Confetti Gun: "The most glamorous improv imaginable."
Confetti Gun are back at this year's Sydney Comedy Festival and it's all glitz, glam, blood pacts and champagne flutes for these lovely ladies. This all-female comedy troupe will light up the stage of the Factory Theatre with their hour-long improv set on the 18th and 20th of May (that's this Friday and Saturday for those playing at home), so make sure to get your damn tickets because who doesn't need to add a little extra chuckle to their day? You're not a robot for fuck sake, you deserve to have some fun.
In the lead up to the show, we had a chat with the gals who talked us through their 'unique' pre-game routine, offered some wise words for budding improv performers and told us why they actually wouldn't mind having eternal Twistie dust fingers.
How did Confetti Gun come to be?
Confetti Gun is Belinda Anderson-Hunt, Clare Cavanagh, Erin Foy, Laura Hart, Kristy Hocking, Beth McMullen, Maddie Parker and Juliet Rae Timmerman. Through the magic of Facebook Messenger and many, many Doodle Polls, the eight of us were brought together with a shared desire to make comedy with other women. Since then, we’ve been slowly building our empire, thanks to our coach Bridie Connell, our mandated Sunday morning rehearsals and our blood pact.
Describe your Glitterati performance using only three words.
GLAM COMEDY? OK!
Okay, now you can have more than three words. Give us the elevator pitch.
Glitterati will be an hour of the most glamorous improv imaginable. With our signature punchy, colourful and high-energy style, we take suggestions from the audience and spin those into improvised characters, monologues and scenes. Of course, we cannot confirm or deny the tabloid rumours that Glitterati will involve dancing.
Talk us through your pre-show routine. How do you calm any nerves?
We usually stand in a close circle, holding each other's hands painfully tight, and then we just scream for 20-30 minutes. It’s very cathartic. We also like to have a good playlist going prior to the show, filled with disco bangers.
"The eight of us were brought together with a shared desire to make comedy with other women. Since then, we’ve been slowly building our empire, thanks to our coach Bridie Connell, our mandated Sunday morning rehearsals and our blood pact."
You’re heading to New York in June to perform as part of Del Close Marathon, a festival of improvised comedy hosted by Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. That’s pretty cool! What are you most looking forward to about this trip?
We’re definitely looking forward to seeing a lot of improv heroes (hopefully we’ll catch a glimpse of Amy herself!), taking workshops with improvisers from all over the world, and getting inspired to come back home filled with wild and adventurous ideas. Also pizza. Lots of pizza.
What has been one of your most memorable performances? (for either positive or negative reasons).
Our first Sydney Comedy Festival show was so much fun. It was the first show we presented on our own as Confetti Gun, and we opened with a comedic tap routine! We think dance is set to become a staple of our festival shows; we’re really trying to prove ourselves as double-threats in this competitive industry.
What’s the best way to bring a touch of glitz & glam to your life?
We’ve taken to drinking every kind of beverage out of fancy champagne flutes – orange juice, cola, water, it really doesn’t matter, just pop it in the flute. But truly, the most glamorous thing in life is, of course, friendship.
What advice would you offer to budding improv performers?
Practise as often as you possibly can, never “try” to be funny - aim for truth and the funny will follow - and find people who inspire you and bring you joy. Most importantly, be sure to pick a troupe name that is both threatening and fun.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career as comedians?
We all have very different comedic influences and it’s been a fun journey working out how to blend all our styles together. As a group, we’re all inspired by the fearlessness and straight-up talent of comedians like Susie Youssef, Alex Lee and Rose Matafeo.
"Never “try” to be funny - aim for truth and the funny will follow."
A shot of coffee or a shot of tequila?
Tequila! Don’t forget to put it in a flute!!!
Own a million dollars worth of toilet paper or a million dollars worth of band-aids?
Toilet paper - we’ve trained to fall theatrically so we never hurt ourselves, but we do still have to pee.
A night in or a night out?
This splits right down the middle for Confetti. Half in, half out! Unless of course we’re all together, and then it doesn’t matter.
Rainy day under the doona or a sunny day by the beach?
Sunny day at the beach – the eight of us don’t all fit under our one doona. Believe us, we’ve tried.
Wear socks and thongs for the rest of your life (even in your sleep and in the shower) or constantly have Twistie dust on your fingers?
Definitely the eternal Twistie dust – a cost effective way to snack on the go!
Friday 18th May at 9:30pm and Sunday 20th May at 8:30pm, performing their one-hour show - Glitterati - at the Factory Theatre Thatcher's Cider House. Click here to buy your tickets.
Follow 'em on Instagram @confettiguncomedy.