Dan Patterson, the man behind Whose Line Is It Anyway and Mock The Week, has devised a brand new improv show coming our screens in the new year. Hosted by Hugh Dennis, Fast and Loose at first sounds very similar to Whose Line…?, with its games based on suggestions from the audience themed around movies, TV shows and musical genres, but the twist seems to be the use of hi-tech animation to enhance the improvisation.
The line-up of up-and-coming comics is promising. Inbetweeners star Greg Davies is perhaps the most recognisable, appearing along with fellow member of We Are Klang, Marek Larwood, the fantastic character comedienne Laura Solon, David Armand (best known for his interpretive dance of Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn), Humphrey Ker of the Penny Dreadfuls, plus musical comics Justin Edwards and Pippa Evans.
“Fast and Loose is the ultimate team sport, with a group of fantastically clever character actors”, says Hugh. “They are the next generation of improvisers, and improvisation has moved on enormously. We have electronic trickery, animated chickens and blowfish as well as songs and games including a fantastic sideways scene. It is half an hour of controlled improvised silliness and there is no scoring and no stars. To quote David Cameron: ‘We are all in it together.'”
The series starts in January on BBC Two.