In Your Head Improv

I remember when I did my level two improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and, just before the end of the course, a fellow student said to me, “Lloydie, I like you on stage but I thought you were better at the start of the course than you are now”.  They were right and they were wrong.

The were right, because I wasn’t doing such great scenes. This was because I had learnt a lot of new stuff and I was “in my own head” trying to figure out how to integrate it all.

The were wrong because I WAS better… I just wasn’t exhibiting all the changes I’d made at that stage.  I was in the middle of a process.  I’m further on with that process now and I’m much better at spotting “the unique, funny thing” within a scene.  It’s a skill that a lot of us in MissImp are developing and it’s slowly coming together.

Lucas Hazlett, who was on that level 2 improv class with me in July, posted this quote to his Facebook the other day, and it seemed to make sense to me when applied to improv, so I thought I’d share it.

“Basketball is an intricate, high-speed game filled with split-second, spontaneous decisions…possible only when everyone first engages in hours of highly repetitive and structured practice–perfecting their shooting, dribbling, and passing and running plays over and over again–and agrees to play a carefully defined role on the court…spontaneity isn’t random.”  Malcolm Gladwell, from the book “Blink”.

Share the Love

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

Join our
mailing list


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

Hi There!


colin barnfather memorial scholarship application

Please complete all fields



Sometimes people say the nicest things!

“Local improv heroes.”

“Charmed the audience through their enthusiasm and humour.”

“Unique performances that have the audience in stitches.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“High on imagination, performance and delivery.”

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

“A fun filled hour of geeky entertainment.”

“The bright centre of the universe.”

“The next generation of the Nottingham comedy scene.”

“The funniest Friday night available in Nottingham.”

“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.”

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

Update your Details

MissImp User Account


MissImp Library Details


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.