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 Fiona
Player Profile – Fiona
Hello Fiona how long have you been improvising?
How did you get into improv?
Was interviewing a game designer on my RPG (roleplaying game) podcast and asked ‘What’s the biggest tip you would give to someone who wants to run your game?’ and they said ‘Take an improv course’. And I don’t do things by half – so I did (a full 8 week one) and never looked back!
What is your favourite style of improv and why?
I am a massive fan of horror and slow burn so recently anything improvised genre which involves horror elements – I just think it is masterful when it is done right!
Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?
Can’t limit it to 5 so I am going to cope out and say Don’t Mess! They are incredibly creative and supportive!
What is your favourite warm up game?
‘Die/Not Today’ – You pick someone in your team and shout ‘DIE’ whilst throwing some imaginary weapon or spell. Your teammate needs to catch it, preventing the killing blow, and say ‘Not Today!’. Then they repeat the process with a new person/new way of killing. Think huge battle montage on a massive budget!
Favourite short form game?
Pan Left/Channel hopping – it’s a classic but I really love it
What are the three top tips anyone has ever taught you in improv?
- Look after yourself at the top of the scene before you look after anyone else
- Act like you are 100% in your choice, even if you are 51% confident
In no more than 5 words, what advice would you give them?
‘If in doubt, reply ‘what?’’
What are some of your favourite new acts you have come across this year and why?
Not really a new act but I love anything Jon Nguyen is in. He is so lovely and his generosity translates to improv every single time!
How would you describe your personal sort of improv?
Quirky, nerdy humour with a dash of grounded realism
Describe each member of Don’t Mess in one word
Amazing x5 (it’s a cope out but true!)