The FNL cast is comprised of students from Buffalo State, who have to audition to join the group.
During performances, which are free and open to everyone, cast members play a variety of games that involve audience participation. For example, the April 14 show featured a pajama party.
FNL members Zach Bellus and Sandra Roberts appeared on the Buffalo Review TV Feb. 9 to discuss the group.
Bellus said he first became involved with FNL by attending the shows, but eventually ended up auditioning and was given a part.
“I enjoyed watching all the people go up there and perform and it felt like it would be a blast to be a part of,” said Bellus.
Roberts said FNL was the first event she attended as a Buffalo State student. “I was interested from the beginning,” she said. “I loved it.”
The first two shows of the semester were held in the Donald Savage building, but were moved to Upton Hall to allow for a larger audience.
Since the show is improvisational, it can present some challenges to prepare.
“We practice really hard in training and our rehearsals, we go really intensely, working on technique,” said Bellus. “Then when you get to the show, you’ve learned so much, it’s about letting go and being free with the audience and the people around you on stage.”
The FNL group periodically hosts improv comedy workshops to attract new members and the most recent auditions were held in April.
* Edwin Viera contributed to this report.