With the difficult times we are facing at the moment, it is the perfect time to try something new whilst you are forced to stay indoors and over the next couple of weeks we are interviewing acts that are putting on everything from projects to lessons. Today, we are talking to an improv duo called Avacado Improv who are used to doing shows with long gaps of speaking, well they are using this time to completely flip this concept with a brand new Spotify project. I caught up with them to find out more!
Hello there tell us a little bit about yourself!
Jacob Migicovsky (the smaller one) and Hamza Mohsin (the larger one) make up both parts of Avocado. Each night we take inspiration from a classic jazz track and flow into a long form that focusses on character and relationship. Friends for longer than we care to remember, our appetite for movies, music, and comedy is the glue that holds our melded minds together.
Tell us all about the project that you are bringing to the online world at the moment?
In the next month we’ll be releasing our first album on Spotify, popping new clips during live sessions on Instagram (@avocado_improv) and facebook, and hopefully giving you some laughs to get through this crazy time. And as always, we’ve got our weekly playlist which you can find on Spotify by searching ‘Avocado Presents’, refreshed every Thursday.
What times does it run throughout the day?
Look out on insta and facebook for announcements
How much does it cost , what platform etc?
Free on Spotify
How was the project formed?
We’ve always had a thing for old school comedy albums, stuff like Nichols & May and Derek & Clive. We’d been doing our show at The Etcetera Theatre for a while, and wanted to find more ways to experiment with improv, try something new. So, since last year we started sitting down regularly in front of two mics, hitting record, and building organic scenes like we do on stage.
How has it been going so far?
It’s been a completely new experience, especially because on stage we can go minutes without talking. We make a point to be very physical and let the silence exist, but of course you can’t really do that on a record. Sometimes we get the space across with the right word, or sometimes we add a few sound effects later to really bring the mood out. What’s really great about getting in a studio is that you can whisper right into the mic and it sounds louder than anything you could say on stage, there’s another quality, you can feel right next to someone.
With everything happening in the world at the moment, why is it so important to have activities like yours available?
We think everyone is still coping with the loss of any live theatre, it’s a very strange thing. Avocado is gonna be another way to replace the void of improv, of feeling something in the moment, something new. Personally, we’re already getting tired of sitting down every night and watching TV, and we want to give another choice, for people to close their eyes and leave their screens behind.
What can people expect over the next few weeks from your project?
Lots of new releases, bonus tracks, and a constant stream of music and comedy.
If people want to find out more about you on social media where shall they visit?
Finally why should people get involved?
Put on headphones, lie on the couch, hang out with us and have a laugh.