Geoff Monk has been an actor from the tender age of 15 when he appeared in an ITV drama, “Heartland” long since forgotten. More recent acting has included playing a French waiter opposite David Jason and just about getting away with a Louis Walsh impression for corporate events. He points the large comedy-finger-of-thanks for that role at his brother Andrew Monk who is a “Chippendouble” and the UK’s top Simon Cowell Lookalike.
After attending a series of Nottinghamshire Next Stage workshops 1996-98 on everything from clowning to singing and Stand up, he chose Improv as his favourite to stick with. And stick with it he has. He has been with MissImp since birth in 1998. The group performed at The Gladstone in Sherwood, and other central Nottingham venues The Old Vic, The Maze, Bunkers Hill. Other early members who have perhaps not been mentioned elsewhere, but deserve a mention for their early contributions are Simon Dumpleton who brought terrific keyboard improvisations to the table, Phil Clarke and Ade Kelly.
In collaboration with Ross Parish, who had lots of sketches written down, Geoff filmed and edited early video sketch output from MissImp, which can be found amongst the live clips on the MissImp YouTube channel. He and Ross have a loose creative partnership, Parish Monk Educational, a project which spawned the unstoppable Gregor Mendel Rap. More output is still on the drawing board.
Finding that acting doesn’t really pay the bills, he owns a travel business www.globalcoachtours.com and seeks out Improv games and ideas everywhere he goes. He’s found shows in Edinburgh, Wellington, Boston and Vancouver. In 2009 he spent 4 months with the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, one of the oldest improv theatres in the world. He regularly leads MissImp jams, occasionally organises a show and is an enthusiastic adopter of new ideas. Currently he lives in Wirksworth (festival show in September 2010) near Matlock with his wife Sue and Labradoodle Coco.