Hello! Tell us about Couch Improv ?
Couch are an improv team based in Glasgow. We are the house team for Glasgow Harold Night, which is now part of the Glasgow Improv Theatre. We’re also the house team for the Edinburgh Fringe show Improv Cage Match.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?
Cage Match is a well known format in improv, and it is much more aggressive than it sounds. A lot of people turn up expecting wrestling.
Tell us all about your show!
Don’t turn up expecting wrestling.
We have two improv teams who will each have a 25min set to do whatever longform improv format they want, based off an audience suggestion. They have to do exactly 25mins of improv, and there is a countdown clock, which leads to some interesting, frantic moments.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
At Cage Match we usually have the best improv teams on the Fringe has to offer, so usually we get to see so much great improv from the comfort of our own show! The previous two years we’ve had Baby Wants Candy and The Free Association and with any luck both of them will be back this year. They are both amazing teams with a lot of talent.
Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe.
Don’t stay up and drink every night, get some fricking rest!
What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
Last year the lights went out in our room just before our team went on. So we had to do a format we weren’t intending on doing called The Bat – which is where you do a Harold in the dark. Kind of the perfect conditions for that format really…
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I remember last year I started a new scene half way through our set with the line
“Pfff, Sheffield Wednesday have gone bust then…”
Which ended up being a decent initiation for a scene.
What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?
There’s a monthly show in Edinburgh called Peter Pancakes which I highly recommend checking out. It’s hosted by an improviser Phil O’Shea, and is for people who like comedy that takes big swings.
What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?
Pace yourself. I’ve never been able to enjoy seeing 10 shows in a day without my brain turning into mush. See a range of popular/well reviewed shows, as well as taking a punt on shows you’ve never heard of, and free fringe shows.
What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?
Bus ticket to Edinburgh, mobile phone, coffee
What’s the secret to successful flyering?
Not being the overly energetic annoying flyerer that doesn’t take no for an answer.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Someone with an open mind who pays attention.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Lots of improv!