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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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  February 23, 2013

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!"?

Back when I was a tiny boy-child, TheatreSports was on ABC TV, hosted by the guy who played the alien in "Watch This Space", it was all pretty dull for a child except for one team of three who came out in cheap black suits and *attitude*, and most importantly, one player had a Elephant-Man-Style Hessian-sack mask over his face *for the entire show*. There was something about a dude playing a waiter while still playing a masked monster that broke my tiny child mind with the incredibleness of it. Plus I can still remember the song "Hobart, City of Sin" that another team did. 

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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!"?

Whose Line is it Anyway when I was 16. I then caught some Upright Citizens Brigade clips on YouTube and after watching more of their work, I was convinced that I had to be a part of it.

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  December 6, 2012

2012 has been a huge year for the Improv Conspiracy.  We rebranded, changed names, and got a website!  We found enough talented members to field our first two Harold teams!  We started a successful monthly variety night, did trial shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and had an amazing debut run in the Melbourne Fringe Festival (selling out two-thirds of those shows)!

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  November 29, 2012

Or "I never knew how much I missed you until we met".

Yah, I’ve done a bit of improv.  Short form, specifically Theatresports, and then a bastardized version of it in bars.  Bar Improv, wow!   Wanna test your mettle?  Try doing one-word-at-a-time for drunks.  Still, improv has been good to me.  Pity I got to hate it so.  

It wasn’t always that way.  I was a passionate performer.  My whole week was geared to that 10min chance to play onstage.  It took a while to get good, but when it happened, my addiction was set.  More time passed, and I got to instruct and even direct a company.  Paid to play, man, that was the pinnacle.  I became a disciple.  I got obsessed with the theory.  I wanted to know how this shit works.  Reaction, motive, action, repeat.  I thought I had it down.  So, why was it getting boring?

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