CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Many people like to hear a good joke, but some people like to make them. A few of those people are students in George Washington High School's improvisational comedy group, Batteries Not Included. The group started when Adam Jones, an English teacher and improv comedy instructor, came to the school.
"I have always been interested in comedy. I did improv in college," Jones said. "When I started working at the high school four years ago, I thought it would be cool to bring it to the high school.
"I started it my second year. It has helped me develop good relationships with my students. Teaching these kids helps me be less rigid and strict."
The group has a performance Dec. 14 in the school's auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. It's titled "Holiday of Doom: The Improvening!" Jones urges anyone who needs a laugh to come see it.
Admission is on a pay-what-you-can basis. Non-perishable food items for a local food drive are also accepted as an admission fee.
Jones said the group has a ritual of staying after school and eating pizza before performances. And regardless of how shows go, he's always pleased with them.
"If a performance does not go well, I am still swelled with excitement," he said. "I'm so proud of the students for getting in front of an audience and performing."
Batteries Not Included currently has 13 members. These talented comedians could not be happier that Jones created the group.