High School Jesters in 'What's Cool at School'

LAS VEGAS - High School Jesters is an Improv Comedy league, consisting of comedy teams formed at high schools around the valley. Students join the league for a wide variety of reasons, but one theme or common ground is the element of pure fun!

This league was started in 2009. Now, 30 teams and 400 students revel in the art of improv. In late April, they'll have their annual championship....what they consider the Super Bowl of improv!

Improv comedy is much more than getting a laugh; it's teaching performance skills, building trust and teamwork, and developing friendships.

One participant, Megan Sweeney, a senior at Centennial High School, said it's "Being around people and having that atmosphere of pure acceptance, because that's what improv is - it's accepting - there's a rule....you can't say "No."

That is the first rule of improvisation - to agree. 

From high school improv, to Second City in Chicago, to Saturday Night Live...it's about saying "yes."

We watched different improv exercises. One was called "Hype, " another was a twist on a Spelling Bee to helps students instinctively react. A game called "Freeze" focused on bringing physicality to life, and an exercise title "9 out of 10" is a thinking and listening game.

By putting themselves out there, on stage, in the bright lights....students have created a beautiful bond with their teammates, and internally, found the confidence of true performers.


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