Pub Poetry – 8pm tonight at Canalhouse 6 Nov 2017

Pub Poetry: Open Mic Comic Lit

Monday 6th November

The Nottingham Comedy Festival surrounds up, but through the fog of potential shows, Pub Poetry is a beacon of spoken word fun.

A fun, free and informal night of light hearted and downright comic spoken word and poetry in a pub. Without beer, literature is nothing. Bring your favourite amusing poems, stories or songs, whether they are yours or someone else’s. It’s a celebration of funny words to brighten a Monday. All jolly good fun. See you there, and bring a friend. There’s no need to book a slot in advance, but if you’d like to contact me beforehand, feel free to contact Nick.

Starts at 8pm with periods of reading, drinking and writing limericks.  There will be poetry books lying around, so if the urge takes you…

The Canalhouse
48-52 Canal Street
Nottingham
NG1 7EH
8.00pm – FREE
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Nottingham Comedy Festival 2017

The festival season is upon us once more, and we shall sacrifice the young to stave off winter… Or, go and see a bunch of cool comedy shows at the Nottingham Comedy Festival! It’s totally up to you. Here are the shows that MissImp are either running, or members of MissImp and the local improv community are doing. See them all! (Hint, it’s impossible.) Check out the full lineup here.

FRIDAY 3rd NOVEMBER

7.30pm
Ben Macpherson: The Fall of Byron Montrose, Poet, Gentleman, Lover

Venue: The Angel Microbrewery

 

9pm
Katie Zoe Mitchell: One Woman Labyrinth

Venue: The Angel Microbrewery

SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER

7.30pm
Katie Mitchell and Sam Lane: Psychopomp(s)

Venue: The Angel Microbrewery

MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER

7.30pm
UoN Red Herrings: One Word Story Land
Venue: The Angel Microbrewery

 

8.00pm
MissImp presents: Pub Poetry, Open Mic Comic Lit Karaoke

Venue: Canalhouse
A fun, free and informal night of lighthearted and downright comic spoken word and poetry in a pub. Without beer, literature is nothing. Bring your favourite amusing poems, stories or songs, whether they are yours or someone else’s. It’s a celebration of funny words to brighten a Monday.

8.30pm
Jeanette Bird-Bradley: Jeanettic Defect
Venue: The Nedd Ludd

 

9.00pm
Ben Macpherson: By Myself
Venue: The Angel Microbrewery

TUESDAY 7th NOVEMBER

7.45pm
Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience: NICE – Nicely Does It…… (and you can join in too)

Venue: Lacehouse

8pm
Ersatz Animus

Venue: The Angel Microbrewery

WEDNESDAY 8th NOVEMBER

7.30pm
MissImp Double Bill: Clones and the Vox Pops

Venue: The Angel Microbrewery
The Clones: witness the incredible as comics and improvisers Liam Webber & Lloydie James Lloyd make you laugh, may make you cry, one thing’s for sure: what they create that night will never be seen again…
The Vox Pops: each show takes a true story, and reveal its real meaning through a cavalcade of characters and a smorgasbord of scenes. The truth has never been funnier.

THURSDAY 9th NOVEMBER

7.30pm
Gorilla Burger: Improv Comedy Carnage

Venue: Malt Cross
Your evening of live improvised comedy carnage returns! It’s theatre karaoke where you can be the star. At Gorilla Burger you can get up on stage whether you’ve played before or not. Hugely supportive and tons of fun this is a delightful way for you to experience improvised comedy.

FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER

7.30pm
Rhymes Against Humanity & Four Far Away: Improv Double Bill

Venue: The Angel Microbrewery
Four Far Away: adventure and intrigue, mystery and magic await as we spend an hour exploring an original sci-fi or fantasy landscape made up entirely on the spot.
Rhymes Against Humanity present to you a fully improvised musical! No scripts, no conferring, no pre-planning, just totally spontaneous, hilarious musical madness!

SATURDAY 11th NOVEMBER

9pm
Katie Zoe Mitchell: One Woman Labyrinth

Venue: The Angel Microbrewery

Gorilla Burger – Nottingham Comedy Festival Improv Comedy Carnage – Thursday 10 November 2016

The Most Fun Thing To Do In The Nottingham Comedy Festival ! 

Save yourself from the horror of the real world and join us in creating a better, or at least a weirder one! Gorilla Burger is your best chance for peace and the only place you can explode on stage. Get up on stage, matched up with our selection of other performers and see what wonders will emerge. This is improvised comedy theatre and together we’ll be brilliant.

All you have to do is stick your name in the hat – the receptacle of randomness – you’ll be drawn, partnered and slung on stage. Your choice of game or scene will guide you in an episode of spontaneous theatre.

Of course, you don’t have to give us your name. You can remain happily anonymous in the audience, settle back with a pint and enjoy the show.

It’s probably the best mash up of cleverness, silliness, drinking and theatre you’ll find.


The Malt Cross (downstairs in the Workshop space)
16 St James’s Street
Nottingham
NG1 6FG
7.30pm – the show starts at 7.45pm.
Tickets on the door £5/£3

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Pub Poetry – Monday 7 November 2016 – Nottingham Comedy Festival

Open mic spoken word for comic and lighthearted literature

We only hold Pub Poetry in pubs with Real Ale, because poetry without beer is like a poorly thought out simile. Welcome to the Nottingham Comedy Festival!

Upcoming Events:

Monday 7th November 2016 at The Canalhouse

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Open mic spoken word – bring your poems, stories and songs. Either read your own, someone else’s or sit back and enjoy.

The Canalhouse
Canal Street
Nottingham
8.00pm – FREE

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A fun, free and informal night of lighthearted and downright comic spoken word and poetry in pubs with Real Ale: without beer, literature is nothing.

Bring your own poems, short stories, songs – whatever you have, as long as it involves words and might be funny. If you don’t want to read your own, bring someone else’s. Or you can just come and listen, have a drink and a giggle and meet some new folk.

There’s beer, there’s spoken word and there will be a limerick competition.

There’s no need to book a slot in advance (it’s much more casual than that!), but if you’d like to contact me beforehand, feel free to contact Nick at [email protected]

Starts at 8pm with periods of reading, drinking and writing limericks. All jolly good fun. See you there!

We’ll have some poetry books lying around, so if the urge takes you…

Price: FREE! Please join us!

MissImp in the Nottingham Comedy Festival 2016 – Pub Poetry, Gorilla Burger and Friends

The Nottingham Comedy Festival is upon us once more! That brings us the annual Pub Poetry event at the Canalhouse – a chance for you to share your comic words in song, poem or story. It’s also a Gorilla Burger week, which is excellent news when you need hands on comedy action. A number of very splendid MissImp folk also have their own shows in the festival. Gasp, amaze! All of the details lie below…


Liam Webber – Child of the Grand Eagle

Friday 4th November
7.30pm
Venue: The Loft House
£5/3


UoN Red Herrings Improv

Sunday 6th November
9pm
Venue: The Ned Ludd
£5


Pub Poetry: Open Mic Comic Lit
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Monday 7th November
8pm
Venue: Canalhouse
FREE!


Jeanette Bird-Bradley – Context, People!

Tuesday 8th November
7.30pm
Venue: The Ned Ludd
FREE!


Byron Montrose – The Fall of Byron Montrose. Poet, Gentleman, Lover

Wednesday 9th November
9pm
Venue: The Ned Ludd
£7


Gorilla Burger – Improv Comedy Carnage

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Thursday 10th November
7.30pm
Venue: The Malt Cross
£5/3 concessions


How to be a better Supervillain with Vincent Saxby

Friday 11th November
7.30pm
Venue: The Malt Cross
£11/6


Paria Exchange

Friday 11th November
9pm
Venue: The Ned Ludd
£5


And there’s an absolute fucktonne of other great stuff on as well – the full programme is here.

MissImp in the Nottingham Comedy Festival 2014

Stuff To Do Next Week

The year spins round to the Nottingham Comedy Festival once more and the eight days from 19th to the 27th September are as full as ever. Check out the full line up here.

As ever we’re contributing a few bouts of entertainment ourselves – Pub Poetry on Monday, a free improv workshop on Tuesday and our regular The Glee Club show on Friday! Join us – we will have fun.

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Monday 22nd September 2014

Pub Poetry – Open Mic Comic Lit

NCF Pub Poetry 2014 A fun, free and informal night of light-hearted and comic spoken word and poetry with plenty of drinking: without beer, literature is nothing. Bring your own words, bring your favourite authors or just sit back and listen. Poems, short stories, songs are all welcome – just so long as they’re funny.
Canalhouse
48-52 Canal Street
Nottingham
8.00pm – FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1553615911516433/
http://www.nottscomedyfestival.co.uk/calendar_136740.html


Tuesday 23nd September 2014

Introduction to Improv Comedy Workshop

NCF MissImp Workshop 2014Want to be funny, spontaneous and creative? This introduction to improvised comedy takes you into games, exercises and techniques for finding comedy and creativity with others.
Hopkinson 21
21 Station Street
Nottingham
8.00pm (finish approx 10pm) – FREE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1553615911516433/
http://www.nottscomedyfestival.co.uk/calendar_136770.html


Friday 26th September 2014

MissImp in Action – live improv comedy show

MissImp_In_Action 2014Thrilling all-action end of the month show sporting the best of MissImp inventing scenes and playing games.
The Glee Club
The Waterfront
Canal Street
Nottingham
8.30pm (doors open at 8pm) – £4.50 in advance/£6 on the door (£3 students/MissImp)
https://www.facebook.com/events/713392165382293/
 http://www.nottscomedyfestival.co.uk/calendar_136857.html


Improv Helped Me, It Can Help You Too

A post by the ever lovely (and terrifying in Shoot Out) Elliott Bower:

Improv is Awesome

Improv has always been fun to watch and do because quite simply it is off the cuff which is what life is: there’s no script for life.

ElliottNottingham’s premier Improv company MissImp have been progressively making an impact in the Nottingham comedy scene developing many people to let loose and just be funny with games and scenes produced on the spot with suggestions from the audience in a friendly atmosphere.

Among other forms, they play games as seen in the popular comedy improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? such as the Alphabet Game, Whose Line and Party Quirks.

A very funny example of this can be seen in this video where Nick And Ben are playing Whose Line whilst on a date in Uttoxeter (this was suggested by the audience). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evqsgz8KKRE

MissImp have been performing in numerous venues around the city for a number of years but currently have residence at The Glee Club on the last Friday of the month and The Corner in Hockley where anyone can come and have a go and take part in a show uniquely named Gorilla Burger.

Improv Is Personal

For me, MissImp has developed my skills as a person like I never thought possible. I suffer from Aspergers syndrome and manic depression so I’m not the best in the world at communication. I find it difficult to make friends and my listening skills and short term memory are all over the place. When I told some of the members of MissImp about this they were extremely supportive and have helped me to develop ever since.

The only vice I have that gets me through is performing and watching comedy.

When I perform I now make a habit of not thinking in advance until the bell rings otherwise it just isn’t improv, I highly enjoy playing a high status villains, In a nutshell they are just fun to play.

Not only does MissImp allow you the chance to perform in front of a friendly crowd and be funny, it subliminally allows you to develop your self confidence, boost your social skills and just make you learn more about yourself as a person.

I started in the group in the summer of 2009, I wanted to get back into acting after being stuck in a dead end job for a few years, I found it difficult at first and then with development from the jams I attended every Thursday I got better and created new habits of not thinking just doing.

I’ve made really great friends with the people that have come along over the years, I also met Nottingham Comedy Festival director Helen Stead there who gave me a voluntary role and have been helping with her out of my own accord with my comedy knowledge expertise in the well known company for five years now, I also help other respective comedy promoters book their shows just because I like to give and make comedy what it is.

Basically I am about to start my 5th year as a member of MissImp and when I get asked how I cope with the stresses and strains of the world I always say to people that MissImp have helped me in ways I could not have imagined and which no other therapy can do.

I am forever grateful to them.

COME TO OUR SHOWS!

Thank you for reading.

Nottingham Comedy Festival: Pub Poetry – Tuesday 24th September 2013

Open Mic Poetry Karaoke

A fun, free and informal night of lighthearted and downright comic spoken word and poetry in pubs with Real Ale: without beer, literature is nothing.

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Bring your own poems, short stories, songs – whatever you have, as long as it involves words and might be funny. If you don’t want to read your own, bring someone else’s. Or you can just come and listen, have a drink and a giggle and meet some new folk.

There’s beer, there’s spoken word and there will be a limerick competition.

No need to book a slot in advance (it’s much more casual than that!), but if you’d like to contact us beforehand, feel free to email Nick at [email protected]

So far we believe we will have pirate stories, improvised beat poetry, maybe a song or two and fine, funny poets. Join us!

Starts at 8pm with periods of reading, drinking and writing limericks. All jolly good fun. See you there!

We’ll have some poetry books lying around, so if the urge takes you…

Price: FREE

at The Canalhouse, Canal Street, Nottingham NG1 7EH

Gorilla Burger – a personal experience

ElliottLast night I returned to a MissImp jam after nearly a six month absence. I used to make sure I never miss a jam but all this comedy lark I do keeps me exceptionally busy and ages me more than the Master’s laser screwdriver (only Doctor Who fans would get this). I noticed these days they now do an improv karaoke session as it were, known as Gorilla Burger on Facebook, I had a free night so I thought I would make an appearance. It was by far one of the best nights and one of the best performances I have had this year and MissImp are to be commended for such a fantastic idea. Anyone new and old can perform in front of a nice intimate crowd in a relaxed environment.

I began jamming and performing with MissImp in July 2009. I was then ‘worthless dole scum’ signing on at the Job Centre next to the art organisation where they used to jam and perform. I saw the advertisement in the window and emailed Nick about coming along to do some Improv with the troupe, having performed improv in Leicester and having a British National diploma in Acting (well I got a merit but all the same). Back then I was going through a bit of a dark phase in my life: I had no job, very little confidence, money or self-esteem and suffered badly from stage fright when I was performing on a stand up stage. It took a while to win the group over as I wasn’t the best in the world at this improv lark, but I kept going and going and gradually, with the help of the runners of each jam session, by the beginning of 2010 my self-confidence was at its peak: I had a new batch of friends and I had a new goal which was to be in the team to perform in the main show on the last Friday of the month at the Art Organisation (on Station Street).

I achieved this goal in February 2011 after some promising jam sessions where I found myself playing high status characters delivering some genius lines (the jam which I played a child genius was something I have never forgotten). Jobwise I met Helen at MissImp who was at the time organising the first Nottingham Comedy Festival, I’ve being working with her closely ever since bringing our NCF Comedy nights to more and more people around the UK and we are very shortly about to bring the 5th comedy festival to the people of Nottingham in which MissImp will be part of once again which I hope they will be.

Gorilla BurgerAs mentioned above, the Festival and NCF comedy keep me busy so it is only when I have a free Thursday I can attend the jams and shows but I did not regret coming last week in the slightest. There was some really funny stuff happening on the stage of 8 Stoney Street. First I performed one of my favourite games Should Have Sung with David who I have always enjoyed playing with as things tend to get weird when I jam with him (in a good way) as he comes up with genius lines which makes it fun to work and play with, and boy can that man sing! Next I played Word Count surviving nuclear radiation with two new people whose names I’m afraid escape me, I highly enjoying playing weird mental high energy characters and I had that opportunity to do so again with them.

Finally I did a Word At A Time Story about treacle which got confusing for the individual in the middle as she kept saying a word when it was my turn so I had to quickly but in with my word and basically the angrier I got the funnier it was it seemed to the audience. Other highlights included Nick’s genius line from the bad accent’s game, when asked “is that Brian Blessed?” he replied,”No that’s Gangnam style”. And of course Rupes’s performance who is by far (again in a good way) the funniest man I have ever met, and has nearly moved me to tears throughout the years as his delivery and natural ability to keep things as simple as possible in scenes is a real gem in MissImp’s crown.

So in conclusion MissImp is to be commended for coming up with the idea of Gorilla Burger and working wonders for me throughout the last couple of years. I shall try and attend these sessions a lot more when available.

For more of what myself and Helen are up to these days are on our website NCF Comedy and Nottingham Comedy Festival. Many thanks for taking the time to read this, Elliott.

By Elliott Bower

Gorilla Burger runs on the second Thursday of each month at various venues. Check the jam and show news, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.