Cal Poly's most scrumptious, bestest, and only improv team since 1998!

News! Congrats to our noobs RJ C, Hue L, and Alex Z!

Fall Quarter 2023 Auditions!

Friday of week 1. Location and time TBA!

Open Workshops

Wednesdays on campus in 186-C101 (Construction Innovations Center) from 6-7PM
No experience required, all are welcome.

About Us

Founded in 1998, Smile & Nod is Cal Poly SLO's one and only improvised comedy team! We perform both Short and Long Form improv comedy for the San Luis Obispo community. Our team consists of 19 skilled improvisors who you are guaranteed to love! We have live shows every Saturday night in Philips Hall on Cal Poly campus. Hope to see you there!

So what's improv?

We make it all up on the spot!
No script, no expectations, no fear!
Smile and Nod will make you laugh!
SHORT FORM: Short Form is the style performed by Comedy Sportz and Whose Line is it Anyway? The quick and exciting action focuses on delivering the funny, and the head-to-head battle between Team Smile and Team Nod adds a competitive edge.LONG FORM: Long Form doesn't use games like Short Form, so it forces the players to create sets of scenes from nothing but audience suggestions. This is the style favored by professional improvisers like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and features longer scenes that leave more room for creativity.We do both!

Meet Our Team

We hold auditions for prospective members the first Friday of every quarter! All improv skill levels, and experience are welcome (including no experience at all!). We will teach you everything you need to know before the audition! Keep in mind that many of our current members auditioned multiple times before getting on team, so if you do not make it right away, keep trying! We want to see you coming back.** When: Friday, TBD Phillips Hall**There's time in the beginning for mingling, and then we move on to some warm-ups. The warm-ups are supposed to be fun, so participate as much as you can and get yourself in the improv mood.The audition process will begin with games such as Pan Left Pan Right, where improvisers take turns performing in two-person scenes. At any point, the referee can blow the whistle and make the improvisers “pan left” or “pan right” so see a different scene, and will go back to see those same scenes and how they progress. Usually, there is only time for two games, but sometimes we add a third!CallbacksWhen: Saturday, TBD (INVITE ONLY)The current team selects auditioners that they would like to see more of from the night before. The auditions again begin with some time for mingling and warm-ups, but the difference from the night before is that callbacks focus on Long Form.We will start with a few short exercises, then moving on to long form scenes with a mix of team members and auditions. Everything will be explained at the callback, so if you've never done Long Form before, don't worry!

Hire Us!

Smile and Nod is available to perform at all kinds of events both on and off campus. We’re a group of experienced entertainers who know how to make sure your guests have a great time. We’ve done shows at freshman dorms through IHC, company launch parties, and events run by Cal Poly’s clubs.
Smile and Nod also can provide a private workshop for your club, company, Greek Life, and more! Improv is a valuable life skill that everyone should learn, and a workshop can be a great bonding+teamwork building activity.If you’re interested in making sure your event is one to remember, or if you’re interested in learning how to think on your feet in a silly, fun environment, then fill out the form below to get in contact with us!


Q: Are You Having Shows?
A: Smile and Nod is back in person! Once classes start in the fall, we will be having shows every Saturday Night at 7 and 9pm.
Q: How Much Do Your Shows Cost?
A: $5 Cash.
Q: Which Team Members Will Perform Tonight?
A: Smile and Nod team members rotate throughout our shows! Chances are there will be at least one performer you like.
Q: Where Are The Shows?
A: All of our shows are in Phillips Hall (Located between the PAC ticket booth and Spanos Theatre).
Q: Are There Improv Shows Over Summer?
A: No, only Fall through Spring.
Q: Is This A Family-Friendly Show?
A: We rate ourselves as a PG-13 show (some adult language and themes), so bring your younger ones at your own risk!
Q: Can I Join Smile And Nod?
A: First of all, we love your moxie! Second of all, you must audition to join Smile and Nod. Auditions are the first Friday of every quarter!

Smile and Nod is committed to constantly learning about and encouraging diversity of all kinds. We accept all, regardless of age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexuality, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or ethnicity. We recognize that the key to a better future is one where all voices are heard, respected, and appreciated. Our key to comedy is equity and inclusion. Sincerely, Smile and Nod.*Smile and Nod stands in support and solidarity of BLM and BIPOC

SINCE 1998...
members of Smile and Nod have been making things up in exchange for laughs! All team members are also Cal Poly graduates, so you know they’re smart!
If you can help us expand our alumni records, please contact us at smileandnodcalpoly@gmail.comTravis CoxBrandon CunnaneLilly ConboyNikki MarivigliaTim ManionKolby HatchLeah Van der HeideLogan McGinleyBen PawlikNick CorcoresCam GurleyDalton VarvellHannah MoserTim GachotJack BoudreauZach LaxAustin KenwoodSasha SmolgovskyJacob CorsaroJeff CaldeiraAustin BarberZach HoffmanBri RodebaughHailey-Rae RoseKatryna FogelNick CarrellConnor SheehanMeghan HornbackerMadeleine SmythWylie HughsZoe FasslerGarrett LamoureuxBennett McKayJohn ChapmanPaul Levinson-MuthGrace TrottaChris Washburn/Gary WishboneJade SigmundAnna BubierBraden WickerRoss LevineRyan ClahanJack SpaldingMaxwell BanksFiona GleesonZella RothD’Angelo ReyesKeegan HuthJackie MoralesElliot PetersGrace BallardMax KennelIsabel HadleyMaya Sjoblom-PowellCherry Tsang

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@smileandnodcp on IG