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: Steven
Hello how long have you been improvising?
How did you get into improv?
I’d moved to Australia and was interested in trying new things. I’d already started doing standup comedy, so it was a natural progression.
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
I love long form in many of its varieties. With the right chemistry with your other players, it’s such a joy to flesh out your ideas.
Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?
Counting them as one, my fellow easylaughs players are all incredible, there’s a reason that I jumped at the chance when I joined this group. Luke Rimmelzwaan has a seemingly effortless ability to encapsulate pretty much every character I’ve seen him become. Amy Currie & Natalie Bochenski are both brilliant. Kiki Hohnen is amazing too.
What is your favourite warm-up game?
The Zombie Name Game, particularly if it’s with a group whose names I don’t know.
Favourite short-form game?
Film Noir, interspersing the scene with narratives which the characters can’t hear.
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
- Stop talking so much.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?
I miss seeing new acts.
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
Big ridiculous characters and lots of wordplay.
Describe each easylaughs member in one word
Ashley – Refined
Trista – Effervescent
Nicole – Flexible
Jenny – Supportive
Ben – Elegant
Marith – Powerful
Huib – Adaptive