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Auditions for Awkward Silence Comedy scheduled for Wednesday

<p>A graphic for Awkward Silence Comedy features drawings of current members junior Mike Ruddell, senior Rachel Carnovale and sophomore Sid Nelluri.</p>

A graphic for Awkward Silence Comedy features drawings of current members junior Mike Ruddell, senior Rachel Carnovale and sophomore Sid Nelluri.

Awkward Silence Comedy is holding auditions at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15, in the Indiana Memorial Union Hoosier Room and are looking to add two to four more people to the group. 

Awkward Silence Comedy President and senior Rachel Carnovale said Awkward Silence Comedy is a long-form improv group, which is more scene-based with multiple scenes that connect to each other. Carnovale said they try to focus on relationship-based comedy and positivity while staying away from topical humor, political humor or anything conflict-based.

“Improv comedy is a really cool interest because it can be really surprising and unexpected since everything's just made up on the spot,” Carnovale said. “It's just like a really good community to be a part of to sort of anchor yourself in college.”

Carnovale said the auditions will involve informal warm-up games and some scene work toward the end. No experience or preparation is required to audition. 

“It really is more just getting to know you, what you find funny and what your style is,” Carnovale said. 

Callbacks will be a few days after auditions and will ​​be a more intense improv-based audition, Carnovale said. 

IU sophomore and Awkward Silence Comedy member Sid Nelluri said this is his first time leading auditions as part of the group. Even though he had no experience prior to joining, he said he had a lot of fun auditioning and joining Awkward Silence Comedy in the past. 

“When you think about auditioning for a comedy group, it seems intimidating, but it really isn't,” Nelluri said. “It is an experience that really grows your own personal skills and helps you to let go of a lot of stress.”

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