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. Throughout out the month we are talking to each member of the team to find out more about them.
Player Profile: Marith
How long have you been improvising?
Half of my life.
How did you get into improv?
I saw a theatresports match in my hometown and knew it was for me. So I found the company owner after the show and the rest is history.
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
I love improv that uses implied storytelling. It is great to let the audience use their imagination on whatever you’re playing.
Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?
WHAT. Only 5 people?
Kiki Hohnen, because she can make everyone the star of a scene.
Inbal Lori, because her characters are so nicely layered and outspoken.
My mom, because I always threw stuff at her way earlier than expected for a certain age.
Laura Doorneweerd, because she is living the best improv life ever.
Jenny Hasenack, because her brain and subtleties are making the scene.
What is your favourite warm-up game?
See, the thing is, I never know the name of any warm up game.
So if I have to name it, it’s ‘the jungle’. At the moment it is anyway, ask me again next week and it might be different.
Favourite short-form game?
Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder.
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
– When you’re improvising, you’re side-coaching as well.
– Dare to try the highs and the lows.
– Get on stage with only women.
What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?
Doris Likes Everything. I have to admit, four of my favourite people. The great thing is, they work very well on stage, the joy just bursts into the audience. Second would be a formatted show I saw in France. It was one show in a bigger set of shows. It tells the story of a different ex everytime. So same woman, different partner performer to do the show with. Especially liked the visuals and concept of the show.
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
Truthful, personal, with strong characters, monologues and as part of the team.
Describe each easylaughs member in one word
Nicole – Joyous
Jenny – Inventive
Huib – Steady
Ben – Sturdy
Trista – Bubbly
Steven – Clever
Ashley – Dry