It is duo’s month and so it is only right that we delve into the world of Twoprov this February. Over the next few weeks we are talking to a variation of improv acts up and down the country to find out the ins and outs of being part of a twoprov troupe. Today, I speak to Katherine and Ellie to find out all about the world of Dempsey and Badman.
Hello tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
We are Dempsey and Badman, a character focused London based improv duo! We love weird characters and awkward situations.
What style of Improv do you do?
Loads of character based, hopefully semi grounded and observational
What sort of suggestions do you ask the audience for in your show?
We have many probing questions! Worst excuse you have been given for a break up? What animal would you be and why? What’s your favourite childhood sweet and getting REALLY personal with what’s the weirdest thing you’ve had to eat on toast?
What is the best thing about being in a twoprov?
There is just two of you so more time to try out all your ideas and less compromise.
What is the most challenging?
Getting people to come! and places that will have you! Cause there are less of you!
What will makes you different to other twoprov acts out there?
I like to think we are quite fast moving for a twoprov, which gives us good stage energy and momentum
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an twoprov troupe themselves?
Go for it! But maybe be disciplined with rehearsals because we just chat most of the time 😝
What have been some of your specifically favourite scenes you have created so far in a show and why?
I love our blind dates. The weirdest and most opposite characters find a love connect and it’s magical and hilarious
What other twoprov groups are you a fan of and why?
Chuckle brothers. Our main inspiration.
Tell us about the sort of rehearsals you do to get ready for a show?
Well the most recent show we did were new format ideas based on ideas we had while having slightly too much rose…. so those rehearsals were working backwards from a title incorporating scenes, games and challenges to make them funny
Do you have any pre show rituals – if so what are they?
Mind meld and one word story. And often a cheeky pint
What are your aims for your troupe for the improv in 2019?
To try and get longer slots so we can do our full show again!
It’s the month of looooovveeeee so what things do you love about improv and why?
Yes anding! (Building on madness)
Support no matter what
And no wrong answers!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We have fb and Instagram! We are v famous on both with like 50 followers, but you know what we always have time for more fans.
In three words why should people come and see you perform?
Why not, babe?
DUO QUICK FIRE SPECIAL
If you could be any famous duo from TV, Film or Music what would your twoprov be and why?
Katherine – Chuckle brothers. As previously mentioned
Ellie – The two M’n’Ms, cause they are hella mean and I love it.
Who creates the craziest improv characters?
Katherine- I think we both have equal levels of insanity?
Ellie– Katherine, her characters come out with the weirdest thoughts
What is your favourite thing about one another?
Katherine– Ellie’s love of lists
Ellie – Katherine’s boundless enthusiasm
What is the thing that the other would go viral for?
Katherine- probably Ellie’s exercise class idea, cause it is great
Ellie – the things that she finds in skips or on freecycle
You have £50 in your pocket to buy the other a present – what would you get them and why?
Katherine- I’d get ellie a nice bottle o red
Ellie: I’d get Kathrine a ticket to some kind of niche immersive musical experience
If you had to release a duet – what would the song be and why?
Katherine– time after time cause is the only valid duo.
Ellie – The boy is mine by Brandy and Monica because that’s actually the only valid duo.
The toughest question of all – last rolo – would you keep it or give it to your twoprov buddy?
Katherine– keep it cause I’m selfish in love
Ellie – give it to her, she’d puppy dog eye me until I gave in