Josephine has been improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre since 2011. In high school she participated in the Canadian Improv Games at both the provincial and national level for four consecutive years. Now she enjoys coaching, judging, and reffing improv in Edmonton. And of course she gets to perform weekly with some of the coolest cats in town. Life is good!
What is your favorite?
TV Shows: Comedies would be Arrested Development and Clone High. Dramas are currently Game of Thrones and Skins.
Movies: I love too many movies, but I have watched Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice an embarrassing amount of times.
Actors: Ellen Page, why aren’t we friends? If you are reading this Ellen please be my friend!
Video Games: What are those?
Authors: J. K. Rowling, Stieg Larsson, Anthony Burgess, Philippa Gregory, Edgar Allan Poe.
Music: Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Websites: IMDB, tumblr, google… I will google anything and everything.
Food: I only like sushi.
Places to eat in Edmonton: Tokyo Noodle Shop is the best sushi ever. Go there. Oh yeah, and Remedy Café is awesome.
How did you get involved with Rapid Fire?
I competed in two High School Tournaments from grade 9-12 (The Nosebowl and the CIG). At the end of grade 12 I got invited to audition for Rapid Fire. I was also given the opportunity, along with a few other lucky guys, to go to Germany and participate in an Improv festival that summer sponsored by Rapid Fire. Needless to say, going on the trip was the best experience of my life. Thank you RFT!
What are the keys to a successful improv scene?
Establishing a solid platform. If you have a strong beginning to a story the ending will write itself. That and listening to your fellow Improvisers, you don’t want to miss any of their golden offers.
What are some tips you can offer audience members about giving suggestions to improvisers?
Give simple suggestions, those work best. You could also try giving a suggestion that would imply sentimental value. Like a trophy: who won it, and how did they win it? It’s probably important to them!
What do you like about short form vs. long form and vice versa?
Short form is amazing because it reminds you that no matter how good or bad a scene is, it’s done forever. It keeps your insecurities and your ego in check. But I have always been more of a long form fan. I find it more rewarding to do, and to watch. The pace allows the improvisers to relax and go more in depth with the story they are telling.
How would you describe your improv style?
Very narrative-heavy and introverted. I am always thinking of what the actual story is and how I could best tie up any loose ends.
What is your most memorable moment on stage?
Before we went to Germany, David Walker, Thomas Barnett, Ben Fitzpatrick and I did a fundraiser show. It was my first time ever doing a musical on stage and I stepped up and started singing first, the other guys thought it would be hilarious to walk off-stage and out of the theatre, and it was hilarious. Even though that night was nerve racking and full of risks, those guys showed me how fun improv could be.
What do you do for a day job?
I work at Remedy Café, come visit me! I’m also an English Student at the UofA.
How does improv come in handy in your day-to-day life?
It’s made me a more confident speaker, which is handy since I have always worked in customer service. It has also taught me to let go of things. If you do a night of bad improv it’s done forever, don’t think about it just move on to better things.
Describe working for Rapid Fire in a single sentence:
Rapid Fire is the closest thing to getting an acceptance letter from Hogwarts; it’s pure magic!