With great openings, comes great responsibility. Meet The Cardinals. A new long form improv troupe featuring some of Ireland’s top veteran improvisers. I sat down with Danny Kehoe (as seen on Republic Of Telly) and Sharon Mannion (as seen on Trojan Donkey) for a cup of tea and some cake.
Hello Danny and Sharon. Tell us about your group and the people performing
The group is called The Cardinals, and is made up of some if the most experienced improvisers in the country. There are 8 of us performing in the festival.
Excellent. How did your group/show come about?
The group has been brewing for a few years, Sharon and myself won scholarships to study at the prestigious iO and Second City theatres in Chicago, Illinois in the summer if 2010. We both fell in love with several improvisation forms and were encouraged to present them to Irish audiences. Until now, the timing hasn’t been right, but the stars and planets have aligned and an exciting improv adventure is about to begin.
What was your most memorable improv performance?
Difficult question, there have been so many inspirational gigs that I have been lucky enough to be involved in. The recent night in Vicar St as part of the Comedy Cellar’s 25th anniversary celebrations was a personal highlight but I am privileged to be doing something that I love on a regular basis and am blessed to be performing with truly talented people. Long may it continue.
Who are your improv influences?
The people I perform with influence and inspire me with every show. Besides that, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie
Why should audiences come see your show?
It’s new, it features some of the most experienced improvisers on the Irish scene and its going to be a great start to the festival
Are there more people than sheep in Ireland?
Sharon: Hmmmm, I would say people, but just about.
Danny: The actual answer is 4.5m people versus 3.5m sheep
You can catch The Cardinals opening Improv Fest Ireland on Sunday 10th November at 1pm!