NOUN improv carries on comedic legacy with three new members

Freshman Casey Wiltgen auditions for NOUN, an improv group, in front of a panel of judges on Thursday. NOUN held auditions in the process of searching for new talent. Photo by Will Phillips  |  The Appalachian
NOUN, Appalachian State University’s only improv comedy troupe, has big plans for the coming year. 

With the troupe’s annual show at Legends scheduled for Oct. 30, they’ve already jump-started the process by adding three new members to their lineup. The two-week open auditions attracted approximately 25 interested students of all majors to fill the spots left vacant by graduated members.

Senior political science major Alex James was one of the three accepted into the troupe, after not making it last year. James, who has held a lifelong affinity for improv comedy, first encountered NOUN at the Dirty South Improv Comedy Arts Festival in Carrboro, the largest comedy festival on the East Coast, where Appalachian was one of the only two college improv teams to perform and lead workshops.

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