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Ey Up is a weekly interview-based podcast in which I aim to learn more about, and hopefully something from, other artists and artful individuals.

Ey Up Chelsea Clarke

During my time in New York, mainly just out of interest (or you could call it artistic research), I undertook the Improv 101 course at the now famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Little did I know I had in fact signed up to the class of one of the best teachers and improvisors out there – Chelsea Clarke. Following our class show Chelsea very generously agreed to speak with me and answer many of the questions I had about improv, to learn more about her, and to generally process what she had put me and my classmates through – an experience I could not have expected to be as transformative as it was.

Apologies in advance if a lot of the improv language we use doesn’t make much sense, though hopefully it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. After several weeks in the UCB world I sort of forgot long-form improv has its whole own language. It really is a world unto itself and one I am very sad to not be able to continue within. In a way I believe had I of had the chance to discover improv at the same age Chelsea did as she was studying to be a visual artist, I might very much have stayed in that world and all.