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  January 12, 2015

During 2015, Improv Conspiracy member Mike Brown is going to have a chat to every single member of the Conspiracy - about life, about improv, and everything in between. This is: You're Going To Meet Some People.

Today, Mike chats with Simon McCulloch. Simon currently performs with Harold Night team Dirt Squad.

Mike Brown: I’m with Simon!

Simon McCulloch: Heyyyyyyyyy.

And I’ve got questions.

Shit.

So you got added to a Conspiracy [Harold Night] team at the start of 2014?

End of 2013. 

End of 2013. So December.

Just after that reshuffle.

So you’ve been performing on a team for a year now?

Yeah exactly! The Foggy Windows thing was the start of December, didn’t do a show until January.

Since then you’ve done iO [Chicago training workshops] and now you’re on a new team who are called…

It’s Dirt Squad. I think it was just a joke name but it stuck.

What do you think of the name?

I love it, actually. It’s like any kind of name, it takes on its own thing after you get clumped into a group of people enough times and it’s just like – oh that, that team.

I know it’s very early on, but how are things in Dirt Squad compared to how things were in Foggy’s. Are they the same, are they different?

The things that remain the same…

You’re doing improv, that’s number one.

True.

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  January 5, 2015

During 2015, Improv Conspiracy member Mike Brown is going to have a chat to every single member of the Conspiracy - about life, about improv, and everything in between. This is: You're Going To Meet Some People.

Today, Mike chats with Ryan Zorzut. Ryan currently performs with Harold Night team Endless Cash (this Wednesday, 7:30pm), and will be seen as part of the Improv Conspiracy Touring Company's production of Now Showing: The Improvised Movie during Perth's Fringe World festival in February.

What's your favourite thing about improvising?

I guess it's probably the community. It's like hanging out with people, making friends. 

How long have you been in the Conspiracy for now?

It's been one year. One year in January.

How is your progress from the classes to now? You've been on a couple of different teams now, how have you got to know everyone here?

I've been with a few different groups of people. I think the amazing thing is how close you get to people you get straight away. As soon as you do a scene, you instantly have a relationship with them that's outside of improv. That's the amazing thing.

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This is a post in our "Five Questions" series of interviews with Improv Conspiracy members.  During the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival we'll be posting a new interview just about every day. You can find out more about our show "Our Friend Harold" and buy tickets by clicking here!

What was the first improv show you saw that made you think "wow, I'd like to do that!"?

When I was about 15 I went on a family trip to the states and we spent some time in New York. I didn't know my passion for the arts back then so luckily my parents took us to see a whole bunch of shows. One of the best things they did was take us to an improv gig at a small, dingy theater off broadway.  I don't know the name of the troupe or the theater but still to this day I remember how hard I laughed and the joy I felt watching it.

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This is a post in our "Five Questions" series of interviews with Improv Conspiracy members.  During the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival we'll be posting a new interview just about every day. You can find out more about our show "Our Friend Harold" and buy tickets by clicking here!

Kathleen Douglas is a small girl with big dreams who recently left The Improv Conspiracy to spend a year overseas. As a parting gift, she transcribed an incredibly self-indulgent interview with Andrew Strano in a Sydney lounge room, in a grand effort to sass Artistic Director Adam Kangas a few more times before fleeing Australia.

Andrew Strano risks being banned from performing with The Improv Conspiracy during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival if he does not answer five questions as dictated by The Improv Conspiracy’s Artistic Director, Adam Kangas.

So, after discovering via Facebook that we are both in Sydney at the same time and Strano needs a couch for the night, I invite him to my brother’s house (who is also named Andrew. Not that that’s a relevant piece of information. I just thought it was interesting. But now that I’ve written it down it’s not. I’d delete it but Kangas is breathing down my neck for these answers to be jotted down so I better get jotting!).  

It’s after midnight, and we settle into our couches in our pyjamas as I conduct this interview or he’ll never improvise again.

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This is a post in our "Five Questions" series of interviews with Improv Conspiracy members.  During the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival we'll be posting a new interview just about every day. You can find out more about our show "Our Friend Harold" and buy tickets by clicking here!

What was the first improv show you saw that made you think "wow, I'd like to do that!"?

Friends of mine at high school were in a local chapter of TheatreSports. Got hooked watching but it was about a year before I got up, too nervous. Even then, it took a friend and fellow team mate to drag me onstage from the bench to actually perform. Of course, after that you couldn't keep me off stage. My entire week was geared towards that 10min shared spot doing short form games. 

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