The Same Faces are returning to Bristol Improv Theatre with their unique brand of U.S. style long-form, as they introduce you to their Uncle Armando.
In anticipation for their show, we asked Tom a couple of questions to uncover their origin story and find out what inspires them.
Tell us a bit about the group, when and how did you form
The Same Faces formed in March 2013, when three friends called Tom, Allan and Mike decided they wanted to perform improv in an elite-level, professional show, and set out to build one. In the time since, the group has picked up two consecutive award nominations from Leicester Comedy Festival, performed around the country, and built up a roster of over 30 members, the majority of whom were trained in-house. It's been a long journey, but we're nowhere close to done.
Who are your improv, music and comedy idols?
Colin Mochrie & Ryan Stiles, Paul Merton, Rachel Parris, Sally Hodgkiss, John Denver (but mainly for "Country Roads"), Scatman Crothers, The Ratpack, Chris Norton Walker, Daniel Kitson, Morecambe & Wise, Aisling Bea, Greg Davies, Miles Jupp, and many more.
What's the improv/theatre scene like in Leicester?
For a long time, we were it! We had to build it up, and have developed a strong community since 2013. We've now been joined by the likes of Rhymes Against Humanity who travel down from Nottingham once a month, and Tiny Stories, who grew out of our workshops.
This is the second time you have performed at the BIT, how did you find the experience last time?
Last time was so much fun! A little different, as we were joined by friends from other groups, but it was one of the best gigs we've ever had – we're hoping to match it this time.
What are you excited about doing this visit?
This time around, we're double headlining, which is a great honour. We'll be doing our long-form show Uncle Armando in one half, and our flag ship short-form show in the other. You're getting a glimpse of everything we do; it's going to be a lot of fun!
See Tom and the team on Friday 9th August, 8pm. Doors and bar open from 7.15pm. Tickets are £10 and can be bought HERE.