All this week we have exclusive interviews with just some of the acts that are performing at the Hoopla Impro Marathon in London Bridge between 7pm Friday – 11pm Saturday night. I caught up with Ed to talk about a show that includes pies and was so popular last year it is back by popular demand
Ed Fargher and Katy Schutte
NAME OF SET: Pie Hard
TIME SLOT: 2am Saturday
Hello Ed ! Tell us about Pie Hard!
Pie Hard is a sequel to last year’s Pie-Day Night. Basically, its Katy Schutte and I performing a two-person scene in our most glamourous finery, but when the audience rings a bell, one of us has to pie the other one in the face. There’s also a gauntlet of rules to follow which, if we break, we get another pie in the face. We did it last year and it was a great laugh, so we’re doing it again!
How did you come up with the name of your show?
Katy and I were just shooting some Pie-based puns to each other, and Pie Hard was a really fun option.
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
Katy and I had a lovely slow-burn mono-scene last year (with pies), so I presume we’ll be doing that again! Who can tell. All I can tell you is that there WILL be pies, and it will get messy
What will your set be about?
Anything but pies. We cannot acknowledge the pies, talk about the pies or say anything about pies. If we do. Pie in the face.
What other acts are you looking forward to?
Fright Club are doing a set that looks like its going to be really fun. They do fun camp fire Horror stories that are just enjoyable AF.
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?
I think it depends on the type of improv, but I think particularly if it is something gimmicky like Pie Hard, definitely. I welcome anyone and everyone to stick that on social media. The thing that bothers me is if the production value of the video itself lets down the performance. I could rant about this for hours.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
I saw a fantastic Dummy set earlier this year. I had just completed the iO Intensive taught by Jason Schotts and watching them both work their magic on stage just made me think, “I want to perform like that:.
I saw CSI: Crime Scene Improv at Edinburgh this year, and as presentational improv goes, they were some of the ost interactive and connected to their audience as I have ever seen. It was great!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@KatySchutte and @EdmundFargher
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
PIES…. IN…. FACES!