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u'Design by Brooks Hassig/AS Publicity Center'

By Matt Crowley/The AS Review

On Thursday, the sketch comedy show “You Would!” will host a live premiere of its latest installment of laughs and live music. The event will take place at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) on Jan. 14 in Arntzen Hall 100 and is free of charge for anyone who would like to watch Western television station KVIK’s longest-running show live.

The 90-minute show will include live and prerecorded sketches as well as live music. The Dead Parrots Society, Western’s improvisational comedy group, will be making a guest appearance, along with a “special guest” who will join in during the “Western Dating Game.” According to “You Would!” Executive Producer Kyle Mitchell, the guest will be recognizable to students across campus.

“You Would!,” currently in its fourth year, is taped live once a quarter and encourages all students to be a part of its live studio audience. According to Mitchell, approximately 25 students are involved in “You Would!” each quarter. Open meetings are held weekly and allow students to contribute and collaborate on material for the show. The meetings are held at 8 p.m. on Sundays in Viking Union 714.

Mitchell says that he and other students involved in Western’s theatre arts program are actually “in the minority” when it comes to “You Would!.” Thanks to its open format, students from multiple programs and areas of study have contributed to the show’s content.

“For the students involved, [“You Would!”] is invaluable. We learn how to hold ourselves accountable,” Mitchell said, adding that other students also get a chance to see a possible future in sketch comedy.

“You Would!” is one of many shows broadcasted by KVIK, whose programming includes news, sports and entertainment. Students can watch “You Would!” and other KVIK shows on channel 16 in the dorms and anyone can watch on the Web via the KVIK Web site (kvik.as.wwu.edu).