This week is a great one to go and see some great comedy up and down the UK. Our show of the week is at the closest city to the Scottish Boarder and also one of the prettiest towns in the North East. Today we talk to an Improv Group who have not one but two shows in Berwick this week! We sat down with Damp Knight Comedy to find out all about The Da Vinci Toad
Tell us about Damp Knight Comedy, who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
We are a group of bloody lovely performers from the North of the North east, think of it as the UKs answer to The Wall (from Game of Thrones not that horrific TV show “BRING ON THE WALL”) who have entertained audiences and 1 scared, unfortunate Donkey who sadly passed away last year from “The Giggles” (Ebola) with their quick wits, stage chemistry, stage biology, stage physics and lack of shame.
There are four mainstay comedians, Dimples, Mark, Oliver and Ross who are occasionally joined on stage by fellow comedian Neil and accompanied by our musician Paul. We are completed by our technical wizard Slink who films and edits our madness.
How did you come up with the name of your group?
It was found at the back of a second hand name shop where it had been discarded betwixt “Fast and Caboose”and “Sexy Simpsons Dancing Boys”
Tell us a little bit about the show The Da Vinci Toad that you are performing on the 16th and 17th February at the Maltings Berwick?
Our show is predominantly an Improvised Comedy show, very similar to the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway” and “Fast and Loose”, where we create scenes from audience suggestions in a variety of different games. The show is also split up with some scripted comedy sketches, songs and some pre-recorded sketches.
We have a large selection of games, with recognisable ones such as Three Headed Broadway Star, Forward/Reverse and Party Quirks as well as quite a number of our own original games.
What have been the highlights of the shows that you have performed previously?
At our second performance in Newcastle our highlight was when the whole audience joined in singing “We all have Cum”and also the overwhelming response to our first performance at The Stand in Edinburgh was a high for us.
You have a podcast too called DK Podcast – tell us a little bit about that and what people can expect from it?
Our Damp Knight Improv Comedy Podcast is just that, us sitting round having not rehearsed anything. It is filled with madness, crazy characters, impossible scenes and self censorship.
People can expect impromtu insanity and a good old laughy time, ha ha ha hee hee. They can influence it too, if they leave us messages or comments on social media we will try to add their characters or suggestions into it.
You also do sketches too that you post on social media, how do you come up with the ideas?
We cant really let you in on our secrets, no no no, shhh.
But between you and me, one of us usually comes up with an insane premise which we all build upon then we improvise it a few times in front of the camera and magic happens.
You are based in Berwick on Tweed, what’s the improv scene like?
its just us.
If people want to get into improv there where can they go to train?
Oliver Mums house HAHAHA
No, not like that, she is a director and inspiration princess who has helped sculpt us all into what we are today.
There isnt really anywhere to train here, we branched out into it from performing together and found we all had a knack for it.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Twitter – @theDampKnights
Facebook – Damp Knight Comedy
Instagram – Damp Knight Comedy
Youtube – Damp Knight Comedy
Podcast – Damp Knight Comedy on Podbean, Itunes etc
What do you think 2018 holds for the world of improv – what would you like to see happen in the next 12 months?
More Improv in comedy clubs etc and less stigma from the audience. Its tough to do improv but sometimes we get frowned upon.
And Finally – in three words, why should people come and see you at the The Maltings Berwick?
QUICK FIRE ROUND
Favourite short form game to play in improv?
Our own game – Brain Freeze
The last thing you liked on social media?
We don`t conform to the social norm
What would your autobiography be called?
The Knights of the Damp table: New Choice
What is your favourite joke?
We all have different ones, just like winkies.
Improv group you would love to collaborate with?
Colin Mockery and Ryan Stiles
We would love to work with Aunty Donna too