Lisa is delighted to be a part of Rapid Fire and can’t wait, like is seriously incapable of waiting, to get back on stage each time with such a great group of improvisors. Off stage, Lisa enjoys thinking about things and lifting the heaviest weights she can.

Lisa Farlow

Lisa has been hooked on improv since 2003 when her drama teacher bribed her (using bonus grades) into checking out her high school’s Canadian Improv Games team. She played for a few years and has volunteered with the tournament as a ref, judge, and trainer in the Toronto, Waterloo-Guelph, Edmonton, and National tournaments, and has gone to improv camp as a camper and staff member. In the past she has performed in Toronto’s Combustion Festival and London’s Ladyfest. Duo #1 in her heart forever is Science Punch with Alice Moran.

FAVOURITES

TV Shows: Freaks and Geeks, Veronica Mars, Veep, Parks and Recreation, Orange is the New Black, Arrested Development, Transparent
Movies: A League of Their Own is the only movie I will truly Love
Authors: Jane Austen, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Charles Dickens, David Foster Wallace, Lemony Snicket, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mallory Ortberg, Leslie Jamison
Music:  The Mountain Goats, Belle & Sebastian, Father John Misty, She & Him, The New Pornographers, The Magnetic Fields
Websites: The Toast, The Hairpin, Breaking Muscle, XKCD, The Billfold, Goodreads
Food: Apples, butter chicken, burritos, sweet chili heat Doritos, broccoli stir fry with spicy peanut sauce, guacamole, chocolate-covered almonds, pineapples, bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed dates, this parsnip gelato I had one time, salad with peaches in it, warm sandwiches, sweet potato fries, eggs, pulled pork, and tart flavours from self-serve frozen yogurt places
Words to live by: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Dumbledore

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RAPID FIRE?

I used to improvise in Ontario, but I went to improv camp in the prairies as a teen with a lot of RFT players. Improv camp creates a community of best friends for life, so when I moved to Edmonton, they encouraged me to audition!

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?

Have fun and make your scene partner look great!

WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN OFFER AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT GIVING SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVISERS?

I never met a suggestion I didn’t like, but I usually choose ones that I hear less often. I’ve done 100 scenes at a bowling alley and would be happy to do 1,000 more, but if one person shouts out “bowling alley” and another shouts out “outlet mall” or “greenhouse” or something else that I haven’t done in recent memory, then I’m probably going to choose the latter.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SHORT FORM VS. LONG FORM AND VICE VERSA?

I like short form because you can try weirder things without worrying about it flopping for a long set. When I’m captain of a theatre sports team, I usually can convince my team to play a game we completely made up right before the show, because you can take those risks in short form. I like long form because you can take your time figuring out all the elements of your story, and explore ideas more deeply.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?

I tend to be the responsible scene partner which comes out by playing a lot of characters who could best be described as “helpful”. I also love narrative work and explaining details.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?

One time in a Maestro show, I got to the final round and was asked to sing a solo song. Solo scenes are scary and singing is just not a skill in my wheelhouse. Yet somehow, in the middle of my terrible jig, I realized I was having SO MUCH FUN! I’m not an improviser because I want to always stay in my comfort zone. Hard stuff is fun! A ship is safe in the harbour, but that’s not what ships are for, you know?

WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF RFT?

I read a lot of books and think-piecey columnists. I’m also at the gym for several hours almost every day since I’m an Olympic weightlifter and I do CrossFit, plus I coach a bunch of teens in lifting and CrossFit. I love lifting heaving things over my head and I love those dang teens! My day job is at a consulting company downtown, where I lead research and analyze data to help make websites more useful, usable, and fun to use.

DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RAPID FIRE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE

RFT gives me opportunities to shine at what I love most, opportunities to work on things that are challenging for me, opportunities to try totally new things, and all the best friends in the world.