This weekend sees 200 performers take part in a 50 hour improv show for a great cause, and naturally, some familiar faces to TVO readers are on the bill.
To celebrate Hoopla officially taking over the venue at The Miller as the new full-time home of improv comedy, they are hosting the biggest gathering of improv performers and groups the UK has ever seen, inspired by New York City’s Del Close Marathon. The event will raise awareness for Team Margot, an organisation that campaigns for people to register as potential bone marrow/stem cell donors.
All profits will go to charity, and the organisers will be aiming to register over 200 new donors throughout the marathon in exchange for both a free drink and the opportunity to potentially save a life. What more do you need?
Well, the marathon begins at 7pm on Friday 20th October, with an hour from Grand Theft Impro‘s Dylan Emery, People Do Nothing star (and former Mongrels regular) Ruth Bratt and female drag quartet The Bareback Kings. During this time, Emery & Bratt will lead an edition of their improv show Ghost Couple, in which they create stories from different times and with different people based on an audience suggestion.
Following this, is none other than TVO regular, Pros From Dover star and all round genius and lovely fella Phil Whelans, alongside his Grand Theft Impro chum (and Austentatious regular) Charlotte Gittins. They’ll be accompanied by Comedy Store veteran Richard Vranch, and the ever brilliant Suki Webster (Seance Fiction). Collectively, they’ll be performing an edition of Guest Speaker, in which each performer stands alone to give an improvised speech on a topic suggested by the audience.
And that’s just the first two shows! Throughout the weekend there’ll be tons more on a non-stop rotation, featuring all manner of surprise guests, so anyone brave enough – or mad enough – to try and do the full weekend can pick up tickets for the marathon run now.
Tickets are divided into three segments: 7pm Friday – 8am Saturday, 8am Saturday – 8am Sunday, and 8am Sunday – 10pm Sunday. Each is a mere tenner, and all for a great cause, so if you’re in the area there’s no excuse not to pop by!