Schrodinger’s Cat is Augusta’s premiere improv comedy troupe. Our home is at Le Chat Noir in downtown Augusta, on the corner of 8th and Ellis.
What we do
We perform a variety of live improv comedy shows, most notably our flagship show, eXtreme Theatre Games. “Improv” is short for “improvised”, which means exactly what it says: none of what you see onstage is pre-planned (with the occasional exception of some opening bits). We take suggestions from the audience, throw those suggestions into a “game” (an improv format with specific rules, such as only being able to ask questions or trying to guess who an improviser is supposed to be), and our team of trained improvisers makes up the comedy on the spot. No two shows are ever alike; every time you attend an improv show, you are guaranteed an experience that will never be replicated again, ever.
What is improv?
Improvisational theatre is a form of collaborative performance where the performance is created on the spot, without a script. While improv is not necessarily always comedy, Schrodinger’s Cat specializes in improv comedy. We want you to laugh, but if you’re not laughing, we’ll call it drama.
Improv comes in a couple of forms: short form, which is played as a “game” with constrictions on how the improv is performed (such as the “Questions” game where all lines performed by the improvisers must be in the form of a question), and medium or long form, where character and storytelling take precedence over the structure of the improv itself.
Where does the name Schrodinger’s Cat come from?
“Schrödinger’s Cat” is a thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. The scenario presents a cat which may be simultaneously both alive and dead, a state known as a quantum superposition. The prevailing theory, called the Copenhagen interpretation, said that a quantum system remained in this superposition until it interacted with, or was observed by, the external world, at which time the superposition collapses into one or another of the possible definite states. Schrödinger suggested that, if this were true, a cat locked in a box whose life depended on the state of a radioactive atom, whether it had decayed and emitted radiation or not, by connecting a Geiger counter to a vial of poison gas. According to Schrödinger, the Copenhagen interpretation implies that the cat remains both alive and dead until the box is opened and observed. Schrödinger never meant to actually put an animal in harms way; he used this example to illustrate what he saw as the absurdity of the Copenhagen interpretation.
Improv comedy can be thought of as that cat in a box; we do not know if it is funny or not until it is observed. Until we are in front of an audience, our comedy is both funny and not funny at the same time. However, no studies have yet been done on the results of locking an improviser in a box with a vial of poison gas.