This month we are travelling all the way (well metaphorically) to Amsterdam to learn all about the improv scene there! All months we will be chatting to easylaughs that offer comedy shows, improv and stand up classes and improv workshops, in English. Today we find out all about the team!
Hello, can you tell us a little bit about the improv team easylaughs?
We are a group of about 10 players from all over the world and we are based in Amsterdam. We do short-form and long-form improv comedy. We offer weekly improv workshops and have improv and stand up courses as well.
How did you guys form?
Nicole: There was a group of improviser students who had all taken a course at Boom Chicago, another English improv group started earlier in Amsterdam. They would meet once a month and all were welcome. I joined and after a few months I suggested we try to rent a theater and do a show. Somehow we got enough audience in the first few months, and the workshops always brought new people in, and that was how we got started.
How did you come up with the name of your troupe?
We definitely thought of ourselves as being a “no-frills” comedy group (ie no money for production values) and we jumped on the easyjet bandwagon. We had to change the font and colour to avoid legal action from the easy corporation.
What style of Improv do you do?
We always enjoy short-form but in the past few years we have evolved into doing more long form style and then we like different genres and styles. We have tried game shows, reality shows, dystopia and Harry Potter. We even did an improv version of Korean game shows.
What will make you different to other improv shows out there?
We’re a mixed bunch from a variety of backgrounds with more experience than we care to admit. We are lucky enough to be able to rehearse every week and do shows every week, so I think we have a quickness and sharpness that stands out above the crowd.
What other improv groups are you a fan of and why?
3forAll for their amazing characters, Barcelona Improv Group for their beautiful range of playing styles, Jada Jada in Tampere, Finland for their innovation and energy.
What advice would you give for people thinking about starting an improv troupe?
Do it! Work backwards- set the date for the show first, then everything follows- do the promotions, do the rehearsing, get the people who are going to play. For us, having the weekly workshops created both the audience and the community and in a very practical sense, also created the money to do the shows.
What about extra advice for those wanting to focus on an improv style or format they are creating?
Find the style or format that you love and that inspires you. The format is there to make you look good, so make sure it is working for you.
If people want to find out more about you where can they find you on social media?