An improv troupe in the UK is calling for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to include improv shows when judging the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award. Producers for the award have said that improv is too difficult to judge because it is "impossible to compare performances seen on different nights with the amount of dependency on the audience." But on comedy site Chortle, British troupe The Noise Next Door have argued that good improvisers are in control of their shows and that "the quality of the comedy is down to the performers and that quality is entirely comparable."
The five-man group claims that "the days of Whose Line Is It Anyway? [...]
It's not a huge event on the American comedy calendar, but every August, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe plays host to hundreds of comedians from around the world. In 1981, the first winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Award were the Cambridge Footlights, a group that included Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. Other winners have included Steve Coogan and Demetri Martin; Best Newcomer Awards have gone to Arj Barker and the Mighty Boosh.
The program for this year's festival, which will feature more than 900 comedy shows, was released last week. While there are a few familiar American faces, including Todd Barry, David Sedaris, Margaret Cho, and Hannibel Buress, the program [...]