The Fredericton chapter of the Hot Garbage Comedy Collective will be hosting an evening workshop exploring the art of improv, April 13.
Could 2018 be the Year of Hot Garbage? It would appear so. Since the start of the year, the Hot Garbage Players have stepped up their game in a big way by rebranding as a comedy collective, launching a new podcast and adding performance coaching to the ensemble’s growing list of creative endeavors.
Following the successful two-month workshop, Improv for Confidence, organized in partnership with UNB Student Services, the group is now planning to offer a condensed version, scheduled to take place at STU’s Black Box Theatre on April 13.
“The workshop is open to all levels of experience,” said Hot Garbage’s Jean-Michel Cliche. “We’re going to be looking at fundamentals, which makes it ideal for anyone who wants to try their hand at improv for the first time. People have been asking about workshops for a while now, so we’re thrilled there’s so much interest.
“We’re also using this as a way to meet new performers who may be interested in playing in a future Hot Garbage show,” he added. “No matter your skill level, there will be something for you in this workshop.”
HGCC have been performing regularly at Wilder’s Room in the Capital Complex since the start of the year. The group’s next performance will take place on April 19 as part of this year’s Flourish lineup.
“Flourish is such a wonderful and welcoming community,” said Cliche. “They’ve worked really hard to create an arts festival that represents the heart of New Brunswick and we are honoured to be a part of it.”
After Flourish, the troupe will be back on the Wilser’s Room stage the following week (April 24) to celebrate the group’s three year anniversary.
“We’ll be doing something a bit special,” said Cliche. “Instead of our typical five to six person cast, we’ve invited a huge roster of past Players to help us celebrate!”