Improv Idol this Thursday

Who will be the king/queen of Australian Improvised Music in 2016? Come along and make your vote count!

Last year’s winner, Gemma Horbury, being crowned by Carolyn Connors.

Thursday 29 September, 2016 – 8pm

Wesley Anne, 250 High Street, Northcote.
Admission: $15.

And here they are, like lambs to the slaughter…errr, I mean vying for the glory of being crowned Improv Idol 2016:

Roger Alsop
Aviva Endean
Rod Gregory
Carey Knight
Derek McCormack
Michael McNab
Roni Shewan
Adam Simmons

Check out their Improv Idol journeys so far . Come and vote for your favourite at the Wesley Anne as they fight to the musical death.

Judges: Sean Baxter, Carolyn Connors & Gemma Horbury

Produced/hosted by: Clinton Green & Carmen Chan 

Want video from last year, info on this year, improv celebrity gossip? Go to

Improv Idol 2016 entries now open

CALLING ALL IMPROVISERS! Deep down inside, you know you’re the best (chuck out the rest). Come and prove your worth by becoming a contestant in Improv Idol 2016.

We are looking for improvising musicians of any and all backgrounds, experience, and abilities. A sense of fun and adventure will also hold you in good stead.

Get your entries in now. Peruse the competition rules as well.

Entries close at midnight Friday 2 September. The big night is Thursday 29 September at the Wesley Anne in Northcote.

Check out this video of our 2015 contestants, battling it out to impress audiences and judges alike. This could be you!

Improv Idol – Thursday 1 October, 8pm

We’re are getting towards the pointy end of Improv Idol; the improvisation ‘talent show’ conceived by myself and Carmen Chan. We’ve announced our panel of expert judges and our final contestants, and it all goes down at the Wesley Anne in Northcote next Thursday night (1st of October). YOU the audience will vote for the best member of an improvising ensemble, who then go through to battle it out in a final round.


Tonight from midnight, Carmen and I will be joined by one of our judges in Carolyn Connors on The Sound Barrier on PBS-FM, chatting to host (and another member of our judging panel!) Ian Parsons about good/bad/winning/losing improvisation. Tune in tonight or listen to the programme at your leisure from tomorrow. Ian has written this post on improvisation leading up the show.

Improv Idol!


Who will be Australia’s first King or Queen of improvised music?

This idea has been kicking around in my head for a while. In some ways, it follows on from my Good Improv/Bad Improv game piece/structured improvisation that has been played a few times over the past couple of years. It was at a performance of Good Improv/Bad Improv last year that I mentioned the idea of Improv Idol to Carmen Chan (who was performing that day), who said she’d be interested in working with me to make it a reality.

I’ve always been interested in the competitive nature of some improvisers; where one player seemingly plays over the top of the rest of the ensemble, and ends up being hailed a star. I wanted to come up with a format that would push this idea to the fore and see where we end up, and have some fun along the way. I’m also really interested in seeing how performers react to the situation where they are aiming to win the vote of a majority of an audience, and also what kind of performances audiences favour.

And so Improv Idol is born, a ‘talent show’ where the audience votes for their favourite member of an improvising ensemble, who then progresses through to the next round, guided by a panel of expert judges. It will be a lot of fun, and interesting as well.

Applications are open now – get yours in before they close on 4 September. Do you have what it takes to be Australia’s first Improv Idol? I think you do!

Australia chooses its first Improv Idol at the Wesley Anne in Northcote, Thursday 1 October 2015. I will be your humble host. Judges announced soon.