When I interview improv acts I always like to have a fun round of Quick Fire questions to have a bit of silliness and also to see what people say to these answers. Well I thought this week we could take a look at just a small handful of the fun answers we have had from the hundreds of acts that I have spoken to.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Sam: Ate a fully intact fried scorpion in Vietnam. Crispy yet mushy. Revolting (Banana Hut Gang )
Ben: I love cheddar cheese and lemon curd on toast ( Hoof Improv)
Emily: I am the least adventurous eater in the world and have a very bland palate. Possibly goat in a pie in Greece. (Improv Treehouse Podcast)
Hugh: Mince Pie and Stilton? Now I’m a believer. Get on it… well, next year I guess. (Stealing The Show)
Fraser Parry: My housemate once made cookies using ground crickets instead of flour. They weren’t bad at all. Bit crumbly. (Dreamweaver Quartet)
Who is your comedy hero and why?
James: For me it has to be Victoria Wood. She had such a way with language and created really great characters, particularly for women. I quote her stuff all the time ‘By God, if her bum were a bungalow she’s never get a mortgage on it…’ (Banana Hut Gang )
Alex: Ryan Stiles. He’s another tall improviser! And I love his physical comedy and character work. (Mad Monkey)
Rachel: I love Stefan Golaszewski’s writing. Mum is a gorgeous balance of belly laughs and gentle character comedy, all layered on top of real sadness. I’d like to think we achieve something similar with Between Us. (Between Us)
Phillipa – Neil Simon (American playright), Cariad Lloyd. Pure talent which resonates. (Rhinoceros)
B.R.A – I think it has to be Billy Connolly. He has an almost melodic quality to his stories and jokes that you can’t help but get swept up in. My favourite line of his is when he says he used to be a folk singer but he had to quit because he sounded like “a goose farting in the fog”. (B.R.A)
What would your autobiography be called?
Tai: Writer’s Block, it would also be two pages long (Do The Right Scene)
Alistair: I’m with Stupid ( City Impro)
Carla – “Why Didn’t I Think of that Earlier?” (Ministry of Unplanned Occurrences )
Sean: Play To Win, Don’t Care If We Lose. (ComedySportz Manchester)
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Stephen: Angela Lansbury! Any of the famous TV detectives would be great, but having inspired the show’s title has to put her top of the list. (Murder She Didn’t Write)
Gary: Stan “The Man” Lee ( MARVELus)
Charlie: A history geek with a childish sense of humour. (Charlie Vero-Martin)
Alex: Sir Ian Fleming. Seems unlikely at this stage though. (Shaken Not Stirred)
Sam: Not JK Rowling. She’d probably cry at the massacre of her beloved characters. (Spontaneous Potter)
If you could be from any other decade (or era), which would it be??
Jules: No other era has as much freedom and equality for women (although it’s still a work in progress), ASOS, or Jonny Woo. So I’ll stick here thanks. I would love to see London when it was just a few villages and fields. No tube WiFi though. (Bareback Kings)
If you had to have a tattoo to represent improv what would you have and why?
Seamus: K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) (The McClanes)
Edd: Simple, but I’d just have “Yes” (Work In Progress)
Francesca: I would have the words “The gift of the unplanned is the present of presence” does what it says on the tin innit?! (Bareback Kings)
Jake: YES AND… Just to remind me of that one rule! (Jake The Improviser)
A – The laughing drama face to remind me not to take myself so bloody seriously (Impronauts)
Alex: Two people having each other’s back. There are going to be times when you are not sure what to do, so having someone there who’s got your back means you’re not alone and you can work it out together. (Mad Monkey)
What is your favourite movie quote?
Emily: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Because it was improvised! (Improv Treehouse Podcast)
Rachel: “Greetings and salutations.” Christian Slater in Heathers. Absolute gold! (Between Us)
FR: Empire records – “Joe: Who knows where thoughts come from. They just appear.” (Die Hards)
Hugh: P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. (Stealing The Show)
Mariana: “yippee ki yay mother f*cker” (20% Less)
Spontaneous Wrecks – “……..” (it’s from a silent movie) (Spontaneous Wrecks)
Robin: I watched The Princess Bride again recently and I enjoyed it, despite the gender attitudes I didn’t really notice the first time around and couldn’t put entirely down to genre. Still, the hairs prick up on the back of my neck to this: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” It’s the hello that really does it. (Swipe Right)