Canary Wharf comics: making it up as they go along

PUBLISHED: 13:45 11 April 2014

Stephen Frost Andy Smart, Steve Steen and Ian Coppinger

Stephen Frost Andy Smart, Steve Steen and Ian Coppinger

Tadhg Conway 2011

Comedy veterans are bringing their version of hit television series Whose Line is it Anyway? to East Wintergarden on Tuesday.

Stephen Frost, a famous face from the original show, as well as countless comedy series and dramas, will be joined by fellow comedians and friends, Andy Smart, Steve Steen and Ian Coppinger.

Boasting years of sell-out shows, the group are back for a completely improvised show which gains momentum with spontaneous suggestions shouted out by the audience.

“We literally just make it up. We never write it down,” admits Frost.

“I know exactly what it takes to do improvisation.

“You have to have an empty head; you mustn’t have any preconceived notions of what you are going to do. If somebody shouts there is an elephant in the lift, because that’s the kind of thing we normally get, it is no good remembering something old, because the other person is not thinking about it.”

Frost joked about the perils of improvisation.

“We wind each other up. Part of the show is when the audience sees the fear in our eyes, but because there are four of us, there is always one that can help out.”

He added that working with other people requires a good sense of comic timing and the ability to trust each other.

“We all know what it takes to make a good joke,” he adds.

The show promises to have more of the antics that made the original television programme so successful.

The East Wintergarden venue in Bank Street makes for a much more physical performance as the size of the stage allows performers to move around freely.

Audiences can look forward to new material as no show is ever the same.

Frost says audience members have come to the show every night just to see fresh escapades.

He said: “Without blowing my own trumpet, I can guarantee they will have a good time and they will laugh without four people going over the same stuff.

“We have never yet had a show where people have not laughed.”

Doors open at 6.45pm and tickets cost £15. Call 0871 220 0260 to book.

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