For the first time in its 24 year history, The Glee Club is dedicating a full night to improvised comedy from a Birmingham-based group. The venue is aiming to showcase a different brand of comedy while simultaneously supporting local talent.
Improv comedy has been growing in popularity across the region in recent years. 2016 saw the first Birmingham Improv Festival, headlined by local star Josie Lawrence. In 2017 there were 275 improv shows across the Midlands, up 57% on the previous year. There are a dozen acts based in Birmingham but this is the first time one of them will run their own night at Birmingham’s premier comedy club.
Jon Trevor, leader of comedy group Box Of Frogs, said, “Improvised comedy is a different beast from stand-up. You have a whole team of people on stage, so it’s more like being with your friends at a party. At a great show the audience and performers get in sync and everybody laughs together. Another difference is the humour in improv comes from relationships and everyday things, not from news stories or picking on people in the front row.”
Adam Jaremko of the Glee Club said, “Audiences always enjoy improv shows that come here on tour. There’s something electric about songs, sketches and scenes which are created on the spot – a real “one night only” feeling. It’s great to find a local act who can do this and generate big laughs about things like the number 50 bus or Dudley zoo.”