If you are looking for a show to head to this weekend then why not head over to Hoopla Impro for the Pre-party to meet and watch a brand new troupe. Comediasians are an all Asian comedy group and they still may be new on the scene but they are making waves in the community. I caught up with one of the founders, Bruce to find out all about their set.
Date: Saturday 12th October
Location: Hoopla Impro, London Bridge
How did your troupe form?
There aren’t any Asian improv teams in the UK (that I know of) and that sucks. There’s barely any representation of British East Asian and South Asian people on anything. It’s only just starting to pick up now but it could be so much better, so I reached out to Asian improvisers to get something brewing.
I feel there’s a real pressure in Asian culture to be super serious so we go out there to break stereotypes by being as goofy as possible.
How did you come up with the name of your troupe? Was it difficult?
It was one of the most anxiety inducing things I’ve ever had a part in. Unsurprisingly, it’s a combo of ‘comedy’ and ‘Asians’, but it’s also created an unintentional consequence where people don’t know how to pronounce it. And I’ll never tell them how.
How did you get into improv?
We all got into improv for different reasons. I got into the habit of listening to podcasts while I drew and became obsessed with Comedy Bang! Bang!
I thought improv was short and quick like Whose Line Is It Anyway? And I didn’t realise that it could be this long narrative of cascading silliness. When it comes together just right, you can feel that connection between improvisers and the audience and it’s like nothing else. It’s crazy unpredictable and I wanted to be a part of that insanity.
Tell us a little bit about the show that is happening this week?
We’re performing at Hoopla Impro Theatre on the 12th October. There’s no special guest this time so expect deep introspection on Asian culture and lots of jokes about butts.
It is the month of October, the month of halloween! What is the scariest suggestion you have been given on stage and why?
A couple breaking up. It got too real.
How do you warm up before a show?
Getting physical and getting loud. Once I get both of those going, all that tension and nervousness in my body just goes away.
What have been some of the best suggestions that you have been given in a show and why?
Can’t think of any but I will say the best suggestions are usually the simplest ones. They’re the best ones because you get to take them in a crazy amount of directions. I like to take suggestions to inspire a scene then eventually abandon the suggestion all together. That way there’s nothing arbitrary to constrict your choices, and then your characters can go anywhere.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
We’re @comediasians on all the things! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, not LinkedIn – we’re there!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Unique, Sexy, Cool