By Will Amott, 27th November 2014
Foghorn Improv presented Singing in the Fog, an improvised musical based on audience suggestions – an audience to which the assurance was made that this would be “a feast for the eyes and ears.”
A veritable banquet of comedic delights was provided.
There was little to complain about here. When the punch line of the best joke of the night is “admin in the French Revolution,” one can be a hundred per cent sure this show is entirely improvised on the spot. The line was delivered with pure glee from a performer visibly attempting to stifle her own laughter. Even on the few occasions when the material erred on the edge of predictability, it was delivered with such charm and intent that the audience laughed anyway, and perhaps even more for it.
I can remember one song (and forgive me if there were more that flew over my head) where the performer played with rhyme as well as with our expectations of what was coming next, all for a bigger laugh. It is this confidence in their audience that imbues all the company’s performances – they do not sign-post or deaden their more sophisticated jokes – and the high level of trust seems to reign between the players as well; they trust and follow one another.
A few shone more than others, but each performer displayed considerable strength in comedic timing (if not necessarily their singing). Special note should be given to Clare Corfield and Matt Vaughan-Wilson whom, on this particular evening, were consistent in their audacity and their wit. Outstanding performances from both.
Some time after we left we were still recounting particular jokes and scenarios, and that is saying something. Foghorn Improv display their variegated talents the last Thursday of every month.
I will certainly be returning to watch them again as they stretch their audience’s imaginations as much as their own and leave you with a fixed smile on your face.