Shoot From The Hip

The improvisational sketch group Shoot From The Hip bring their spontaneous hour of games and tomfoolery to the Fringe this year. With twelve years under their belts, it is clear that the group are highly accomplished in the art of improv, crafting entertaining scenes that elicit laughs at every corner.

A hilarious hour of comedy that flies by, leaving you pleading for more

The format is simple and classic, reminiscent of Paul Merton’s Improv Chums and the like. The group play a series of improvisational games that are recognisable to those who have taken acting classes, such as ‘Freeze’, ‘Change’ and ‘The Translator’, taking suggestions from the audience to formulate the premises that kick-start the scenes. The ease with which they engage with the crowd is impressive, allowing for sharp and speedy turnarounds in between games that maintain a healthy pace throughout the show. Though these devices may be familiar, they enable the Shoot From The Hip players to demonstrate their acting prowess. It is the simplicity of these games that aid in showcasing their talents, elevating them far above the average improv group.

There is not one weak link in the troupe as each actor demonstrates masterful quick-thinking and brilliant comic timing. What can often cause rival groups to waver in their performances is their failure to communicate a cohesive tone as each actor competes to deliver the funniest lines. Shoot From The Hip’s show could not be further from this picture: their collaboration and teamwork is unmistakable as each actor completely channels their focus towards the other performer on stage, sensitively picking up on their energy and reacting authentically in response. This is truly the sign of a polished cast.

To elevate the performance further, it might benefit the group to introduce some more alternative devices in their improvisation. Though the current games work in their favour, it is clear from their talent that the group are more than capable of creating further intrigue. It would be exciting to see what they can come up with to shake up their current format.

Overall, however, Shoot From The Hip deliver a hilarious hour of comedy that flies by, leaving you pleading for more. Their show is as refined as it is ridiculous, with excellent artistry and innovation amongst the actors. If you enjoy improvisation, this is definitely not one to miss.

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Reviews by Isabella Thompson

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The Blurb

Shoot From The Hip bring their award-winning, TikTok-viral improv comedy to the Fringe – featuring chaotic games, epic scenes, and ever-so-slightly unhinged performances. Their Metro, Evening Standard, and Time Out-recommended shows are completely unscripted, unpredictable – and unforgettable. 'Side-splitting quick wit' (Evening Standard). 'Well worth a shot (pun intended)' (Time Out). 'Brilliantly funny' ( 'Comedy doesn't get better than this' (N16 Magazine).

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