Five of the best improvised comedy shows at the Fringe 2010

Edinburgh shows making it up as they go along

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Five of the best improvised comedy shows at the Fringe 2010

The Noise Next Door
Five slightly posh Brighton-based blokes don shirts and colourful ties before transforming your daft ideas into blindingly witty songs and sketches.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug (not 11, 18), 7pm, £11–£12 (£9.50–£11). Previews until 6 Aug, £6.

To Be Continued
This Durham bunch brought us VaryTales last year and this time around will fashion a tale about a hero dashing through fantastical lands. The details are up to you.
The Vault, 0845 510 0022, 9–22 Aug (not 16), 4.15pm, £7.50 (£6.50). Previews 7 & 8 Aug, 7.35pm, £5.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Jon Snow has recently been trying his improv luck on stage with this innovative lot who weave a musical comedy out of your random thoughts.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 7–29 Aug (not 18), 10.50pm; 10, 17, 24 Aug, 3pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11). Preview 6 Aug, £5.

Baby Wants Candy
Shout out a title of a musical that’s never been made before and this NYC crew will bring your dream alive. Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock and the E Street Band’s Garry Tallent have been up on stage with BWC.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not 23), 5.35pm, £13–£15 (£11–£13). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5.

Lights! Camera! Improvise!
The Scat Pack bring us a brand new movie every night with Oscar digging out a film from his archive based entirely on your suggestions.
C, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug (not 16), 6.55pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£5.50–£9.50).

Baby Wants Candy - The Full Band Improvised Musical

  • 3 stars

★★★★★ 'Baby Wants Candy are an entertainment phenomenon!' (Scotsman). The original improvised musical returns to the Fringe after four sell-out seasons. As one of the best known, longest running and most celebrated improv shows in the world, Baby Wants Candy has spawned the careers of many top comic actors and writers.

The Buffoons

Brand new sketch comedy from the creators of five-star Edinburgh sell-out 'Lights! Camera! Improvise!' Hold on tight the Buffoons have arrived, and they're going to take you on the ride of your life. Watch our world's taboos through the eyes of the Buffoons. A razor-sharp satire where everything is a source of ridicule…

Lights! Camera! Improvise!

  • 4 stars

The improvised movie, live onstage. The Scat Pack's team of electrifying improvisers weave a new movie, live every night based on your suggestions. Join Oscar in his home cinema to watch another never before seen and never to be seen again motion picture created before your very eyes, complete with special effects…

Musical Improvisation Workshop (Even For Non-Musical Performers!)

Learn musical improv from the best! Internationally renowned Chicago troupe, Baby Wants Candy ('Entertainment phenomenon!', Scotsman) invites you to learn to improvise songs and play in a more free, fast and fun style. Ages: U

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

  • 4 stars

A brand new musical is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning production, where audience suggestions help to create a show on the spot. The all-singing, all-dancing cast improvise with brilliant and unpredictable results, leaving delighted audiences singing all the way home. 'Not only is each…

The Noise Next Door - Chaos Control

  • 4 stars

Earth-shattering secrets. Impossible odds. Our mission: protect mankind, kick ass...bag sexy chicks. Audience suggestions expose society's secrets and unleash ludicrous characters, witty one-liners and explosive physicality. White-hot improvised comedy that'll leave you gasping for air. Join us. 'Supernaturally quick…

To Be Continued!

'ShellShock!' presents 'To Be Continued...' An improvised adventure comedy, where your unique character suggestions are brought to life - be it a ninja archaeologist or a dastardly zeppelin-flying villain. Based on your ideas, we travel through fantastic lands as we follow the hero through romance and betrayal as he…

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