by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63
Box of Frogs at the Glee Club, Birmingham
Box of Frogs improv group were on stage at The Glee Club in Birmingham on Sunday. I could tell you all about just how funny the game of Asthmatic Sirens was and how very clever their production of Winnie the Pooh and the Bank Robbery was but, these things will never be seen again, and that’s the joy of improv. Every show is unique.
With eight improvisation comedy actors on stage hilarity is guaranteed. I enjoyed the entire show, it was all very funny but obviously I do have a favourite moment. It involved a couple on their first date, they were using cards which the audience had written little online dating profiles on as their cue cards and the waiter looking after their table, was a depressed ex stripper. It was much funnier than I can make it sound and I was in tears.
With heaps of audience participation, as one would expect from an improv comedy group, the audience gave film titles and characters for Box of Frogs to work with and not once did they disappoint.
If you know the once British (now American) tv show Who’s Line is it Anyway, it was very much in the same style. We had a few good songs, including the Fiancé Blues and an opera with English translation, some sketches, a three head expert, a two headed psychiatrist, human puppets, an agony aunt bar tender and a questionable supermarket queue!
The improv team were Jon Trevor (MC), Geddes Cureton (Keyboard), Karen Benjamin, Grant Orban, Lee Dempsey, Nick Hollingsworth, Suzie Evans, Rich Fallon and Jen Kenny. Geddes on keyboard was amazing. (Think silent movies and the organist in the movie theatres of old) I think it was Jen who stood out for me, but they were all great. Jon was a grand MC.
Before the show we enjoyed a drink in the downstairs bar where I discovered the logo for Box of Frogs is exactly the same as my tattoo! (Three wise Frogs) The Glee is Birmingham’s favourite comedy club and hosts some fabulous artists, Box of Frogs played in the smaller theatre, which does have a bar and there was an short interval. The bar does not serve drinks during the performance.
Last nights two hour performance ended at 9pm, so an early enough finish for a school night for everyone, the audience is 16+ for this show. Box of Frogs are wickedly funny and I really was in stitches at times.
At a full two hours this show was terrific fun as well as being great value for money.
Box of Frogs return to The Glee on 2nd September and 11 November. I am planning a return visit. Tickets for Box of Frogs are a very affordable too, being £8.50 including booking fee.
This isn’t a sponsored post. Julie was invited to the Glee Club for #BrumHour at the invitation of Box of Frogs.
When Julie is not blogging theatre for #BrumHour she can be found on her own blog at redandgoldweb.wordpress.com