Divine Comedy performs after almost two-year hiatus

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It’s been almost two years since BYU’s student-run comedy group, Divine Comedy, has performed live. COVID-19 stopped performances in 2019 and this year’s cast is itching to finally show audiences what they’ve been working on.

“We’re super excited. This is the first show that Divine Comedy has been able to do for two years. We have a lot of great sketches,” Divine Comedy cast member Sarah Nelson said.

Divine Comedy was created by two BYU students in 1994 and has evolved throughout its almost two decades of existence. The group prides itself on giving audiences quality, clean comedy while fostering a spiritually strengthening environment.

The cast is close knit and they bond over their love for performing.

“The cast is like a family and we’re there for each other and we don’t just do Divine Comedy together. We’re friends which I think makes when we do do Divine Comedy together even better,” cast member Annie Ogden said.

This year’s cast has been working hard for the past month writing sketches, rehearsing and preparing to revamp the live shows. The show features several short sketches followed by a longer, headliner skit titled “Low-key Dating,” which parodies the Disney+ series “Loki.”

“It’s definitely a lot of work, but it’s fun work,” Nelson said.

The cast is excited to give audiences an escape from stress and to uplift them with their comedic talents, but this time in person.

“It’s like a relief from everything going on. It’s not a time when you have to be perfect or serious. You get to laugh and have fun and be in the moment and find that joy,” Ogden said.

So whether you’re looking for quality comedy or just something fun to do with family and friends, check out Divine Comedy’s upcoming show on Oct. 8 and 9. Tickets are available for purchase at byudivinecomedy.com.

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