The year 2020 has been a very unusual one and the fact that a lot of festivals have been postponed this summer we wanted to do things a bit different. Due to the fact we cannot use this time to interview and promote acts heading to the fringe, we thought we would use this time to celebrate all forms of comedy! So over the next month we are interviewing an array of acts with some fun questions so you can get to know them a little bit more! Today we talk to an improv act we have never interviewed before from Penang in Malaysia. When I got an email from this act I was very excited and intrigued to find out all about them!
Hello there tell me all about your group!What are your favourite things about being in your troupe and how was your group founded?
Created in 2017 Penang Players Improv Club has brought Improvisational Comedy to Penang. Led by Leon Bukowski an Improviser and Stand up Comedian from the UK it encourages people to come watch live comedy in Georgetown. It also teaches people how to become improvisers. Shows are once a month. Every other Thursday we do improvisation practice for anybody who wants to come along. The best thing about our group is that we have a fantastic diverse mix of people from Malaysia and Expats which makes for very different unique shows.
Describe each member of the improv acts by describing their characters by what animal they would be?
Leon: I am a mouse because I love cheese but hate cats.
Annie: I’m an eccentric monkey who teaches English and eats books.
Aaron: The B or C Grade performer who is only good at being multiple ABC champ.
Annelies: I’ll be a llama if you harm my friends I spit in your face. I’m a creative jack of all trades artistic, ambitious, adventurous, weirdo.
Lusy: Artist, teacher, comedienne, entrepreneur, mum and wonder woman.
What has been your favourite show so far?
We always love out Christmas shows they have been great shows then great parties after. Our theme shows are always fun.
Describe your group for people who have not seen you live in 5 words beginning with the letter D?
Diverse, daring, daft, delightful and dedicated.
You can only watch three other improv acts for the rest of your life – who would they be and why?
Like Extreme Improv and Liverpool Comedy Improv. Comedy store players and anyone who has been on the UK Whose line is it anyway?
What makes a good improv scene?
Good characters and simple plot.
What has been the best suggestion you have been given by an audience?
Be more funny.
Dream location to perform a show and why?
In a cave. Would be lovely Acoustics.
If people want to find out more about your group where can they go on the socials?
PPIC Penang Players Improv Club