Half-Masted at RodCon 2018!

WE ARE BACK, UNI!! Get your costumes, art, and fandoms ready because we have a show for you!

This is a FREE and family-friendly show so bring everyone you know! And who knows….we might even have audience interaction!

When: Saturday, April 7th, 2018 @ 11-11:30am. (RodCon is from 10am-4pm)

Where: University of Northern Iowa Rod Library 1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Check out our Facebook event!

Check out RodCon’s Facebook event!

Auditions!

Do you live in the Cedar Falls area? Do you love shows like “Whose Line is it Anyway”? Do you make jokes in business meetings and your boss gives you that “what are you doing, this is a business meeting” look? Well look no further! Here at Half-Masted Improv, we are ALL those kinds of people! Best part……NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Just show up and play a few games with us for a couple hours and see if improv comedy is your thing!

 

Half-Masted at the CAC!

Another show?! That’s correct, folks! Half-Masted is back for our end-of-semester show at the Communication Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa on the night of April 22nd!

Where: University of Northern Iowa Communication Arts Center (Room 108) 1555 W 27th St. Cedar Falls, IA

When: April 22nd 7-8pm (Family-friendly) & 8:15-9pm (more adulty)

Cast list:

Jacob Meade
Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Logan Chaloupka
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

See the Facebook event for the early show!

See the Facebook event for the late show!

Half-Masted at RodCon 2017!

Fresh off having a show the night before, we will be warmed up and energized (probably because of caffeine, not sleep) for our performances at……. RodCon at the University of Northern Iowa! 

When: Saturday, April 1st, 2017 (RodCon is from 10am-4pm)

Where: University of Northern Iowa Rod Library 1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Cast list:

Jacob Meade
Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Logan Chaloupka
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

 

Check out RodCon’s Facebook event here!

 

Half-Masted at The Lampost!

Back at it again at The Lampost Theatre! Come see our shenanigans that we make up in front of your eyes on March 31st in Cedar Falls, Iowa!

When: Friday, March 31st, 2017 @7-8pm

Where: The Lampost Theatre 204 W Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Cast list:

Jacob Meade
Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Logan Chaloupka
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

 

Check out the Facebook event!

Half-Masted in Exira, IA!

Exira here we come! Saturday, March 11th, join us in Exira, Iowa for dinner, a silent auction, and our show to benefit the community center! We are so excited and we hope to see you guys there!

When: Saturday, March 11th from 5:30-9pm (we are at 7pm)

Where: Exira Recreational Center 106 Jefferson St, Exira, Iowa 50076

Cast list:

Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Bronwyn May
Sarah Betz
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

Check out the Facebook event!

Half-Masted at Coulee Region Improv & Sketch Festival!

We are honored to have been invited to this year’s Improv & Sketch Festival in La Crosse, WI!

There will lots and lots of incredible improv troupes from around the area that we will perform at the festival and we can’t wait to watch and learn from them!

When: 7pm (Event runs all weekend, this is just when we perform)

Where: 428 Front St S, La Crosse WI 54601

Cast list:
Mallory Park
Rachael Smith
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Layne LeQuatte

Check out the Facebook event!

Check out the festival’s website!

Auditions January 24th & 26th, 2017!

Love improv and being a part of a fantastic troupe? Half-Masted is holding auditions at the University of Northern Iowa campus January 24th and 26th!

Who will be there: The current Half-Masted troupe and all of you guys!

When: January 24th and 26th, 2017. Both from 5-7pm.

Where: Bartlett Hall room 1017

Don’t be nervous! We will be playing improv games and having lots of fun getting to know everyone! You don’t need to bring anything! No sweat!

 

Half-Masted at Smokestack

Join us for jokes at Smokestack January 13th at 9pm. $5 cover at the door to benefit Half-Masted!

Perfect for a Friday (the 13th) night out!

Where: The Smokestack 62 E 7th St, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

When: 9pm

Cast:
Danny Ready
Bronwyn May
Logan Tobler
Mallory Park
Natalia Tinoco
Rachael Smith
Sarah Betz

*May not be family-friendly…we don’t know what we are going to say!

Check out the Facebook link!

3-Show Event!


Come join us two nights in a row to witness never before seen skits and jokes! Perfect for kicking back and having a good time!

December 2nd show: (7-8:30pm) UNI Communication Arts Complex (Room 108) 1555 W 27th St. Cedar Falls, IA

December 3rd show: (7-9pm & 9-10pm) UNI Bertha Martin Memorial Theatre Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614

Cast list:

Karen Kobliska

Danny Ready

Mallory Park

Rachael Smith

Jim Keane

Bronwyn May

Logan Chaloupka

Natalia Tinoco

Sarah Betz

Logan Tobler

 

 

Auditions August 30 & 31, 2016!

Half Masted Improv Needs New People

We need new members!

Maybe you could be one.

Here is a Facebook event about the whole thing.

Here is more info:

Come try out to be a member of Half Masted

5pm, Tuesday, August 30
or
5pm, Wednesday, August 31

Auditions are held in the Purple Pen Room (Tue) & College Eye Room (Wed) inside Maucker Union at the University of Northern Iowa

Amanda

I was an original cast member of Half-Masted way back in 2003, before phones had cameras and before Facebook was even a thing. I also walked to rehearsals in Lang uphills both ways across campus…Though I would like to say I was a Gilda, I was more like a Lorraine. Now I spend my time doing my part in populating the earth with the cutest gingers you ever did see!

An interview with Amanda

Best food to order at a fast food place: Oreo Shakes (as long as the shake machine is working!), if they don’t have Oreo then chocolate, and if they don’t have chocolate, then move on!

Movie you wish you were in: “The Goonies”

Life goal: That I will always be the cool mom, but not like the other cool moms…

Favorite thing to do in your free time: Knit and Crochet. I like to make things! I am starting to get into board games. I also love watching reality TV, and yes, Survivor is still on after all these years….

Favorite comedian: Tina Fey and Amy Pohler

Best thing about improv: Being surrounded by comedic genius and knowing your castmates won’t ever let you look bad. Also, no lines to memorize!

FUN FACT: I’m a unicorn! No really, I am rare! I am left-handed red head with light colored eyes!

Doug

Doug is the type of man who could put his personality in a bottle for the night, and accidentally use his aftershave in its place the next day. When he was five years old he entered a yellow cab in New York City and asked to be taken to his destiny, and now he’s wishing that he was a better tipper. Living deep in the heart of darkest Iowa, Doug’s friends got tired of him complaining there was no improv in Cedar Falls, and told him to create some.  And by cracky, he did.

An interview with Doug

Best food to order at a fast food place: Depends on the place. Jambalaya at Popeye’s, Whopper with ketchup, onion, and lettuce at Burger King. McDonalds – anything + fries.

Movie you wish you were in: “Hair”

Life goal: At my age you switch to “Life Regret”

Favorite thing to do in your free time: As of 2017 – Bake Bread.  No electric mixer.  Oh – and Scrabble with Ray.

Favorite comedian: Bronwyn May

Best thing about improv: Not only doesn’t the audience know what is going to happen – the actors don’t either.  Unlike scripted theater, the actors and the audience are on the same side of the unknown.

FUN FACT: I spent a year or so listening to all the episodes of the Jack Benny Radio Show in my car, and it affected my sense of humor permanently.

Blair

Blair Mirka of the House Waffle, first of her name, the slightly singed, Queen of the Netflix, the coffee and the naps. Queen of the Awkward silences. Khaleesi of the useless facts, Protector of the Puns, Lady Regnant of the 7-Elevens, Breaker of Breakable Things, and Mother of Bees.

An interview with Blair

Best food to order at a fast food place: Extra sauce.
Movie you wish you were in: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Life goal: Travel to all 7 continents or find the perfect ratio of cereal to milk.
Favorite comedian: Robin Williams
Best thing about improv: I don’t have to remember my lines.
FUN FACT: I am a certified Scuba Diver.

Bronwyn

In the corner of a Goodwill stands Bronwyn. She’s found a shirt with some colors that would make any normal person dizzy and nauseous. While making excessive eye contact with the eye-less mannequin, she slips the find off the unsuspecting model. The sirens go off and she makes a run for it and takes the only accomplice, the mannequin. Cut to present day and both Bronwyn and the mannequin aren’t allowed to step foot in any Taco Bell on the East Coast.

An interview with Bronwyn

Best food to order at a fast food place: Crispy chicken sandwich and fries.
Movie you wish you were in: “Mean Girls”
Life goal: Become a clothing store or restaurant owner, landscape designer, or a cast member on SNL… I have a lot of dreams.
Favorite thing to do in your free time: I work on this website. I enjoy that.
Favorite comedian: Fluffy
Best thing about improv: When a weird and special moment happens in a show that no one can predict and it makes the show unforgettable.
FUN FACT: My favorite podcast is “Good Job, Brain!”. I love all things trivia.

Danny

Danny feels like an “R” rated movie – He’s really deep and intellectual with tons of good life lessons, but as soon as your parents come in, there’s an awkward sex scene. Then you have to say “No! I promise he’s not like this normally!”

An interview with Danny

Best food to order at a fast food place: Chicken tenders. Can’t go wrong there.
Something you’re known for: Burritos.
Movie you wish you were in: “The Emperor’s New Groove” so I could hang out with Kronk.
Life goal: To improve the life of each person I meet, no matter how small.
Favorite thing to do in your free time: I’m a pretty big gamer (both of the board and video variety).
Favorite comedian: Too many… David Chappelle, Bill Burr, and John Mulaney.
Best thing about improv: The positivity 🙂
FUN FACT: I used to be a professional commentator for video games.

Kamal

The most international Half-Masted member of the troupe, hailing from all of Russia, Yemen, Ukraine, and Malaysia, you would think Kamal would be spending his time being cast as the bad guy in every Hollywood action movie with facial hair to match. Instead, he spends his time pretending to understand and talk about his troupe members’ movie and song references, which has made him a pretty good improviser. With how much he likes to push the envelope, we are glad he chose Half-Masted over a guaranteed job at the Post Office, and if you catch any of our shows – so will you!

An interview with Kamal

All-time favorite jams (songs and jellies): “Atomic Man” by Portugal the Man and Gramma’s Raspberry Jam, especially when enjoyed together.

Dumbest way you’ve been injured: Running into a wall at full-speed just to win a game in gym…in front of my father. Broke my forearm in 2 places. If that doesn’t stop you from being a try-hard, nothing will. And nothing has.

What does your favorite shirt look like: It’s a collab shirt between my favorite hip-hop duo Run the Jewels and Marvel’s Punisher. It looks like testosterone.

Logan C.

Logan. A name revered throughout time, many happily believe history has already had its way with him. They would not be so lucky. Awaking from his daily slumbers, the lazily dressed, messy-haired conquistador roams the land in search of only three things: laughter, Kevin Mahogany jazz albums, and size fifteen shoes that don’t squeeze the soul out of his feet. Consistently angered by ticket processing fees, an ideal day in the life of Logan is kicking back in a La-Z Boy recliner with a cold drink in hand while watching a stock market scroll banner. He gets great delight from the vibrant LEDs of the banner, though he does not understand what they mean, as he cannot read.

An interview with Logan Czechoslovakia

Best thing to order at a fast food place: If it contains beef, chicken, pork, starch, or came from planet earth, then I am happy to eat it. Except fish. I can’t relate to fish because they don’t have legs.

Movie you wish you were in: “Tommy Boy” as a technician for Callahan Auto Parts.

Life Goal: Be so infectiously happy that other people can’t help but share the love.

Favorite Comedian: Right now? Matt Besser, Colin Mochrie, and Jim Gaffigan.

FUN FACT: I am undefeated in the board game “Munchkin” back home. Don’t try me.

Logan T.

What do you call a triangular piece of chocolate that is brilliant at comedy? Logan Tobler…one! When he’s not dressed as a chipmunk, Logan will – actually – sorry – once you see him dressed as a chipmunk, how can you say anything else? Oh Logan. Oh Chipmunk. Oh world.

An interview with Logan T.

Movie you wish you were in: I wish I was in “The Muppets”.
Life goal: To be a broadcaster.
Favorite comedian: Will Ferrell
Best thing about improv: The unique suggestions we always get to act out.
FUN FACT: I have the highest IQ level of “American Idol” out of anyone in the world. If you give me a season and a placement, I can say who that person is and possibly what song they sang the week they were eliminated.

 

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