For one night only, the Class of 2009 commandeered Richmond’s landmark movie palace for a night of gross exaggerations, over-simplifications and stereotypes.
Longtime faculty members remember when the show was performed live in the Egyptian Building, with lots of singing and dancing. That reckless spontaneity has gradually been replaced with scripted skits shot with handheld video cameras. But, at heart, the annual comedy show is faithful to its beginnings.
“Traditionally Take Offs is a way for M4s to spoof on their time at the med school and hospital,” said the Class of 2009’s stand-up comedian Kevin Lee, who directed some of this year’s installments along with classmates Mo Bajaj, Catherine Schuller, John Au and Brian Le. Brian, whose video for the Geriatrics Forum was a hit with the medical school in 2007, shouldered the lead director’s responsibilities and will soon make DVDs of the show available to classmates.
There’s really nothing like seeing your classmates projected larger than life on the screen at one of Richmond’s cultural icons. Especially when they’re poking fun at the faculty’s mutant powers, FCM interviewing techniques, bodily functions and each other.
Pre-taping the performances has opened the door for involving faculty members in the skits. This year’s cameos included surgical oncologist Brian Kaplan, M.D., associate dean for student affairs Chris Woleben, M.D, and student affairs’ Janet Mundie.