Mixed Signals bewitch with hilarity

Senior math major Steve Fingerhut (left) and junior philosophy major Steven Avigliano perform in the ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ game. (Tim Lee / Photo Editor)
Senior math major Steve Fingerhut (left) and junior philosophy major Steven Avigliano perform in the ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ game. (Tim Lee / Photo Editor)

Several minutes after 8 p.m., the crowded basement of the Business Lounge showed no sign of the Mixed Signals.

That is, until they thundered into the room in an exhilarating blur of sound and color, clad in an mish-mash of wacky Halloween costumes and singing “It’s A Small World After All.”

The Mixed Signals, the College’s improvisational comedy troupe, seemed an off-kilter, funny and quirky group of individuals — an impression they maintained throughout the night.

In penguin costume was Steve Fingerhut, senior math major, who kicked off Thursday night’s Halloween show with the popular “Good, Bad and Ugly” game. Featuring Steven Avigliano, junior English major, Cat Cosentino, senior communication studies major and Liz So, sophomore self-designed international study of gender major, the game required its participants to give alternately good, bad and ugly advice to questions posed from members of the audience.

The vivacity and impeccable comic timing displayed in the first game continued throughout the night, piloting the comics through 12 improvisational games, including “Pull that Line,” in which the Mixed Signals performed an everyday scene interrupted occasionally by lines written in by members of the audience. In this case, the “everyday scene” consisted of a rambunctious preteen being fried by chemicals after jumping into a neighbor’s over-chlorinated pool.

“Let me know if she surfaces!” cried Jill Hernandez, junior philosophy major, as the mother of the drowned neighborhood punk, prompting howls of laughter from the audience.

Students in attendance appreciated the animated sense of fun that characterized the Mixed Signal’s comedy.

“I was laughing the entire time,” said Joe Montes, freshman biology major. “They put on a great show.”