Miracles at Hoopla’s Crash Pad

At Hoopla’s Crash Pad at The Horse a few weeks ago, there were a couple of very inexperienced groups performing for only the first or second time.

They were terrific. They broke all the ‘rules’ of improv and had a good time. Of course, you could sense them struggling at times to produce scenes that went anywhere, but that feeling was cancelled out by their enthusiasm for what they were doing. You could see the astonishment at the genuine, spontaneous dialogue they were creating: it was plastered  all over their happy faces like joy custard.

I’d much rather watch a beginner group playing at the very limit of their abilities (and occasionally beyond), sharing and enjoying the miracle of improv, than a slick, well-disciplined team sleepwalking through technically perfect scenes.

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2 Comments on “Miracles at Hoopla’s Crash Pad”

  1. […] a wide range of different improv groups performing. You won’t be bored. As I said here, I really enjoy the Crash Pad. The whole audience are wildly enthusiastic about improv, and Steve […]

  2. David P says:

    “I’d much rather watch a beginner group playing at the very limit of their abilities (and occasionally beyond), sharing and enjoying the miracle of improv, than a slick, well-disciplined team sleepwalking through technically perfect scenes.”

    i would have to disagree. it is this kind of amateur impro that may put the paying public coming back, as they’ll end up thinking that all impro is not slick and well-disciplined.

    if we want impro to take off as a respected comedic artform in this country (as it has in the USA), then it has to be GOOD quality.

    there must be shows which are simply better than the ones there are now – where people take a small number of classes, and think they’ve nailed it. they haven’t.


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