Rhinoceros Improv Month – INTERVIEW- Meet The Players

All this month we are talking to Rhinoceros Improv about the world of comedy and shows. The team have been around for 3.5 years and this year they have got lots of shows planned including their Rhinoceros’ Big Friday monthly event at the North London Tavern, Kilburn. It happens every last Friday of the month and features improv, character comedy, sketch and clowning.

Today I speak to a couple of members of the team to get to know them a bit more and to find out about their improv adventures!

Player Name: Holly Meechan

Hello Holly, how long have you been improvising? 

Just over 5 years.

How did you get into improv? 

I come from a theatre background but have always leaned towards comedy in performance. I was looking for a way into the comedy world and was too terrified to take the stand-up open mic route! I knew a few people who were doing improv so I started going to see their shows, then taking classes myself and once I started I soon got addicted!

What is your favourite style of improv and why? 

As a child I loved the show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’, which is a short form game style. Now I much prefer long-form, particularly as a performer as I love developing characters and relationships. I also love watching musical improv, I find it such an impressive skill.

Player Name: David Hoskin 

Hello how long have you been improvising?

Six years.

How did you get into improv?

A friends recommendation and love of Whose Line is it Anyway? I signed up to an improv class with further intention of washing away the seriousness of the masters in art I was studying. And it worked, I am seriously not in the art world.

What is your favourite style of improv and why?

I would say the good kind.

Who are your top 5 favourite improvisers and why?

Anthony Atamanuik, Fred Willard, Colin Mochrie, Amy Poehler & Julia Davis

What is your favourite warm up game?

I would say all of them.

Favourite short form game?

I would say “Quick Change”.

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

Listen, ground the scene and do as many other things unrelated to improv as humanly possible.

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

Teach us to take risks.

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

Liz Kingsman. Saw her ages ago but she’s blowing up on the scene right now. She’s so light and effortless on stage. Very good. I would say.

How would you describe your personal sort of improv?

Built with a desire to act scenes that could be in a film.

Describe each member of Rhinoceros Improv in one word

Andy – grounded

Heather – game

Alice – foresight

Phil – bold

Holly – complicite

Anna – absurd

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