Improv Show Returns After Covid Shutdown

A monthly improvised comedy show thwarted by Covid made a triumphant return in October.

The show Scoops displays the talents of local improv superstars. The brainchild of Brighton improviser Ben Tucker, Scoops ran every month for two years in a venue now closed, but has found a new home in the beautiful Nightingale Room at the Grand Central pub.

The show typically features a line up of four diverse improv acts, followed by a jam in which members of the audience can jump up and flex their improv skills.

Co-founder Simon Goodway said: “Scoops began with modest ambitions but soon became central to Brighton’s thriving improv community.

“It’s a great place for local acts to show what they can do and build an audience, so we were determined to resume as soon as it felt safe.

“The cabaret style seating at the Grand Central means the audience aren’t shoulder to shoulder, and lends a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for our show.”

October’s show was a smash hit, with a fantastic line up of acts. The show opened with Tucker and Goodway themselves playing out a silly story about three men and a horse who were, for reasons that made sense at the time, in a bin.

They were followed by More To Honk With, a quartet of hilarious women who describe themselves as an ‘inclusive improv collective’, and who brought fast paced Whose Line style improv games to the stage.

The third act was Tea & Toast, a staple of the Brighton improv scene whose scenes were inspired by the audience’s favourite songs. Do The Thing then took to the stage to perform an amazing off the cuff musical with just three men and one guitar.

The audience left with huge smiles on their faces, and no doubt many of them will return for more scoops of improvised silliness in November.

Scoops Improv Comedy Night at The Grand Central, 29-30 Surrey St, Brighton BN1 3PA

2 November and the first Tuesday of every month, 20:00 – 22:30

Tickets £7 at tinyurl.com/scoopsimprov

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