Improv

INTERVIEW: Laugh Along Online To Shoot From The Hip

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 a short form improv troupe that have been making a name for themselves on the London Comedy circuit for nearly 10 years! I caught up with Shoot From The Hip to find out all about their online shows they are hosting!


Hello there tell us a little bit about yourself!

We’re Shoot From The Hip, an improv group who have been going since 2011! Jeez! Our shows have been recommended by Time Out, Metro, Spotlight & The Evening Standard, and we’ve performed all over, though mainly London as we’re lazy about travel.

Tell us all about the project that you are bringing to the online world at the moment?

We’re livestreaming our shows! Four of us in our various homes huddled round webcams, doing games and scenes inspired by your suggestions, making up silliness with some special guests from TV and from big acts like The Comedy Store Players.

What times does it run throughout the day?

– 8.30 PM on our social media platforms, every Monday and Friday. It’s about an hour long, maybe hour and a quarter? Look, it’s improv and we’re all lonely, who knows.

How much does it cost , what platform etc?

– It’s free to watch, though we do have commissions which you can buy to interact with the show. You can join us on the show, buy us shots, make us rap (please don’t make us rap), and more!

How was the project formed?

– We’re in quarantine and we’re bored, so we figured we’d keep doing our live shows however we could despite not actually being on stage.

How has it been going so far?

Smashingly! We’ve had a few hundred people tune in so far and we’re hoping to reach more and try more games as we go. It’s a weirdly different format so it’s great to try something fresh.

With everything happening in the world at the moment, why is it so important to have activities like yours available?

– I think we’ve all binged Netflix to hell, so it’s good to have something where you can actually connect with the show, something new, and something where the performers are in the same situation you are. Hopefully, it’s a great bonding experience, AND you can drink along with us.

What can people expect over the next few weeks from your project?

Some lovely guests! So far we’ve had Neil Mullarkey from The Comedy Store Players, Catherine Russell off Holby City, are about to have Tanya Reynolds form Sex Education, and have loads more turning up too. Turns out we’re better connected than we thought.

If people want to find out more about you on social media where shall they visit?

Visit us at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShootImpro

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shootimpro

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ShootFromTheHipcomedy/

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/shootfromthehip

HURRAH!

Finally why should people get involved?

Get involved because it’ll make you happy, it’ll be something new in this incredibly slow lockdown life, and because then when we’re back on stage you can come see us and tell us you’ve been watching us on camera and we’ll be creeped out and then you’ll say no no, I meant on the livestream, and we’ll all laugh at the misunderstanding and then we’ll hug because we’ll be allowed to hug again if you’re into that sort of thing.

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