Gorilla Christmas Burger – Thursday 11 December 2014

Christmas improv and Awards

Improv! Prizes! Food! Booze! Charity!

Gorilla BurgermovemberThursday 11th December

Gorilla Burger’s for fun and games – for getting up on stage and improvising with new folks and old friends. Chuck yer name in the hat and bite your nails with anticipation.

Never done improv comedy? Marvellous. Done it before? Also marvellous. Like to drink and watch comedy? Ideal. Bring your own drinks to the Corner and have a laugh.

This month we also have the annual MissImp Awards where everyone gets a gong and a prize from the Table of Joy. Parky will host and there will be literally some prizes available.

This month, we’re also coming together to raise some money for a very special cause. One of our oldest and most loved friends, Lloydie, sadly lost his mum this week. I’d really love it if we could support Lloydie through this tough time by making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society. There will be a collection bucket all night and we’ll be donating the proceeds from the door to the charity as well.

Remember that you should BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE (coz there’s no bar). It’s also a good idea to bring a jumper (it is nearly winter, or something).

Anyone can play. Put your name in the hat and come up and do a scene (or a shortform game from the other hat if you like). 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.

Zero previous experience required.

Thursday 11th December 2014
7:30pm – 10.00pm (starts 7.45)
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The Corner
8 Stoney Street Lace Market Nottingham NG1 1LH
Entry Price: £4 on the door
The venue is in the heart of the Creative Quarter, opposite The Old Angel

Bring your own drinks

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

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). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evqsgz8KKRE

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.

Improv Jam – Thursday 4 September 2014

This week’s jam: Some Things Will Happen


This weeks jam is run by Geoff.

This weeks jam is brought to you by telepathic mind control. You will discover emotions you didn’t know you had, and you may feel the urge to sing for reasons you don’t yet understand.

We’ll be focusing on our emotions in scenes, along with discovery and occasional songs.

It’s the first jam of the autumn and with Gorilla Burger next week, it’s a jam you won’t want to miss.

  • Thursday 4th September
  • 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • The Corner
  • 8 Stoney St
  • Hockley
  • NG1 1LH
  • £3