WHAT do you get if you throw a hit comedian and four colleagues on stage at once, with no script?

A unique night of laughs, that’s what.

And so it was when Paul Merton’s Impro Chums returned to Bournemouth on their current UK tour.

Merton and his deadpan, rambling style are a staple of BBC comedy, after many years as a team captain on Have I Got News for You and Just A Minute panellist.

This venture sees him join forces with fellow comics Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster for an improvisational comedy show.

Audience members throw out suggestions, from places to people, occupations to occasions, and the group has to create laughs on the spot.

The group came up with some ingenious gags and creations, many of them set to music provided by keyboard player Kirsty Newton.

This format gave them a chance to show off their pure talent and quick wits, with most scenes and scenarios causing the audience to erupt in giggles.

It was great to see all the comics at once, working together to make us - and often each other - laugh without a script in sight.

A fantastic idea for a fun night out, thanks all!