All about improv for Chi Alpha’s comedy night

Chi Alpha, a student ministry at UAA, holds a number of events every semester. Past and recurring events include a fall semester party, an annual retreat, a movie awards event and guys’ night and girls’ night. After a successful event last year, Chi Alpha has decided to repeat one of their favorites.

The comedy night will begin at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building’s Recital Hall, a different location from last year’s off-campus church. They hope to attract more students this year.

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Erin Pavek, a member of one of the teams this year and one of the leaders of Chi Alpha, called the comedy night similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The event was something that Pavek and her husband, Steve, did at their Chi Alpha at North Dakota State University before they moved to Alaska to plant UAA’s Chi Alpha.

“[Our events] are just to get to know students better and provide a place where students can come and have fun, meet people who love Jesus and love them, and build relationships. And just to provide maybe a safer but fun way to hang out with people,” Pavek said.

The event will consist of two teams of three: a red team and a blue team. The teams are made up of UAA students and Chi Alpha staff. The teams will compete against each other in a variety of games that the teams learned how to play prior to the night of the event. The games will be refereed and will have a scorekeeper as well. Audience participation is needed to keep the games lively.

Last year’s event had well over 100 attendees and this year, they hope to fill all 200 seats in the Recital Hall.

Part of last year’s team, recent UAA graduate and Chi Alpha member, Olivia Cluff, will participate again this year and hopes to help get her team, the blue team, to victory.

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“I love the feeling of family,” Cluff said. “It can be a really big event, but it can still feel like a family reunion, just being together.”

The night is open to the public and Cluff and Pavek both encourage inviting friends for a wholesome night of laughter.

“We’re just here to have fun and laugh together and to have good fun,” Cluff said. “Come ready to laugh.”

Chi Alpha meets weekly, every Thursday in Cuddy Hall at 8 p.m.