Meet the comedians of Laser Squad Bravo

LMU's improv team has a reputation of endless jokes and hilarious antics. Be sure to check out these talented individuals at their performances throughout the year.

Last Thursday night, Laser Squad Bravo (LSB), an LMU improv comedy club team, performed their last show of the semester to a packed audience in the Living Room. The Christmas-themed show had its share of repeat attendees who shouted content at the team from the sizable crowd.

With an array of engaging improv games, Laser Squad Bravo certainly knows how to have a good time on stage. From Shia LaBeouf to talking burritos, the content was fresh and relevant. At the end of the show, the group concluded their shenanigans with a Christmas-themed game of “Sex is Like...” which resulted in a tremendous amount of laughter.

One fan, sophomore psychology major Sisi Ayoub, enjoyed LSB’s final show of the semester. “They’re f------ hilarious,” she said. “They pack [the Living Room] every single show. I haven’t been to a show when it isn’t packed like this. It’s one of the best shows on campus.”

LSB’s members, both veterans and newbies, ensured that the show was unique and fun. Since Laser Squad Bravo is comprised of an assorted group of actors, I decided to sit down with some of the group’s finest to see exactly what LSB is made of.

Junior theatre arts major Kevin Dwyer 

Elliot Britt (EB): Do you consider yourself to be funny?

Kevin Dwyer (KD): Definitely, absolutely, positively, negatively, super duper, not exactly, very positive. 

EB: What’s your dream job? 

KD: I want to act. It doesn’t matter in what form, on what stage, in what venue. As long as I am acting I will be happy.

EB: What is your favorite type of comedy and why?

KD: The good kind. Because it’s good. 

EB: What do you think people would be most shocked to know about you? 

KD: I’m a lesbian! Just kidding; I’m a woman. Just kidding; I’m a Chihuahua. Just kidding; that’s all completely absurd. My most shocking thing about me is... 

Senior marketing major Nicole Dubois

EB: What made you decide to pursue improv?

Nicole Dubois (ND): I started doing improv in high school and haven’t stopped. I do it because I love it. I don’t think I ever said to myself, “Today I will pursue improv.” I just fell into it. 

EB: What would your ideal superpower be and why?

ND: My ideal super power would be teleportation or quick flying because it would be super sweet to be able to be anywhere at any time. Right now I’m hungry, and I have Thai food at home but a group project meeting in 10 minutes. It would be [awesome] if I could flash myself to my kitchen, nuke my Thai food and then zap the two of us back to St. Rob’s. Also, I could zap home and say “hi” to my mummy real quick. So much time is wasted on traveling.

EB: What do you want people to know about Laser Squad Bravo?

ND: They already know too much. 

Senior theatre arts major Alexa Vellanoweth

EB: Do you consider yourself to be funny?

Alexa Vellanoweth (AV): God, no. Usually the people who feel they aren’t funny or are unsure of their abilities are ... the ones that get in and thrive, and the people who think they are the funniest alive or get the most laughs at auditions don’t always get in.

EB: Is there ever a subject you don’t feel as comfortable with or you struggle with content for? 

AV: Never. My mentality is if you make fun of everything and anything, no one will ever feel picked on or excluded. Everything is fair game, even yourself. My outlook on it is there is that line, and you better believe I’m going to ... cross it jumping, laughing and stomping over it as I say my joke.

EB: What would your ideal superpower be and why?

AV: Stretchy arms because I hate getting off the couch to grab a snack.

EB: What are your hopes for the future of the group? 

AV: To be honest, it sounds weird, but exactly how it is now: a bunch of kids who wouldn’t necessarily cross paths due to majors and interests, who genuinely love hanging out with each other. Our following has grown immensely the past four years I’ve been here, and I like how our group is humble and we appreciate our fans. They are what make the show, and I hope in years to come, there is always a wide range of audience members that truly love LSB.

Freshman theatre arts major Eilise Guilfoyle

EB: Do you consider yourself to be funny?

Eilise Guilfoyle (EG): I’m 100 percent certain, without a doubt, that I am the most hysterical and beautiful person living on our planet.

EB: Where would you like to see Laser Squad Bravo at LMU in 10 years? What are your hopes for the future of the group?

EG: Bigger events. Possibly at the inauguration of our next president or headlining at Madison Square Garden, I don’t know. Baby steps.

EB: What do you want people to know about Laser Squad Bravo?

EG: Some of our practices are strictly bonding. That was really helpful for me when I got on the team because improv is so reliant on the team working well together. You’ve gotta know some weird s--- about each other in order to get that team dynamic rolling. I’m good with it. 

Sophomore film production and communication studies double major Natasha Behnam

EB: What would your ideal superpower be and why?

Natasha Behnam (NB): To go back in time because I honestly do really dumb stuff, and it would be nice to always go back like 45 seconds and make myself seem cool instead of tripping upstairs or making a dick joke in front of my boss.

EB: Who is your favorite comedian?

NB: Amy Schumer — and not just because it’s cool to like her right now, but because I actually love her sense of comedy.

Junior screenwriting major and Loyolan Bluff Intern Ian Salazar

EB: What made you decide to pursue improv?

Ian Salazar (IS): I started doing improv in high school because varsity QB on the football team was stressing me out.

EB: Do you consider yourself to be funny?

IS: I think in order to have a clear head and make good choices on stage, it sort of demands a level of confidence. You need confidence in your abilities; you need to trust your decisions. No one will think you’re funny if you do either.

EB: Is there ever a subject you don’t feel as comfortable with or you struggle with content for?

IS: Race and gender-related issues are hot button topics at the moment. You walk a fine line with those. It’s either a home run or an incredibly awkward scene.

EB: Who is your favorite comedian and why?

IS: Steve Martin is pretty awesome because he approached comedy like a science. He really broke it down and tried to make sure his content was fresh and original. It was more about figuring out what hadn’t been done yet, what was getting a reaction. He’s hilarious, but his approach to comedy makes him stand out to me.

EB: What do you want people to know about Laser Squad Bravo?

IS: Yes, we do have orgies.

Elliot Britt is a sophomore finance major. He's everybody's favorite Minnesotan living in Southern California, working hard to break into the business side of the entertainment industry.

(1) comment


Just wondering if student-organized comedy troupe is a symptom of a disease AS WELL AS a healthy and fun student activity.

I'm thinking that it just might be both.

I imagine that since many campuses have become bullied by the leftwing culture of political correctness -- even to the point where student activities representatives from colleges across the nation audition stand-up comics and screen their material for the college circuit to determine if their material is "inclusive enough" -- mainstream stand-up comics (e.g. Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, among others) no longer want to entertain today's college audiences.

The college circuit can be a lucrative gig for most comics, and so you see all of the younger ones desperate to make a living willingly editing their jokes, restricting their best jokes for nightclubs and elsewhere, and toning down their comedy. They are capitulating to the self-anointed elites and social justice warriors of the modern university campus.

This is also called the death of free speech as expressed through performance.

Now if you wish to make an ethnic joke, you pick the black guy in your student true to tell it, thus fulfilling the requirements of the PC culture.

BTW, no, I have not seen Lazer Squad Bravo yet. But looking forward to it. They're a new outlet where PC culture pushed by those with unearned moral superiority are destroying all of the other outlets.


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