The Producers, Fri 16 Feb.
[COMEDY/THEATRE – AUS]
Improv Against Humanity is ‘improv for horrible people’, according to the advertising. Based on the infamous card game, Cards Against Humanity, improv actors use audience participation and the cards to determine how the improv will run. Each card combination is run through individually, then built into a longer routine.
The nature of improv is that it’s always on the edge – will the jokes work, will the actors come up with great ideas, will they riff off each other successfully? Combine that with a card game that is about as edgy as it gets, and you have a recipe for risky and risqué comedy. At times, the actors hit the mark and there were genuinely hilarious and clever moments. There were also moments where the pace and energy dipped a little, but those moments passed quickly and often led to something great. The best jokes came, as they always do, when ideas which had been building were connected towards the end by very agile and astute comedic minds.
This is certainly comedy for people with a taste for the wicked and perverse, and there were plenty of laughs. At times the comedy bordered on being a touch cringe-worthy, but I suppose that was the point! Fans of Cards Against Humanity will appreciate the opportunity to take part in the formation of the improvs, and with a completely fresh show each night, there are plenty of reasons to go back.
Improv Against Humanity continues at The Producers – Producers Warehouse from 8.30pm until Fri 2 Mar.
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