A British stand up comedian, musician and writer living in Nijmegen. See more at stevenmorgan.wales
Published July 23rd 2017
Making it up as they go along
For all that's said about scripted, pre-rehearsed comedy, there's something about improvisation that produces something that could never be written. Scenes which should never work on paper come alive on stage, partly because you know that it's being made up on the fly, and partly because the people on the stage are such skilled performers with sharp wits that their mouths are moving before their brains know what they're saying.
Every Wednesday night, ImproMafia host Double Shot Impro. An event that's most easily described as "a bit like Whose Line Is It Anyway?". The first half features the freshest new faces as they battle it out with Theatresports™-style games, songs and scenes. Then, in the second half, more experienced old hands challenge each other to amazing feats of improvised comedy as they vie to become King of the Impro Hill!
Anyone is welcome to perform in the first half, provided that they've got the Impro training which Impromafia also offer. Every now and again the first half is made up of graduates of their semi-regular classes as they show off their new found skills and chemistry they've built over the course of their training.
Each show features musical accompaniment from talented performers who know what it takes to perform with improvisers, changing the style and mood on a whim. Together they take the audience with them wherever their performances may have led to with the only limits being the imagination.
As you can expect with this sort of thing, the results are variable with some scenes landing and some not doing so well. When it comes together, it's a sheer delight, and you can tell it's not only the audience enjoying the experience. There's an inclusiveness in improvised comedy like no other, and Double Shot Impro brings it to Brisbane week after week.