This week on Ed & Friends; lots of lessons and laughter from improv comedy legend and founder of Hoopla, Steve Roe!
Steve has made a name for himself teaching and performing improvised comedy. In 2006, he and his friends started meeting above a pub in Balham and eventually created Hoopla, which has since become a comedy community with weekly shows, its own festival and a platter of classes and courses that are training and showcasing comedians in the heart of London.
Steve gives Ed a potted history of improv and chats about making things up on the spot, breaking the rules and keeping a healthy disrespect for the art form. He also shares a soon to be award winning story about some Spanish tourists and a bookshop toilet.
This week on the Ed and Friends Podcast, Ed and producer Kat celebrate 6 months of the show with some top clips.
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Episode 5 of Sketch, Please! is ready to rock your world with an array of sketches that will punch you in your funny bone. The internet has sent us their finest comedy sketches and performance talents and now we have built a sketch show just for you! There might have been a few beers involved so be warned: there is manic cheering and jollity throughout.
Ever wondered what the job application for the X-Men is like? We have your answer! Wondering what your library would be like as a trendy immersive experience? Look no further. We’ve got all this and more written and performed by the finest the internet has to offer.
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Melanie Gayle is a Comedian, Actress, TV Presenter & Voiceover Artist from North West London. She has been a stand-up since 2014 and was the recipient of the 2015 BEFFTA “Best Comedian” Award. You can also follow her on Twitter/Instagram and Facebook.
Steve Tanner has been an Actor, Director (and various other technical roles) with Balham based Southside Players for 10 years. He is also a film maker with 4 Foot 1 Films and very, very occasional improvisor.
Jess-Luisa Flynn is a actress and improviser with an as yet unnamed musical improv troupe (we will update in due course!). She also performs immersive theatre with Bearded Kitten.
Mutant Interview by Jenny Laville Tom – Steve Tanner
Karen – Melanie Gayle
Bell Pundit by Edmund Fargher
Gordon – Steve Tanner
Terri – Jess-Luisa Flynn
Borrowers Blues by Stephanie Weston Borrower – Jess-Luisa Flynn
Librarian 1 – Melanie Gayle
Librarian 2 – Steve Tanner
French Voices – Edmund Fargher
Tea Monologue by Rachel E. Thorn Performed by Jess-Luisa Flynn
Three Mice by Gareth Moore
Mrs Gilles – Jess-Luisa Flynn
DCI Spencer – Melanie Gayle
Det. Barns – Steve Tanner
Britain’s Got Sentiment by Jasmine Tonie Anchor – Steve Tanner
Audience Member – Melanie Gayle
PR Rep – Jess-Luisa Flynn
Cake Shop by Jane McCutcheon & Vivienne Riddoch Customer – Melanie Gayle
Shop Assistant – Jess-Luisa Flynn
Hosted by Edmund Fargher
Produced by Katharine Kerr
This week on Ed & Friends, Ed has a very special guest in the form of filmmaker, improviser and puppeteer, Mike Hutcherson.
Proof that Mike can make a puppet out of anything.
Since watching Labyrinth as a child, Mike’s interests have been three-fold: comedy, story-telling and puppetry. As a student, Mike learned about narratives, mythology and theatre. As a man he has juggled filmmaking and puppeteering careers that have taken him everywhere from Disney to his own improv troupe Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show. Ed and Mike chat about it all, with more than a few laughs on the way.
DISCLAIMER: By virtue of talking about Labyrinth as much as we do, we talk a bit about the beloved and recently departed David Bowie. The recording itself took place a week before his death, but we kept this segment in as we felt that it paid tribute to his work and his person in a way that inspired us as children and still inspires us today.