The Instant Gratification Players (IGP) don't think so.
Why be grim when you can perform improv for audiences in Palm Beach, prance around on stage like a gorilla or translate the phrase "I can eat glass, it doesn't hurt me" into foreign languages? (Don't ask. See their Web site.)
The group's players don't use a script for their shows, instead relying on suggestions from the audience to fuel their zany and wacky skits.
While providing comic relief to Harvard's often over-stressed students, IGP members also revel in the relationships formed within the group.
"It's a tightly knit group of people who love each other, stick together all four years, and have a lot of fun," says Bede M. Sheppard '00.
The group's popularity has grown in recent years; IGP often plays to audiences upward of 200 people.
But it's not all fun and games.
IGP "Czar"Justin M. Krebss says that 90 would-be players auditioned this fall for spots in the group; they accepted three in the end.
And even though their work on stage is completely improvisational, IGP members spend lots of time outside of performances perfecting their craft.
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