Matt Alden started improving based on a dare 12 years ago and he hasn’t stopped since. He is a member of Rapid Fire Theatre but is also a regular player in the improvised soap opera Die-Nasty and the comedy troupe These Men Are Blacklisted. Matt writes, acts in, and produces plays including the sterling nominated Edmund and the award winning Real Time. Television has become his main career besides improv. Matt is involved with writing and acting in many television shows including E-Town, Caution May Contain Nuts, Delmer And Marta and Superchannels Tiny Plastic Men. But TV takes a long time to make and longer still to reach the audience. To Matt nothing is more fulfilling than the beautiful disposable, now you see it now you don’t, art of improv. He has performed improv scenes all around the world but he always comes back for makes em ups right here in Edmonton, The Captial City Of “sorry we didn’t have time to rehearse this”.
TV Shows: Game of Thrones, documentaries about Aliens
Movies: Star Wars
Actors: Christopher Guest
Video Games: Star Wars Battlefront, Boom Beach
Books: Game of Thrones. Graphic Novels
Words to live by: Never grow up. That’s only for people pretending to be adults.
HOW YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RAPID FIRE?
I had some friends in it who would drag me on stage. I was mostly really quiet.
WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?
Listen and then try to make the other improvisers look great!
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN OFFER AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT GIVING SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVISERS?
It’s your show too! Think about what you REALLY want to see.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SHORT FORM VS. LONG FORM AND VICE VERSA?
I started with long form doing Die-Nasty the improvised soap. I love that full stories can come out of long form but short form can give you some magical moments and almost glimpses into stories.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?
I try to do a real play as often as I can. The harder I try to be serious the funnier it gets. All of my best jokes are usually an accident as I try to take the scene seriously.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?
Tied between an amazing scene I once had with Nathan Fillion and the time I had a sword in a hilt that got knocked out and stabbed another performer in the foot. So… yeah. I stabbed a guy. The crowd loved it. I cried.
WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF RFT?
I am a playwright, and write and star in my own TV shows. It’s the dream! Tiny Plastic Men is one of my favourites and our sketch show Caution is currently filming 13 episodes.
HOW DOES IMPROV COME IN HANDY IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?
I’m kinda shy so when I have to meet new people improv rules are always my go to. Listen. React. Don’t let on you are an alien. Also I spend long days writing on my own so to come and create something on the spot with others is a huge stress relief and future writing inspiration.
DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RAPID FIRE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:
Imagination time with talented friends for amazing audiences.