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’s episode of Ed & Friends features talented impressionist, comedian, and filmmaker Tai Campbell.
Tai is the creator of The Impressionismists, a YouTube Channel where he and fellow impressionist Angus Dunican perform competing impressions for your viewing pleasure.
Ed and Tai chat about the work it takes to create a convincing impression, the transformative physical process and the practice it takes. And they have a bunch of fun doing it, with surprise appearances from Barack Obama, Stephen Hawking, Matthew McConaughey and many more…. ehem.. celebs.
Click to get tickets for Tai’s upcoming improv shows with his group “Left Foot First” at Guildford and Reading Fringe Festivals.
You can check out The Impressionismists on Youtube here:
Ed & Friends dug themselves out of the snow in New York and spoke to Video Game enthusiast and YouTuber Lee Stapleton a.k.a. IAmStapesy!
Lee Stapleton, or Stapesy, trained as a filmmaker with Ed before entering the film industry. A suspension from work meant that Lee had a bit of time on his hands and found himself a part of three-man YouTube Channel Armed With Controllers before moving to New Zealand and starting IAmStapesy. Ed and Lee have slap-dash catch up via Skype and chat about “Let’s Play” videos and even try to sell movie plots to each other in the game “Elevator Pitch”!