It is Podcast Month which means that we will be bringing you all the fun shows you should be carrying around in your back pocket on a phone or a walkman (if you still have one of those!!). Today we talk to a podcast that is based in London and is all about getting to know other improvisers. We have interviewed him many times, and the podcast was even our Podcast of the Year for 2017. Today we talk to Stuart Moses of Improv London. I sat down with him to interview HIM for a change and not the othe way round!
Hello Stuart Can you tell us a little bit about the team behind Improv London Podcast?
Mainly it’s just me, though when Stephen Davidson and Iain MacNaughton have gone to Chicago to study improv with iO they’ve sent back weekly reports.
What is the show all about?
I speak to a different improviser about the groups they belong to, the shows in which they are performing, how they got involved in improv, and what they would like from the future.
“It doesn’t matter whether someone is very experienced or a complete beginner – everyone has a story to tell.” – Stuart Moses, Improv London Podcast
How did the podcast come about?
I wanted an excuse to sit down with people and talk about improv. I interviewed Hoopla’s Steve Roe as my first guest, because he’s been such an integral part of my improv journey.
How do you decide what each of the episodes are about?
Every week the format is the same, it’s just the guests who change. Sometimes I’ll think of new questions, but it’s really just me listening and reacting to what the guest says.
You have interviewed some really interesting people on your podcast, what have been some of your favourites and why?
When I interviewed Charlotte Freya and Mark Wheeler they brought along the puppets Bark and B, who also contributed to the podcast. It’s the first time during an interview that I’ve had to consider at which level of reality I should be pitching my questions.
How do you decide who to have as a guest on each show?
It’s a largely random process. If I see someone in a show, or in a workshop, and I think they’ll have something interesting to say I’ll invite them on the podcast. It doesn’t matter whether someone is very experienced or a complete beginner – everyone has a story to tell.
Who would be your dream guest to appear and why?
I am in love and awe of everything The Showstoppers do. I’ve had the honour of speaking to Heather Urquhart (episode 32), Ruth Bratt (episode 40) and Duncan Walsh Atkins (episode 52), but I would love to interview everyone else in the company.
What is the best thing about recording a podcast?
It allows me to make connections with people – and I hope for people to make connections with each other. I hope my podcast can bring people together. We are stronger together.
What is the most challenging?
As ever, it’s the admin – particularly finding times which are convenient for me and my guest to meet up. Finding somewhere with little background noise in which to record is also tricky. London is a noisy place. Recently The Nursery has been very helpful in this regard.
Are there any plans or have there been any live versions of your show?
Do you have to cut a lot out of your podcasts or do you tend to keep it raw and quite fluid?
My approach is raw and fluid, though when described using those words, it sounds quite unattractive doesn’t it? I always tell my guests that they can ask me to cut out anything they regret saying, but that happens very rarely.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting a podcast?
Go for it.
What make you different to other podcasts out there?
What other podcasts are you a fan of and why?
If people want to find out more about you where can they find you on social media?
What are your aims for your podcast in 2018?
If people want to find out more about your show where should they visit online / social media?
Finally, in three words why should people listen to your show?
Make new friends.