With the new year among us here at The Phoenix Remix we like to introduce you to acts that you must watch in 2018. Today we speak to an improviser who is our regular writer on here for C3? as well as being part of an improv group that is making a strong name for themselves on the London Improv scene. We interviewed Mariana from 20% Less.
Hello Mariana! So 2017 has been a big year for 20% Less, how has it been for you?
2017 was a great year for me! I fully accepted my performer side, made some projects a reality and have a lot of new projects on the docket for 2018.
What have been some of the highlights of the show for 2017?
We loved every single Word of Muff!
Adding a musical act to our August date was great and we hope we’re able to do it again.
The improvised sets for which we invited guest players to join us were also great – it’s always so much fun to play with new people!
Every single person who played our show, either as a team or individual, brought something special to each show!
You do a lot of different shows away from your group as well, what are some of your favourites?
C3?’s Sunday shows will always be special for me! It was the place where I’ve tried every new thing I got myself into in comedy – Improv, Storytelling, Character and Stand-up, and I’m now very happy to be involved in the production of it.
I have had good experiences performing characters at The House of Idiot and Diminishing Returns. I’ve just started venturing out with my stand-up routine and will have to come back later with my favourite shows.
If people want to get involved with the C3? shows on Sunday how do they go about doing so?
C3?’s Sunday show has 3 different formats where people can get involved.
A Jam – you can play in the jam, by yourself or in a team, suggest forms you’d like to try out and it’s a safe welcoming space where all levels of experience are welcome!There are even some opportunities for teams to host the jam;
The main show always has at least one guest team playing. Get in touch to book yourself in!
The Late Night Special is a space where we help people produce their own ideas for shows – Word of Muff started there.
For all of these you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or just talk to myself or Keith Malda when you see us out and about!
What are the plans for 20% Less in 2018?
20% Less will keep playing, more and more!
Word of Muff is here to stay and one of our favourite projects.
We’ve started another show – The Foreign Office where we programme a line-up of non UK performers and teams and want to further go into it and make it an even better show.
Maddy and I are doing a radio show at The Women’s Radio Station – Overshare – which should be coming out in February and we’re super looking forward to it!
And our minds never stop, so I’m sure this is only the start!
What does the year of 2018 hold for the improv community? What do you think will be big changes that will alter improv for 2019?
2017 saw the improv community in London grow a lot with many different companies settling down. My hope for 2018 is for all of us to become more proficient in what we do and for these companies to communicate better with each other and work together to create a bigger and better improv space in London for the whole world!
QUICK FIRE ROUND
* What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2018?
* What act are you looking forward to seeing this year?
I’m heading to NY in 2018 and there are many teams I want to finally checkout there – The Stepfathers and Grandma’s Ashes are on the top of that list!
* Who would you like to collaborate on a show with this year and why?
We’ve been collaborating with Hoopla at The Miller and looking to cement that relationship. They have a great space!
* In three words what do you wish 2018 does for you?
Quality Stage Time
* Where do you see your show in a years time?
My wishes are for full rooms of audience for the already great line-ups we curate and a budget to allow us to pay our acts. That’s what we’re working towards!