This week Punderstandably are taking over The Miller in London Bridge once more with Improv Towers: The Improvised Game Show. On the 20th November, their special guests will be Doctor Twoprov and We Are Not A Cult. I caught up with one of the newest members, Yiannis to find out more.
Hello Yiannis tell us all about who you all are at Punderstandably and a little bit about yourselves?
We’re a short-form team that pride ourselves on performing with high-energy, interactive, fun sets. We do our best to take games that everyone knows and add our own twist to them, as well as perform new, original games that people won’t see anywhere else.
You are a new member how did you Join team Punders?
Right as I was looking to start or join a team they happened to mention on a Facebook group that they were looking for new members and so I got in touch and auditioned.
What are some of your favourite games that you play with Punders?
I love any kind of heady game, so backwards alphabet and rhyming couplets are so much fun! We also recently started a new game called film date, which is a blind date style of game but with each date playing a specific film. It is perfectly in my wheelhouse as I watch everything.
Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week?
We are hosting our Improv Towers show, which is a night featuring us competing in two teams to perform a series of short-form games, with one team emerging as the victor at the end of the night. Without spoiling anything, balloons will be involved in some way! We are also joined by two special acts – Doctor Twoprov, and We Are Not a Cult.
With the Festival season just finished – what have been some of the best acts you have seen this summer and why?
I went to New York over the summer for the Del Close Marathon and got to see so many incredible shows across the 72 hours! My absolute favourites were the group Hot Sauce, consisting of Adam Pally, Ben Schwartz, and Gil Ozeri. They hadn’t performed together in 5 years but you would never know, as they played together perfectly and knew exactly where each of them were going next. They spent half the show messing with each other too which only added to the fun.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe?
Make sure you’re all on the same page in terms of what form you want to do before you start and be honest with what you’re all looking to get out of it. Rehearse together frequently, ideally weekly – it’s important to keep a bond and very easy to fall out of practice.
What is the best thing about a night at Punders show for the audience?
Our shows are always different from everything else out there because we bring our own games to it. We also have a theme for each show and make sure to change up the games between each, so you always get something new each time you watch us.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
What is YOUR favourite show you have done this year and why?
As I’m new to the team, I’ve only performed in a few so far but I loved our Improv Towers show in September because we got to play so many different games, the energy from us and the audience was incredibly high, and it was the first one I was a part of that we hosted ourselves.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Energetic, unique, unpredictable
QUICK FIRE ROUND
If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
I love to sleep more than anything so I relate to a sloth.
Who is your favourite super hero and why?
Batman – purely because he doesn’t actually have any powers.
If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
It would probably end up being one of those low budget mumblecore movies and Riz Ahmed would play me.
If you could go any where in the world where would you go and why?
I used to live in Japan and haven’t been back in over 3 years so it would probably be there.
What would you do with your “15 minutes” of fame?
Get myself a book and film deal.
What is one item you could NEVER live without?
My glasses because I can’t see a thing without them and can’t wear contacts.
Last time you laughed very hard out loud?
Basically any time that I see a photo or video of my parents dog because he’s such a big, dumb, golden retriever that does the weirdest things.
What is your favourite movie quote?
But Black Dynamite! *I* sell drugs to the community!