let's meet the players
Eva is a professional videographer and youth media trainer. She started performing improv at Columbia University with the Six Milks before moving to Montana, where she founded Bob's Family (improv & sketch) - packing the pubs for half a decade. Eva is the Creative Director of the Mama City Improv Fest, the first and only international improv comedy festival in Africa. She’s lived in South Africa since 2005 and has been performing with The Long Shots since 2013
Sipumziwe Lucwaba (Pags) is a Cape Town based improviser and entertainer. His first contact with improv came in 2013, when he started attending drop-in classes with The Long Shots Improvised Comedy Troupe. After a few months of classes he was invited to perform with the troupe. He wasn’t a complete disaster so the troupe took him on as permanent member. For the past year he has also taught improv classes with the same troupe.
Francis is an actor, airbnb host, Waldorf school child and out and out Capetonian (the good and the bad). He discovered Improv after taking his acting career too seriously. Life (and acting) is better with Improv.
Steve Larter was born in East London. It was only after a friend basically forced him to attend an after-hours drama school that he realized his true passion for acting. Steve relocated to Cape Town where his career continued to grow, by securing roles in a number of local and international commercials as well as several international TV productions. Steve is a member of the Long Shots improvised comedy troupe and regularly perform with them in and around Cape Town.
Justine is a passionate teacher who has graced classrooms all over Cape Town. She regularly attended improv shows, with the nagging thought in the back of her mind, "I wonder if I could do that?" So she signed up for an improv course and it was love at first sight. She took part in Drop-In classes with The Long Shots for a few months to ensure she got her weekly fix, finally joining the troupe in October 2016.
Mark studied languages & literature at Oxford, where he represented the university in Latin and Ballroom dancing. After returning to his native city, Cape Town, he had a brief spell in 9-to-5 work before realising he sought the anxiety and thrill of irregular pay-cheques. He has featured in a number of film, TV, sketch comedy and theatre productions. He joined the Long Shots in September 2015 and has been a proud and active member ever since. Mark is also a voiceover artist, recently completing a nature documentary series for the Smithsonian Canada.
Rob graduated from Afda in 2007 with a BA in Drama. He has acted in many theatre shows, movies and TV shows since then. He fell in love with improv when he attended an improv course run by Jason Delplanque in 2011. This form of performance was exactly what he was looking for. Rob is a founding member of The Long Shots.
we make s*** up!
All jokes and props aside, we are an Improvisational comedy troupe.We make scenes up LIVE, using audience suggestions. We’re that off-the-cuff crew based in Cape Town, South Africa. No planning, no scripts.
100% pure unrefined comedy.
The Long Shots was founded by Jason Delplanque (The Maydays, UK) in 2011 to create and perform a mix of short and long form improv. Always taking their cue from a 'what if?!' angle on life, The Long Shots aims to make Cape Town a place where "yes...and?" becomes the leading paradigm!
The Long Shots have been growing the local improv scene with a variety of classes, workshops and jams throughout the year, and perform regularly at the Armchair Theatre, a comedy hub in Observatory and the Alexander Bar Theatre – one of Cape Town’s leading independent theatres.
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WHAT'S COMING UP SOON?
WANT TO LEARN
(Starts again, Jan 2020)
It’s play time! Every Thursday night, all levels of improvisor - from the infant to the geriatric, are welcome to get their improv on at the 1st Rosebank Air Scouts Hall, Campground Road, 7:30 – 9:30 PM. R60 cash/snapscan at the door will get you two hours of Long-Shot led warm ups, games and light coaching.