Barbeque Kitten kills it on stage

Barbeque Kitten performs improv sketches Saturday as part of their Halloween-themed show, “PAWS.” Photo provided by Sarah Heilbronner.
Barbeque Kitten performs improv sketches Saturday as part of their Halloween-themed show, “PAWS.” Photo provided by Sarah Heilbronner.
Barbeque Kitten performs improv sketches Saturday as part of their Halloween-themed show, “PAWS.” Photo provided by Sarah Heilbronner.

Barbeque Kitten, Bradley’s improv and sketch comedy troupe, hosted its Halloween show “PAWS” Saturday in Neumiller Lecture Hall.

This show, a parody of the hit movie franchise “Saw,” held a variety of games and musical activities much like their other shows, but BBQ Kitten decided to switch some things up for this event.

“We did stuff [in this show] that we’d never done before,” senior political science and theatre arts double major Derek Yeghiazarian said. “We wanted to see how the troupe would react when faced with weird stuff they couldn’t plan for.”

One of the things BBQ Kitten did to throw their troupe off guard was to give each person onstage a specific persona or stereotype they had to act as, such as a stoner, a nerd and a jock.

“I liked the addition of having each kitten portraying a different character,” senior studio art major Sarah Testin said. “I thought that it gave [the show] more variety because all of them would be funny for different reasons.”

A prominent example of this would be the habañero pepper that troupe members BBQ Kitten President Peyton McDermott and recruiter Lorelei Volpe had to eat right before they performed in a game called “Shoulda Said.”

In this game, the troupe members, or kittens, are thrust into a situation that the audience provided (in this case, “Netflix and Chill”) and another troupe member, junior psychology and sociology double major Robbie Hutton, blows a whistle periodically while the two kittens on stage are speaking.

Whenever the whistle was blown, the kitten who had been speaking most recently would backtrack and change the last thing they said, getting increasingly outrageous with each change and whistle blow.

However, for the twisted version of the game McDermott and Volpe were given a habañero pepper to eat at the start and were told to proceed as normal, despite their mouths being on fire.

“It was definitely a neat spin on things, and I hope they do it again,” Testin said.