Written by Jeff Brone
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Topics: Barack Obama

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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President Obama today urged all Americans to refrain from forming any new improv comedy groups for at least ninety days.

The President stated "We Americans are a creative people, and I salute the American spirit and energy, but I swear, if I see one more twenty year old in a tee shirt playing 'freeze tag', I'm going to lose it."

He continued by saying that he has seen far too many improv groups in the past few years, and thinks he speaks for most Americans when he says "shut up and quit asking for suggestions of where a scene can take place."

A spokesperson for the White House remarked that he was at a jazz club a few weeks ago and there was a "house group" performing improv games and scenes. "What's that about? It's a jazz club, for God sakes." he remarked.

A member of the DC improv group "Hot Buttered Smart Cars" expressed concern at the curtailment of artistic expression and felt that, as an artist, it was his duty to speak out against such forms of censorship.

"We're playing some real groundbreaking games" he said and added "we do a long form improv piece, but in between we add games that have a shorter, more structured format but still deal with the same theme. How many groups do that?" He boasted that last week his group made almost seven dollars for a show.

The President expressed some softening of his request, adding "Look, I like improv as much as the next guy, maybe less since now I hate it, but even so there's less annoying creative things you can do. How about a nice pottery class?"

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