Improv Corner – Playing The Favourite – INTERVIEW with Safe Jam

Welcome to the 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 are speaking to Kelsey Yuhara, a member of Acaprov who is hosting a new monthly jam in Shoreditch call Safe Jam. This weekend saw the first one happen and you can get involved again on the 16th April – find out more details here . Today we speak to Kelsey about favourite things about improv.

What is your Favourite:

Improv style

To do: emotionally grounded authentic scenes
To watch: a tie of the above and short form games

Short form game

Forward Rewind

Improv act

It’s been a while since I’ve seen the show, but I really admire the skill of the players of Mahşer-i çümbüş

Film or television show

Black Mirror

Venue to perform at

Hoopla at the Miller because of the wonderful community grown over the years

Way to wind down

Foot bath with salts

In a literal sense: a hot shower or with my new pleasure since 2023, electric blanket.

For anything solo: dancing to upbeat music playing through earphones
With a group: group physical games like chicken monster, king elephant, etc


Something that makes you smile

Show by another improv act

DTRS (Do The Right Scene)

Memory of a show

Still remember a silent scene from a DDG jam with Vanessa Tsu where we ended up blocking a hallway in the online improv days of 2020

Part of rehearsing a show

That moment when the comfortability and the knowledge of all the group members is in synthesis

Thing about performing

Connection with the audience


Advice given to me by a woman who I only met once and do not remember her name (quote is summarized):

Change your mind about what you want to do as many times as you like. It’s your life and no one will live it but you. No one else will mind if you keep changing and at the end you’re the one who is looking back and needs to be ok with your choices.

Thing about the improv industry at the moment

Discussion about inclusivity and making players feel safe and supported

Thing about this year so far?

The coming of spring and seeing the first daffodils

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