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10Dec/140

Wow Impro: The Christmas Sho!

My pals at Wow Impro are continuing to make stuff up. Without me! The cheek! :)

It's their Christmas show this week. So come on down to Esquires Coffee House in Coventry this Friday. The 12th of December 2014.

Start your weekend right with a double shot of improv goodness with your comedy baristas: Wow Impro!

FREE show. Show starts at 7pm, finishes at 9pm. Completely family friendly.

Get along and take your friends!

It'll be great!

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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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12Nov/140

My FAREWELL UK Improv Show This Friday In Coventry

That's right, kids. This week, I'm back in the Midlands for another improv gig with Wow Impro.

Ahead of my move to Australia in the New Year (gulp), I'll be performing ONE LAST TIME with the Wow Impro crew. This is a Friday night 2 hour show at Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.

In addition to being my LAST SHOW (do you think I'm selling this angle too much?), we have another reason to celebrate. It's Wow Impro's 2ND ANNIVERSARY at Esquires Coffee House. (Check out my write up of the very first show here.)

I joined Wow Impro in March 2012, doing my first ever pro gig with them. Now, I'll be departing after 29 shows with the group, and 42 shows overall. (Well, 42 is the answer to everything.)

So come on down to Esquires this Friday. The 14th of November 2014.

Start your weekend right with a double shot of improv goodness with your comedy baristas:

Rich Coad,
Matthew Dibbens,
Richard Baldwin,
Lorcan Mullan,
Matt Fishwick.

FREE show. Show starts at 7pm, finishes at 9pm. Completely family friendly.

Come along and bring your friends!

It'll be great!

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17Sep/140

Improv Gig 41: Impromp2 – 2prov – Wednesday 10th September 2014

Improv Gig : 41.
Date : Wednesday 10th September, 2014.
Company : Impromp2
Duos : Claire Corfield & Matt Vaughn-Wilson / Kit Murdock & Aaron Twitchen / Neil Jackson & John Robinson / Lorcan Mullan & Matt Fishwick / Lee Dempsey & Wanda Keenan.
Location : Cherry Reds, 88-90 John Bright Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B1 1BN.
Start time : 7.30pm.
Duration : 2 hours.

Show Format:
This evening differed from my usual improv shows because it was the first time that I had performed longform improv as part of a duo. Each duo would get 10-15 minutes to improvise scenes based off an audience suggestion.

The Gig Itself:

First Half

DUO 1: Claire Corfield & Matt Vaughn-Wilson
Suggestion: I want to say Needle. So, needle.
Featuring violent knitters and broken legs, a schoolboy / teacher liason and a French spy falling in love with the British way of life during World War 2.

DUO 2: Kit Murdock & Aaron Twitchen
Suggestion: Honey
Featuring an obese woman and the man that loved her. A young girl obsessed with Cliff Richard and his religious songs and that father that was wary of him. And a boy who didn't know his name or address.

DUO 3: Neil Jackson & John Robinson
Suggestion: Can't remember what the suggestion was, but the number was 74.
Featuring a Scottish / Welsh border dweller applying for his English Citizenship, skipping back 74 months into the past with each new scene so that it was revealed how he met and then killed his wife, how his wife had a knife fetish and how Jurassic Park inspired the whole thing.

Second Half

DUO 4: Lorcan Mullan & Matt Fishwick
Suggestion: Brecon Beacons
Featuring a home in a remote location, and a father imparting wisdom to his son, about how he learnt to heal himself from bullet wounds with the power of his mind. The reason why he thought the power of the mind worked. And how he ended up being paid to get a mortgage.

DUO 5: Wanda Keenan & Lee Dempsey
Suggestion: Chrysanthemum
Featuring overly creative funeral flower arrangers. Flirting uppercrust horse riders. A song. And inappropriate comforting at a funeral.

Post Gig Thoughts:
This was the first time that I had been to Cherry Reds (performing or other otherwise.) It's a nice space. The evening flew by and I enjoyed all the acts. I really enjoyed doing longform, and it is definitely something that I'd like to do more of when I get to Australia. There are quite a few improv groups out there, and one of them does longform classes, so that's something I'll be looking into because I'd to get better at it and do more shows. I'm also going to be looking to do more regular improv classes when I get over there. And maybe look into taking an acting class or two as well.

Thanks to the Kit for inviting us, the participants for giving us an entertaining show and to the audience for turning up and laughing.

See you all at my next show.

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10Sep/140

Tonight! Birmingham! Improv!

It's tonight.

A free night of some of the finest improv duos making stuff up from your suggestions.

I'm back on the stage with the very talented Lorcan Mullan performing 2prov (aka 2 person improv) as part of the Impromp2 event being held at Cherry Reds in Birmingham next Wednesday, September 10th 2014. The show starts at 7pm, and it's free. So get your laughing gear down there, to see various duos taking to the stage and making stuff up on the spot in a longform extravaganza.

See the Facebook event for more.

Who: Lorcan Mullan & Matt Fishwick. (Other Duos include Claire Corfield & Matt Vaughn-Wilson / Kit Murdock & Aaron Twitchen / Lee Dempsey & Wanda Keenan / Neil Jackson & John Robinson)
What: 2prov (aka 2 person improv teams)
Where: Cherry Reds, 88-90 John Bright Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B1 1BN.
Why: To make you laugh and cry.
When: Wednesday September 10th 2014. 7.30pm start (Doors 7pm).
How (Much): For you, FREE, you cheeky scamp!

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3Sep/140

Upcoming Improv Gig Alert! (September 2014 Edition)

It's been a bit quiet on the improv front these past few months (my last show was in May).

But fear not, because I'm back on the stage with the very talented Rich Coad performing 2prov (aka 2 person improv) as part of the Impromp2 event being held at Cherry Reds in Birmingham next Wednesday, September 10th 2014. The show starts at 7pm, and it's free. So get your laughing gear down there, to see various duos taking to the stage and making stuff up on the spot in a longform extravaganza.

See the Facebook event for more.

Who: Rich Coad & Matt Fishwick. (Other Duos include Claire Corfield & Matt Vaughn-Wilson / Kit Murdock & Aaron Twitchen / Lee Dempsey & Wanda Keenan)
What: 2prov (aka 2 person improv teams)
Where: Cherry Reds, 88-90 John Bright Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B1 1BN.
Why: To make you laugh and cry.
When: Wednesday September 10th 2014. 7pm start (Doors 6:30pm).
How (Much): For you, FREE, you cheeky scamp!

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11Jun/140

Upcoming Improv Gig: Wow Impro – On The Spot Comedy Improv – Friday 13th June 2014

This week, the Wow Impro crew is back on the scene in Coventry to entertain you. And with me not performing this month, entertainment is guaranteed!

This is a Friday night 2 hour show at Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.

EsquiresPic

So come on down to Esquires on Friday 13th June 2014.

Start your weekend right with a double shot of improv goodness with your comedy baristas:

Rich Coad,
Sarah Coad,
Richard Baldwin,
Lorcan Mullan.

FREE show. Show starts at 7pm, finishes at 9pm. Completely family friendly.

Come along and bring your friends!

It'll be great!

Facebook event.

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21May/142

Once Upon A Hoopla Weekend

I've been in London this past weekend for a weekend improv class with Hoopla Impro at the Rag Factory. I also got to see some amazing improv shows at the Miller pub from The Science Of Living Things and The Maydays.

I did the Narrative Storytelling Course. It was amazing. Big thanks to Hoopla Steve for running it.

The basic narrative structure goes as follows:

Once Upon a Time...
Every day...
Until One day...
And because of that...
And because of that...
And because of that...
And because of that...
Until finally...
And ever since then...

It was great doing improv scenes following one character all through their story.

Hopefully this is going to inform my writing, too.

If you get the chance to go to London, I urge you to take a Hoopla course. You'll learn so much and meet some great improvisers in class, too (including people from Shark Door and Joystick.)

Thanks to Hoopla Steve and my classmates: Martin, Juwel, Richard, Paul, Meshanth, Emily, Kate, Hassaan, Charlie, David, Divina and Stephen. It was great to meet you all, and hopefully we'll get to improvise together again soon.

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7May/140

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

This week, I'm back in the Midlands for another improv gig with Wow Impro.

This is a Friday night 2 hour show at Esquires Coffee House, Coventry Transport Museum, CV1 1JD Coventry, United Kingdom.

EsquiresPic

So come on down to Esquires on Friday 9th May 2014.

Start your weekend right with a double shot of improv goodness with your comedy baristas:

Rich Coad,
Sarah Coad,
Matt Dibbens,
Richard Baldwin,
Lorcan Mullan,
Lyndi Smith,
Matt Fishwick.

FREE show. Show starts at 7pm, finishes at 9pm. Completely family friendly.

Come along and bring your friends!

It'll be great!

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1May/140

A Year Of Confidence With Improv 4

On 1st of May 2010 I did my first ever improv class in Manchester UK. On each anniversary, I have looked back at the changes that have happened to me (including fur where there wasn't fur before!) since I began that journey as an overweight 20 something into an even more overweight 30-something year old.

You can see the first, second, and third entries in the series by clicking on the appropriate links.

So what have I achieved in the past year since I wrote the third entry in the series?

  • I've been paid money by the BBC and my jokes have been featured on the radio a further 2 times on Newsjack.
  • I've had a sketch on another podcast, Kirrin Island Episode 5.
  • I had two sketches on the 4am Cab podcast.
  • I had a sketch recorded, but cut for time from the first series of The Show What You Wrote.
  • I've written and sent off submission packets to the third series of 4am Cab and the second series of The Show What You Wrote.
  • I've continued to perform improv shows, unleashing myself on the audience with the good folks of Wow Impro.
  • Performed several times with Beware The Gnomes culminating in our first solo show.
  • Performed twice with CSz Sunday League and had a lot of fun doing so.

Of course, over the year there have been a few knocks to my confidence. After doing the 2 CSzSL shows I had the desire to do a longform improv show. After asking around, I set one up with the Gnomes (no CSz UK related options were available to me) and was then promptly fired by facebook message by the CSz UK boss. The next time we were in a room together, the boss ignored me and wouldn't talk to me face to face. I can honestly say that, after being a loyal fan and workshopper for 3+ years, being given the passive aggressive silent treatment really hurt and upset me a lot and was a huge knock to my confidence. It even took the shine of doing improv for a while, but thanks to the Gnomes and the good folk of Wow Impro it wasn't long before I was enjoying it again. It's a real shame this whole mess with CSz UK happened, as I very much enjoyed learning from, and working with, all of them. It's a shame I don't get to see them, or have much contact with them, any more. It isn't how I wanted to end my association with them. I guess I just wanted to talk to the boss face to face to get some closure. Maybe it'll happen one day. Who knows? In December, I realised that I can't change what happened and I have to look forward to the future. So I'm not going to worry about it. I'm enjoying improv, and that's all that matters.

I'm looking forward to doing more improv shows over the next year. Come and see me in my next show with Wow Impro in Coventry on May 9th. 7pm to 9pm. Doors 6.30pm. Improv Comedy For All Ages. It's FREE. Take your Granny. She'll resent you if you don't (and you'll probably be out of the will). Can you afford to risk it?

In other news, due to other interests and commitments within the group, Beware The Gnomes ended (or went on extended hiatus) in late March. It's a shame. Maybe we'll reform in the future. Never say never. They're all super people and I look forward to working with them all again soon.

I've been working on sketch writing but I still have a long way to go. Even though I've got 6 credits on the radio, they are for one-liners and I would love to get a credit for a sketch, as the producers have said that they are looking for sketch writers and if I am to ever be invited in to the Newsjack offices for a Tuesday writing session I'm going to have to get better at topical sketches. At least there is now the non topical The Show What You Wrote open door policy show. Hopefully that's another way to advance at the BBC. But I've got to come up with a few ideas for radio, sitcom, films and a novel or two, and now that the weekly deadline for Newsjack is over, I'll be dedicating more time to that and then I can get my work out there and get signed to a multi-million-dollar development deal or possibly just get rejection letters.

I should also do NaNoWriMo again this year. It was always fun, I'll just have to get the plot ready first.

So here's to another year of hard work and we'll see what I accomplish by May 1st 2015.

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