Improv Acts You MUST See In 2019 – INTERVIEW – The Ol’ Bill: A Post-Brexit Improvised Police Drama

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!
There has been a crime and not just any crime but an IMPROV crime and there is only one group that can solve it – The Ol’ Bill! I caught up with Unai to find out what they have in store with audiences this year!

Hello guys tell us all about your improv troupe?

 

In the dystopia of post-Brexit London, police carry guns, smoking is allowed indoors and there are killers stalking the streets. The Ol’ Bill sets out to put them away with only the MO, one piece of evidence and a tabloid nickname to help them.

Cast: Katherine Badman, Nadine Bailey,  Ellis Ballard, Joe Cazalet-Smith, Unai Garcia, Sarim Irfan, Rhiannon Jenkins, Miguel Morin, Ellie Prowse, Stuart Moses and Paddy Smith

How did your troupe come about?

Katherine had the original idea of creating an improv series based on the procedural police TV shows. She told some of us, and we formed the initial cast to workshop the idea. In the beginning the idea was to have a single serial-killer with recurring characters that follow the story along. However we’re currently doing one-off stories, but we don’t discard giving the original serial-killer idea a go in the future!

 

How did you get into improv?

Personally I discovered improv through Improv Everywhere. I got to meet their founder Charlie Todd back in Spain in 2009, and when I visited New York in 2010 I went to see him perform at UCB with his team “The Curfew”. I had no idea what improv or UCB were back then, but I fell in love with it. When I moved to London a couple years ago I looked for some improv classes and found Hoopla. The rest is history (which will soon be written in all improv history books, it’s okay, I’m patient)

 

What are your plans improv wise for 2019?

We’ve just incorporated new members to the cast, so our plans are to get a good cadence of shows and to get our act to the next level!

 

What other improv acts are you looking forward to seeing to this year?

We love a variety of acts. We’re fans of Project 2, Derek’s Mojo, Glitch and Panthercannon to name a few of the London based acts we enjoy. Of course we must also mention some of the other shows our cast members are in, like Dempsey & Badman, Forever Land, Acaprov, Dark Matters and Just Friends.

 

What styles do you hope to see more of in improv this year?

Genre-based long form it’s always a delight when done right. We’d also love to see more improvised hip-hop musicals in London this year!

 

Do you have any new years resolutions? If so what are they?

To be more disciplined with rehearsals, and to get some coaching and advice from the amazing talent we have available in London!

 

Are you on social media? If so how can people find out more about your troupe?

We’re on Facebook at facebook.com/theolbillimprov and also on Instagram and Twitter @theolbillimprov. Follow us! We’re nice people!

 

Three words why people should come and see you this year?

MURDER. INTERROGATION. DONUTS.

 

QUICK FIRE ROUND

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

The British don’t want to acknowledge it, but Mince Pies are weird.

 

If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?

Katherine Badman, because then I would get to hang out with me, which would be awesome!

 

If you could paint anything what would you paint?

Probably my bathroom ceiling, is quite overdue.

 

What is the most delightful word you can think of?

My newest favourite word is Shambles. “It’s an absolute shambles”

 

Favourite song?

“Thanks, that was fun” by Barenaked Ladies

 

Who is your comedy hero and why?

I can’t settle with just one, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. Their chemistry is just fantastic.

 

What is your favourite movie quote?

I own the Facebook page for “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” in Facebook. It still has over 20,000 followers, even though it was never maintained. https://www.facebook.com/francamentequerida/

 

Who is your favourite cartoon character and why?

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Steven Universe, according to Spotify its Soundtrack is my most listened to album of 2018.

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