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?
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?
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
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