Cumberland High alum starts comedy troupe

Cumberland High alum starts comedy troupe

CUMBERLAND - A Cumberland man has started a sketch comedy and improv troupe that performs monthly in town.

Rob Roy, who graduated from Cumberland High School in 2008, started the group, called Disproportionately Hostile, earlier this year.

A trained actor who has a bachelor's degree in theater performance and film studies from Rhode Island College, Roy said he was looking to focus more on comedy writing and sketches while he took a break from his routine of performing in five or six shows a year.

But because that process takes time, he decided to supplement the performance with improv.

He enlisted the help of six other actors who rehearse together weekly. They are Charissa Fillion of Lincoln, Kyle Boulay of Cranston, Sean Carufel of Barrington, John Knight of East Providence, Jason Morin of East Providence, and Samantha Gaus of Providence.

Each performance consists of equal parts scripted sketches and improvisational comedy situations, where performers rely on requests from audience members to create scenes.

And while Roy started the troupe for its sketches, he said audiences have been really enjoying the improv, a great response to what he thought would have been a weak point, he said.

"I think it's refreshing," Roy said. "It's something different. It's not just a play. You're getting something that could be anything by the time it hits the stage."

While shows are "pretty clean for the most part," Roy hesitates to call them "family-friendly," though he said the group is interested in exploring all-ages shows in the future.

Disproportionately Hostile puts on a show on the last Sunday of each month at the Knights of Columbus hall, 22 Broad St. The next show is Sunday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and there is a cash bar.

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