Don’t Mess Improv Month – INTERVIEW – Meet Karla

For July we are very excited to be able to go behind the scenes of the new improv team on the block, Don’t Mess. Don’t Mess is a global all women and non-binary improv team and their shows explore the world of zoom meetings because who knew there could be so much fun that could be created from this world! All this week we are getting to meet a different member of the team, today we talk to Karla.

Player Profile – Karla

Hello Karla how long have you been improvising?

12 years

How did you get into improv?

Mid-life Crisis on a cruise ship

What is your favourite style of improv and why?

Dramatic Long Form

Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?

  •      Michelle Gilliam – her vocalization and her characters
  •      Jay Sukow – his joy and passion
  •      Elizabeth Byland – her physicality and wonderful awkwardness
  •      Jorge of the Mountains – he glows and brings light to scenes
  •     Liz Allen – she pushes the need for vulnerability

What is your favourite warm up game?

3 line scenes

Favourite short form game?

New Option

What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?

Be authentic, listen to your heart and tummy and take care of yourself.

In no more than 5 words, what advice would you give them?

Don’t try to be funny

What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?

  •     The Adamant Eves
  •       Glossop Improv
  •       Comediasians

How would you describe your personal sort of improv?

A flair for the dramatic while supporting my scene partners

Describe each member of Don’t Mess in one word

  •   Sarah – surprising
  • Simone – delightful
  • Fiona – resourceful
  •  Brenna – strength
  • LLaura – centered
  • MJ – endearing

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