Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022

Funny At The Fringe – INTERVIEW – Keeping Up with the Kimprov

It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Edinburgh Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year!

The Cambridge Impronauts Present: Keeping Up with the Kimprov

Location:  Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose – Nip (Venue 24)

Dates: Aug 3rd-28th

Time: 23:00

Price: £10 / Concessions £9

Ticket Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/cambridge-impronauts-present-keeping-up-with-the-kimprov

Hello! Tell us about yourself, Impronauts ? 

Hiya! We’re The Cambridge Impronauts, a Cambridge-based improv troupe made up of all sorts: students, locals, ex-students who share a similar love for letting our imaginations loose, creating characters who might share an affinity to your grandma, all the way to talking animals (I’m looking at you, feminist moose). We work together on stage, to make up stories based on your prompts, to hopefully entertain you (and us!) 

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

It might ring a bell if you’ve heard of the Kardashians…but it’s so much better, I promise. 

Tell us all about your show!

The premise is: improv but in Reality TV Show format! Based off audience prompts of a minor inconvenience (which we will obviously make into a VERY big deal, Kardashian-style), we’ll bring a new family to you every night who will create a unique show each time! Anything could happen…we’ve had affairs with the podiatrist, lonesome bobsledding in a moment of rebellion, and angst: Chris just wanted to be accepted into the family by being sculpted. Don’t ask. 

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

I’m really excited to see Showstopper – the improvised musical! The more improv the merrier. 

Have you done the fringe before? What are the key pieces of advice you have been given or would give to new groups or people performing at the fringe. 

I’ve personally not! However, the Impronauts have been regulars at the Edinburgh Fringe for years. Most recently, with our Rom-Com, “Improv Actually”!

What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

I first experienced Improv through a show called Comic Sans: Return of the Serif – a show in Armando form (where a monologist gives a 5 minute stand up spiel, and then Improvisers create scenes based off prompts in that). The thing I loved about it is that the scenes get more and more ridiculous as you call back to random things people have brought in – one scene ended up being a monologue from the carpet, simply fed up of being walked all over. Then we skipped to a scene where people were whooshing about, pretending to scooter between the clouds.  It was absurd, whacky and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

Probably a physical moment actually – when I had to fight my ‘sister’ through interpretative dance. 

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe? 

Toothbrush, shoes, porridge? 

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy shows you have seen this year and why?

I recently did go to a sketch show in which a sock puppet demonstrated how to put on a condom. It was certainly unique.

What is the best way to enjoy yourself at the fringe?

Come and see Kimprov. 

The best thing about performing at the fringe?

I think it will be the absolute buzz of being surrounded by people all so enthusiastic and ready to entertain everyone !! There’s something incredible about the amount of creativity that will be crammed into one place!

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

I think a late show every night will be difficult, but we’re hoping to swap out, so there’ll only be a maximum of 6 performers at a time, which should give people a chance to rest!

What would be your top three items every performer must take to the fringe?

Having not gone, I would say: a reusable coffee cup, sunglasses for the clout, and deodorant.  

What’s the secret to successful flyering? 

Damian– I can’t claim to know the secret, but this year we’re really pleased that Gilded Balloon are encouraging their acts to avoid paper flyers. Instead, we’ll be roaming the streets holding a giant poster, encouraging people to snap our QR Code, grab a photo of our poster, or just shout “KIMPROV!” with us until the word loses all meaning.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

I think Miranda Hart. She’s simply fantastic and was my first favourite comedian. 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @Impronauts / #Kimprov

Web: impronauts.com

Show Tickets: Gilded Balloon or edfringe.com

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show? 

Pain of death. 

(joking, no death – improv is very light-hearted…and I’m well aware this is now more than three words, apologies – but do come!)

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