Snort is Auckland’s late night 10pm improv show at the always amazing Basement Theatre. I popped along last Friday to check out the hype and the hype was found to be righteous.
There’s been so many late night improv shows in Auckland 0ver the decades and being an inner city denizen I’ve managed to catch most of them. I’ll see your Improv Bandits and raise you Michael Hurst’s & Oliver Driver’s Watershed Theatre improv, so my cynical and blackened splinter of a heart demands much to giggle but Snort is some of the best I’ve seen.
The cast of Rose Matafeo, Guy Montgomery, Joseph Moore, Nic Sampson, Eli Mathewson, Alice Snedden, Donna Brookbanks, Eddy Dever, Chris Parker, Laura Daniel and Hamish Parkinson all shone and picking favourites out of so many genuinely funny moments is difficult because they worked so well as a team effort for the laughs.
Sometimes Improv ends up becoming a contest for attention between the competing egos of the comedians and gets a bit boring and desperate but here the passing of the baton between jokes and scenes is far more collaborative and aimed at inclusion and providing a safe space to take risks.
It’s this last bit, the creation of a safe space to take risks that makes the night so special, because it’s an ethos that the comedians aren’t just participating in, it’s very much the intention of the delightfully hip and Millennial audience who regularly turn up in such numbers to make Snort one of the very few weekly comedic gigs that actually sells out each week.
The willingness of the excited and buzzing audience to give the comedians space to take risks creates a positivity to the night that is infectious and provides a symbiotic dynamism between actors and crowd that keeps the hour feeling more like an experience than passive spectatorship.
It’s an addictive night, check it out.
Snort, Basement Theatre, 10pm Friday nights