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New Record: 3 People at This Performing Arts Show Know None of the Performers


Photo by Ekabhishek / CC0

In an amazing turn of events, Penn's premier postmodern co-ed sketch improv drama orchestral ensemble, PennEMOTE, broke a school record during its fall show last weekend. Security staff at the Iron Gate Theater confirmed that three attendees of the show were neither friends nor family members of any of the show's participants.

Johannes Voshkal (C '15), Alex Huang (W '15), and Mira Douglas (C '15) attended the Saturday matinee show. Although they entered 20 minutes late and were asked to exit the theater during intermission due to disruptive drunkenness, Voshkal, Huang, and Douglas were present for over 35 minutes of PennEMOTE's three-hour performance. 

Collectively, this added up to over an hour and 30 minutes of non-affiliated viewing time. Although they were alumni who had been members of PennEMOTE when, in Voshkal's words, "it was actually good," the three audience members still met the criteria of not knowing any performer. Their presence shattered Flask and Pig's previous record of 45 minutes, which was set in 2013 when a tour group of 15 spent three minutes at the Spring Comedy Free Show.