Welcome to a brand new feature which we are going to feature ever so often as part of Improv Corner. Ever so often. we are going to talk to improv acts about some of their favourite things about the comedy form. Today we speak to Lisa Lynn of the improv troupe Acaprov to find out all about parts of improv that are better then the rest in a game I like to call Playing The Favourite.
What is your favourite:
Theatrical improv – naturalistic: as organic as possible within the framework of our musical (Adi George’s Misbelief narrative Framework, with multiple musical theatre tropes)
Short form game
Late for work: with almost impossibly complicated gets – the whole cast love a challenge (or they wouldn’t be in an a cappella improvised musical!)
DTRS – Pure joy!
Film or television show
Hamilton – sure it’s footage of a live musical, but yes, we’re just that stagey!
Venue to perform at
Hoopla – pretty much our entire cast are students, teachers, house team members or all three! Hoopla feels like home. That said, the stage at Gothenburg Improfest is EPIC, and we’d love to follow in MusicBox’s footsteps and perform in Sintra at Espontaneo – Portugal
Way to wind down
Nachos in the pub (we recommend Day and Night, Angel). On tour? Boardgames, Mafia or Matt reading us whatever dirty book we find in a hostel)
Way to warm up
Royal ENT Hospital recommended vocal warm up; Harmony/Rhythm sticks; Rhyme; Story tell; focus game; high energy game
A place where 2 lovely people might meet: Nursing Home – made even funnier by the fact that the shouted suggestion was in fact ‘Glory hole’ and Lisa genuinely miss-heard it as Nursing home.
Show by another improv act
Chris Meads new Twoprov – beautifully acted theatrical improv perfection
Memory of a show
‘Mmmmmm: The Musical ‘ set at M&M World – it was many current cast members’ first show and was an absolute beaut
Part of rehearsing a show
High energy closing numbers with anything and everything that resembles dance!
Thing about performing
Emotionally engaging our audience: tight harmonies; drop outs
‘Teamwork makes the dream work’, everyone is an incredible team player
Thing about the improv industry at the moment
Diversity, so nice to see things gradually starting to balance, though there’s still so much work to be done.
Thing about this year so far?
Rehearsals – it’s like a weekly injection of joy! (Stockholm was also incredible – audience, students, hostel – everyone was just really cool – big shout out to Martin Danielsson for organising)