It is festival season and this weekend there is one improv group that is heading over the Guildford Fringe Festival with their very unique improv show. City Impro are bringing their Laugh Island show to The Back Room at The Star Inn in Guildford. I caught up with one of the City Impro founders, Alistair to find out more.
Hello Alistair tell us all about who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
We’re City Impro, an improvised comedy troupe from London. Our style is fast paced games and scenes.
How did the show come about?
All of our Fringe shows we put a theme around so there’s a reason the audience are watching us perform the games and scenes. When talking about what to do for 2019, someone suggested theming the show on Love Island but putting a twist on it, so instead of it being all about looks, it would be about how funny the characters were. A load of us got together to watch the opening episodes of the 2018 series and we were hooked from there on.
How did your troupe form?
We formed just over six years ago after a bunch of us met through a Hoopla performance course. Over the years we’ve brought new people into the group as people have left and we’ve had a lot of people guest with us over that time as well.
Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week at a Guildford Fringe ?
Our Laugh Island show involves six single improvisers who attempt to find love through laughter. During the course of the show the characters take part in games and scenes and “chuckle-up” with each other. Those who are not chuckled-up leave the show. At the end of the show the audience vote for the wining couple. However, in true reality TV style there are also some twists along the way! We also have a host for the show called Charlie Cack.
What improv styles do you think are most underrated?
I’m going to sound biased here, but I think it’s short-form. Everyone starts off learning it when they first start improv, but very few people seem to come back to it after moving onto other forms.
What’s been the most memorable character of Laugh Island so far that has been created on stage?
I’d say it’s a tie between the Tory-supporting single mother from Newcastle and the Corporate lawyer with an Essex accent who was obsessed with getting her nails done.
What is the best thing about a night at your show for the audience?
All of the characters in the show are created by the audience, which means we get a lot of suggestions throughout the show and the characters are constantly evolving. You don’t have to have watched Love Island to enjoy the show, although there are a couple of things in there that call back to elements of the show.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
On twitter we are @CityImpro & @Laugh_Island, on Instagram @CityImpro, CityImpro on facebook, and you can also find a few of us on tinder!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Suntans and smiles
QUICK FIRE ROUND
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Chicken feet (whilst travelling through China).
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
Anyone currently on the international space station, so I could live a day floating around in space.
What would your autobiography be called?
I’m with Stupid
What is the most delightful word you can think of?
Who is your comedy hero and why?
Matt Groening – For creating both Simpsons and Futurama.
What is your favourite movie quote?
“We love you Denver! City by the bay!” (Blades of glory)
If you could be any flavour of ice cream what would it be and why?
Currently watching on netflix?
Come and See City Impro take on Laugh Island at Guildford Fringe – you can purchase tickets by clicking here.