It is a new year which means only one thing – lots of new improv !!!! There are so many great improv troupes out there to go and see live. This week however we have sat down with a handful of them and they should be ones that you definitely need to go and see live at some point this year!
Today we speak to a solo improv troupe that is only joined on the stage with his white board and he creates scenes based around the drawings that he produces by the audience suggestions – today we speak to John of One Board Man
Hello John tell us all about your improv show One Board Man ?
It’s a solo show. I draw members of the audience on a whiteboard, and they become the characters on stage in the world I create.
How did your troupe come about ?
I was devising a solo show in my final year of university, and I started experimenting with a small whiteboard I had in the kitchen.
How did you get into improv?
Performing with Aberystwyth University improv troupe Exploding Fish.
What are your plans improv wise for 2019?
I’m hoping to teach a bit more and perform more regularly with the teams I perform in.
What other improv acts are you looking forward to seeing to this year?
Really looking forward to the Harold teams coming out of the Free Association in London. Bristol has a great scene and I’m always excited to see what new improv teams come out from there.
What styles do you hope to see more of in improv this year?
More US style Longform.
Do you have any new years resolutions? If so what are they?
Not to have any resolutions. I always break them 2 or 3 months in to the year.
Are you on social media? If so how can people find out more about your troupe?
I’m on Twitter and Facebook. Search One Board Man or my name and you’ll get all the hot Goss.
Three words why people should come and see you this year?
ONE NOT-BORING MAN
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A banker. To send loads of money to my bank account so when I get back to my own body after a day, I’ll be wealthy.
If you could paint anything what would you paint?
I would paint well.
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits
What is your favourite movie quote?
– 40 year old virgin
Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?
Tom and Jerry. The slapstick is in point, and Tom’s screams make me laugh