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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 on every day that we have a show!  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!"?

I can't actually remember the first 'wow' improv show I saw, because I started doing drama when I was young, so by the time I was seeing shows I was already familiar with improvisation. However, when travelling through America, I saw shows by 'Improv Asylum', 'Second City' and 'IO Chicago'. Although I was already doing classes at the time, seeing these shows really inspired me and opened my eyes to the range of formats and the endless possibilities that come from imagination and creativity. It also made me jump at the chance to start doing Harolds, because it was more in line with some of the things I had seen overseas and I knew it would broaden my improv horizons!

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This is a post in our "Five Questions" series of interviews with Improv Conspiracy members.

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

The BBC's "Pebble Mill at One" circa 1985. I was at home from school sick watching this now defunct English daytime TV show, when they had a troupe of local actors on performing, a new acting style called "improv". It was crazy. There were no scripts. They just made it up as they went along. They wore bad jumpers. Wild.

Back then though, there was a lot of buzz about improv in the British Isles, so much so a local group could get on TV, just do some short form games and everyone would be impressed. I seem to remember this group playing a scene involving a box. Unfortunately the box never got opened leaving this viewer wonder to this day as to its content. Lesson 1: Open the box.

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This is a post in our "Five Questions" series of interviews with Improv Conspiracy members.  We aim to publish one per week over the next few months!

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

In 1998, I wrote a (real, handwritten ink) letter to my mate Geary saying, I've read about this upcoming show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and made some precocious evaluation like "the concept has exciting potential, do you not agree?" Like Columbus 'discovered' America, I discovered improvisation.

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This is a post in our "Five Questions" series of interviews with Improv Conspiracy members.  We aim to publish one per week over the next few months!

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

I guess it would be Whose Line Is It Anyway, the British version. I particularly loved the songs. I did a bit of improv and a lot Commedia dell'Arte (a style of theatre where stock characters improvise within specific scenarios) at school and university but then I took a break from performing for a bunch of years. About a year or so ago I started doing some Standing Up Comedy but found myself quickly getting a little bored and a little lonely performing by myself.  Improv was a certain cure to this loneliness, as I would have team mates that would have to be my friends (or at least act like my friends on stage!), I did a bunch of impro/improv classes and now I'm the most popular kid in school.

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This is a post in our "Five Questions" series of interviews with Improv Conspiracy members.  We aim to publish one per week over the next few months!

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

The very first improvisation I saw was on “Whose Line Is It Anyway” in my early teens. I also loved comedians such as Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, especially for their interviews where they took charge with sharp wit and delightful physical expression. Watching these grown people play was such a joy, but it was the smart play that kept me coming back for more. I was in such awe of the things they created in total spontaneity, it never occurred to me that I could somehow do that sort of thing too. I was just happy to watch and laugh until I cried. It was only when I started to pursue actor training that improvisation came up as a useful tool to create and harness characters. So that was when I started looking for some impro groups.

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