On Wednesday the 29th of August I had the pleasure of performing with my fellow cast members of Stürike Improv comedy at Nottingham’s Improv Smash night. Hosted at the Angel Microbrewery in Nottingham city centre, I am very pleased to say it was possibly one of the best comedy nights I have ever been to. Both acts we were performing alongside, “The Vortex”; an all-women improv troupe from the midlands, and the house troupe “The Smash Night Social Club”, were incredibly funny, super-quick and instantly likeable.
By the end of the The Vortex’s set, who were the first act of the evening, my cheeks were hurting from smiling and laughing so much. Their performance twisted into providing us with snapshots of an office building who had been using very strange methods to keep their employees entertained. It was a pleasure to watch such incredible energy and optimism.
The Smash Night Social Club, who are the house troupe, made up of improvisors from across Nottingham closed the evening off with an incredibly wild, montage of scenes with glimpses into a world where people can be made from a collection of Axolotls, and a giant “meat pit” exists in Nottingham. I was grinning with child-like glee for the entirety of the show and the car journey back to Sheffield.
Like I said at the beginning, this is one of the best comedy nights I have ever been to. What I liked about was the atmosphere. There must have been over one-hundred people in that room, all wanting to have fun. The room was buzzing with an incredible energy for funny. Liam, the host, was great at building on that energy and getting everyone even more pumped up. It was dizzying.
There is one of these nights on the last Wednesday of every month at the Angel Microbrewery in Nottingham City Centre, with the next one being on Wednesday 26th of September at 7pm. Tickets cost a fiver, which is more than worth it. I highly recommend going whether you have never seen improvised comedy before or not. It’s a great night.