The improv season starts again this month now that the festival season is over and why not start the month with a bang by joining Duck Duck Goose in Brixton for their fantastic show tonight! It is their first show of the season and they have some fantastic acts performing as well as a jam. I caught up with one of the co-hosts, Brendan to find out all about it.
Hello Brendan! Tell us all about Duck Duck Goose, who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
Duck Duck Goose is a free weekly improv show on Monday nights. I’m one of seven cohosts. We have booked acts, but our big draw is our fun audience jams and two-person scenes where anyone can turn up to play.
Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week?
It’s the first show of the season! We take August off as a well-earned break, so this Monday is our glorious return.
What acts are performing at this week’s show?
The Duck Duck Goose house team DuckDuckTales always bookend the season, so we’ll devise a story where you – the audience – make all the choices. We’ve also got the DDG debut of Agony Aunts. They’ll solve all your problems via improv.
How did you come up with the name Duck Duck Goose?
Cofounder Vic Hogg came up with it. She chose it because it suggested games, play and everyone getting a turn.
With the Festival season just finished – what have been some of the best acts you have seen this summer and why?
I saw Gibberish Allsorts’ first Camden show. They have a killer USP – snapshots of a relationship from beginning to end. It was a packed room. The story was great. Lot of funny ideas. I can’t wait to see more of those shows.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe?
It may take a while to find which format suits you best. Try one per rehearsal. Do a few gigs with one you like. You could perform at DDG!
What is the best thing about a night of DDG?
Our jams and two-person scenes. It’s very important to us that we create a safe space where people feel comfortable enough to give improv a go and, when they play, they enjoy it enough that they want to come back. That’s why all of us hosts play in the jam. We’re there to make sure everyone gets in. We shape scenes to make you look good.
What is YOUR favourite DDG show you have done this year and why?
The final show of the summer was a delight because amongst the jammers were all the new regulars we’d befriended this year. It felt like a show’s season finale when your favourites come back.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Our website is http://www.ddgimprov.com. We’re also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DuckDuckG and on Twitter as @DuckDuckG.
And finally, in three words, why should people come and see the show?
Free Monday fun.
QUICK FIRE ROUND
If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
A cat. They nap, sleep, and only leave the house when they feel like it.
Who is your favourite superhero and why?
Spiderman. Not only is he witty, he’s juggling school and a part-time job! Very relatable.
If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be and who would play you?
A comedy starring Matthew Broderick. Like me, he looks so much younger than his actual age.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Home or my uni town, so I could see friends.
What would you do with your “fifteen minutes of fame”?
Tell a few jokes and draw attention to my talented friends’ projects.
What is one item you could NEVER live without?
Like pretty much everyone now – my phone.
Last time you laughed very hard out loud?
Chatting with the DDG team at a group social.
What is your favourite movie quote?
The entirety of Back to the Future.