We know we're biased, but believe us: improv is incredibly fun. If you've done it before, you know how addictive it can be. And if not, we're telling you, now is the time to start.
People tend to think that they need to be especially witty to do improv, but actually, the first thing any good improv teacher will tell you is to stop trying to be funny! Believe it or not, good improv is not about making jokes: it's about teamwork, listening, reacting, being vulnerable, and being totally in-the-moment. Anyone can learn to improvise. If you want to give it a try, come to our zero-stress, non-evaluative workshops. If you like what we show you (and we think you'll be hooked), we'd love to see you at our only-a-tiny-bit-of-stress, evaluative-but-still-fun auditions.
Check out the 2016 schedule below. And if you've decided you want to do improv but are not sure which group is right for you, check out what we think makes Exit special (on your right). Questions? Email us!
We do playful, experimental, long-form improv. Like recently, we improvised a murder mystery.
We study improv. We bring professional improvisers to campus, and take comedy classes on our tours!
We create inclusive and empowering comedy. We ensure that anyone who wants to do improv can do so.
We love each other. Exit is not just about improv -- we're best friends! Every year, Exit Players live together off campus, go on trips together, and even live together after graduation.
We can't wait to meet you, Class of 2020! Here's how everything will work this fall.
Come see all five of Yale's improv groups perform together at the beginning-of-the-year Improvaganza! This is a great way to get a feel for what makes each group unique. Stick around after for more information about improv at Yale!
Come find the Exit Players at the Extracurricular Bazaar! We'd love to talk to you about our group, improv in general, or anything that's on your mind.
Before auditions, we hold a couple hour-long workshops to teach you the basics of long-form improvisation. If you've never done improv before, this is the perfect way to get your feet wet. (Don't worry – we won't throw you into the deep end. You'll develop a toolbox of improv skills, bit by bit, until everyone is ready to do fully improvised scenes.) If you have done improv before, this is a great opportunity to brush up, and to see how Exit does it. Plus, it'll be a total blast!
Okay, so you missed our last workshop, but don't despair: we have another one! Our workshops are no-stress and completely 100% non-evaluative: you're not being judged at all. We really recommend coming to one or both of the workshops before auditions. We try hard to make them super-helpful (and fun)!
This is the only full-length show we'll do before tapping our new frexies (freshman Exit Players). Come see what we're all about – and bring your friends! Seeing the recruitment show is a great way to decide if Exit's style of improv is right for you.
You can come to any one of our five audition slots to try out for the Exit Players. Exit's auditions are fun and very low-stress (especially if you've gotten the hang of things at our workshops). At the audition, we'll lead you and your fellow auditionees through a series of fun exercises and scenes. Everything's made up, so there's no need to prepare anything beforehand!
This year, the five slots are:
If we think you might be a good fit for our group, we'll call you back (via email, Wednesday morning). Callback auditions are small, which means you'll get plenty of time to improvise. And you'll be doing scenes with the cream of this year's crop, which makes it extra fun!
One thing to be aware of is that there are only two callback slots, so even if all five groups call you back, you can only audition for two. (If you're trying to decide which groups' callbacks to go to, we'd love to talk with you about the decision.)
The callbacks are at 7 and 9pm on Wednesday the 14th. By Saturday night, we'll be welcoming new Exit Players to the group!