This weekend is the first ever Hoopla UK and Ireland Improv Festival where 18 acts from all across the country are heading down to the Miller at London Bridge to perform at this very exciting event! Over the week we are going to be interviewing some of the acts that are set to perform! I sat down with Glasgow based improv troupe Couch to find out all about what they have in store for the audiences.
Time Slot: 10:15pm
Day: April 27th Saturday
Hello There! Tell us about your troupe and the name of your set!
Hello! We’re called Couch and we’re the house team at Glasgow Harold Night, Improv Fucktown, and Improv Cage Match.
We’re based in Glasgow, but we have members in Bristol and London that will be joining us. We’re probably going to do a Harold!
How did you come up with the name of your show?
The Harold was developed by Del Close and is a structure built around 3 sections. I think they were struggling to name it, and someone suggested “Harold”, e.g. just a person’s name. And that joke has confused audiences for decades now who wonder what on earth “Harold Night” is.
Tell us a little bit about your style of improv?
We focus a lot on Game, as we’re very influenced by UCB’s style of improv, so it’s premised based usually. We try to play grounded but we also love cartoony weirdos and making big silly moves and trying to justify it. We like watching teams like Fuck That Shit, Convoy, Cook County Social Club and Big Grande.
What will your set be about?
Imagine a team at an improv festival giving you an answer for this. We literally won’t know what it will be about until we finish our opening.
What other acts are you looking forward to?
We saw The Committee at the Fringe, who are good, so hopefully we can catch their set.
You are based in Glasgow- what is the Improv scene like there?
It’s blossoming right now! We just launched The Glasgow Improv Theatre (The GIT) after 3 years of doing Glasgow Harold Night. So we are now teaching full courses, as well as doing our regular drop-in workshops and jams. It’s been exciting to watch it grow.
What have been some of your favourite improv shows you have been a part of to date and why?
Personally I would have to say when I got to guest with a team called Tuesday Club at UCB Franklin. I was very out of my depth, but they carried my like a little baby.
I also loved performing at DCM with John, and speaking of babies, one of the shows we did was Improvised Boss Baby, wearing adult diapers.
What is the best bit of advice you have ever been given about Improv and why?
I remember Will Hines saying it took him a long time for him to ACTUALLY improvise in the moment, without thinking about it. There was a show where he was on the backline and in the scene someone mentioned an evil plan or something – a “who would do such a thing!” type moment. And without thinking he stepped forward *evil cackle* “It was me! You fell into my trap!”. I’m paraphrasing, but that was the basic story – and it was his first BIG laugh.
I think any time I’ve made moves truly in the moment like that, it is usually when I’m doing good stuff.
What are the things you are looking forward to most about the Hoopla Festival?
Seeing teams I’ve never seen perform before. And meeting up with our teammates from Bristol and London.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Couch: Facebook Twitter
The GIT: Facebook Twitter
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Couch! Couch! Couch!
For more information of to buy tickets to the Hoopla UK and Ireland Impro Festival then click the link here