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 Ian to find out all about Nerd Salads set they have ready for the Marathon.
NAME OF SET: How Did We Get Here?
TIME SLOT: 4:30pm Saturday
Hello ian! Tell us about your show How Did We Get Here?
Hello! As it’s the marathon, we thought we’d try something different & out of our comfort zone. We’re going to try and do the show backwards, and it’s called ‘How Did We Get Here?’
How did you come up with the name of your show?
A brain storming session over WhatsApp. I think Azhul came up with it, and I loved it as I confused it with a Ben Howard song (FYI that song was I Forgot Where We Were)
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
Slow, deliberate, fun. We’ve been taught by Chris Mead, and I think you see his influence in our improv DNA.
What will your set be about?
In theory, it should start with a bang, then flow into something exploratory. It should descend into something a bit vague by the end/beginning.
What other acts are you looking forward to?
I hear that It’s Us have something wonderful lined up with kazoos. Also, I’m looking forward to seeing what Gibberish Allsorts & Buffet Improv do, those folks are great.
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Our Carousel shows were a lot of fun. Great crowd, chilled atmosphere afterwards, just a really good improv night.
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?
Some of the best videos I’ve seen are the ones by The RH Experience – I’ve recommended those to non-improv friends. I think it depends on the type of content – I think there’s an untapped route with social media & videos that I think groups can capitalise on. Without writing an essay on this, I think you need to try & keep the same stage mentality (whatever happens is created & stays in the moment) even though you’re recording it and could re-watch it if you wanted.
What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?
I raved about The Concept for weeks after I saw it – I loved how the music fed the visuals which then fed the music which continued the cycle. It was amazing to watch.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Twitter (@NerdSalad) FB (Nerd Salad Improv) & Instagram (nerdsaladimprov). Or just come and ask us – at least 50% of us are lovely.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
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# Hello ian! Tell us about your show…?
Hello Holly! We will be doing a strong, silent dramatic scene…underscored with kazoos & guitars
#How did you come up with the name of your show? The wonderful Sarah (Acaprov, Buffet Improv) pitched the idea, and I christened it ‘Silence! The Musical’. She suggested ‘Kazoosical’, so we combined the two for Silence! The Kazoosical
#What is your time slot? 1.30 Saturday afternoon
#Tells us a little bit about your style of improv? The group was formed through Katy Schutte’s Improvisers Way course, and as such we bring lots of different styles, which somehow seem to work. There’s musical, character, natural, game-based – it’s a nice melting pot to perform in.
#What will your set be about? At this point, I have no idea. As soon as Sarah said kazoos, we were all on board, then tried to figure out a format.
#What other acts are you looking forward to? I’m definitely making time to see those handsome devils in Nerd Salad. And without being biased, I like the idea for Punderstandably’s show. Mainly for PokeProv. The best ones are those that surprise you, so I’ll wait & see what the marathon brings.
# What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Personally, our end of course show was brilliant – everyone on the same page, everyone looking out for one another, it was a great team performance.
#What have been some of the most unique and different improv sets you have seen this year and why?They’ve been doing this for some time, but Dereks Mojo are great. The way the show comes together, it’s a great voyage of discovery & comedy.
#If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media? We’re building up a fan base the old fashioned way – through word of mouth. We should probably sort something out…
#And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show? Kazoos Are Funny