We are proud to make available a series of podcasts where Heather and Joe set up, sing, play and discuss all things relating to musical comedy improvisation. To subscribe to our podcasts, click on one of the links below.
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show 35: The unfolding - interview
Heather is on sparkling form as she interviews her co-star, Joe Samuel alongside Claire Fearon. The Unfolding is all about the different mediums of painting and music and how improvisation can bring them together.
one from the archives
show 34: Improbable - Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson
show 33: Improv for musicians II
We had a fine team of musicians and a hand-picked improvisers for our second Improv for Musicians session. The results were fascinating, hilarious and...well...I wont spoil it for you but let's just say we are all very very sorry....
Show 32: comedy store players
It has been a long term dream of ours to talk to the originators of mainstream improvisation in the UK. Hear a little slice of history as we caught up with Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart and Steve Steen backstage at the Comedy Store in London
show 31: improvision
The inaugural Improvision song contest was hosted at the Miller by the inscrutable Lewis Harrison-Barker. We were there, faithfully recording the hilarious results for your delectation and delight, and we waffled on as usual about it and then I stuck it all together into this podcast.
Show 30: Improv for Musicians
We hosted a day down in Brighton trying out some experiments with a whole bunch of talented musicians and improvisers. The remit was to share our experiences of playing music for improv. Naturally we recorded the results and Heather and I chatted about the day in our latest podcast.
Interview: Phil Lunn
Phil Lunn is a powerhouse of musical improv and has worked with an impressive array of the country's top improv troupes. We track him down at The Miller pre-show to get his take on the world of musical improv comedy. Oh yes and we might have sung a song or two!
SHOW 29: The Musical comedy awards 2014
We tracked down the 2nd semi-final of the Musical Comedy Awards in Camden and spoke to Ed Chappell, founder and comedy guru. We also managed to speak to some of the acts. The final is on April 25th so hear some exclusive previews here!
Show 28: F.I.T.S.
We spent a fabulous weekend in the company of the Frankfurt International Theatre Sports crew. Find out how they cope with being such an diverse troupe in our interview podcast
Show 27: Osho Singong
It is my heartfelt joy to announce that I have finally put this together from our amazing Singong at Osho Leela 2013. What is a Singong? What is Osho Leela? If you don't know you are about to find out, if you do know - enjoy!
Show 26: The Happening
Kick off the shackles of conformity, tune in and drop out to the sounds of The Happening - an experimental improvised beat poetry jam. Find out what happened if anything in this podcast.
Show 25: Box of Frogs
Jon Trevor is the mastermind of this ever growing Birmingham Improvisation phenomenon, Box of Frogs. We catch up with him and chatted about what happens when you put a group through some musical madness for the first time.
Show 24: Joe and Heather's psychadelic Singing Experiment 2!
It's singing. It's in the dark. There are no words. It's an experiment. It's our latest podcast
Show 23:Rapping with Dave Waller and Rob Grundel
We finally track down the elusive duo who run Excursions-the rap improv fusion night that is fast becoming the only rap improv fusion night we've heard of. We are put through our paces and they are asked some daft questions.
Show 22:Brighton Early Music Festival Community Choir Improvise!
So we found out that much early music was in fact based on improvisation - see our previous podcast. Here is the final hour of our session where we let our hair down and sang some totally improvised songs.
Interview with Andrew Yeoh, Nathan Keates, Dan Titmuss and Caitlin Campbell from the Bristol Improv Festival
We were lucky enough to catch up with the team behind the Bristol Improv Festival to find out exactly what it takes to put on an event like this. Turn out all you need is alcohol and a sense of humour...
Show 21: Improvisation in Early Music with the Brighton Early Music Festival Community Choir
We were privileged to be let into a rehearsal by Andrew Robinson, choirmaster of the BREMF community choir. This podcast is an edited version of the presentation he gave about improvisation in Early Music. Fascinating stuff. Watch this space for the results of the hour we spent improvising!
Show 20: The Jam Tarts
Who let us loose on a 50 strong choir? Whoever they are, they need their heads examining. Here's what happened.
Show 19: Heather and Joe's Sunday morning Psychedelic Singing Experiment!
What would happen if you got 20 people together on a Sunday morning with nothing but their voices and enthusiasm? (and clothes). This!
The elusive comedy bridge is hunted down and dissected. Find out what it is, why it works and how to use it.
The role of the song chorus in an improvised setting is analysed, sung and destroyed..
The all important verse is harpooned, brought amidship and dragged into harbour.
Show 4:Genres - Jazz
The first in a series of four podcasts about different musical genres and how to use them in your improvisation.
Some of your comments and suggestions.
Show 5:Genres - World
The second in our genres series. We travel the World making pitiful remarks.
By popular demand, here are the bits that didn't quite make the cut. CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE!
Show 6:Genres - Rock and Pop
Another astounding display of ignorance and irreverance from Heather and Joe
Show 7:Live from Osho Leela
Our first ever attempt at a live podcast. Recorded on the Saturday evening of The Maydays' residential improvisation festival. Please excuse the poor sound quality.
Heather and Joe report on some of your suggestions and questions. Also a rap battle?
Show 9:Interview with Liz Peters
Joe Samuel interviews Liz Peters from The Maydays about playing music for improvised comedy.
Show 10:Interview with Lloydie from MissImp
Joe and Heather chat to Lloydie from Nottingham's own MissImp after day 1 of their music workshop.
Show 11:Genres - Musicals and Opera.
Joe and Heather talk, sing and have fun while discussing musical theatre and opera in musical improvised comedy.
Show 12:Sing without singing
How to get through an improvised song without singing any words.
Show 13:Ignoring your musician
Ignore your musician at your peril. Heather and Joe find out what happens if you do.
Show 14: ShowStopper: The Interview
Heather and Joe make it to the big city and catch up with Dylan Emery and Duncan Walsh Atkins from Showstopper backstage at the Greewich Theatre. Correction to the interview; 'In Pursuit of Cardenio' was first performed in 2006, Showstopper the improvised musical first workshopped at the Actors Centre in 2007 and their first Edinburgh run took place in 2008.
Show 15: John Cremer sings!
Musical improv comedy is proud to present this rare recording of John Cremer being put through his paces by Heather and Joe. Along the way we discuss how to blag your way and how to improve your singing confidence.
Show 16: Impropera Interview
Heather goes solo and meets David Pearl and Niall Ashdown from Impropera before their show in London.
Show 17: Nancy Howland-Walker and Marshall Stern (Zenprov) Interview
We just happened to have a microphone and a keyboard handy when these legends of musical improv from the USA came over to visit us! We sang some silly songs and talked about anything that came to mind...
Show 18: Singing along to the backing tracks
We had a request to demonstrate how to use the backing tracks on the website. This is our often woeful, shameful but committed attempt to sing along to them all. A couple are omitted due to us being drowned out by the piano (perhaps mercifully). This podcast is a little more rough and ready than the others, as we thought you might like to hear the processes surrounding singing a song as well. Enjoy.