Twice a month, at the exotic restaurant and bar The Reef, crowds can catch the Insert Foot Theater group’s performance.
Last Thursday, Oct. 10, the house was packed and the room was erupting in laughter at the hilarious bunch’s performance.
“The group was founded in 2009. I had already been involved in several improv groups over the years, and I finally just wanted to start my own,” said Ron Torres, a founding member of Insert Foot. “The cool thing about our group is we always have different types of humor to kind of make a comedy stew.”
Currently, the group has 11 members and each performance showcases a different set of improvisers.
“If you ever feel like you wanted to be on Saturday Night Live, or felt like you wanted to do movies like Will Ferrell does, this is your ground zero to try and get involved and try to participate,” said Torres. “All of us, I do believe, are up and coming people you’ll be able to keep your eye on.”
When on stage, Insert Foot will take suggestions from the audience and improvisers have to go from there. The wackier the suggestion, the better when it comes to their show.
“What sets us apart, is that we really aren’t afraid of much of anything, there are some groups that have a very specific format,” said Eric Cole, an Insert Foot member. “We’re playing a lot of games that you might expect to see on ’Whose Line Is It Anyway’. We’ll take one suggestion and explore it for like 10 minutes.”
The group have become good friends, and it shows through on stage. They look like they’re having as much fun performing as the audience is having watching them.
“What makes us really good is that we all like each other, and that we all work well together and we respect each other,” said Insert Foot member, Catherine Richardson.
The room was buzzing as the audience yelled out suggestions for a topic. At times, the performers would take one word and do an entire sketch centered around it. Using different accents and characters, they would paint out hilarious scenarios that had audience members falling out of their seats.
“I thought it was very funny and innovative. I would definitely come back to see them again,” said recent Boise State graduate, Jade Weeks.
The cast couldn’t help but crack a few jokes while talking to The Arbiter.
“Basically, I don’t really know how bees work. But if bees had knees, we would be them. We would be the knees of those bees,” Cole said.
All jokes aside, the members of Insert Foot all bring something different to the table. Put any two, three or four members together to improvise a skit based on something an audience member yells out, there’s no telling what’s going to happen.
As a very close knit group of friends, there are no limits to where they can take the skit.
“We can trust each other. We’re all really supportive of each other, even when we screw up,” Richardson said.
For more information on Insert Foot Theater and their performances, visit their Facebook page.