NORMAN — Fake real estate, barbershop quartets and homicidal surfers were just a few topics explored Saturday evening by the creative, uniquely absurd spontaneity of Red Dirt Improv’s 5th Annual Improv Festival Oklahoma performers.
Taking cues from a lively audience at Sooner Theatre, groups and duos from Tahlequah, Norman, Dallas, Kansas City and Austin took turns playing fast-paced games or developing meandering 10 to 15 minute scenes, all based on random suggestions from viewers.
“I can’t believe how much you guys know about Oklahoma history,” exclaimed Terry of the Dallas-based comedy duo David and Terry — after being prompted to improvise a skit about the invention of the shopping cart.
Beginning at a grocery store, the act evolved into a parody of dieting and protests in which one character boycotted eating because shopping without a shopping cart was too difficult.
More fast-paced entertainment was provided by groups like Tahlequah’s Homemade Fireworks, which played games like “should have said” in which characters must radically alter their most recent statement at the random prompting of a fellow actor, in quick succession.
Audience members were eager to provide necessary interaction and help performers take their scenes to higher levels of difficulty with increasingly preposterous prompts, like “dinosaur wrangler” as an occupation and “rubber duckie” as a murder weapon.
For more information on Red Dirt Improv and Improv Festival Oklahoma, visit reddirtimprov.com.