Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Improv king returns with comedy chums

IMPROVISATION pro Paul Merton takes to the road again with his latest Impro Chums show.

IMPROVISATION pro Paul Merton takes to the road again with his latest Impro Chums show.

The show follows the publication of his autobiography, Only When I Laugh, and more than a decade of sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Paul and his Impro Chums — Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster — take suggestions from the audience and turn them into comedy gold.

Paul Merton is a founder member of The Comedy Store Players, he still appears at the Comedy Store most Sundays. He is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Just A Minute and is an established face on TV shows such as the hugely popular BBC shows Have I Got News For You, Room 101, Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood and his travel series for Channel Five, Paul Merton’s Adventures which covered his travels in India, China and Europe.

Mike Mcshane has made a career of improvising with his friends and making friends by improvising. He has appeared at the Menier Chocolate Factory in Little Shop of Horrors and Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and his TV work includes Doctor Who.

Lee Simpson became a member of the Comedy Store Players in 1989. He is artistic director of Improbable, one of the country’s foremost theatre companies and along with Richard Vranch he wrote and performed on Paul Merton — The Tour and Paul Merton — The Palladium, he also directed Paul Merton — And This is Me.

Richard Vranch improvises and writes comedy, and he does voiceovers for adverts and documentaries. Dr Vranch has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox, and he is half of the science/hula-hoop act Dr Hula. He has toured the world from Mexico to Palestine acting in sketch shows, and he does stand-up in French.

Suki Webster is a regular guest of The Comedy Store Players and co-wrote and was assistant director on Paul Merton’s Birth of Hollywood. Suki’s play, My Obsession, which she also starred in was well-received Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

The show comes to Oxford’s New Theatre on May 8. Box office www.atgtickets.com

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