• Seriously Bent Wins East Coast Championship


Cast of Seriously Bent

Seriously Bent, Sufffolk University’s student comedy troupe, recently captured the East Coast Regional Championship of the National College Improv Tournament, held at the Improv Asylum in Boston’s North End. Seriously Bent defeated the University of Florida’s Theatre Strike Force in the final round by a unanimous decision.

“This is a big honor and a real tribute to all the hard work we have done to get where we are today,” said Suffolk senior Mitch Manning of Northboro, an English major who has been performing with Seriously Bent for four years. “We have a lot of energy, cooperation and fun when we perform. And it’s a big plus that we’re all good friends and get along with one another.”

In addition to Manning, members of the Seriously Bent cast are: seniors Nicholas Mandella and Nicholas Wilson; juniors Jonathan Curtiss, Kelly Dooley, Trevor Livingston and Corey O’Rourke; sophomore Courtney McMahon; and freshmen Alec Lawless and Christian Roberts.

“We are extremely proud of Seriously Bent – not just for this success, but of the hard work and dedication that has brought them to it,” said Kristin Baker, director, Performing Arts Office at Suffolk. “It has been a great pleasure to watch the group grow over the years.

“Their love of performing and their energy allows them to connect with their audiences, and has lead to a very loyal fan base that includes Suffolk students, faculty staff, alums, and area improv professionals. We are thrilled by the response from alumni, family and friends who are heading out west to support the group in the nationals.”

Other college student groups competing at the Improv Asylum included Boston University, Northeastern University, Emerson College, Salve Regina University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and The College of William & Mary.

Judges for the event were: Norm Laviolette, Artistic Director of the Improv Asylum; Will Leura, Artistic Director of the Improv Boston; and Nick Zanio, comedy writer of The Boston Globe. The emcee for the competition Suffolk and Seriously Bent alumnus Julia Gustafson, a 2008 graduate.

Seriously Bent
will represent Suffolk at the National College Improv Tournament in Chicago, Illinois, on November 15. Four teams from across the country will compete for the national championship.

Last year, Seriously Bent competed in the nationals, but lost in the first round. This time, the group is hoping to bring home the championship to Suffolk. “We’re very excited to compete once again on the national stage,” said Manning. “I think this year we’re stronger and more confident in our skills and what is expected of us.”


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