Improv Jam – Thursday 24 September 2014

This week’s jam: Top That


This weeks jam is run by Geoff.

You won’t need a gingham lid for this 2 hour jam making session. The home-made jam is of the comic improvisational variety.

Geoff will draw names and games out of hat and they shall be turned into scenes we shall never see again. Simple as ABC. Unless it’s the alphabet game backwards. Now there’s a thought. Other games will include ‘Top That’ and ‘I like my (something) like I like my (women/men)’.

If that sounds confusing then come along and all will be revealed.

Thursday 24th September
7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St

MissImp in the Nottingham Comedy Festival 2014

Stuff To Do Next Week

The year spins round to the Nottingham Comedy Festival once more and the eight days from 19th to the 27th September are as full as ever. Check out the full line up here.

As ever we’re contributing a few bouts of entertainment ourselves – Pub Poetry on Monday, a free improv workshop on Tuesday and our regular The Glee Club show on Friday! Join us – we will have fun.

NCF 2014

Monday 22nd September 2014

Pub Poetry – Open Mic Comic Lit

NCF Pub Poetry 2014 A fun, free and informal night of light-hearted and comic spoken word and poetry with plenty of drinking: without beer, literature is nothing. Bring your own words, bring your favourite authors or just sit back and listen. Poems, short stories, songs are all welcome – just so long as they’re funny.
48-52 Canal Street
8.00pm – FREE

Tuesday 23nd September 2014

Introduction to Improv Comedy Workshop

NCF MissImp Workshop 2014Want to be funny, spontaneous and creative? This introduction to improvised comedy takes you into games, exercises and techniques for finding comedy and creativity with others.
Hopkinson 21
21 Station Street
8.00pm (finish approx 10pm) – FREE

Friday 26th September 2014

MissImp in Action – live improv comedy show

MissImp_In_Action 2014Thrilling all-action end of the month show sporting the best of MissImp inventing scenes and playing games.
The Glee Club
The Waterfront
Canal Street
8.30pm (doors open at 8pm) – £4.50 in advance/£6 on the door (£3 students/MissImp)

Improv Jam – Thursday 18 September 2014

This week’s jam: A Night At The Movies


This week’s jam is run by Colin.

Movies can be a great form of inspiration for improv! Whether it’s by taking stock characters, bastardising plot lines or playing on familiar genre tropes, movies feature greatly in the improv scene. But what if we were to take that further..?

Join us this Thursday as we explore the murky depths of movie based games/scenes!

Orange Wednesday codes are not valid for this event. This screening is not in 3D. May contain inappropriateness to varying degrees: viewer discretion is advised.

Thursday 18th September
7.30pm – 9.30pm
The Corner
8 Stoney St

Improv Helped Me, It Can Help You Too

A post by the ever lovely (and terrifying in Shoot Out) Elliott Bower:

Improv is Awesome

Improv has always been fun to watch and do because quite simply it is off the cuff which is what life is: there’s no script for life.

ElliottNottingham’s premier Improv company MissImp have been progressively making an impact in the Nottingham comedy scene developing many people to let loose and just be funny with games and scenes produced on the spot with suggestions from the audience in a friendly atmosphere.

Among other forms, they play games as seen in the popular comedy improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? such as the Alphabet Game, Whose Line and Party Quirks.

A very funny example of this can be seen in this video where Nick And Ben are playing Whose Line whilst on a date in Uttoxeter (this was suggested by the audience).

MissImp have been performing in numerous venues around the city for a number of years but currently have residence at The Glee Club on the last Friday of the month and The Corner in Hockley where anyone can come and have a go and take part in a show uniquely named Gorilla Burger.

Improv Is Personal

For me, MissImp has developed my skills as a person like I never thought possible. I suffer from Aspergers syndrome and manic depression so I’m not the best in the world at communication. I find it difficult to make friends and my listening skills and short term memory are all over the place. When I told some of the members of MissImp about this they were extremely supportive and have helped me to develop ever since.

The only vice I have that gets me through is performing and watching comedy.

When I perform I now make a habit of not thinking in advance until the bell rings otherwise it just isn’t improv, I highly enjoy playing a high status villains, In a nutshell they are just fun to play.

Not only does MissImp allow you the chance to perform in front of a friendly crowd and be funny, it subliminally allows you to develop your self confidence, boost your social skills and just make you learn more about yourself as a person.

I started in the group in the summer of 2009, I wanted to get back into acting after being stuck in a dead end job for a few years, I found it difficult at first and then with development from the jams I attended every Thursday I got better and created new habits of not thinking just doing.

I’ve made really great friends with the people that have come along over the years, I also met Nottingham Comedy Festival director Helen Stead there who gave me a voluntary role and have been helping with her out of my own accord with my comedy knowledge expertise in the well known company for five years now, I also help other respective comedy promoters book their shows just because I like to give and make comedy what it is.

Basically I am about to start my 5th year as a member of MissImp and when I get asked how I cope with the stresses and strains of the world I always say to people that MissImp have helped me in ways I could not have imagined and which no other therapy can do.

I am forever grateful to them.


Thank you for reading.