The Improverts

Improvisational comedy shows are always a tricky thing to review. On the one hand you get a sense of the company and how they work together. And on the other your enjoyment is entirely dependent on how good their response to the audience is. In both cases, The Improverts were lacking. The chemistry between the guys on stage seemed forced, as if they weren’t really enjoying themselves. And, although the audience weren’t coming up with gold, the players struggled with relatively simple ideas for scenes and, occasionally, the rules of the games they were playing. The other major problem is that, if brevity is the soul of wit, these guys are War and Peace. Games which long overstayed their welcome (a dreadful game called Slideshow ran for nearly ten minutes) made the late night audience restless whilst games with potential were over before they’d had a chance to shine. And it’s problematic when the audience members invited to come up and play the games upstage the performers.The highlight of the show is unquestionably the technical team. The speed at which they come up with audio jokes is staggering (including finding a song with the word ‘staple’ in its chorus). When the cast say they’re nothing without their techies, you know it’s true. With all the improvisational comedy shows out there this year, I can’t recommend this is one that you rush to. Whilst I acknowledge that my experience is only of the one night, and it may have been a bad night, I don’t believe that better audience suggestions would help lift this show. The Improverts need to return to basics if they intend to challenge student improv shows as well received as Otherworld.

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The Blurb

Edinburgh's resident improvised comedy troupe is back for its 20th year at the Fringe. Hilarious sketches based entirely on audience suggestions. 'Tears of laughter were copious' (Scotsman). 'Never fails to make you laugh out loud' (BroadwayBaby.com).

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