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.
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.
Chris is an improviser, sketch and stand-up comedian. He spontaneously took an improv class in 2011 and was instantly obsessed with performing comedy.
Chris has graduated from the renowned iO Theatre, in Chicago, after being taught by some of the best improvisers in the world. He started stand-up comedy in the 2015 Raw Comedy competition, where he bombed hard. However, two years later Chris’ unique and enjoyable storytelling style has made him a rising star in the Brisbane comedy scene, as well as one of the most promising up and coming comedians in Australia.
Following a spur-of- the-moment decision to attend the Upright Citizens Brigade’s ASSSSCAT 3000 show while on holiday to New York City, Jim knew long-form improvisation was his thing.
An improv obsessive who has trained and performed on local, national and international stages
throughout his improv career, Jim has trained across the USA and Australia, including with internationally renowned schools iO Chicago and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He is passionate about advancing the profile of improv throughout Brisbane and the world, and sharing this art form with new people.
In her late teens, Mandy Plumb made her professional stage debut in the musical HAIR while studying theatre at university. Luckily, a short burst of wisdom directed her to broaden her horizons by switching her degree from creative arts to communications.
In between gigs, Mandy worked as an improviser at an Australian theme park for a number of years for her bread and butter. After only five years on stage, the odd television show appearance, numerous commercials, lots of work as a body double, and an unsuccessful attempt to introduce theatresports to Thailand, Mandy had the opportunity to work in the international marketing department at that same theme park. This segue into marketing communications led her to a much longer career. However, Mandy’s love and nostalgia for performing improv gnawed at her until she found Big Fork Theatre in late 2015, and she has been involved with the company since.