The Clapping Jam

Nick 4 - click for more!By Nick Parkhouse (4)

Ah, the Hopkinson Gallery.  With its lack of heating, its over-running yoga pupils and its one, lonely fluorescent light, it truly is the Room of Kings.  The latest addition to the already-bloody-constricted-by-the-roof-pillars venue is an erotic dancing pole, which should come in useful and in no way further impede the ability of the group to form a basic circle with more than five players.

*and relax*

Anyway.  Lloydie was in charge this Thursday, and began the jam with a series of odd clapping games, one of which was bizarrely confusing and involved thumping the floor whilst crouched on hands and knees.  Some team games and then a long series of two person scenes led to a very entertaining evening.

Things we learned from this week’s jam:

1. French jumble sale owners crave the power of the role

2. Dan would be an amazing health and safety assessor in a toy factory

3. Don’t let Marilyn near your grandma’s grave.  She’ll eat the flowers

4. When all else fails, Dan and Nick’s sitcom career as ‘the two bored airport travellers’ is sure to take off (pun entirely intended)

5. Don’t ever let Carl own a pet, as he will be completely unaware about the range of its powers and will need a vet to tell him

6. The special labs – where they do the retail experiments – are in the fifth basement.  Martin will take you in the lift, if you like, although David will probably have to walk

7. David 2’s rifle shooting is terrible, although Elliott will never be the new Heston Blumenthal as he wanted to cook Billy the Duck ‘in a duck sauce’

8. In launderette terms, James is Dot Cotton to Steve’s Pauline Fowler

9. Don’t get stuck in a tunnel without your lard

10. You won’t be able to get a pink fluffy thing unless you’re a metre taller, Helen. Although Rupes’ shoe might help swing the deal

11. Dan’s cheesy Wotsit fingers are the reason why the superheroes ended up landing their time machine inside the concentration camp

12. Jonathan Ross – Because he’s worth it

13. Martin advocates the use of PCP “because horses go wappy and kill people”

14. Lloydie’s tribe of Scottish Red Indians are fooling no-one, whilst Marilyn was less impressed by Big Chief Wawa than you may think

15. Whilst Carl prefers Carol Vorderman (“getting on a bit, but still would”), Elliott prefers the ghost of Richard Whiteley

16. Radishes represent ‘passion’, and ‘fellow feeling with other human beings’

17. 1.5 rivets is almost twice as much, but not quite

18. The tomato bonavista is better than the tomato monogodo, especially at room temperature.

All wise advice, I’m sure you’ll agree….


More blog posts

Share the Love

Join our
mailing list


Get a heads-up on all the shows and courses!


Send Us a Message

Join the Mailing List

Just wanna be in the know? Cool - sign up for our email newsletter to find out about upcoming courses, workshops, and shows.



Sometimes people say the nicest things!

The Metro

“Local improv heroes.”


“Charmed the audience through their enthusiasm and humour.”

“Unique performances that have the audience in stitches.”

Nottingham Evening Post

“Totally bizarre, funny and enthralling. Staggeringly brave. An entertaining set of characters, some great one-liners: incredibly satisfying.”

Reyt Good Magazine

“One of the best comedy nights I have ever been to.”

Three Weeks

“Fun, inclusive improv. Their patent talent is refreshing, the pace never slackens.”


“A whirlwind of different locations and characters, with funny and gloriously bizarre scenarios rolling straight off of the tip of the performers’ tongues to come to life milliseconds after they’d been thought up.”

Behind the Arras

“A strong, professional, highly skilled and thoroughly entertaining performance.”

Weekend Notes

“High on imagination, performance and delivery.”


“Laughter levels were cranked up to full wattage, which spiralled into utter hilarity.”

Midlands Improv

“A fun filled hour of geeky entertainment.”

Notts Comedy Review

“The bright centre of the universe.”

“The next generation of the Nottingham comedy scene.”

Culture Fly

“The funniest Friday night available in Nottingham.”

Chelsea Clarke, Upright Citizens Brigade NY

“This Missimp group is fucking awesome I love them. So sweet and smart and each with a distinct sense of humor. I love that.”


“Not only were the shows great but the crowd was totally into it.”

“Very sharp, quick witted & incredibly funny.”

“The jam at the end made the night perfect.”

Hi There!

During the coronavirus outbreak, MissImp has continued to offer entirely free online activities for our community, including commissioning an ongoing series of paid virtual drop-ins from improvisers around the world, fortnightly online Gorilla Burger shows and more. If you’d like to help us keep these activities going and keep our lights on we’d be immensely grateful. Together, we can get through this.


colin barnfather memorial scholarship application

Please complete all fields

So ya wanna use the library? Cool - first create an account here.

Update your Details

MissImp User Account


MissImp Library Details