Drexel University’s Professor Michael Yudell and his academic friends team up with some of Philly’s best improvisers to create a full hour of hiliarious improv comedy inspired by real stories from history and science. Professor Yudell and his friends will exploit every ounce of their tenure to lecture on a wide variety of topics and the “students” will warp each lecture into outrageous scenes on the spot! Don’t be late to Study Hall!
Study Hall on July 1st features lectures from Professor Michael Yudell and Lali Gill!
Lali Gill is a member of PHIT Comedy Improv House Team Channel 77, indie team Daddy Bulldog, and was a cast member in the short-run show Stay Dead!! An Improvised Horror Comedy (directed by Mike Marbach) in the fall of 2015, and she has performed in PHIT’s monthly Diversity Night as a member of team American Express. She has traveled to perform in New York City (The PIT), Richmond, VA (Coalition Theater) and Baltimore, MD (Charm City Comedy Project).
Lali studied at PHIT Comedy under Caitlin Weigel, Jessica Snow, and Kristen Schier, and has had the pleasure of working with directors Corin Wells and Steve Kleinedler via Channel 77 and Daddy Bulldog. When she is not (likely making weird noises) on stage, Lali genetically engineers things and talks about science whether those around her like it or not.
Lali will be with sharing with Study Hall some of her favorite stories from the history of biology and anatomy research, as well as some of her own experiences in genetics research. These are topics she has written about and studied closely for exams, but she has never discussed them before in a lecture format. Although she is an improviser, she is not actively preparing this lecture through that lens. She said, “I want to present as neutrally as I can and allow the cast to be creative with it in their way, but to be honest I’ll probably end up being goofy about it in the moment. Some real silly things have happened in the history of science and I find them funny.”
Lali shared that she is excited to lecture on Study Hall because she loves when she is able to merge her love of science with her love of comedy. She said, “Sometimes it feels like science/the history of science are treated as very serious things, and I’m glad to be a part of something that makes them more relatable. Also I think processing science through comedy or art in any format makes it easier to understand, and I’m all about the esoteric/technical world of scientific research becoming less esoteric/technical!”
Study Hall is made up of David Donnella, Frank Farrell, Stacie Lyons, Melinda Messina, Robert O’Neill, Molly Scullion, Jacob Todd, Aaron Unice, and Caitlin Weigel and is directed by Mike Marbach.
Study Hall is Saturday at 7:30pm! Get your tickets here!