Welcome to the FITS Headquarters – FITS improvisation comedy
OUR SHOW FORMATS
FITS presents a head-to-head short form improvisation battle to the comedy death. We will split into two teams, where players create brief, punchy scenes challenging each other for who played it best. A high-energy, competitive format, we will compete for laughs and points, but the only sure winner each night is the audience, who get to decide who will taking home the winning title that night!
With improvised games, scenes and songs, FITS improvisation comedy troupe takes YOUR suggestions and uses them in a live comedy show. So head over to Orange Peel after your shift, sit back, relax, and laugh yourself silly till you stop worrying about your annoying boss, crises of finance, or if you’re ever going to get that big raise!
FITS presents the Super Scene! format, full of variety, great storytelling and audience interaction with actors pitted against each other in a process of elimination scene-by-scene. Four scenes are played for the audience, based on their suggestions such as themes, characters, genres or locations. The scenes are totally unrelated. After the first round the audience decides which of the four scenes are their favourite stories and will continue on to the next round. After each subsequent round of scenes, the audience continues to choose which stories continue and which are eliminated until finally there are only two scenes left. We have the final vote, only one story remains and the Super Scene is performed!
The city of Chicago is home to improvisational theatre, which has revolutionized American comedy since the 1950s. FITS presents its own take on some of the most famous longform improvisation comedy styles that have traveled the US and the world, including the Harold, the Living Room, La Ronde and many more. In a longform improvisation piece, performers find interesting patterns and connections between stories, scenes and characters, exploring themes from a one-word suggestion made by an audience member that can last for up 30 minutes.
By finding the rules of play together, these interesting formats have become the cornerstone of modern comedy for many of the most famous comedy writers and actors working today. Longform improvisation is unpredictable, immediate and full of commentary on the weirdness of everyday life. With the elongated playtime that longform formats allow, there are more interesting characters, and lasting story lines combined with relatable situations that go in unexpected directions, building into an electrifying crescendo of absurdity, complexity and artistry, never holding back on madcap and laughs.
THE CAST of FITS
Rene BeckerThough René was introduced to improvisation in College, it was not until she moved to Germany that she fully embraced it. She makes out with it all the time and finally feels she has found 'the one'. Seriously.
Jasmina FranceticSometime in 2013, purely by accident, Jasmina found improv, or improv found Jasmina. Since then, it has insidiously crept into her life, taking over her free time, eventually compelling her to join FITS and step onto a stage for the first time in fifteen years.
Paul DomineskePaul Domineske is a founding member of Theater Language Studio, and doting member of FITS. Vollkornbrot, quark, and Lisa Della Casa keep him in Germany. Mr. Domineske believes that the spontaneity and unpredictable nature of improvisation make up for the induced, predictable nature of real life. His coffee is ready EVERY morning at 7:42.
Simit PatelFrom the UK, Simit has played guitar for 18 years and loved comedy for even longer. Starting out on classical guitar, Simit went on to play electric for bands in his youth (black nail polish; very baggy jeans; he prefers not to talk about that…) and has been a solo performer for the last 8 years.
David DingDespite his peculiar Asian appearance and comical Asian surname, David is actually Irish. He even has freckles and, if you look very closely, some red hairs in his beard. (Please ask before performing any close-up examinations.) Before moving to Frankfurt, David's on-stage experience consisted of singing angry, mopey songs while people laughed at him. With the help of TLS, he has since learned ways to make people laugh on purpose.
Ben FrenchmanIf you had told Ben a couple of years ago that he would wind up joining an improv comedy team, he would have laughed in your face because he is kind of a jerk. After trying it for the first time after he moved to Frankfurt, Ben now does improv several times a week and has no plans to stop anytime soon. He also enjoys holding a guitar and pretending he knows what he's doing.
Amyra Te NijenhuisAmyra hails from sunny, sandy California but decided grey and stable central European Germany could be exciting too. We don’t mind, but she keeps slow-motion running in a red bathing suit in rehearsals. She loves improv, joined the TLS crew in 2015 and FITS in early 2016. Amyra’s last name is Dutch, but she will also respond to ‘woman’, ‘you there’ or ‘temksoisnekjhf’.
Hauke ScheerAfter 7 years of self imposed exile from acting Hauke started taking improv classes again after moving to Frankfurt. There he soon met FITS and through a series of murders and intrigue gained a place on the team. Hauke likes cake and being grumpy.
Susanne KönigSusanne met improv through FITS in 2010 and fell in love. She enjoys being spontaneously creative and building wonderful worlds out of "nothing" with this great team. Convinced that improv is the best anti-aging therapy, she only strays occasionally to follow her second passion, Flamenco dancing.
Abigail PaulAbigail loves improv. She's been improvising since she was 14 years old, and has trained all over - NY, LA, London, and Chicago. Abigail has served as the coach for FITS since its inception in 2010. She likes improvisation because she hates learning lines. (True story.)
FITS improv comedy strives for truthful artistic play. We perform a more Chicago-based style of improvisation. All forms of improvisation rest on players willing to agree, to demonstrate empathy and take a leap with their fellow players onstage. Chicago-style improv can be said to be more relationship-based, where we meet well-defined characters, performing scenes that are connected by themes within improvised narrative. At FITS, we also like punchy short-form improvisation games such as you might see on Whose Line is It Anyway?, which are constantly adapting to new suggestions put forth by the audience, where Frankfurt audience and actors are creating a comedy show together.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is improvisation? Improvisational theatre takes many forms. Players use different formats or games where they must create a scene out of a theme or idea given to them only a few seconds prior to beginning. Also known as improv or impro, it’s like acting without a net, the jazz of theatre.