Who are Big Fork?
Cameron has been improvising in Brisbane since 2007. In 2009 he co-founded The Sherbet Underground Improv Theatre a company dedicated to Chicago style improvisation - this endeavour led him to America in 2012 and again 2014, while there he trained with iO (formerly Improv Olympic), The Second City and Under the Gun Theatre's in Chicago and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. He brought his training back to Brisbane and has taught for number of local improv companies - he recently accepted the position of co-director of training with ImproMafia.
Growing up Cameron was a huge fan of Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean and his ability to create comedy with few words - it was this need to rely on your own comedic instincts that drew him to improvisation.
For the whole of her teenage years, Rosa was a massive Australian comedy nerd. The Doug Anthony All Stars, Tripod, and Lano and Woodley dominated those years. While her comedy taste has changed, the potential for theatricality, darkness and absurdity in live comedy has stayed with her.
An abortive high-school theatre sports career and ukulele cover band later, Rosa finally decided to take the plunge and do an improv class in 2010. Watching hundreds of comedy shows, live and online, including Brisbane theatre sports and Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre made improv the most exciting choice.
In Grade 5, inspired by a weekend of Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks and Monty Python films, Taylor wrote a short story so shockingly slapstick it was censored by the teacher. Fast forward 15 years and she is still following her comedy dreams.
After studying to become a town planner Taylor took an improv class in 2012 and was hooked. Since then she has trained at the iO Theatre Summer Intensive in Chicago and performed improv at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Brisbane Fringe Festival and Anywhere Theatre Festival. She regularly performs with improv groups across Brisbane and helped found Big Fork Theatre.
When Chris grew up he wanted to be a Marx Brother. His first memories of comedy came from watching the Marx Brothers with his dad and laughing hysterically at the silly (yet genius) antics of Harpo, Chico and Groucho Marx - who he still considers to this day as the benchmark for sketch comedy.
After school the dream of performing comedy grew, and after studying 6 years of science and becoming a scientist... Chris found himself in an Improv class, and he never looked back. Four years later he helped found Big Fork Theatre. He brings a wealth of experience in performing various forms of improv and sketch comedy, and recently spent five weeks in the USA studying improv at the famous iO Theatre in Chicago.
After a spur of the moment decision to attend the Upright Citizen's Brigade's ASSSSCAT show during a holiday with his wife to New York City, Jim knew long-form improvisation was it. After starting his comedy career in his then-home of Canberra with ImproACT, Jim eventually found his way back to his home town of Brisbane, and joined Big Fork Theatre at the ground floor.
When not performing with Big Fork Theatre, Jim regularly performs at various improv nights around Brisbane. Earlier this year at the Improvention International Festival of Improvisation in Canberra, Jim performed in the International Maestro Challenge Final, and was a featured player in Louise Walsh's 'Storybook' format.