Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Improvabunga

It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year! We have also been able to interview some of the acts that are heading up to the Fringe as well.

Ed Fringe 2019


Location:  theSpace @ Niddry St – Upper Theatre (Venue 9)

Dates: Aug 2-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24

Time: 21:20

Price: £7 Concession £6


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Hello! Tell us about The Watch This Improv Troupe ?

We are an Improv Troupe returning to the Fringe for our 15th year! Each member is currently a student at the University of Birmingham, and we perform a range of improv forms, now bringing our movie based show ‘Improvabunga!’ to Edinbrugh. We have performed this show at the fringe for 8 years now, and last year won the Derek Award for Best Improv 2018.

How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the fringe?

Our show is very silly, and so it needed a silly name. The rumours go that two old troupe directors were playing around with a way to make improv sound more interesting, and adding the word ‘Bunga’ seemed to do the trick!

Tell us all about your show!

Our show is a totally improvised movie-adventure-extravaganza! Where we bring film genres to life before your very eyes in a 50-minute improvised show. But that’s not all! There’s also live musical accompaniment and buzzers where the audience control the performers making us kiss, slap and sing.

In short. It’s a silly movie based improvised show, where the audience has all the power.

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

We all went to support ‘Showstoppers’ last year which was amazing and we can’t wait to see them again! Personally, I’m also looking forward to seeing ‘Police Cops- Badass Be Thy Name’ since the whole troupe kept going on about how amazing they were last year.

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.

Yes I have done the fringe before, my main advice from last year would definitely be to sleep, that’s a key one.

Another key bit of advice I would give would be to go and see as many different shows as possible. The talent at the fringe is so rich and diverse, you’ve gotta make the most of it. If you don’t think you’ll like it, see it anyway, and then you’ll know for sure.

What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

From the improvised shows I saw last year, I was blown away by the talent of ‘Impromptu Shakespeare’ who managed to put on a show whilst talking entirely in Shakespearean and even getting into the wit of Shakespere himself.

Otherwise I adored ‘[insert slogan here]’ by YESYESNONO because it was just so immersive and like nothing I’d seen before.

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

My favourite one liner actually came from an audience member, where our show had been set up as a Slasher Horror set in a Nunnery, to which an audience almost burst out of his seat to suggest that the show should be called ‘And then there were nun..’. He was a comedy genius. Enough said.

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?

I saw a wild show about a lime last year. That was very absurd. Brilliant, but absurd. Think it was ‘Gethin Alderman is: Sublime’. I think I would say it was unique because at one point I did wonder to myself if he would be shouting ‘LIME!’ for the entire 50 minutes. That fear as an audience member is not something you’d face at Live at the Apollo.

What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?

I think it’s a wonderful balance between planning ahead and being spontaneous. See the shows you’re desperate to see, and go to the shows which you’ve been flyered for 2 minutes before it starts. That way you try new things, but also know you’re making the most of your time there.

What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?

Ear plugs. Edinburgh is noisy, and so are most housemates.

Walking boots. Everyone should make the trek up Arthur’s Seat to de-stress from the busy city.

Something warm. It may be August but Edinburgh seems unaware of this fact.

What’s the secret to successful flyering?

Knowing what’s for lunch afterwards. Oh and smiling.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Someone who has never seen improv before. It doesn’t matter who is watching it, we just want to keep improv alive and the best way to do that is to get as many new people into it.

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

Facebook: @WatchThisImprov

Twitter: @watchthisimprov

Instagram: @watchthisimprov

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

Will. Be. Silly.

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