In high school, all our drama club did was improv. We didn't have the organization or teacher support to actually put on a play, so we did improv games every lunch we could. We only performed for an audience at most once a year, but it was a fun way to spend our lunch and I made a lot of friends. In retrospect, I'm pretty sure all our scenes were cringeworthily terrible by standards I now hold myself to.
Later, after university when I moved to Toronto, I started taken courses at Second City and that really got me into the Toronto improv scene.
2. You've now starred in one improvised feature film and made 2 completely improvised web series, what got you excited in being a part of these projects?
I'm always looking for more projects, but sometimes I get worried jumping into indie projects that they'll be terrible and I won't find out until I'm already committed. With improvised films I got to be part actor and part writer. I had more agency over where the story went and how it turned out. As director on the web-series, I just wanted to give improvisers I knew were funny a chance to show their best work. I just wanted to show the whole internet what these talented people could do given a fair chance.
3. What is the biggest challenge of making these improvised projects?
Editing, or as actor waiting for editing to be done. Editing is already a very hard job but with improv you really are deciding what the story is. Also, we always shoot way more than gets released. Often you could have used those same pieces to tell a completely different story. It can be overwhelming to even start sometimes.
4. Can you tell us your favorite on set story from the improvised projects you've worked on?
I think my favorite moment was during Memes in Motions shoot "Nintendo Bed," Joanna Haughton was trying to figure out if there were any video game related impressions she could do. Someone suggests she try Birdo from Super Mario Bros. 2, and someone else yells, "get her an egg." In moments we had Joanna spitting out a whole egg from her mouth. It was a great moment of the whole crew working together to create some something equal parts genius and incredibly stupid.
5. What is coming up next for the incomparable Maddox Campbell?
I'm just going to keep at it. Wheelhouse will be filming a second season this fall and I'll be coming back as the character Arcane. My sketch troupe "Interrobang" has been getting more and more gigs around Toronto. I'm also in early stages on a new project for my own Youtube channel, "Kicks and Giggles". But of course, if the Weekenders Present need me for anything in the meantime, I'm sure I'll be able to work it into my schedule.
You can check out Maddox in Wheelhouse here.