Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Choose Your Own…Improv

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


Choose Your Own…Improv!

Location: Greenside @ Infirmary Street – Ivy Studio (Venue 236)

Dates: Aug 19-24

Time: 17:15

Price: £8, Concession £5

Ticket Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/choose-your-own-improv


 

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

The title tells you everything you need to know about the show, the audience will help decide the story so we wanted that right in the title

 

Tell us all about your show!

It’s a completely improvised story inspired by books where you choose your own adventure. We get a couple of key details from the audience at the beginning and then off we go – when we reach a fork in the road or a choice has to be made it’s over to the audience to make that choice. It could be as simple as choosing between Tea and Coffee or it could be a matter of life or death. Our fate is in your hands

 

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

Austentatious are always good value and I’ll hopefully get to see Rachel Fairburn from All Killa No Filla. Sometimes the best things at the Fringe are the things you take a punt on – my wishlist is still too long and I need to narrow it down

 

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.

Sedos have brought other productions to Edinburgh before – but this is their first Improv show. It’s really good to connect with other acts at your venue and beyond, and of course flyering – getting your show out in front of the people is hard but a good word of mouth can build audiences

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

Two shows stick with me – Claudia O’Doherty ‘The Telescope’ and from last year The Delightful Sausage who do a great mix of character and sketch comedy

 

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

We were making a story about a superhero who was helping people who had been crushed by gym weights and I named the villain ‘Killergram’ … well it made me happy at the time

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

Definitely The Bear Pack – they are able to create whole stories between the two of them and the way they represent gender is really refreshing. They’ve got a great chemistry between them and it really shows on stage

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

The good thing with Improv is that’s different each time so we have no pressure to do the same over and over again. We’ll also be enjoying the best of scottish food and drink and seeing as many shows as we can

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

Waterproof clothing – the weather can change really quickly and you don’t want to be caught out

Vitamin C tablets – finding fruit and veg can be tricky when you are out and about

Camera – so many memories to capture

 

What’s the secret to successful flyering?

You just need to get out there and put flyers in people’s hand – have a good hook so you can explain the show in a few seconds and keep smiling

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

I’ve been rewatching Whose Line Is It Anyway and to have someone like Ryan Stiles in the audience would be amazing – he’s a great improviser. Actually Clive Anderson is at The Fringe this year – maybe we should invite him along

 

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

We’re @bananahutgang on Twitter and Instagram – and we’re on facebook too. We also run Improv drop-ins through Sedos – so check out their webpage

 

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

Choices. Fun. Laughter

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