This week we have a very special Show of the Week for you! The improv troupe The Parentheticals are going do a set of shows at The Brighton Fringe – not just any shows their first ever for the Festival! I sat down with Sean and Brendan of the group to find out more about the show and what they have in store for their Brighton audiences.
Dates: 7th May
Venue: Laughing Horse @ Caroline of Brunswick, BN1 4SB
Time: 14:30 – 15:30
Hello Guys! Tell us about Parentheticals: who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
Sean: The mysteries of the universe somehow pushed us all in to the same improv courses, though we come from wildly different backgrounds and nationalities!
Brendan: For example, I am from space. Bleep bloop.
Tell us a little bit about the shows that are happening this week?
Brendan: Our team with the difficult to spell name is performing our critically-acclaimed show with the difficult to spell name. That’s The Parentheticals with Improdyssey.
What sort of style of improv can people expect?
Brendan: Narrative longform. With talking animals.
Sean: It’s as if a D&D Dungeon Master is rushing to form a coherent story whilst the players are trying their very best to piss them off.
This is Parentheticals first show that they have taken to Brighton Fringe – how exciting – tell us a little bit about the show?
Brendan: Do you like stories? Great! Then you’ll love this show as you dictate what you want our tales to contain. Which famous plot should we convey in sixty seconds? What object should heroes seek in an epic quest? YOU decide.
What’s the highlights of some of your previous shows that you have performed?
Sean: Oh boy, Camden Fringe 2017, questing for rats in Mordor.
Brendan: One recent show had myself and Nat sitting on a chair and shaking it to convey we were propelled into the sky by a firework. Twice. We do all our own stunts.
A lot of people at the moment are trying to transition improv into video to post on social media channels – do you think this works for improv or do you think the art form is lost in the transition?
Sean: Considering that a lot of film/TV is just jamming on improv where they only take the good stuff, it’s a bit like cheating, really. Gotta take the good with the bad and lay it bare to the audience.
Brendan: Improv is all about discovering things in the moment. A video can’t convey the excitement shared between players and crowds when you collectively find an idea. It’s the ultimate ‘you had to be there’ experience. It’s best enjoyed in the room.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
Brendan: One BIG NOW set descended into animalistic grunting, humping, and slapping. It was anarchic clowning gone feral – and utterly hysterical to watch.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Brendan: Not only are we at parentheticalsimprov on Facebook and @tparentheticals on Twitter, but we also have a website – www.theparentheticals.co.uk. I wish there was a funnier way to convey that information. *fart noise*
What do you think 2018 holds for the world of improv – what would you like to see happen in the next 12 months?
Sean: Breaking the mould! More adventure, more wildly ambitious narrative projects. I want more surprises!
Brendan: More people – in classes, in the crowd, onstage. Improv’s going mainstream, baby!
And finally in three words – why should people come and see you at the Brighton Fringe?
Sean: Just go, man.
Brendan: Bank Holiday fun!
QUICK FIRE ROUND
If you could buy any type of food (right now) what would you buy?
Sean: A steak.
What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?
Sean: Stop following life advice from the internet.
Brendan: Apparently there’s other things to do besides improv. So try those, I GUESS.
Who do you admire the most and why?
Brendan: Anyone in America currently staying sane.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Sean: Fhlzth, Phluopib, Brrrp
Brendan: Lego Freddie Mercury.
When I dance, I look like…?
Brendan: Lego Freddie Mercury.
Sean: An algorithm designed to be perfectly out of sync.
What is your favourite T.V. channel?
Brendan: What’s a TV?
If you could get a yacht what would you call it?
Sean: Alas poor Yacht-ick.
What TV sitcom family would you be a member of?
Brendan: Not technically a family and not technically a sitcom, but The Muppets.
Sean: Ideally Brooklyn 99, probably The Inbetweeners.
Last item you purchased?
Sean: This coffee right ‘ere.
If you could win any award what would it be, why?
Brendan: Best Boy. Because I am.
Sean: Best Moustache. Of course.
See The Parentheticals: Improdyssey will be at Brighton’s Caroline of Brunswick on 7th May. 2:30PM. £6.