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: Trista
How long have you been improvising?
HA! for about 5 years i’ve been saying ‘i’ve been improvising for 10 years’ sooo, let’s say 13 years, adjusted for memory loss.
How did you get into improv?
I moved to Amsterdam with my dog. my dog died. I realized I needed to talk to non-dog people. For some reason, I let myself type in ‘comedy classes amsterdam’ in the search box.
I don’t even think I knew what ‘improv’ was. I went to the easylaughs Sunday workshop. I was terrified and HOOKED.
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
*disclaimer: this answer is subject to the day of the week, what meal(s) I’ve eaten, the alignment of the planets…
I like watching duos trusting and playing and dishing out an array of fabulous characters.
Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?
What?! Did they start ranking improvisers?!
- Ones that can sing (#1 has 2-5 , #2 has 3-5, etc.).
- Ones that breathe life into scenes with object work and environment.
- Ones that listen haaaard and react organically.
- Ones that be silly like dat.
- Ones that can really let go and dive in.
What is your favourite warm-up game?
The elimination kind where you have to do an action correctly or against someone or race or else you’re OUT and there’s screaming and moving around and i’m usually the loudest one.. The jungle (Polish animals), houses & owners, king tag, draw, bippety bippety bop
Favourite short-form game?
Why are you soooo obsessed with favorites?!? These questions make my mind buckle.
The one I’ve never played before. I like being new and all surprised and things.
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
‘Trista, be more positive about the offer presented to you.’
Root your characters in reality and then exaggerate 1000%.
Let your body/expressions tell the story of your character.
What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?
I’ve seen two episodes of Middleditch and Schwartz. they look like they’re having a BALL.
They look like they trust each other. I like how they play women. I laughed out loud, I didn’t think that was possible with recorded improv.
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
We recently did an exercise where I went out of the room and the remaining players discussed what they think I like doing/playing in scenes.
I come back in the room and immediately enter a scene with a few of my favourite things.
big/loud/quirky, ever-changing characters, uber spontaneous.
Describe each easylaughs member in one word
Nicole – the fixer
Ben – the englishman/jester
Ashley – the big brain
Huib – the peacekeeper
Marith – the thespian
Steven – the switch hitter
Jenny – the left fielder