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Absolute Improv
Published on Monday, 16 July 2012

3 starsUnderground Venues, Comedy
13 Jul, 10:30pm-11:30pm; 14-15 Jul, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Reviewed by Alice de Cent

ToBeContinued – tonight consisting of Peter, Paul, Lauren and Sam – perform a variety of improvisation games for and with the audience. Enthusiastic and confident improvisers, the team’s enjoyment was immediately evident, creating a good atmosphere for participation.

The foursome played a range of games including Two Headed Monster, which involved two cast members speaking in perfect unison (on the subject of magical badgers, obviously), and Chain Murder Mystery, which sees the performers mime the audience suggestions for the details of the murder to each other in turn.  In the process, a wheelchair attack in a fish and chip shop changed into a deathly encounter with a washing machine in a sushi restaurant.

ToBeContinued included a good amount of audience participation, including the recreation of the first meeting of a couple from the audience – who were encouraged to advise them throughout the scene using a service bell for “yes” and a horn when they strayed from the truth.

Many of the games, or variations of them, will be familiar to anyone who’s seen improvised comedy before. Absolute Improv isn’t breaking any new ground, but it solidly delivers an enjoyable show by focusing less on performance and more on the game aspect of their techniques.

With so much depending on the audience, few guarantees can be made (save for the inevitable suggestion of “gynocologist” whenever a profession is required). But this show wasn’t short of willing volunteers, or an appreciative audience, making for a lighthearted and relaxed 50 minutes of comedy.

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