Lighted Fools Perform at Skidmore’s National College Comedy Festival

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 1:23 pm.

Lighted Fools, the Bryn Mawr/Haverford improv and sketch comedy group, performed at the National College Comedy Festival on Feb. 11 and 12 at Skidmore College in New York. The festival, now in its 23rd year, brings together college and professional comedy groups from all over the nation and is a chance for students to network and showcase their work. A sneak peek into the next generation of comedic talent, the performances were recently written up in The New York Times.

Lighted Fools is the only sketch comedy group in the Bi-Co. Members have gone on to perform at New York’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Chicago’s Improv Olympics and to write for The Onion. The group has opened for professional Philadelphia improv performances and recently competed in the Mid-Atlantic College Improv Tournament.

Kady Ashcraft ’12, a senior member of Fools, finds the group a great way to indulge in her passions. “It is wonderful and refreshing to designate four hours a week to being silly and playful. Even more than that, there is something very therapeutic and visceral about creating situations that make people laugh. As a break from homework last night I wrote a song about the glamor of being an MTV Teen Mom (set to Grease’s ‘Beauty School Drop Out’)!”

The group, formed in 1991, currently has 12 members. The four Mawrters and eight ’Fords will be performing original improv and sketch material at their upcoming show at Haverford Friday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in Stokes Auditorium. They will host and perform with a guest group from New York this semester. Auditions for Lighted Fools are held every spring.

—Ellie Rhymer ’12

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