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 Duck Duck Goose who are hosting a long-running improv jam online weekly.
Hello there, tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi there! We are DDG Improv, also known as Duck Duck Goose. We are a team based in London that run a free weekly improv jam that is open to all.
Tell us all about the project that you are bringing to the online world at the moment?
We have brought our long-running improv jam online! Every week, we host a show where everyone involved can play in a short two-person scene and a ten-minute longform montage of scenes. To take advantage of this new medium, we set a weekly theme for costumes and virtual backgrounds, so people wanting to go the extra mile can add a bit of visual flair. Past themes have included parties, summer, and the colour blue.
What times does it run throughout the day?
The show is every Monday night. Jammers arrive at 7:45PM (BST). The show starts at 8PM, then runs until 9:30PM. We then keep the Zoom room open for some post-show chat.
How much does it cost, what platform etc?
The show is on Zoom. You sign up for each show in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a password we give out via our newsletter and social media. It costs nothing to play, but we always appreciate tips.
How was the project formed?
DDG was started six and a half years ago by Victoria Hogg (of theofferbank.org) as a weekly jam. Since then, it has expanded to include a range of improv classes. The host team has also grown – we are now a bumper cast of nine!
How has it been going so far?
We have had our seventeenth show already on Zoom. The response has been amazing. The improv community moving online has helped us connect with so many new people – the jam has become multinational. Our gigs now feature jammers from North America on their lunch break to players from India staying up way past their bedtime.
With everything happening in the world at the moment, why is it so important to have activities like yours available?
We are a little bit of levity in your week. A chance to play, to see people. We offer a welcome ninety-minute respite from everything that is going on. Improv is life-affirming and hilarious, so exactly the pick-me-up we need in these times.
What can people expect over the next few weeks from your project?
More themes for dress up. More great jams and two-person scenes. The show is every Monday in July!
If people want to find out more about you on social media where shall they visit?
Finally why should people get involved?
You will have a great time. We work hard to make sure our spaces, virtual or otherwise, are rooms that are friendly, fun, and free. We pride ourselves on the fact that, with Team DDG, you’re sure of a safe, inclusive night.