Central Michigan Life – “On the Spot” student improv game show

Growing up, Tyler Isanhart watched and laughed with “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”, an improvised comedy game show.

Now he’s laughing with his own improvised game show, “On the Spot.”

“I’ve been improv for so long,” said senior co-producer Tyler Isanhart. “I never thought we could bring it to the TV channel.”

In the episodic show, actors play games that create guidelines to follow when improvising scenes on location. In the pilot episode, the actors played several games including one titled “Tom Holland”.

“You get a celebrity’s name and then you do a pun based on the celebrity’s name,” senior co-producer Michelle Powers said.

Isanhart, a broadcasting and film arts major, believes her show “On the Spot” is something the BCA curriculum has been missing.

“It’s good to see comedy there now,” he said. “People want to learn acting and create that improv community that we miss at BCA.”

Student producers must complete BCA 440 and have two semesters of production experience before they can present a show through Moore Hall Television (MHTV). Isanhart was told he needed a co-producer because he didn’t qualify. Powers was the first person that came to mind.

“There was no one I thought was better than Michelle,” Isanhart said. “When it comes to technical TV stuff, she’s hands down a godsend. She’s one of the smartest, most dependable, dependable people I can count on.

However, this is not their first collaboration. Isanhart and Powers are involved with Hypothetical Fistfight and Trap Door, two freelance improv groups on campus.

The two share many responsibilities for “On the Spot,” including recording, performing, directing and editing. Powers made the first recording of the show.

“I thought it was hilarious,” she said. “I was in the control room cracking my helmet.”

The first episode of “On the Spot” premiered on February 19 and is available on Vimeo. New episodes of “On the Spot” air Saturdays at 8 p.m. on MHTV followed by reruns of the show.

“We just want this little hangout where you (and your friends) can all get together at eight o’clock at night, watch a fun show and have a laugh,” Isanhart said. “That’s all we really want to do is just make people laugh and have a good night’s sleep.”

“On the Spot” has an open cast and welcomes students from all walks of life.

“You don’t need to have a comedy or a BCA or technical training or improvisation (experience) or anything,” Isanhart said. “That’s why we’re here, to teach you this stuff.”

“It’s an amazing way to get hands-on experience in an industrial-grade studio,” Powers added.

To learn more about joining or supporting the group, contact the creators at Instagram.