Improvisational comedy can split an audience; as a genre you either love it or hate it. Luckily, here in Brighton we have some of the best improv groups around, so no one need be put off unnecessarily. In fact, everyone can be sure of a darn good time, whatever flavour of improvisation you’re after.
Two very different improv groups are performing this weekend, and both have been recognised by award panels over the years.
On Saturday you can catch Off The Cuff, mixing traditional improvising games you may remember from Who’s Line Is It Anyway? with some new ones you won’t know but that will make you howl with laughter. Asking for audience suggestions without provoking that ‘first day of school, compulsory participation’ feeling, this lot are friendly, professional and a great laugh – perfect for letting loose that weekly build up of work tension.
Sunday sees a performance by the satirical Maydays, an internationally acclaimed group who take the day’s newspaper and use it for inspiration, with scenes unfolding and songs springing up. If you want to join in at a later date, they even run workshops (see www.themaydays.co.uk for details).
Off The Cuff, Upstairs At Three And Ten, Saturday 30 January, 8pm, £7/5. The Maydays, Komedia, Sunday 31 January, 8pm, £7/5.