It’s The Same Faces at it again with another ad-lib affair

By Perry Johnson

Home-grown talent The Same Faces put on a performance in Leicester this Wednesday – marking the company’s sixth year in the city’s renowned comedy festival.

The multi-member improvised comedy group held their Uncle Armando show in the intimate venue of Upstairs at the Western; Leicester’s only pub-theatre.

Leicester’s only pub-theatre – Upstairs at the Western on Western Road

The show featured on the line-up for this year’s annual Leicester Comedy Festival which is featuring a record number of shows in 70 venues.

This month’s Uncle Armando show featured special guest and stand-up comedienne Adele Cliff performing in tandem with multiple members of The Same Faces’ pool of their own comics.

Director of The Same Faces, Tom Young, said: “In our show the players improvise sketches based upon the improvised monologues of our guest comedian so it never throws up the same idea twice.

“It’s mental gymnastics. We have to draw upon every piece of knowledge, experience, and performance skill we have to make it work.”

The group’s efforts appear to be paying off with them having been nominated for the “Best Improv Show” award at last year’s comedy festival.

Mr Young said: “We’re dedicated to producing top quality, entertaining shows, and doing a type of performance that no-one else is doing in Leicester.”

Aside from their monthly Uncle Armando gig the comedy group also perform regularly in both Leicester and Northampton as well as providing improvised comedy workshops to the public; with a beginner’s course starting again in March.

Mr Young added: “Improv is highly underrated in Britain, but when it’s done well – as I like to think our shows are – it can be absolutely brilliant.”

The Same Faces have plenty more shows lined up both in the comedy festival and every month beyond that.

For more information about the group or to get involved in their workshops visit the following website.

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