Tell us three unknown facts about The Phoenix Remix!
OK I don’t know if these are all unknown but here we go:
1) When people type Phoenix comedy in Google apparently we come up the top of the search so we have a lot of followers and readers from this part of Arizona (Hello readers from here! I only just found this out from someone on Twitter)
2) The name of the site is inspired by two of my favourite lyrics from The Fall Out Boy song The Phoenix. I love the way to me it sort of is a metaphor for what I wanted this site to be.
Change you like a remix (I want to change your perception to what you watch, listen to and make you more open to new acts and entertainment)
Raise you like a Phoenix (from the new information you have learnt or act you have discovered it raises you up to expand your enjoyment of that area or topic.)
3) The first ever article written on this site was a review of a stand up show with James Acaster and Nish Kumar.
How did your website start?
Writing has always been in my blood and I originally wanted to be a journalist but then I discovered video editing and motion graphics. I have never stopped writing since as early as I can remember. I was the Editor of the college magazine, a Features Editor of the University magazine (and won award for it) and then have written poetry and music related reviews etc as long as i can remember. I started the website because I wanted to have somewhere I can write about comedy and music.
How did you come up with the name of your website? Was it difficult?
Naming something is always really hard and I remember that it was super difficult to create one. I cannot remember how I decided on this but I know I wrote a lot down. I will say a romantic answer as well and say music inspired me….although I can’t remember if that is true.
Tell us a little bit about the show that are happening this week?
This weeks show is the first ever Phoenix Remix Live event raising money for Arts4Dementia. There will be a lot of varied acts performing from stand up comedians to improv comedy with hip hop! There will be parts of the night also based on popular articles on the website. There will be a music quiz about Forgotten Pop with a prize for the winner and also a Question Roulette battle between a number of Improv Acts!
What three things are you looking forward to about this show?
- I have made it my mission to make this show unique and very differently set out to others so I want to see how audiences react to it and if it works as its very complex
- I can’t wait to see all the acts perform, there are so many talented people on this list that I am looking forward to see them all in the same building.
- Performing with the new Phoenix Remix house team The Phoenix Players
It is the month of January! What are your new year improv resolutions for this year?
I want to incorporate playing live music at a show. It is the one thing I am super nervous about and now it is time to face those fears! I have been playing for years it’s just playing and waiting for the judgement!
It is a new decade – what would you like to see happen to improv in the next 10 years?
I hope that improv keeps being funny! I also hope that people keep creating innovative ways to use the comedy form!
How do you warm up before a show?
The one thing I do before any show that I am a part of is listen to Panic! At The Disco – I did it my first ever improv show and now it is sort of a ritual. I also like to play warm up games with the teams and make sure everything tech wise is ready.
What have been some of the best suggestions that you have been given in a show and why?
I love the suggestions people put in for the game Lines Out of a Hat, we have had so many fun ones over the years as Punderstandably. My favourite one was when I was a robot in Ikea and we had some Spanish audience members and they put in Spanish phrases it was very fun and weirdly fit the scene so well as we had just been talking about dishes for paella!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Here of course! We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as The Phoenix Remix. If you follow us tomorrow night we have different acts doing a takeover on each channel so they will be able to give you a different perspective on all!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Lots of fun!
QUICK FIRE ROUND
If you could have any three people (dead or alive) over for dinner – who would they be?
Tom Delonge, Charlie Chaplin and Jim Carrey
What’s the best piece advice you’ve received?
Live everyday to the full otherwise you could wake up dead tomorrow ( This was something related to the Simpson episode where Homer eats Puffer fish and I think I amalgamated their quote into this and have lived by it since I saw that epsiode as a kid)
Do you have any pets?
No although I desperately want dogs. One day I also want to open a bunny sanctuary for all the abandoned Rabbits.
If you could be from any other decade (or era), which would it be??
Hmmm. The twenties… but hey we are in the ‘roaring 20s’ so maybe I can make it what I want! I want to do Charleston dancing and live like a flapper!
If you had to have a tattoo to represent improv what would you have and why?
If i ever got a tattoo it wouldn’t be improv related because I can’t think of anything clever…the most suggested object is usually a pineapple so maybe one of them with the skin carved out to spell Yes and
What’s on your music playlists right now?
I listen to a lot of music but there are a few at the moment that I have on constant repeat. Yungbluds music has grown on me so much since seeing him live, I only went and saw him as wanted something to do that night and hadn’t heard his music and now I can’t get enough. His lyrics are very bold and I can see why he has so many fans he is also incredibly talented. Also the acoustic album Damnesia by Alkaline Trio I am listening to a lot recently, Waterparks Fandom is a very good album and Heart and Mind by The New Regime is also played a lot.