History of Spontaneous Combustion.
Fall '95 - Brown freshman Rod Sanders enters
Rice University. He was a member of the high school version of ComedySportz
in Brownsville, Texas.
Fall '95 - Spring '96 - Sanders creates the
name Spontaneous Combustion, recruits initial members.
Fall '96 - Spontaneous Combustion performs its
Fall '97 - Trademark Black T-shirts unite humor and style.
Spring '97 - Spontaneous Combustion holds its
Spring '97 - Thresher writes up an article
on the newly performing club.
Spring '97 - First Owl Weekend Show. As described
by Laura Duke (Brown '98):
It was an amazing success. We were honestly shocked at how many people
came, and we were very well received. I don't remember it very clearly
- natural adrenaline high. So awesome.
Spring '99 - Spontaneous Combustion performs
its first off-campus show at the University of Houston. Show goes so well
that nobody talks about it ever again, nor do we venture off-campus again.
Adam Keith (Lovett '02) gives the full description.
Fall '00 - Eric Libby invents the term 'spegma
milkshake.' The world is never the same.
Fall '01 - Rice President, Malcolm Gillis, mentions
Spontaneous Combustion in his matriculation
Spring '01 - Spontaneous Combustion has its
first ever drunk practice. Murder chain was played with the location of
Erotic Disneyland, an occupation of a fluffer, and the murder weapon of
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Spring '02 - The Yale
Purple Crayons travel down to Houston and put on a combined show with
Spontaneous Combustion in Hamman Hall.
Fall '02 - Bringing together a capella and improv
comedy, Spontaneous Combustion performs its first combined show with the
We sang a capella, they did improv, and we joined it up at the end to
create the game of Radio--improvisational a capella (while raising $400
for a Houston soup kitchen). Filled up 500-seat Hamman Hall. Thresher
Spring '03 - Spontaneous Combustion goes on
the road, travelling up to battle Washington University in St. Louis'
Pot Roast in the style of ComedySportz.
We learned never to do a clean competitive format where you don't have
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