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Show Of The Week – INTERVIEW – Suki Webster Guest Speaker, Museum Of London

This week is a very exciting one for anyone that is in London – Suki Webster is bringing back her fantastic show Guest Speaker. On Thursday the 20th and Friday the 21st June Suki will be performing at the Museum of Comedy with a whole array of very special guests including Paul Merton, Marcus Brigstocke and Lauren Shearing just to name a few. It is the first time the show has been in London for a whole year so I was excited to find out what Suki had in store. I caught up with the leading lady to find out all about this weeks shows.

How Suki, so how did the show Guest Speaker come about?

Myself and many of the people I use in my show have been doing improv for so long now I really wanted to find a new challenge. I’m really lucky to say that I feel I have worked with some of the very best improvisers in the world. And so I really wanted to find something that would stretch us a little further. Then one day when I was on a walk the idea just popped into my head and I thought yeah this will be good, I must give it a go.

Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?

So I have two shows coming up this week on Thursday, June 20 at the Museum of comedy at 8:30 pm. Joining me is Paul Merton, Lauren Shearing, and Richard Vranch. Then on Friday, June 21 joining me is Marcus Brigstocke, Mike Mc Shane and Charlotte Gittins. Every performer does solo improvisation. It’s a small twist on the short form improvisation shows that we all know and love but it genuinely makes the format about 100 times harder to do. It’s high risk comedy without a safety net sometimes terrifying but always fabulous and great fun.

It’s been a whole year since Guest Speaker has been in London! What are you most excited about bringing it back to the stage?

I’m really excited to be bringing Suki Webster’s Guest Speaker back because like I say I love the challenge of the show. Several of the really experienced improvises that do my show say it’s one of their favourite shows because like me they enjoy the thrill of doing something that is harder for us. So when you succeed it’s a real buzz for us and the audience.

What improv styles do you think are most underrated?

I don’t really know which styles are more rated or underrated than each other, however I think every style should be respected. For me the difference between a good show and a not such a good show is simply the experience and skill of the people on stage. I love all different kinds of improvisation I don’t see the need to distinguish between the styles. The format is only as good as the people doing it. If a show or a style has been around for some time it’s normally an indicator that it’s a great style or a great show.

What festivals are you guys planning on heading to this year?

This year as every other year I will be heading up to the Edinburgh festival but not with Suki Webster’s Guest Speaker instead I’ll be going there with Paul Merton is Impro chums. Another show I love doing.

What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe themselves?

Advice for people New to Improvisation.

Be a generous player. It’s important when you’re given the baton to run with it and do a good job, but it’s also important to stand back and try and make the other people on stage with you look as good as they can possibly look. For me improvisation is about cooperation and about the generosity of spirit on stage. Don’t just think about your own performance try and allow everyone else to shine as well.

What is the best thing about a night at your show for the audience?

My audience are absolutely amazing and as I have said I feel lucky that I get to work and invite into my show some of the very best improvises around. What I love about the night is it feels like a big party everyone is included and we all have a really good time together. Some I take this opportunity to thank my audience as well as the performers who come and do my show you always make it such a special night I hugely appreciate it.

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

http://www.sukiwebstersguestspeaker.com

Plus you can find Suki Webster’s Guest Speaker on Facebook as well as following me Suki Webster on Facebook or Instagram.

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Frighteningly fast and funny.

QUICK FIRE ROUND

What would your autobiography be called?

My autobiography would be called “calling all twits!” I have won twit of the year several years running and have a certificate to prove it!

What is the most delightful word you can think of?

One of my favourite words is the word bean.

Favourite film?

One of my favourite films is my favourite year starring Peter O’Toole. If you haven’t seen it I promise it’s a treat.

If you could be any flavour of ice cream what would it be and why?

If I was a flavour of ice cream I’d like to be chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

Currently watching on Netflix. Jane the virgin it’s not big or clever but it’s good girly fun!

 

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