Wowser, it's a busy week for Improv fans in London.
Tuesday 12th July
Music Box are ramping it up in the final month before they take the Edinburgh Fringe to the next level. With an absolute whirlwind of adventures to their name they've created love stories in aquariums and spy thrillers on bouncy castles, cannibal tales in haunted forests and homo-erotic prison dramas. Music Box is the new improvised musical on the block. Check them out.
"Like watching a high-wire circus act" ★★★★★ - Fringe Guru
After Music Box, David Shore's latest class of Improv students take to the stage with their Harold show. This week sees performers old and new, including Rob Broderick (Abandoman) and Cariad Lloyd (Lady Cariad's Characters, and London Improv's favourite lady-proviser).
David's student are fast-paced, laugh-a-minute folk. It's gonna be a good show.
Tuesday 12th JulyTime: Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm - 10pm with interval.Cost: £5 on the door.Where: The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, London, SE1 3SS.
Wednesday 13th July
In this very special (and very French) live taping of London's most talked-about talkshow we welcome some glittering étoiles from the far side of the Chunnel:
tortured French diva La Poule Plombée (Sarah-Louise Young) & Marcel Lucont, flâneur, raconteur, bon-viveur and author of 'What We French Think Of You British (And Where You Are Going Wrong)'. Plus what promises to be an unforgettable one-off performance from the Human Loire.
As if that wasn't entertainment enough, the night will also feature an Edinburgh preview of Fat Kitten vs. Marbles. It will be four Fat Kittens improv-battling two Marbles. There will be only one winner (unless you count the audience, who will no doubt win at 'being entertained').
Wednesday 13th JulyTime: Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm - 10pm with interval.Cost: £5 on the door.Where: The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, London, SE1 3SS.
Friday 15th July
By Friday The Slapdash is in full flow. Slapdash is London's annual impro festival with some of the best improvisers around getting together for a week of amazing performances. Friday is Day 3 and sees Friendly Fire, Third Person and Kevin Tomlinson perform. Tickets availably from the Old Vic Tunnels website.
Saturday 16th July
Slapdash carries on to Saturday evening with a fantastic line-up of incredibly high quality impro.
Firstly Grand Theft Impro: Phil Whelans, Dylan Emery and Cariad Lloyd plus guest doing sketches, skits and songs, all, of course, inspired by audience suggestions.
'Simply Marvellous' Time Out
Then one of London Improv's favourite groups of all time The School of Night. A wild ride through theatrical and literary history, culminating in a brand new Shakespearean play made up on the spot.
'A masterclass in improvisation' Time Out
And finally Catch 23 - London's favourite most improvised competitive impro show, in which three teams get 23 minutes to perform 4 scenes over the course of the show. The audience votes, there is judge. the MC is frankly ridiculous. It's brilliant fun. Catch 23 looks like it will be a monthly show in the London Improv autumn season, because it's so good. Come along and see why.
Tickets available from here (if there are any left)
There's simply no good reason not to get your impro-fill this week. It's a veritable feast for the imagination, a bucket of fun for your laugh-castle.
Jump up out of your sofas, run to a venue, get some giggles in you.