3 July, 2013
Ian Coppinger, actor and comedian from the British cast of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” is coming to Singapore in August for a live show. AAS invites members to join us for a night of hilarious improvised comedy on August 22. We spoke with Ian about his experiences on stage and the cast’s upcoming trip.
What kinds of things do you like to do to warm up before the show?
We meet up, have a few drinks and a laugh.
What is it that you enjoy about being on stage?
The greatest sound in the world is laughter, I just love it, and when you are responsible for making a room full of people laugh it’s a great feeling, it’s an even better feeling when it’s something you have just thought of and considering its improvised then the suggestion came from and audience member so they were in part responsible too. It’s a very inclusive form of comedy and I just love doing it.
Is it different being on stage to being taped on TV?
Live comedy is always the best. TV work has too many people involved all trying to do their job and also the audience is nervous too as they know that they are going to be on TV too. With the live experience however the audience can sit back and we don’t have a director worried about the camera angles and all the technical side of it. Live comedy all the way.
Any particularly embarrassing or unexpected experiences on stage?
As it an improvised show everything is unexpected. We are men of a certain age so there are sometimes aches, pains or noises that we didn’t even know we were going to make.
How truly spontaneous is the show, or is there some pre-planning or preparation?
It’s all improvised. The format remains the same, i.e. we play the same games, however, the subject matter is always different as the audience always suggests different things. We have even turned down suggestions from the audience because we have had them before. We also swap around who does what games to keep it as fresh and as new as possible.
How many shows do you do a week?
That really depends how many we are booked for. I also do stand-up so it really changes every week.
How do you guys stay sharp on improv.?
It’s like with anything the more you do it the better you get and we have been doing it for a very long time. We also really enjoy doing it. We love to make each other laugh, so when you see us laughing on stage it’s because we really didn’t know that that was going to happen. In some ways we are a part of the audience too because we are hearing it for the first time also.
Have you been to Singapore before?
No but the others have and have told me that I am really going to love it. I love to travel and it’s always nice to see a new place and then revisit it again and know where I’m going. As this is my first time I’m really looking forward to exploring it and finding out what I can.
What brings you to Singapore this time?
I’m just going over to do the shows but I dare say that I may have the odd drink and night out too.
Join us for Comedy Night: Whose Line Is It Anyway? on August 22, 8-10pm at Klapsons, The Boutique Hotel, 15 Hoe Chiang Road.
AAS Member: $50; Non-Member: $70; Membership Package (includes event and special price AAS Membership): $110.