This week our show of the Week is from a group that perform regularly at The Nursery Theatre in London. Their monthly show which happens on Friday this week has a robotic theme and they are joined by a the acts Improbotics and The Clones. I caught up with the team to find out more.

Hello guys! Tell us all about Classic Andy who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?

We are a group of improvisers from a range of different backgrounds who create a playful comedy show discovered in the moment. We’ve been together since 2015 and delight in experimenting with long-form formats.

#Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week?

From artificial intelligence to your favourite dance move, Classic Andy will be celebrating all things Robotic on June 29th! So dig out your R2-D2, dust down your droid and join us for a night of improvised comedy, games and super cyborg costumes!

With special guests:

THE CLONES

The Clones are a Nottingham-based slow-burn twoprov with no fixed structure inspired by legendary improv double acts like Dummy, John & Scott, and TJ and Dave. Often taking the form of a monoscene or a series of a few long scenes, they take the time to really explore the characters and the relationships between them. Taking this time to sit-in and enjoy the characters allows a completely discovery driven show to emerge and form naturally with hilarious and touching results.

“very real… very dramatic, believable and funny to boot.” – Breaking a Leg (Newcastle)

www.facebook.com/TheClonesImprov/

AND

IMPROBOTICS

“Improvisation is the highest form of human intelligence. It is a feat no robot could ever reproduce.” Or could it? Improbotics Ltd. is an artificial intelligence-based improvised theatre technology company. AI-controlled Cyborgs and human-controlled Puppets share the stage with Humans and try to pass the Turing Test. You, the audience, are the judge.

“The idea here is magnificent. There are so many laughs to be found with this formula”.

www.improbotics.org

What sort of style of improv can people expect?

A whole mixture of long-form fun! ….

 

How did the concept of your show come about?

We really wanted to create a party atmosphere to help people have a great time on a Friday night! So we have a monthly theme, silly costumes and even sillier games, as well as two excellent guest acts at each show.

 

Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment but do you think virtual reality has a space to be used in improv and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch live show comedy?

We’re fortunate that all our shows are live-streamed by The Nursery so our family, friends and random strangers can enjoy the show from the comfort of their own homes. We’re also really excited to see the way in which one of guest teams this month, Improbotics, incorporates technology into the show.

 

What’s the highlights of some of your previous shows that have occurred?

There have been so many fun times but highlights include a very competitive Easter bonnet competition, a whole set in the inside of the womb and some flying Tunnocks teacakes. We’ve also been lucky to have some incredible guests who have brought an amazing range of improv formats and styles to the party.

 

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy sets you have seen this year and why?

It’s hard to single shows out as we have seen some great ones but Jinni Lyons amused and moved us in equal measure with her solo show, Jinni Lyons is an Only Child. We also delighted in the surreal clowning meets improv antics of Simon and Tom’s Moodboard.

 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

We’re on Facebook and Twitter @classicandyimp and our website is www.classicandy.co.uk

 

What are some of the shows that you guys have coming up for the rest of the year?

We are delighted to be supporting the legendary Maydays at Komedia in Brighton on 6th July! We’re taking a bit of Classic Andy rest over the summer, not least because a number of us will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in other shows. We’ll be back with our monthly Improv Comedy Party in September so watch this space for more details!

 

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Improv with heart

 

QUICK FIRE ROUND

 

If you could buy any type of food (right now) what would you buy?

We would bake vegan biscuits

 

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?

To perform at an International Improv Festival

 

Who do you admire the most and why?

Anyone who does improv as it shows they are willing to play and to be in the moment.

 

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Fun, thoughtful, friends

 

When I dance, I look like…?

We’re having a great time!

 

What is your favorite T.V. channel?

We prefer to play games than watch TV!  Pick-up sticks was a recent hit.

 

If you could get a yacht what would you call it?

The Classic Andy (obvs!)

 

What TV sitcom family would you be a member of?

Maybe we could be an up-to-date version of Friends…where we keep leaping up from the sofa to perform a Living Room.

 

Last item you purchased?

Gold lycra leggings for the show!

 

If you could win any award what would it be, why?

The Nobel Prize surely – to have hopefully achieved something that has had a positive effect on lots of people.

 

You can find out more about the show by clicking here