Mike “Nug” Nahrgang is a pillar of the Toronto improv community. Although a generous scene partner, Nug is consistently the line-of-the-night, has-the-audience-eat-out-of-his-hand, double-over-laughing performer on stage. His confidence and quick wit pair together to make his stage-craft seem effortless. Off stage, his creativity and attention detail have lead to highly-stylised, creative, and enthralling comedy - whether it be in the weekly podcast, Illusionoid, or the upcoming comic-book inspired Secret Origins. Whether you’re an improv newbie or a seasoned vet, watching Nug perform is enthralling and inspirational to what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.
Fun fact: Google “Mustard Man” to see Nug as an internet meme.
What drew you to improv?
Not having to memorize lines and being able to make a show from nothing.
What takes good improv to great?
Understanding that it’s for an audience not for yourself.
What makes a player a joy to improvise with?
If they’re willing to fail spectacularly with you, together.
Have you ever gone through a rough patch as an improviser? How did you handle it?
There was a time when I just tanked every scene I was in. I took a break, watched a lot of shows, saw others struggle and realized I wasn’t alone in having off nights. I came back less apprehensive about my time on stage.
Who is your improv hero?
Colin Mochrie, but PLEASE don’t tell him that.
Any advice you’d give someone who’s just starting out in improv?
Fail often and never stop.