Hi! We’re the Noise Next Door and we’re from Brighton! (Audience woop and cheer) Or... We are Tom, Sam, Matt and Robin and we’re from all over the place. (Audience mutters in confusion) Do we need to go to our Graham for a quick recap?
How did The Noise Next Door start?
We met at university many years ago where we all studied useless subjects like drama and film. In our spare time we started teaching ourselves improvisation... Which led to occasional shows at student bars... Which led to occasional shows at regular bars. The first time someone offered to actually pay us to do a show was the moment we realised we might be able to take this a little further.
What got you all interested in Improv?
Initially we fell for improv by watching old episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway on YouTube. It seemed chaotic and clever at the same time - and that really excited us. The great thing about improv comedy is that there are things that appeal to everyone. As such, different things drew each of us in further. Matt loves the outrageous characters, Robin likes the chance for physical comedy, Sam is a fan of the world-play, and Tom enjoys the story telling elements.
How would you describe an Improv show to someone who has never been to one?