MissImp is the Nottingham comedy scene’s improv group. We’re a monthly resident at The Glee Club and you can find us improvising wildly elsewhere too. Comedy improv is the fusion of sketch and theatre, with the script lying ignored on the floor. We’ll take you to places you’ve never been… they may only exist in the gap between your suggestion and the yawning emptiness between our ears. We’ll fill them with the weird and wonderful – characters of jabbering insanity driven by the random engines of improvisation.
Now I am a bit stressed with work and all, but nonetheless it seemed insane not to take advantage of the proximity of some top drawer improvisers in the UK last week. I’m too busy to get to London for Slapdash but we were able to spend some time with the delightful Shannon O’Neill from The Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. Lloydie’s expensive improv whoring about has been highly advantageous for MissImp. We’ve been playing with Armando style formats of late in Fisticuffs so we sought some advice and commentary on our scenework and play
On Stage Comic Carnage Strikes Again
We’re at 8 Stoney Street with Gorilla Burger!
It’s going to be one of the most awesome comedy nights in Nottingham this June – and you can be there. Live, improvised comedy, the like of which you have never seen before.
MissImp and Slapdash Improv Festival present GORILLA BURGER
Gorilla Burger will feature two teams performing improvised comedy – plus at the end ANYONE can get on stage and have a go too.
Tickets just £4 on the door. First come, first served due to limited seating. We expect it will sell out by the 7.30pm start time. PLUS you can BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE (coz there’s no bar) – bargain.
7.30pm MissImp Intermediate Graduation show
See the graduates of our intermediate improv comedy course perform a short showcase. This is only their second time on stage after doing two levels of our course. These guys are good – and deserve warm crowd support
Fisticuffs is the Midlands’ first ever longform improv group. It is comprised of members of MissImp, Nottingham’s premier improv comedy group. Tonight they will be telling stories from their own lives and then performing scenes based on those stories. The stories they tell will be inspired by your suggestions.
SPECIAL GUEST: Fisticuffs are proud to be joined in this performance by Shannon O’Neill from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, where she is a very highly regarded performer and teacher of improvised comedy.
8.40pm – 10pm THE BIG GORILLA BURGER JAM
Anyone can play. Put your name in the hat and come up and do a scene (or a shortform game if you’d prefer). We’ll pick names out of the hat and performers will get to try out playing with new people – or even playing for the very first time. No previous experience required.
Give Me Gorilla Burger
Date: 13th June 2013 7:30pm
(doors open 7pm)
8 Stoney Street
Entry Price: £4
Minimum Age: 18
The venue is at the heart of the Creative Quarter, opposite the Old Angel pub.
This week’s jam: Who Are You?
This week’s improv jam is run by: Eddie
If you’re halfway through a scene and you can’t answer at least one of the who, what and where questions, what chance has the audience got?
This week we’ll do some practice in establishing a platform early on, and also giving your scene partner plenty of information to play with.
Then we’ll use the “Top Story” format borrowed from The Maydays, for a series of Armandos, hopefully incorporating some of the stuff we’ve just practiced.
Thursday 6th June
7.30pm – 9.30pm
8 Stoney Street
Entry Price: £3
Best value giggles ever!
This Friday MissImp return to The Glee Club and the secret is out – we’re a five star act.
A recent improv gig featuring members of the MissImp crew got a five star review citing “belly laughs from start to finish”. We intend to celebrate this in style by having a VERY big Friday night of improvised comedy – with drinking afterwards… and YOU are invited.
Improvised comedy is a growing phenomenon across the UK, but Nottingham has one of the largest, longest established improv groups in the UK – MissImp. You only have until mid-afternoon of Friday, however, to see the show at the bargain advance price of £4.50. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to be a student it’s the even more reasonably priced £3 tickets for you.
This month’s show is on Friday 31st May and you can book your tickets here.
Taking your suggestions and turning them into strange, smart and silly scenes this month are Ben, Martin, Lloydie, Parky, Marilyn and Nick.
We’ll see you there.
The Glee Club
Castle Wharf, Canal St, Nottingham
Doors open 8.00
Doors close 8.15
Show at 8.30
Tickets £6 on door (£4.50 in advance) / Students £3