Meet the MissImp exec team

MissImp’s exec team is made up of volunteers from our community who are passionate about improv and MissImp.



Web admin and graphics guy with a real world books job at Aconyte Books. Nick lives happily detached from reality, in a largely imaginary domestic world of cats, science fiction & fantasy, LEGO, and occasionally wins at Nanowrimo. You'll find Nick regularly hosting Gorilla Burger and performing in The Improvised Star Wars Show.


Marilyn Ann Bird

Marilyn is a full-time actor and voiceover artist and has been trained by teachers from UCB, Second City, IO, The Maydays, Baby Wants Candy and even Armando Diaz and the Mike McShane. She’s been with MissImp for around two decades (although exact dates are hazy). She performs with It’s a Trap! The Improvised Star Wars Show, Rhymes Against Humanity, twoprov Atomic Budgerigar and anyone else who will have her. She once met Colin Mochrie and wants to be Josie Lawrence when she grows up.

Josie Ettrick-Hogg

Josie has been performing character stand-up for 12 years, having run and performed on numerous Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Comedy Festival shows with Stags Woodward. In the last three or so years, she has discovered improv, attended various workshops and courses, co-run a weekly drop in online and in person in Derby, and been in Squares in the Round, Sisters Karazmatik and latterly the Vox Pops.

Orla Ratcliffe

Orla leads a customer service team for a footwear brand during her working hours, sneaking an occasional improv exercise into work teambuilding sessions. With a penchant for musical improv; she occasionally lends her keyboard skills to a workshop or show, but much prefers the singing. She supports with MissImp marketing/ promo efforts and does other adminny things behind the scenes. You can find her making up songs in musical improv trio Comic Harmonic, mutilating movie screenplays in Unspeakable Acts, or hosting the odd Thursday night drop-in.


Stags has been performing & teaching stand-up for more than 15 years, at festivals and comedy nights from London to Edinburgh, but since attending a MissImp drop-in in 2019 & falling in love with improv, he has been focusing on practicing & performing that at every opportunity. Based in Derby, Stags is a member of long-form troupes & attends improv nights & events throughout the Midlands (and beyond), and is always keen to spread the word about the positive value of improv.

Dave Tuer

Dave has been improvising since 2016. With a particular love for musical improv, he has trained with MissImp, The Maydays, and Showstopper!. His improv adventures have taken in five countries so far, including performances in Berlin and Edinburgh. He is one third of Comic Harmonic, and one half of Flower Freedom, and always on the lookout for other opportunities to perform. He produces and comperes Smash Night, and has been teaching improv since 2019.

Photos taken by Laura Chen at the Birmingham Improv Festival 2018. Find her on Facebook.

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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.”

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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.


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