A British stand up comedian, musician and writer living in Nijmegen. See more at stevenmorgan.wales
I Am The Lord Of The Thrones Settee
Sometimes when coming up with new ideas, it can be hard to decide what theme to base your show on. Using existing franchises can help, you've already got the goodwill of an existing canon of work. What if you're not sure that's enough though? What if you have concerns that there aren't enough R's in George R R Martin's name to motivate the masses? Your safest bet is to double down. Hedge your bets. Why stick to one franchise, when you can piggyback two? Say hello to Lord of the Thrones.
It may be a trick, it may be a heavyweight homage, but it got your attention. If it didn't tickle that warm familiar feeling inside of you, you may never have given the show more than a cursory glance. You may have missed out on what is sure to be a thoroughly entertaining evening. Impromafia create some hilarious shows whatever they're doing, but if this is the way to get bums on seats, then all power to them.
People have gone insane for Game of Thrones since it was made into a televisual drama. Sure it was a very successful book series before then, but did Aunt Gertrude talk about it to her mate Ethel when she was getting her roots touched up? No. It's the TV series that has escalated the popularity of the fantasy book series to levels that no-one could have predicted.
Then there's Lord of the Rings, which put New Zealand on the map. Not literally, of course, JRR Tolkien's book series are some of the best-selling of all time. So influential that certain aspects and characters have infiltrated change the English dictionary. I just wanted to say it put New Zealand on the map because your average fantasy fan is drooling at the mouth, ready to correct your inaccurate statements. It's a bit of fun.
As a younger child, I would tease my brother for reading books like these. Sure, he was older and I would pay for my insolence, but it was a different world where calling someone Khaleesi would result in a cringe at best. Now, you'll get a smile and a nod, and maybe even a hug. Scientists still don't know for sure.
What the show entails? Who knows. It's improvised. There'll be a loose structure that frames the events which take place on stage, but other than that, it could be anything. They are literally making it up as they go along. Shocking.
The one thing you can guarantee is that it'll be hilarious and thoroughly entertaining. The show has been played Brisbane before, with massive success and has been brought back again as part of Bris Funny Fest 2017. These guys are seasoned veterans who eat long-form impro for breakfast. They know what their audiences want and are mostly massive geeks, which helps with the theme. Don't complain about George's writing speed, get your fix from Lord of the Thrones.