Improv-a-ganza competition was started three years ago when former CVHS drama teacher Tom Wills passed away. The event was started as a way to raise money for a new scholarship called the Tom Wills Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship would be for aspiring theatre students graduating CVCHS.
Both Blake Anderson and Kyle Newacheck were former students of Tom Wills. Since graduating from Clayton Valley, Blake Anderson and Kyle Newacheck went on to co-create and are co-stars in Comedy Central’s TV show Workaholics. Now in its sixth season, Newacheck also directs most of the Workaholics episodes.
Blake and Kyler were contacted the first year of Improv-a-ganza to see if they would guest judge. When explained this would be a fundraiser for a Tom Wills Scholarship, they did not hesitate to sign up.
This past Improv-a-ganza was CVCHS third year. The format has not changed since the first year. Local high school improv teams come and compete head to head to see who is the best. The games are the familiar improvisational games played on “Whose Line Is It Anyway”. The judges consist of CV faculty, community members, and of course Clayton Valley’s own home grown guest celebrities, Blake and Kyle. This year’s event drew approximately 380 people!
The event was a crowd pleaser– an exceptional event, for an exceptional cause with exceptional talent. Who won? If you watch Whose Line is It Anyway, then you know , the points don’t matter. Well, San Ramon Valley High won.