I’m Phil Lunn, improviser.

“Exciting and engaging”—Voice Mag
Welcome...

Phil Lunn Is...

…whoever tonight’s audience wants him to be.

My improvised solo show.
A new person, with new songs, every performance.

Phil Lunn Is...
...Phyllida, a cabaret singer

An evening with a lady who isn't to be forgotten. You'll love her songs and her conversation, all inspired by the audience.

“The star of the festival” — Sirp Magazine, Estonia
“My jaw wouldn't leave the floor” — Swimp16, Sweden

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Phil Lunn Is...
...a fading popstar

You remember him. He used to be big. Enjoy a star’s career retrospective, complete with all his hits as well as his personal highs and lows.

“A powerhouse of musical improv”—Open Your Mouth And Sing

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In 2020, I moved to Brussels to become co-director of ImproBubble. Unfortunately I was forced to return to the UK the next year, but there’s still a special place in my heart for the great team there.
www.improbubble.com

Nature’s Notes, a musical performed at L’Improviste in October 2020 (directed by me).

Sometimes we did improv outside, but mostly it was on Zoom...

More shows

I perform with many incredible groups, on stage and as a musician.

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The Staccatos

We regularly perform unabashed short form musical improv across London. Great games, fun mini-musicals, and a wonderful group to work with.

facebook.com/TheStaccatos/

Glitch

An improvised comedy show performed by a cast of puppets for adults. Using table top Bunraku-style puppetry, Glitch improvise a brand new adventurous, action-packed and often emotional story from scratch at every performance.

www.glitchimprov.com

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Beings

Sometimes human but often not, Susan Harrison and Andrew Gentilli generate surreal, funny and occasionally beautiful stories.

facebook.com/beingsimprov/

Hoopla

Composed of the Hoopla teachers and friends, we perform a variety of shows at the Hoopla Impro Comedy Club.

www.hooplaimpro.com

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And as a guest with many others, including...

I have been the resident musician at various improv festivals, including Mount Olymprov, Improdrom and Improv Fest Ireland.

I am a trustee of The Nursery, an improv company in London.

I was a leader and the musical director of Music Box for four years.

I'm also proud to have been part of groups such as Scratch Impro, Shotgun and Made Up Like Tarts back when the London improv community was much smaller than it is today.

Teaching

I teach and coach other improvisers.

Courses

Introduction to Musical Improv

This course covers song structures, rhyming, generating song ideas, and how to use music in your scenes. The next course starts on Monday 13 February and runs for eight weeks. There is more information and tickets available at Hoopla Impro.

Next steps in Musical Improv

In this course, we look at more advanced structures and patterns, and further explore group performances and scene work. There currently isn't a date set for this, though I'm hoping to have one up and running soon in 2020.

Other things

You might also see me sometimes teaching sessions on the Beginners or Performance courses at Hoopla.

Workshops

Making People

Our characters drive the story through their actions and reactions, which in turn is largely driven by their personality. This workshops looks at key personality traits (taken from psychology theory) that are useful to think about when improvising, and using those to develop our characters and to direct how they behave in scenes.

The Core Of The Song

Whether we’re aiming for funny, moving, or a combination of the two, the best songs tend to have a clear hook, catchy lyrics, and a specific concept. Together we can think of these as the ‘core’ of the song. In this workshop, we’ll look at how we lock in on this ‘core’ in order to make our songs fun, memorable, and easier to perform.

All Together!

A workshop dedicated to creating songs as a group. We look at how to share lyrics and movement, and how to keep songs consistent between people. We also look at how to perform like a pop group—it's not all about musical theatre!

Coaching

I also sometimes coach groups, or run tailored workshops for companies. You can email me to chat about this.

My blog

Some of my thoughts, and some resources for other improvisers.

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