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19Nov/140

Improv Gig 42: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Friday 14th November 2014

Improv Gig : 42.
Date : Friday 14th November, 2014.
Company : Wow Impro (Facebook. Twitter)
Players : Rich Coad, Richard Baldwin, Lorcan Mullan, Matt Dibbens and Matt Fishwick.
Location : Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.
Start time : 7pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
The second anniversary show at the venue. The 25th On the Spot Comedy Improv show there. And my final performance as a regular Wow Impro member.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

GAME 1: "STORYTIME"
Featuring Everyone.
We told a story to the audience about minions kidnapping all the animals in a zoo. There was a man called Dave. He liked zoo animals. It was a fun story. The moral was that people are all the colours of the rainbow.

GAME 2: "A TO Z"
Featuring Coad and Fishwick.
Starting with the letter G, we told acted out a scene based on a comet. We were heading for the moon. How would we survive? By using X rays to destroy the moon. That’s how.

GAME 3: "LINES OF DIALOGUE"
Featuring Baldwin, Dibbens, Lorcan.
This game involved a trio of explorers going on an expedition to the North Pole head of a rival Norwegian party. At various points, the improvisers had to use (and justify) lines of dialogue written by the audience (that they had not seen until that moment when they read it out on stage).

GAME 4: "FREEZE TAG"
Featuring Everyone.
It's the old favourite: freeze tag. Fun.

GAME 5: "PAN LEFT"
Featuring 4 scenes going on within the game. A scene could be switched by Mr Coad saying “Pan Left.”

The scenes were:
Baldwin + Dibbens – Dibbo was hiding the fact that his wife was pregnant from Baldwin.
Dibbens + Lorcan – The over 50’s geriatric tango contestant (Dibbo) and his trainer (Lorcan).
Lorcan + Fishwick – There was a puppy. It might have had rabies. It was radioactive and made both Lorcan and Fishwick grow to gigantic proportions.
Fishwick + Baldwin – Happy at being numb from the dentist.

GAME 6: "INNER VOICE"
Featuring Baldwin (with Lorcan as thoughts), Dibbens (with Coad as thoughts).
Two pilots are struggling to control a plane from crashing, trying to maintain an air of calm and tell the other they are in complete control, but their inner thoughts tell a completely different story.

GAME 7: "FILM / TV STYLES"
Featuring Coad and Fishwick.
In an off licence, a customer (Fishwick) gets asked for ID by the shop assistant (Coad). Various styles were employed during the scene, including Thriller, Western, Sci Fi, Romance, Ballet, and Cartoon.

GAME 8: "LOCATION OCCUPATION WEAPON"
Featuring Coad miming to Dibbens.
Dibbens miming to Lorcan.
Lorcan miming to Baldwin.
Baldwin miming to Fishwick.

The location was a boat (though everyone from Dibbens onwards thought it was a funky disco).
Occupation was a hairdresser.
Weapon was a bee (though this morphed into some sort of demon possessed hand by the end).

Second Half

GAME 9: "ACTION REPLAY"
Featuring Coad, Dibbens and Fishwick.
Two men (Dibbens and Fishwick) are waiting in a hospital A&E. One man’s wrist is spurting blood. Luckily the tea seller also happens to be a doctor, but accidentally gets blood in his eye and dies. We replayed this at triple speed. half speed, in 2 seconds, and as Riverdance. My favourite game of the night that I was in, because I had a great time miming the spurting blood, which at one point sounded like fire works. (Ok, sound effects aren’t exactly mime, but I don’t care.)

GAME 10: "2 HEADED LECTURE"
Featuring Baldwin and Lorcan.
Speaking one word each at a time, Baldwin and Lorcan were an expert on Transformers that could turn in to mice.

GAME 11: "FACEBOOK STATUS"
Featuring Everyone.
During the interval, the audience wrote down various Facebook statuses that they had seen, and the improvisers used these as a basis for several short scenes.

GAME 12: "SHOULD HAVE SUNG"
Featuring Baldwin and Coad with Dibbens on the guitar.
A pair of factory workers in a Taiwan Toy Factory lament about life on the production line. Acertain points, Dibbens would call for a song from each character.

GAME 13: "ONE LINE ONLY"
Featuring Lorcan, Dibbens and Fishwick
A son (Lorcan) is disappointed that he did not get the desired potato peeler as a Christmas present and confronts his mother (Dibbens) and father (Fishwick) about it. Both Dibbens and Fishwick can only say one line of dialogue each. “Feeling Emotional” (Dibbens) and “All I can say is I want my own pug” intoning it in different ways for various effects.

GAME 14: "BEND SIT STAND"
Featuring Baldwin, Lorcan, and Fishwick
Two people (Baldwin and Lorcan) argue about making a snooker shot when a referee (Fishwick) comes along to solve their dispute. In Leicester. Because he is on holiday and had nowhere else to go.

GAME 15: "ACCENTS"
Featuring Coad and Dibbens.
This scene was about 2 twins graduating at the same time and always having one copy the other. Various accents were used, such as Geordie, Liverpool, Southern Yeti, Klingon and American.

GAME 16: "PARTY QUIRKS"
Featuring Fishwick as the host of the party.
Guests included:
Baldwin, who was bidding things on ebay. (I was told this in the pub afterwards. I thought it was bidup.tv).
Lorcan as various styles of coffee
Coad as a judge.
Dibbens as a circus contortionist.
This game was a lot of fun. I got to guess. After the show they told me I was never to guess again, as it took too long.

Post Gig Thoughts:
That's it.
42 shows done.
My final show in the UK before I move to Australia in the New Year.
I had a great time with the gang in the show this month, after it has been a fair few months since I was onstage with them earlier in the year, back in May.

A year or so after starting my training in Manchester (in order to try and build my confidence since I was applying to Australia), I found myself wanting to do improv more than once a week. I moved jobs and found myself working in the Midlands again, so I figured that I would look around to see if there was any improv I could do in an evening so I wouldn’t be stuck in a Travelodge every night. I searched online and found Wow Impro. It was 40 miles away from where I was staying and took place on a Monday, which would mean that I would be driving over 180 miles in a day that started at 4am when I left Wigan and wouldn’t end until after 10pm when I returned to Bromsgrove. I figured I would try it a few times, and if I didn’t like it I could go back to going to bed early. So in January 2012, I headed off to Bedworth.

And it was excellent. Rich, Sarah, Dibbo, Baldwin, Liam, Gwyn, James, Ben, Syd, Tom and everyone else I met over my time there made me feel really welcome and really part of it. And soon Bedworth was a regular weekly thing. I’d get to work at 7am and used to look forward all day to going doing some improv with great people. And then in February 2012, I got asked to do a show with them. In front of a paying audience. It was my first pro gig. Woo! Big, scary, but I did it and stood up in front of people armed with nothing but a suggestion. They all made me look good, and have done so in every other gig we’ve done together (and I’ve done my best to make them look good too, despite my lacking ability).

Over the next 3 years, right up until last Friday, I performed with them a total of 29 times (out of a total of 42 shows):

wow impro gig history

When I first started improv, I never dreamed I would make so many friends and have so much fun doing this. The gang at Wow are my Improv family and I’ll miss them terribly. I’ve no idea what my future in Australia holds, but thanks to the skills I’ve learnt via improv I think I’m better equipped to handle it. If I only find people half as welcoming as these Wow Impro folks when I try and explore improv in Melbourne, then I’ll consider myself extremely lucky. As Dibbo said in one of the scenes from the gig: “Feeling Emotional.”

I even got a card from a regular audience family:

2014-11-14 Bon Voyage

Thanks Shipley family.

And the rest of the performers signed a set list for me:

2014-11-14 Signed Set List

2014-11-14 Act 1

2014-11-14 Act 2

Amazing.

Thanks Wow Impro, I’ve loved every second of my time with you and consider you all my best friends:

Courtesy  of Pete Chambers (https://www.facebook.com/pete.chambers.90)

Courtesy of Pete Chambers (https://www.facebook.com/pete.chambers.90)

I’m looking forward to coming back to guest with you.

All that remains is to say a Big thanks to Steven and the entire Esquires Coffee House team for having us.

Be sure to join the Wow Impro crew for their next show at Esquires Coffee House in Coventry on Friday 12th December 2014 at 7pm. It’s a Christmas Show!

This is Matt, signing off from improv write ups. (Perhaps for now, perhaps for good.)

Thank you.

Matt Fishwick:
Wow Impro Improviser
(Monday 12th March 2012 to Friday 14th November, 2014).

Laughter.
Learning.
Life.
IMPROV.

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14May/140

Improv Gig 40: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Friday 9th May 2014

Improv Gig : 40.
Date : Friday 9th May, 2014.
Company : Wow Impro (Facebook. Twitter)
Players : Rich Coad, Richard Baldwin, Sarah Coad, Lorcan Mullan, Lyndi Smith, Matt Dibbens and Matt Fishwick.
Location : Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.
Start time : 7pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
Much like last time, this will be a straight forward gig without any competition elements.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

GAME 1: "ALPHABET STORY"
Featuring Everyone.
We told the audience a story a few sentences at a time. With each improviser starting their part wit hthe next letter of the alphabet. We started on the letter L and the suggestion was Beach Lilos has become extinct two weeks prior and Lauren wanted to go to the beach on a hot day. I had a great time doing this game and it I hope we do more of these in the future.

GAME 2: "GENRE TAXI"
Featuring Fishwick, Sarah, Baldwin, Dibbens.
In a twist on emotional taxi, this time we did it with film and TV genres which I think worked really well.
I drove the taxi in the style of a British Soap Opera.
Sarah was the first passenger, in the style of a cops and robbers show.
Baldwin was the second passenger, in the style of film noir.
Dibbens was the last passenger in the style of a shopping channel.

GAME 3: "TRANSLATOR TV INTERVIEW"
Featuring Baldwin, Lyndi, Lorcan.
Lorcan was interviewing an expert in Squid ink (Lyndi) aided by an interpreter (Baldwin). The expert had invented the microwave. At least I think that's what the suggestion was, I can't really remember. It was a hilarious game, though.

GAME 4: "FREEZE TAG"
Featuring Everyone.
It's the old favourite: freeze tag. Or hugging Baldwin, as the game of the scene became. Fun.

GAME 5: "SPORTS COMMENTATORS"
Featuring Baldwin, Lorcan as the commentators with Coad and Sarah as the contestants.
Coad and Sarah played a couple who were setting up an electric blanket on their bed while American commentators were overly enthusiastic about the whole thing. A fun game.

GAME 6: "SONG TITLES"
Featuring Coad, Dibbens and Fishwick.
The suggestion was toilet. A scene where brothers (Dibbens and Fishwick) were annoyed with the habits of their father (Coad) especially since one of their girlfriends was coming over for tea. Coad could only talk in song titles which were provided on slips of paper by the audience before the show started (and were unseen by performers until the game started.) Fun.

GAME 7: "SCENERY"
Featuring Coad, Lyndi with Sarah as the scenery.
A couple (Coad and Lyndi) were shopping in a supermarket, where Sarah performed every object that they encountered. A fun physical game.

GAME 8: "PARTY QUIRKS"
Featuring Sarah as the host of the party.
Guests included:
Baldwin, whose knee swelled when it came into contact with an elephant. (I think).
Lyndi as a reporter. (I think. Apologies if I got this wrong.)
Coad and Fishwick as Barbie and Ken.
Dibbens as a man that thought he was an elephant.
Lorcan as Hulk Hogan.
This game was a lot of fun. At least that bitch, Sindy didn't turn up.

Second Half

GAME 9: "TIMEWARP"
Featuring Coad, Lyndi and Sarah.
And old woman (Lyndi) came to see a vet (Sarah) and her assistant (Coad) to get her cat better. This scene was replayed in in the distant future and in Neanderthal era. Good fun.

GAME 10: "1, 3, 5"
Featuring Fishwick (1), Baldwin (3), and Lorcan (5).
Each person could only speak in sentences of one word, three words or five words. The suggestion was Strawberry. Baldwin and Lorcan were at a sporting event where they tried to buy items from a cart vendor (Fishwick). I. had. fun. at. this. game.

GAME 11: "SUPERHEROES"
Featuring Baldwin as Mattman, with his superhero chums Lorcan (?), Fishwick (failure at keepy uppy man) and Dibbens (low key opera singing man).
The crisis was that all the bath towels had been destroyed which meant Mattman couldn't dry himself after a shower. The problem was eventually solved by opera singing man who could sing at people, and the displacement of air would air dry the person in front of him. I enjoyed this game. Apologies to Lorcan for not remembering what his superhero power was.

GAME 12: "LITTLE VOICE"
Featuring Coad, and Sarah. Cameos by everyone else.
A stately home's gardener (Coad) had a conversation with a rock (voiced by Sarah). Everyone had a cameo as voices of the rockery as they were members of Sarah's family.

GAME 13: "LINES OF DIALOGUE"
Featuring Baldwin, Dibbens and Fishwick.
A sock thief with foot odour (Baldwin) tried to hide the fact that he was almost half a centimentre taller thanks to stealing the socks of his barefooted room mate (Fishwick). The local police (Dibbens) arrived, but didn't really help. Loved doing this game, especially the fact that I spent ages undoing all the locks on the door to let the copper in.

GAME 14: "DUBBING"
Featuring Sarah and Lyndi mimed a scene while their voices were dubbed in by Coad and Dibbens.
I can't remember what this scene was about, but I remember laughing. (Sorry.)

GAME 15: "ACCENTS"
Featuring Coad, Lorcan and Lyndi.
I can't remember what this scene was about, but I remember laughing. (Sorry.)

GAME 16: "GUESS THE JOB"
Featuring Coad as the person who has the new job. With Baldwin and everyone else providing clues.
Coad's new job was that he worked in a call centre in the Eiffel Tower taking calls from bats while wearing a girdle at exactly 12.01 inthe afternoon.

Post Gig Thoughts:
That's 40 shows done. Had a great time with the gang in the show this month. I felt this is the best show that I've been involved in this year. I think that 7 is a great number for the show, as it keeps the energy up and allows for various performer combinations. Due to holidays and such, I've got a couple of months off from the show, but I look forward to being back in the line up for either August or September show.

Big thanks to Steven and the entire Esquires Coffee House team for having us. Be sure to join the Wow Impro crew for their next show at Esquires Coffee House in Coventry on Friday 11th June 2014 at 7pm.

If you fancy a go at this improvisational lark yourself, the next public workshop is on Wed 28th May 2014 in Coventry at Theatre Absolute (Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW). 7:30pm to 9:30pm. £4. Ages 18+. Hope to see you there!

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20Nov/130

Beware The Gnomes Present Improv Night (featuring an Improv Jam!)

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This Saturday, November 23rd 2013 (Doors 7pm), the Manchester improv group Beware The Gnomes present a night of improvised comedy.

All made up on the spot in front of your very eyes (and other body parts).

In the first half, the Gnomes will be doing some LONG FORM improv. (Featuring the talents of Adam, Ash, Judgement Dave and Matt.) The format will be an Armando, with monologues coming from Ste Price, Lee Moore and Sally Jones. An Armando involves the monologist doing a truthful monologue based upon the audience suggestion. Following this 2-3 minute monologue, the improvisers perform improvised scenes based upon the monologue.

In the second half, there's going to be an IMPROV JAM!
What does that mean? Well, you the audience get to be involved. (If you want.) Just throw your name in the hat. Done lots of improv? Cool, throw your name in. Never done it before, but want to give improv a go? Super. Throw your name in, too. Everybody's welcome. We'll pick names from the hat and it'll be your turn on stage, getting to do some SHORT FORM improv. (We'll be picking games from a separate hat.) Get us, TWO HATS!

So come along, bring your friends, family, and fellow improvisers.

See some long form, and get some stage time in yourself.

Not quite convinced? Did we mention that this is FREE ENTRY. Well it is. Laughter guaranteed! (Or your entry fee back!)

THIS SHOW WILL NOT BE FAMILY FRIENDLY.

Venue: Upstairs at The Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA.

Doors at 7pm. Show Starts at 7.30pm.

Check out the Facebook event.

Or the non Facebook info here.

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