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 Russ to find out all about Buffet Improv set at The marathon.
NAME OF SET: Buffet Improv
TIME SLOT: 6pm Saturday
Hello Russ! Tell us about Buffet Improv and the name of your set!
We’re a group of twelve improvisers that have come up through Hoopla! We’ve been an official team for a year now, but have been playing together for about two. Despite the rumours, we are all human beings, from this planet.
The name of our set is quite original and something you might not expect. We’re calling it….drum roll please…. Buffet Improv!
How did you come up with the name of your show?
The name buffet comes from the crazy assortment of characters we have on our team. There are 12 people on the team that all of different interests (outside of improv), backgrounds, styles, and a handful of us weren’t even born in the UK. So what do you call it when people bring different things to the table? A Buffet!
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
You know that group of friends that you have from childhood? The ones where no matter how much time goes by, you manage to get along instantly and have fun? That is the feeling we aspire to instill in our audience.
Our style of improv is typically revolves around creating unique characters that have real (feeling) relationships with one another. In improv terms, we tend to play mostly in the world of long-form, but aren’t shy about bringing in some elements of short-form improv to keep the audience and one another on their toes.
What will your set be about?
For that we’ll need a suggestion. From that suggestion, we’ll tell real stories and make up a plethora of scenes based on those stories. For those who live in the world of improv land, that’s the classic Armando format. For those who don’t know what plethora means, it means a lot.
What other acts are you looking forward to?
We loving seeing Acaprov! This is due to the fact that they always put on an amazing show and they are a true delight to watch. We also love seeing them because two members of Buffet (Sarah & Sabrina) are also in the troup!
We also can’t wait to see Nerd Salad, Not Your Average improv, and Kathy & Unai In The Morning. Truthfully, the list can go on and on…it is going to be one fantastic weekend!!
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
In terms of our own shows there are too many to count. One that comes to mind is when we took a two hour road trip to Norwich to go play at Dogface Improv’s longform night. There is nothing like riding in a car with a bunch of improvisors then playing on stage. The audience was spectacular and we had a blast.
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?
This is a tough question. A lot of people who grew up watching whose line is it anyway would argue that video clips of improv sets work quite well, especially in the world of short form. However, we feel that there is a certain ambiance that comes from being in an audience that is difficult to recreate. While we have yet to experiment with putting full or partial sets on the interwebs, we weren’t shy about showing off our fighting skills.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
Despite being biased, Acaprov has always been super fun to watch. We love how they, without any instrumental accompaniment, create full musicals that have a spectacular narrative backbone.
We also love to watch teams that have been together for ages. The Maydays, Breaking and Entering, the RH Experience,BendyHouse, Austentatious, Amorphous Horse and C3 Something.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Instagram @buffet improv
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Fun, playful, high-energy.