Improv 2017-09-14T08:43:34+00:00

Looking down the barrel of a mime gun. PHOTO: Keef Williams

Improv

Ryan has been improvising for nearly 20 years. In that time he has taught and performed improv comedy at festivals, theatres, above pubs, and convention centres all over Europe and Canada. Here are some improv shows Ryan is currently working on:

marbles_poster_webMarbles is ‘open-source’ improv; a free-and-easy solo format where anything can happen. It usually involves chats with the audience, sometimes guest players (from seasoned veterans to innocent audience members), and always features Ryan riffing on it all through improvised stories, scenarios and characters. Originally developed by Ryan Millar and Dave Waller as a two-man format, Marbles has always been a very open show. Based on chats with the audience, and riffs on whatever springs to mind, improv would happen, and themes and stories would emerge. Ryan first attempted it on his own once when Dave was double-booked in spring 2012. That went really well. So did the next time. When Dave quit Marbles that summer to focus on his own projects, Ryan decided he enjoyed doing Marbles on his own so much that he continues to do so.
MillyCanRap - PromoPhoto1What happens when two improvisers who both love hip-hop get together to do a two-person show? I’ll tell you: Milly Can Rap. That’s what. I invited Trent Pancy (Finland International Improv Festival, JadaJada Improv) to Brussels in December 2013 to teach workshops and do some shows with me. We didn’t just do shows though, we created a brand new format and a brand new group. It involves interconnected scenes, beatboxing and rapping. It’s called Milly Can Rap and it is ridiculously fresh. Since then we’ve performed in Amsterdam, Tampere and Helsinki, and will be part of the Barcelona International Festival in November 2014.
The Mullet is not for pussies.

The Mullet is not for pussies.

The Mullet is a format developed by Ryan that combines longform ‘exploration’ and shortform games to create a hybrid. Like the world’s most audacious haircut brought to life. It premièred at the 2012 Slapdash International Improv Festival. The players were:

  • Jacob Banigan
  • Jim Libby
  • Rachel Semigran
  • Amy Cooke-Hodgson
  • Herman Gambhir
  • Alexis Gallagher
  • Jinni Lyons
  • Ryan Millar
Ryan Millar in The PitchOne man creates a feature film, for your eyes only. Every performance is an opportunity for Ryan to develop and pitch a one-off idea to an audience with the power to greenlight his dreams. Every show is a different film. With the audience as focus group, writers’ room, co-stars and studio executives, Ryan creates all the elements of the perfect action-packed Hollywood blockbuster. Or romantic comedy. Or heart-warming coming-of-age tale. Or whatever film it is the audience decides it wants to see. You get the point. But the question is: does he get the picture?

And here is a list of some of the groups and festivals he has done shows or worked with:

  • Boom Chicago
  • Slapdash International Improv Festival
  • Mezrab
  • Impro Hotel
  • Barcelona International Improv Festival
  • !nstant Theatre
  • Amsterdam Free Fringe
  • EasyLaughs Amsterdam
  • Finland International Improv Festival
  • Katy & Rach
  • London Improvathon
  • Liverpool Improvathon
  • Grand Theft Impro
  • Hoopla
  • Vancouver Theatresports

Ryan is available for workshops, coaching and drop-in shows, because he just can’t ever get enough improv in his life.