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Liverpool Comedy Improv is an ever growing community of improvisers that span the globe. Every member of the community brings so much to improv and every player is unique in their own way. This podcast series will give me the opportunity to delve deep into all things improv and life with a guest from the LCI community. I want to know how people got into improv? The impact it has had on their life? & What struggles they have had to overcome inside and outside of improv? & away from improv wha ...
 
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James is an autistic improviser who gives us an open and insightful look into what it’s like to be an improviser with autism. He is a regular at Glossop Improv (which is the place he feels most comfortable), but he has tested the water at Liverpool Comedy Improv in recent times and he tells us all about how hard that was for him and why it’s such a…
 
This week we are delighted to welcome Helen Jones to the show. Helen is a wonderfully creatiive individual who feels she has been surpressing her creative side for many years. Now she has reached a point in her life where she finally feels she has the freedom to be herself and she revelas how improv comedy has played a big role in her shifting her …
 
Andri is a slick performer who lights up the stage whenever she performs. She does not have an extensive background in performing, but with somebody who is bursting at the seams with so much talent, it isn’t t difficult to see how she ended up on the stage eventually. She is somebody who has embraced Zoomprov during the pandemic, but is definitely …
 
This week we are celebrating 25 episodes by flipping things around and putting our host in the guest hot seat. We welcome back Geoff Head to the podcast to fill in as host and he delves deep into all things improv and life with Iain Luke Jones.Have you ever wondered what led Iain to improv to begin with, what influences him and why he has so many h…
 
E-J is a fun ball of energy with a fascinating story to tell. How does a young girl from Brixton in London end up living in Santa Barbara? This interview will explain all & the journey along the way is full of wonderful stories. What starts as a chat about improv quickly leads us into a chat about E-J’s career as an actor and writer and then we go …
 
This week we welcome the other co-founder of Glossop Improv and LCI Online regular, Sekki Tabasuares. Sekki is a passionate performer with many strings to her bow. In fact she has so many strings to her bow that we didn’t even get around to talking about the fact that she is a very musical person who plays the Ukulele and sings among many other tal…
 
David is a talented individual and a thoroughly lovely chap. This interview takes us on a journey from improv, to art, back to improv and comedy influences and then ends up with a chat about languages. David does not come from a performing arts background but you wouldn’t know it if you ever saw him in action. He discusses what he has learned durin…
 
Mart is a truly lovely person who just oozes goodness with every word that he speaks. He is a very talented improviser and also has many other great talents that you can hear all about during this episode. He is a member of ‘Broken Chair Improv’ who are a very talented improv troupe that you should definitely seek out online (and hopefully in the n…
 
Isaac is a passionate performer with a real love for improv. In this interview he talks us through his struggles as a stand up comedian and how it was that experience that led him to his happy place of improv. He is a big fan of horror and Funko Pops and he goes into detail about his passions, which leads to a really great discussion about Disney v…
 
Jess is a passionate improviser with a true love for the art of improv. She is the co-founder of Glossop Improv and the founder of Brain Fog Improv, and you can hear all about those two great organisations in this episode of the podcast. Jess keeps herself very busy on the improv circuit both as a performer and a facilitator and she goes back to he…
 
We were delighted to welcome Tasia Scrutton, Associate Professor at University of Leeds at the School for Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, at our event for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. If you missed the event or want to listen again (it’s well worth hearing twice) here’s a recording of Tasia talking about some of the possibilities…
 
‘Actors Don’t Get Mortgages’ is the hilarious quote that really sticks out in this interview with the inspirational Clare McGrath. What starts out as a chat about improv quickly becomes a fascinating chat about finding our true selves and being the best version of us. Clare has many strings to her bow and tells us all about life coaching, psychic r…
 
This week we welcome Joanna Case to the show and it’s another audio treat. Joanna is somebody that has fully embraced improv online over the last year and she is definitely a name you need to look out for in various classes because she regularly produces comedy gold.She is somebody who enjoys a good pun & in many a scene with Iain over the last yea…
 
This week we welcome Kat Cooke to the show and it is a fantastic chat that will definitely put a smile on your face. What starts as a chat about improv very quickly becomes a celebration of all things geeky and Kat and Iain discover that they really have a lot in common. Kat is a true delight and is an improviser that you really must see in action …
 
Liz is a lovely lady with a great passion for improv that really comes across in this interview. She is a reminder to us all that it is never too late to try something new and her story is truly one that will help give you that boost of confidence that you need to take that leap of faith into the unknown. Although she has just recently retired, in …
 
Jenna is a fun ball of energy who oozes positivity and this chat will definitely put a smile on your face and leave you wanting more!Jenna and Iain have a really great chat about how truly grateful they are for all that improv has given them over the last year and how improv truly allows you to be your best self. There is a lot of discussion about …
 
Jen has an infectious passion for improv and her valuable insight into the art form makes this episode a must listen! Whether you are new to improv or an old hand, you will pick up some valuable tips from Jen during this interview. We take a deep dive into musical improv (something that Jen specialises in and teaches at LCI) and we hear Jen’s take …
 
Hannah is an engaging individual with a true passion for improv. In this interview we hear how she has always been an improvisor from as far back as she can remember and how the improv community is the place she feels she is truly accepted for just being her own unique self. It is an insightful discussion full of tips for improvisors and actors ali…
 
Hope and Creativity – led by Bird Lovegod and Mike Chesterton As part of our series exploring Hope throughout Lent for Leeds Lent Prayer Diary 2021, in partnership with Leeds Christian Community Trust, we welcomed Bird Lovegod, freelance journalist, Director and Co-founder of Ethical Much! We ask for your prayers for the work of each project featur…
 
Chrissy reminisces about her earliest memories of performing as part of the Urdd Eisteddfod, which is a natioanl celebration of culture in Wales. We discuss our passion for dancing and the similarities between the positive affects of dancing and improv.We get to hear about Chrissy's surprising hobby and how she has mastered ther art of the family Z…
 
Leeds Citizens is a partner organisation of LCI, utilising community organising to work for the common good of the city. LCI and Leeds Citizens work together to encourage theological reflection and learning on the big social issues faced by Leeds communities and, as part of this work, are encouraging reflection, storytelling and learning on the iss…
 
As part of our series exploring Hope throughout Lent for Leeds Lent Prayer Diary 2021, in partnership with Leeds Christian Community Trust, we welcome Anna Bland, Development Officer at Leeds Methodist Mission, Revd Madeleine Andrews, Supernumerary Methodist Minister involved in the work of Leeds Citizens and Chair of Burmantofts Community Projects…
 
Jo talks about the huge impact improv has had on her life in a short time & how she is excited for a future full of improv. She suffers with anxiety and depression & has discovered that improv is the perfect tonic for helping her to focus on a positive future. We discuss her performing background & how she is enjoying reconnecting with the performi…
 
Helen is an engaging individual with a great passion for improv. In this interview she talks about her initial apprehensions about improv before she finally took the plunge and became completely immersed in it. She weighs up the struggles some actors have with the idea of working without a script and how that can act as a barrier to a lot of people…
 
Becky Cherriman’s poem “Morality Tale”, published in the anthology And The Stones Fell Open: A Leeds Poetry Anthology available here, is a prophetic poem and read by the poet herself with a pace and tone that emphasise the powerful ache of the words. “As a freelance writer, I had not been in a position to contribute to a pension scheme until I star…
 
Geoff is a true beacon of positivity and in our chat he gives an in-depth look into how improv helped to turn his life around. He talks about how LCI has become his family and a place he truly considers home and mentions many of the LCI members that have become true friends over the last year. We discuss various other topics such as his comedy infl…
 
Ange talks about how improv changed her life for the better and about how much genuine joy it brings her. We discuss how she got involved in Broken Chair Improv and Boss Birds and look ahead to the many wonderful things that the future has in store for both improv troupes. We break down the differences between the different forms of improv and shar…
 
Lynda talks in depth about her acting career and how it's never too late to follow your dreams. She gives us an insight into what led her to improv and reveals the importance of improv in her life during the last year. We discuss some hilarious scenes we have been in together and we found out who Lynda considers to be her influences in acting and i…
 
Today's guest is San George. San talks about how improv has had a positive impact on her mental health & how important online improv has been during lockdown. She gives us an insight into her footballing past and how a life of sport morphed into a life of improv. We also discuss the bus journey that changed her life, her big love of animals & how w…
 
Today I get to talk to one of the longest standing members of Liverpool Comedy Improv Dave Hodgson. We talk about the very early days of LCI and how different the improv world is right now compared to back then. We discuss the positive impact improv has had on Dave's life and we drift into some some chat about superheroes and how they can inspire u…
 
In this episode Michael opens up about his struggles with mental heath and uses the opportunity to help try and spread a positive message for others who may be struggling with their own mental health. We discuss his impressive stories from his acting days and how the improv community as well as his dog walking community have helped him to take cont…
 
In this episode I speak to 'The Mayor of Improv' Mark Turpin. We find out how Mark earned his prestigios title and how he tried a variety of hobbies including Laughing Yoga before he settled on Improv Comedy. We discuss comedy influences and the positive community that exists in the improv world and how that positivity can spread into all aspects o…
 
In episode one I have a lovely chat with LCI regular Heather Dickinson. We talk all about her journey to Liverpool Comedy Improv, how improv has had a positive influence on her life & how there is so much more to improv than just being funny. We also discuss Heather's work in mental health and how it can be linked to all things improv. We break dow…
 
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