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What we're about

There is a lot of interest in Improvised comedy by many people including comics, sketch writers, stand-ups, actors, artists, public speakers, work leaders and creative people. Improvised comedy has long earned its place as a legitimate art form and source of comedy across the USA, and is growing rapidly in the UK. Many of the skills which are learnt and practiced within the workshops to be successful on stage can have a huge overlap with the skills required to be successful in day to day life.

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We welcome everyone of all abilities that is willing to listen fully to others and build compassionately on their ideas. Improv is about playing and discovering things about our world and about ourselves with someone else. It is about looking outside of your own head, paying attention to what is happening and creating a moment which can be enjoyed by everyone before it is gone forever - like a firework exploding. With practice, we can create this effect over and over again like a fireworks display with no need for rehearsed material. A good improvised scene might look as though it was written before hand as a sketch and the audience will often think you are cheating, but you aren't. For many people who consider themselves improvisers the idea of having a pre-prepared script would mean missing out on being present for the moment that you are in now whilst trying and remember a thing you wrote down earlier.

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This group was set up with the aim of bringing together a community of people with a love for this spontaneous comedy art form, to find a place for it here in Birmingham, and to encourage it to grow into something far bigger.

We are very grateful to have found a perfect at the Patrick Kavanagh Pub in Mosely. This lively local venue hosts us with a large upstairs function room, which has a raised stage, seating for up to 80 people and an upstairs bar.

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

Workshops and shows are open to everybody of every race, religion, gender and orientation. Discrimination and inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate ejection from the venue and this group. If you need to report anything in confidence then please contact Ben or Mel directly.

DBS STATEMENT

Due to the nature of this work, sometimes swearing and adult issues come up. As a result we have to restrict our workshops to over 18s. We also advise that during shows, under 18s are accompanied by an adult. All of our venues are licensed public houses and would also require the same level of support.

Upcoming events (5)

Beginners Drop-in Workshop

Patrick Kavanagh

What would learning to be more funny mean to you? Not sure what improvised comedy is? This workshop is for you! We will teach you games and exercises that you can use to develop your skills and take away to use in other areas, come and learn how to get in front of an audience without a script. On our workshops you will learn how to: ✅ Quickly gain rapport with your audience. ✅ Find your very own authentic comic 'voice' ✅ Understand why people laugh from an evolutionary point of view. ✅ Learn to accurately predict when people will laugh. ✅ Level the playing field with those who possess 'natural ability' So many comics talk about 'finding thier voice' as a comic, well you already have an authentic voice and this might just give you the confidence to use it. TESTIMONIALS ‪'The future of comedy' ‬ ‪'Helped me as a comedy writer'‬ 'Ability to get the best out of everyone' 'I've made some wonderful friends' 'Excellent training' 'Life changing' 'I feel bullet proof' Your first session is FREE so if you aren't sure if this is for you then come along and see what you think. Further sessions cost £5 and will be paid in cash on the night. For more information check out the website at www.fatpenguinimprov.com

FREE Improvised Comedy Show!

Patrick Kavannagh Bar

We are a VERY social group, just turn up and say hello! This is a weekly improvised comedy show in Moseley with some of the Midlands best performers. Each week some of the best improvisers in the country take to the stage in their own unique style of high energy, high concept comedy. First the performers ask the audience for a suggestion of what they would like to see a comedy show about. Then the show takes a very intimate look at the lives of our performers, and ruthlessly explores the comic premises from within their true life stories. The show is 100% improvised. The Armando Diaz experience first appeared in 1995 at iO Chicago, inspiring similar shows to start up all over the world. Doors 8pm Show 830pm FREE ENTRY After every show we have a break, grab a drink, then head back on stage for our informal Jam, where the perfomers offer members of the audience a chance to get on stage with them and feel what it is like. (NOTE - nobody is ever dragged on stage if they don't want to go) A very fun and funny night, if you have never been then come along and see for yourself! TESTIMONIALS ‪'The future of comedy' ‬ ‪'Helped me as a comedy writer'‬ 'Ability to get the best out of everyone' 'I've made some wonderful friends' 'Excellent training' 'Life changing' 'I feel bullet proof' For more details check out the website at www.fatpenguinimprov.com

Beginners Drop-in Workshop

Patrick Kavanagh

What would learning to be more funny mean to you? Not sure what improvised comedy is? This workshop is for you! We will teach you games and exercises that you can use to develop your skills and take away to use in other areas, come and learn how to get in front of an audience without a script. On our workshops you will learn how to: ✅ Quickly gain rapport with your audience. ✅ Find your very own authentic comic 'voice' ✅ Understand why people laugh from an evolutionary point of view. ✅ Learn to accurately predict when people will laugh. ✅ Level the playing field with those who possess 'natural ability' So many comics talk about 'finding thier voice' as a comic, well you already have an authentic voice and this might just give you the confidence to use it. TESTIMONIALS ‪'The future of comedy' ‬ ‪'Helped me as a comedy writer'‬ 'Ability to get the best out of everyone' 'I've made some wonderful friends' 'Excellent training' 'Life changing' 'I feel bullet proof' Your first session is FREE so if you aren't sure if this is for you then come along and see what you think. Further sessions cost £5 and will be paid in cash on the night. For more information check out the website at www.fatpenguinimprov.com

FREE Improvised Comedy Show!

Patrick Kavannagh Bar

We are a VERY social group, just turn up and say hello! This is a weekly improvised comedy show in Moseley with some of the Midlands best performers. Each week some of the best improvisers in the country take to the stage in their own unique style of high energy, high concept comedy. First the performers ask the audience for a suggestion of what they would like to see a comedy show about. Then the show takes a very intimate look at the lives of our performers, and ruthlessly explores the comic premises from within their true life stories. The show is 100% improvised. The Armando Diaz experience first appeared in 1995 at iO Chicago, inspiring similar shows to start up all over the world. Doors 8pm Show 830pm FREE ENTRY After every show we have a break, grab a drink, then head back on stage for our informal Jam, where the perfomers offer members of the audience a chance to get on stage with them and feel what it is like. (NOTE - nobody is ever dragged on stage if they don't want to go) A very fun and funny night, if you have never been then come along and see for yourself! TESTIMONIALS ‪'The future of comedy' ‬ ‪'Helped me as a comedy writer'‬ 'Ability to get the best out of everyone' 'I've made some wonderful friends' 'Excellent training' 'Life changing' 'I feel bullet proof' For more details check out the website at www.fatpenguinimprov.com

Past events (403)

FREE Improvised Comedy Show!

Patrick Kavannagh Bar

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