Azeem

1. What bug are you?

“Stick bug. I didn’t get a say in this one, but in a world with millipedes, I think I got lucky.”

2. What is your favorite improv game? 

“Either Last Line or Police Interrogation. For Last Line, three pairs of people are all doing separate scenes, and whenever one person says a sign you like, you can steal it and use it for your scene. For Police Interrogation, two people act as cops and try to get their criminal to guess what random crime they committed. If you need a more clear explanation, see them in action on show night.”

3. Tell me a story…  

“My favorite practice was probably the practice where we began to plan out our opening skit to intro all the members of the cast. While we all spewed random ideas about what we thought could work, it pretty much just evolved into us cracking up. We could all really feel the bond we’d expanded upon over the last few months, but it was a little sad too knowing that we would have to say goodbye to this common thread that linked us all.”

4. Why does the show start at 7:33? Why not 7:32? Or 7:34?

“One word: even numbers are wack.”

5. If you were a fast food chain, what would you be and why?

“I would be Mr. Burger because most people don’t know me, and anyone who does is disappointed by the fact that I’m still in business when there are better alternatives.”

6. What is your favorite Minecraft block?

“The lava block. It reminds me of my mother.”

7. Why did you decide to join improv?

“I was in the same world history class as Mark Kemp, who was one of the improv captains when I first auditioned at the end of sophomore year. Every day he kept bothering me, telling me I was gonna try out. On top of that, after musical that same year, Katie Hicks who was on improv the year before told me to audition, so I figured I had to.”

8. Give us your best car salesmen pitch for improv.

“If you like to have fun or enjoy anything at all, improv is something you’ll like. This is a one-time opportunity that you can’t miss out on. Don’t get left regretting that you didn’t come out. Get a group of friends, and come out and see us. We’d love to have you.”

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