Vancouver International Improv Festival

October 9-13, 2018

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VIIF Spotlight: RN and Cawls

Thursday, September 17, 2015

With the Vancouver International Improv Festival fast approaching, we wanted to shine a light on all of the amazing talent we have joining us this Oct. 6-10.

Coming up are RN and Cawls : the two real-life best friends Adam Cawley and Rob Norman who explore strange new worlds in their improvised stories. Come see RN and Cawls perform on Sat. Oct 10th at Performance Works at 9:30pm.


What is each player’s improv speciality?

Rob and Adam share a very similar skillset: Game of the Scene, big dumb funny, mixed with lots of heart. Rob’s specialty is smart guy stuff: physics, greek mythology, and which contemporary existentialist wore it best. Adam does lots of refined, sophisticated stuff: travelling, fine scotches, old bars with the best cocktails.

What’s the nicest review you’ve gotten for one of your shows?

I’m not sure we’ve ever been formally reviewed as RN and Cawls… But the best feedback is when an audience tells you how bad they felt for one of the characters. Or shares a secret hope for a character from a show you just did. You improvise with the full knowledge everything you do is disposable. It’s such a surprise when an idea resonates for more than a few minutes after the show.

What’s the worst review that you’ve gotten for one of your shows? 

At Chicago Improv Fest, Adam and I were just starting out. We were invited to do sketch with our troupe at the time. The first scene an old man in the front row had his arms crossed. In the last scene, that old man still had his arms crossed. Not only did he not laugh, but he didn’t move the entire show! It was like someone petrified a genie!

What’s the best reason for people to come see your show at VIIF?

Canadian Comedy Award winning improvisers Adam Cawley (Second City, MANTOWN) and Rob Norman (Sunnyside) investigate the depths of best bro-ship in this improvised one-act play. Dumb. Fun. With all the feels.