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Practicing With...Encyclopedia Moronica

Practicing With...Encyclopedia Moronica

If the Guinness Book of World Records ever starts a category for “Most Unique Improv Format” – and they should, in a raised font on page 1 – Encyclopedia Moronica should take the honors.

It works like this: One Moronican takes the stage as something of a professorial or authoritative type (formerly, they always used the character of an actual history professor, but have relaxed this rule a bit) who comes on stage with a history book, and asks the audience for a page number.

Whatever historical subject matter that is on the chosen page represents the theme of their show, and the authority figure who started the proceedings will start pontificating about it. The rest of the troupe, sitting in the audience, will pelt him with questions, comments, and wisecracks for a couple minutes, before joining him or her onstage where the show begins in earnest.