This year, for the 6th time I was Santa at a local primary school in South Manchester. It occurred to me it’s a great pace to hone my improv craft. Yes there is a script you have to stick to “What do you want for Christmas” and “Have you been good” and stuff like that, but outside of that it was essentially it was two hours of non stop suggestions. I’m reminded of something I learned at the Comedysport improv tournament some years back, “an Improviser needs general knowledge a mile wide and an inch thick”, so it certainly helps if you know your Minecraft from your Ninjago when asking the kids what they want, and if not, get them to describe it. Or delibratley misunderstand, like I did last year with the child who wanted a ‘One direction skate board’. Ho ho ho.