Welcome to part 3 of our ongoing series: Meet the Players of Neighborhood Comedy Theatre Improv Comedy Club! This month we will get to know longtime player, Ref and workshop teacher Heath Wilcock.
Hello, Heath. Please tell us what you do at NCT Improv Comedy Club?
I am a weekly performer at NCT. I also host the shows, or Ref, as well as sometimes run the whole improv comedy club when the directors are away. I like to participate in as many shows–including corporate and private Remote Shows–as I possibly can because we do so many cool ones besides our Friday and Saturday shows, such as: Mash-Ups, Uncensored, and getting to perform at Phoenix Comicon for the past six years.
What show at NCT is your favorite and why?
Ooof. Well I of course enjoy performing every weekend with the rest of the NCT troupe, because every weekend I get to be a part of fun, innovative shows, which strengthens my excitement of why I do improv in the first place. I also really enjoy doing the Improv Uncensored Show on the third Thursday of every month because it’s a different form of improv that calls for more exploration, theme-wise, in regards to the one word suggestion.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen?
Oh goodness. That’s rough. After every show we do notes with the troupe, talk about each scene and how we can improve,
and at the end we do “5 Funny Things,” which is simply naming the top 5 funny things we saw during the shows. It’s a nice way to end the night remembering it’s all about having a good time and to laugh. So in other words, I see something very funny almost every weekend. That doesn’t really answer the question. And to be honest, I’ve sat on this question for way too long. In short: I try to always “find the funny,” which means there’s just too many hilarious things to name because I feel like I laugh really hard at least once a day, or I try to make a goal of it.
What is your favorite improv game and why?
My favorite improv game that we play would probably have to be either Potpourri Replay or Shakespeare. I love Potpourri Replay because I enjoy bending genres and re-working them back into the established first scene. And I love Shakespeare because I get the opportunity to play with my words and act over-the-top dramatic.
What is the best suggestion we’ve ever gotten?
I remember we received Friedrich Nietzsche for our 5 Things game and I got really giddy because I just happen to research that dude a ton the week prior and knew a lot about his life and teachings. I also think we get great suggestions every week, even if we’ve heard them before because there’s always a different angle to explore with that said suggestion, and in turn makes for a new scene experience.
What is your spirit animal and why?
Steve Martin because I love him.
What Hogwarts house do you belong to?
I did the personality test and I guess I belong to the Slytherin household. I’m going to sit and think about this now.
What movie, TV show and book do you recommend to NCT fans?
Right now, for movie, I would recommend ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ because it’s the last film I saw where I laughed very hard. I always recommend ‘I.T. Crowd’ because it’s a comfort show, and I’ve seen each episode at least five times. And I recommend ‘Born Standing Up’ by Steve Martin because it captures the work and constant failure it takes to eventually receive great success.
Tell us something the audience might not guess about you?
Something people might not know about me is I would choose cheese over candy.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“The greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid of making one.”
THANKS for being a part of Meet the Players of Neighborhood Comedy Theatre Improv Comedy Club and… thanks for being an awesome player!
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