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Introducing Nick Tyler – Our new Guest Blogger

A warm welcome to our new Guest Blogger Nick Tyler, we asked Nick 10 questions about himself to get to know him a little bit better :-

Who are you?

I’m one of the organisers of MissImp – Live Improvised Comedy (based at TAO Nottingham on Station Street). MissImp’s been together in some form or other for the last 12 years, but in its most recent incarnation we’ve been doing a show on the last Friday of the month for the last 18 months.

I write pirate stories under the pseudonym Captain Ignatius Pigheart which I usually get to read out when I’m compering Pub Poetry Nottingham – another monthly event of fun comic poetry and spoken word at the Canalhouse.

What brought you to Nottingham?

I came here to study at Nottingham University in ’96 and have stayed ever since, except for a year away in the ghastly environs of Wolverhampton. But that was ages ago and doesn’t count.

What keeps you in Nottingham?

My other half and I are very happy in our house in Beeston, we have lots of lovely friends here and since becoming involved in MissImp and the Nottingham Comedy Festival it keeps getting better. Oh, and there’s a job here too I suppose.

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?

Improvisation is like nothing else. I’m heavily involved in running, directing and performing in MissImp, Nottingham’s only live improvised comedy show. It’s a uniquely creative pursuit which gets the best out of everyone. I also have a great time designing the show flyers.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I’d like MissImp to be performing at least weekly in Nottingham and beyond. An established improv scene in Nottingham with more performers, teams and loads more people getting to enjoy improv. I would also like to be published as Captain Pigheart. It’s also possible we will have decorated all of our house by then (it’s only been 3 years so far).

What do you wish you had more time for?

Writing. And spending more time with my partner and cat. I really ought to read more books that aren’t science-fiction. Oh well…

What keeps you awake at night?

Everything – I’ve never been good at sleeping and don’t really relax enough. I get quite angry about things and am unable to quell trains of thought late at night. I also get very excited about the improv shows and tend to run through the possibilities instead of dreaming.

What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?


What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

Improv. And something related to Robin Hood that’s actually in the city and isn’t just a statue.

What Big thing are you currently working on?

We’re always working towards our last Friday of the month improv shows, and developing our skills further to do more and give more to our audiences. There’s also the Nottingham Comedy Festival 2010 on the horizon in which I’ll be organising at least one ‘regular’ improv show plus a long-form night; I’m in two sketch shows and am being hassled to get a few poetry events in too. That’s going to be an exhausting week of fun.

You can see more about Nicks different projects at the following links

Missimp Live Improvised Comedy

Facebook Group

Captain Pigheart – Pirate Stories

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Pub Poetry

Facebook Group

Microwaving Ants (Comedy Sketches)

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