‘I’m fine with making people laugh anywhere’

Harry Harper
Harry Harper
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Teenage funnyman Harry Harper tells us what tickles his funny bone.

Implings Improv may well be the youngest comedy improvisation troupe in Hampshire.

Formed from members of the drama school at Groundlings Theatre in Portsea, they perform in a hilarious evening of improvised hi-jinx at the theatre next week.

They’ll be turning audience suggestions into funny scenes in a selection of games where anything could happen. We caught up with 17-year-old Southsea Impling Harry Harper from South Downs College, to find out what tickles his funny bone.

When did you first realise you were funny?

In Year Nine at school I had to take part in Youth Speaks, a competition where we are given a topic and have to create a six-minute speech about it.

The day came around and I had three-minutes of facts for my subject. Luckily, I wasn’t first up.

After watching a few of the other speeches (which were all quite factual and not lively), it was my turn and I had to make up an extra three minutes on my speech.

I threw the sheets of paper in the air and began adding whatever I could think of to the facts I had. I had the audience in stitches as I rambled on, making connections between butter churning and the importance of microchips.

I was extremely proud of myself after I was done. I even won best speaker.

Would you like to be a comedian when you’re older?

I would love to be a stand-up comedian if I had the chance.

It isn’t really a big dream of mine and I’m not chasing a career in comedy, but I would not say no to doing it professionally.

But I’m fine with making people laugh anywhere, in a big professional show, or just with a small group of friends.

Name three things that make you laugh.

Improvisation always makes me laugh because it can be anything and everything. Some of the funniest things I have ever seen have come from improvisation skits or shows.

Dark comedy also makes me laugh just because of the way it is delivered. The way the actors use facial expressions and voice to deliver the joke or comedic situation is just amazing.

Puns always make me laugh, some people hate them, but I always love them. There is something about small witty one-liners that really makes me smile and laugh.

Tell us a joke.

An Irish man walks out of a bar.

Who’s your biggest hero?

If I had to pick one, I would say Hugh Laurie (pictured abouve) just because he is such a brilliant actor. He is the reason I became addicted to House and he always makes me laugh no matter what. His music is damn good as well.

Implings Improv Show is at Groundlings Theatre next Friday, November 16, from 8pm. Tickets cost £7.50 or £5.50 from (023) 9273 7370.