Night Lab: The Hellcat Hypothesis Improv

Our experiences shape how we view the world, including our scientific understanding of it. So what happened when two improv comedy troupes – one made up of self-proclaimed science nerds and scientists, and the other an all-female identifying group from Washington Improv Theater – interpret the same audience suggestions? A night of comedy!

LabX took our Night Lab program out into Washington, D.C. and hosted the event at Smith Public Trust, a favorite local hangout in the Brookland neighborhood. The science-themed improv battle royale featured local D.C. improv groups The Hypothesis and Hellcat.

We kicked off the program by having guests write down a fact or topic related to science. The Hellcat troupe went first and selected four topics from the crowd. They had twenty minutes to act out their interpretation of topics like String Theory and microrhizomes before it was The Hypothesis’ turn. The battle heated up as The Hypothesis took the stage and added their own science twist to the interpretation.

After both teams had battled it out it was time for the audience to vote for the winner. LabX director, Geoffrey Hunt, employed a systematic and precise method of gauging the level of audience applause and awarded The Hypothesis troupe with a piñata trophy.

The program was a fun and exciting experiment for LabX, and staff looks forward to holding more Night Lab programs at different neighborhoods in D.C. For more information on upcoming programs and event, join our mailing list!