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12 hours of laughs

By Brynne Ramella, communication senior

I've been told that it's a right of passage for a college student to pull an all-nighter at least once. I saved my first one for senior year and I honestly have no desire to see the world at 4:30 a.m. again. I didn't greet the rising sun to squeeze in extra studying. Let's be reasonable. The only thing that could (and did) keep me awake was a comedy marathon by Marquette's improv troupe, The Studio 013 Refugees.

The "Fugees," kicked off the fall semester with the annual 12-hour show that started at 6 p.m. That's right. 12 hours of nonstop comedy made up on the spot. Co-presidents of the group, Jena Wallander, Joe Donahue and Cassidy Wilson talk about the experience and about being members of the troupe.

What was your favorite part of the 12-hour show this year?

Wilson: I think that moment we had after the show was awesome. We were just laying on the stage talking.

Donahue: Well, Liz was sleep talking.

Wallander: That was glorious. I've never seen anything like it, and I don't think I ever will again.

How is performing this show different from other Fugees shows?

Donahue: The 12-hour show is a lot more laid back. If you see a friend in the audience, you can go sit with your friend for a scene. You don't get to be a part of the audience for any other show we do.

What's the biggest struggle of performing from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.?

Wallander: 3 a.m. is the longest hour. Even 4 a.m. is better than 3 a.m. I can't tell you why.

Donahue: It gets to be 3 a.m. and your legs are so tired that you hide in the bathroom for 15 minutes.

Wilson: I blame the devil since 3 a.m. is the witching hour.

That sounds rough!

Wallander: Everyone has a pretty good attitude about being there all 12 hours and being committed. I think it's a really important thing that we do. We don't do it to raise money for anything. We do it to be us for 12 hours.

What do you think the Fugees bring to the Marquette community?

Wilson: The Fugees bring a break to everyone. When we decide when to have our shows, we keep in mind what is going on in students' lives. We think about big days coming up. I think sometimes getting away and laughing at people doing funny, ridiculous stuff is really a cool thing. If you look at students' lives, it's stress through and through. People come up to me all the time and ask when is the next Fugees show. That makes me feel really good.

Wallander, Donahue and Wilson encourage Studio 013 Refugee alumni share their experiences as a Fugee. Send them a tweet @Fugee_Man or add Fugee Man on Facebook to share stories.


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