Show Of The Week – INTERVIEW – Improv Towers, Punderstandably Improv

This week Improv Towers the Improvised Game show returns to Hoopla Impro at The Miller tomorrow night and this month they are celebrating their year birthday! Tomorrow night from 7:30pm the Birthday Bonanza is happening with special guests Dirty White Boys, B.R.A and Classic Andy. I spoke to James to find out all about the show that Punderstandably have in store.
Hello James tell us all about Punderstandably who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
We’re a high energy short form improv team who loves to laugh. We’ve got a mix of backgrounds which leads to a cracking combination of creativity in our shows!

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

It’s our birthday!! The team turns 1 so we’re going to be celebrating by finding out who gets to be the birthday boy / girl of improv towers. Expect fun, frolics and possibly cake!


What acts are performing at this weeks show?
So many good ones!
Dirty White Boys will be bringing their sketch comedy.
Newcomers, BRA who are an all female group with a real spark.
Plus Classic Andy are a bunch of laughs too!

It is your birthday Bonanza night as well! Tell us all about the treats you have in store for us?

Oh no, I can’t reveal that! All I will say is that there will be presents.

Punderstanably are known for doing lots of videos for social media – whats the best thing about creating these?

The creativity of Holly. She’s full of ideas and always inspiring us to do more in odd ways!


Punderstandably is a short form troupe – what make you different to other short form groups out there?
Original games, high energy and fantastic trailers!


What is your favourite short form game to play and why?

I love emotional date, it was one of the first games we created ourselves and it plays on the very real experience of not knowing who you will meet on a first date. We’ve all had weird dates and this game encapsulates that.


With the Festival season just finished – what have been some of the best acts you have seen this summer and why?
I saw Marcus Brigstocke and really enjoyed his mix of comedy and thought provoking commentary about what it means to be a good person.

What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe?
Be clear on what commitment you need and stick to it. Life happens but no-one likes being let down.



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

PS Improv on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – it’s got some great trailers in there!


What is YOUR favourite Punders show you have done this year and why?

 The one where we drew on Mike’s face with makeup – I loved watching that one and he looked like a right state.


In three words why should people come  to your show?
Birthday party baby!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Silly, Energetic, Fun


If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
A Parrot, they’re very intelligent, have beaks that can cut through metal and look dashing in red!
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Rocket Raccoon – he brings a real element of not giving a sh*t to being a superhero
If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Sports game / commentary and David Tennant would play me
If you could go any where in the world where would you go and why?
London to see Punderstandably play, I hear they’re good!
What would you do with your “15 minutes” of fame?
Pull as many emergency stop levers on the tube as possible
What is one item you could NEVER live without?
Loo roll, if there is one item I never want to run out of it’s that one!
Last time you laughed very hard out loud?
Watching a child chase after a seagull that just stole it’s ice cream
What is your favourite movie quote?

‘Always look on the brightside of life’

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