‘SWAG’ is a short silent comedy film written by and starring David Elms, directed by Matt Holt and produced by Sara Shulman.
Director’s Award at the North Carolina Film Festival
“Outstanding Quality Entertainment” – Patrick Manss, Program Director
Award of Merit at the San Francisco Film Awards
LA Indie Film Festival
Tickets: 9:30pm on 7th March 2015 – LA Premiere
Let Live Theatre
916 N. Formosa Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Going South on Formosa from Santa Monica Blvd. it is the Blue Building at the end of the block. There is a 60 car parking lot that is on either side of the building feel free to park here. Additional street parking is available as well as parking in the Gateway Mall, home of Target.
Los Angeles Short Film Festival
Sunday, March 15th
The Promenade Playhouse
1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Eastern North Carolina Film Festival
David Elms for Best Actor – Los Angeles Short Film Festival
Mark Davison for Best Supporting Actor – Los Angeles Short Film Festival
Simon Elsbury for Best Cinematographer – Los Angeles Short Film Festival
Thank you to all the cast and crew for their hard work, time and effort, everyone that funded the film, attended the fundraising gigs and screening and supported the film!
Tash Demetriou, Pierre Novellie, Phil Wang, Patrick Turpin
Market Stall Owner
Adam Hess, Stevie Martin, Phoebe Walsh, Liz Smith, Rhys James, Lolly Adefope, Will Green, Tessa Coates
Lizzie Daykin, Adam Lawrence, Hamish Colville, Charles Lyons
Joe Bannister, Ben Ashenden, Alex Owen
Director of Phootgraphy
Additional Camera Assistants
Richard Perry, Oli Ford
Hair & Make Up
Art Department & Poster Design
Rob Morris, David Herd
Tom Lobo Brennan
With thanks to:
Adam Kay, Alex Pudney, Beth Aynsley, Emma Pawle, Gabi Herrett, Gilly Black, Henry Piechoczek, Janet French, Jasper Fry, Jennifer Priestley, John Galvin, Josh Lawton, Laura Sorenson, Neville Galvin, Ollie Black, Richard Elms, Richard Hanrahan, Rohan Acharya, Ryan Taylor & The Pleasance Theatre, Nicholas Flugge
A Dave Has Mates / Humour Me Production
This interview was originally broadcast in December 2011.
Mon 12 – Sat 17 Jan, 7.15pm
£10 Mon, £15 (£12.50) Tue – Thu, £20 (£17.50) Fri – Sat
Mon 19 – Sat 24 Jan, 7.15pm
£10 Mon, £15 (£12.50) Tue – Thu, £20 (£17.50) Fri – Sat
Mon 26 – Sat 31 Jan, 7.15pm
£10 Mon, £15 (£12.50) Tue – Thu, £20 (£17.50) Fri – Sat
New Variety Lives’ annual Top-of-the-Bill new-act showcase, hosted by Arthur Smith at the Bloomsbury Theatre, has selected an eclectic evening of new and diverse comedy acts.
After 6 weeks of ups and downs at Rich Mix, 144 auditionees were narrowed down to a tight 15, who will now present a show crammed full of inspirational comedy and variety on the Bloomsbury stage. On the night a panel of comedy enthusiasts will nominate the Top-of-the-Bill Act for 2015.
The finalists are:
SEAN PATRICK: deadpan commentary on life, love and truth
JOSH R CHERRY: original, slick material, starting to find his voice
CHRIS BETTS: long-form, punchy stand-up
ASHLEY HADEN: angry and topical and very funny
FRANCiS FOSTER: confused human being, in a ridiculous, bizarre wreckage of an existence
MIKEY BHARJ: impressions as comic comment
DON BISWAS: razor-sharp one-liners
THE JEST: innocent sketches with dark, subversive twists
RACHEL FAIRBURN: dark, observational humour with a morbid edge
NICK ELLERAY: droll and literate, laconic Australian in London
DANIEL DUFFY: a comedy snapshot of life in a bizarre Irish village
CHEEKYKITA: clown, character-comedy, surreal, offbeat, energetic and silly
JOE SUTHERLAND: caustic, camp cattiness
JENNY COLLIER: likeable, clever, fast-paced wit
THE HERBERT: a cockney idiot with a whistle and flutes
Headlined by Alasdair Beckett-King
Sunday 25 January 2015 at 7:30pm
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH
Tickets: £15 | Box Office: 020 3108 1000 | thebloomsbury.com
As someone addicted to comedy, each gig is another opportunity to find that laughter hit, that moment when you see talent and you think “this is why I love stand-up comedy. This is what it’s all about”.
That unique, raw and emerging comic voice that oozes confidence, creativity and commitment to an art that most often seems so simple. Alex Edelman is such a talent and his debut hour at the Edinburgh Fringe is a stunning display of how exciting it can be to watch an emerging writer and performer.
Alex has been performing comedy since he was 15-years-old, starting in the US and has now gigged all around the world. I asked Alex to write about some of his ‘local favourites’ in places he has performed.
An insight into the life of a comedian that you don’t often see on stage. I cannot recommend enough that you go and see him if he’s in a town near you.
When you become a working comedian, and begin travelling for shows, you have to learn to find comfort immediately. You have to be at ease with whatever is thrown at you, unfazed by the unusual and constantly changing locales. Whether it’s a quick visit to a famous city, or an extended stay in an anonymous town, you have to sort of be able to seek out tranquil places where you can find some quiet or fun.
These are my favourite spots in some of the places I’ve performed. They aren’t all restaurants, or beautiful landmarks, or tourist attractions, but they’re places I’ve fondly remembered visiting before or after shows.
Victor’s Nightclub – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Victor’s, a nightclub just a few blocks from the Comedy Café on Water Street, has been an insidious Milwaukee institution for almost half a century. It’s one of those joints where your shoes stick to the floor with every step. Locally, it’s known as the place where horrifying stories and memorable nights begin, and where you’ll find yourself wedged against the bar between sixty-year-old farmers and sixteen-year-old girls who got in on fake IDs. There’s a real powder-keg atmosphere to Victor’s and it can kick off in there at any moment. I once saw a brawl there that began with two couples accidentally bumping into each other during a slow dance to Peter Cetera’s Glory of Love. True story.
Promenade Plantee – Paris, France
This is a bona fide hidden gem, actually. Built over an old rail line that starts behind the Bastille Opera, the Promenade pre-dates New York’s High Line by about two decades, and is three lush miles of jogging paths, sculpture gardens, and Parisians who aren’t aware that it isn’t cool to rollerblade any more.
Back Steps of Panchito’s – New York, NY
Minetta Lane is this narrow sliver of pavement between MacDougal and Sixth Avenue. It’s secluded and quaint and cobblestoned. On weekends, when the two streets on either side of it are heaving with drinkers and audience members from the Comedy Cellar a few steps away, Minetta is still quiet.
Panchito’s, a Mexican place, has its back entrance on Minetta — there’s a more heavily trafficked MacDougal entrance — and a seat on those steps is a much-needed exhale from the pandemonium of the West Village. BTW, right at the end of the alley on Sixth Avenue is Joe’s Pizza, which, I swear to God, has New York City’s best slice. Seriously. Nowhere else even comes close.
The Laser Quest on Dalry Road – Edinburgh, Scotland
Dalry Road runs through the Stockbridge/Haymarket area of Edinburgh, a neighbourhood pretty removed from the 600-odd comedy shows that Edinburgh sees during the Festival. This place is a laser quest place. It’s dark and they give you laser guns and then you run around in the dark and try to shoot each other with the guns. It’s wicked fun.
The Waterhole – Saranac Lake, NY
The Waterhole is a short three-hour drive from Ottawa and a long leisurely five-hour drive from New York. It’s fifteen minutes from Paul Smith College, the finest (and I think only?) accredited University in Adirondack Start Park. I performed at Paul Smith on a particularly brutal winter night, and after the show, the only restaurant still open and serving food was this place, a two-story structure on Saranac Lake’s Main Street. The jukebox played four Bon Jovi songs in a row and the same one twice, but the barbecue sauce wings were as good as any I’ve ever had.
It was really cold that night. Seriously cold. When we took our locally brewed Saranac Lake Root Beer outside to drink on the porch, they froze solid pretty much immediately.
Post Alley – Seattle, Washington
Okay, so it’s this little street just underneath that famous Pike Place Market, and there’s a lot to love about it. It’s a bit of a walk from the comedy rooms in Capitol Hill and Pioneer Square – both areas of Seattle worth a visit – but Post has got this famous bubblegum wall that’s strangely photogenic. It’s just a wall covered in bubblegum, but it’s cool to look at (and add to, btw). Also, five minutes away, in the same little alley, there’s a tiny unmarked pink door that hides a great Italian restaurant/cabaret club.
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
After a show at the Laugh Factory or the Comedy Store, take a left and follow Sunset Boulevard until you run out of Sunset Boulevard to follow. You’ll run into Dodger Stadium, one of America’s best places to watch baseball. There’s a great view of LA’s downtown from the stadium’s upper-deck parking lot.
The Bench in Front of the Willow Tree at the Brookline Reservoir – Boston, MA
A few miles up Route Nine there’s this secluded little man-made reservoir in a suburb called Brookline. It’s not a big reservoir, and if you were one of the many people who jog it daily, you’d find it’s almost exactly a mile around. My childhood home is pretty near to it, and after a set at a place like the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, I’ll drive to the reservoir, and walk the half-mile around to where the reservoir’s willow tree is, plug into my iPod, and sit on that bench and try to think calm thoughts for as long as possible, until it’s time to go home.
You can see Alex Eldeman’s Millennial show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – for more information head over here.
Joz Norris is a stand-up comedian, character comic, writer and actor based in London. He started working on the stand-up circuit in 2011 and has since become a critically lauded and well-respected figure on the alternative comedy, character and clowning circuits, as well as working prolifically in other media and collaborating frequently with some of the best alternative comics.
In 2011, he was one of the winners of the “Huge” competition to perform at the UK premiere of Ben Miller’s film Huge at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. His first solo character show in 2012, Joz Norris Is Matt Fisher: Uberperson, was greeted with unanimous praise from critics, comics and audiences alike. 2013′s Joz Norris Has Gone Missing was his first full Fringe show and was similarly well-received, being chosen as one of Time Out’s Top Ten Free Shows and Laugh Out London’s Pick of the Free Fringe, as well as being Fringe Review’s Pick for its venue.
He is a frequent collaborator with other comics, being a part of the Chortle Award-nominated Weirdos Collective, with whom he had a part in their sellout performance of Hook in 2012, and he will also have a regular role in Weirdos’ new monthly project, Blueprint. He is also a frequent collaborator with several performers on the clowning circuit and had a regular guest role in the children’s clowning show Are You Serious? A Whimsical Stupid Circus at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.
In other media, he is one half of the popular online What Not Comedy Podcast with Karl Schultz and is a prolific writer, performer and producer of online sketches, as well as taking roles in sketches by other comics including Bec Hill and Barry Ferns. He is currently working on the early stages of a new webseries currently titled What Not Dating. In May 2012 he was the host of the student-produced online panel show, Punchlines, by UCA Maidstone, and he was also featured as a guest of Tom Wrigglesworth for BBC Radio 4 Extra’s The Comedy Club Interviews in July 2012.
He has worked extensively in theatre, having set up the No Answer Theatre Company in 2007 as a showcase for local acting and writing talent, through which two of his own full-length plays were produced by Salisbury Playhouse. More recently he had a role in two immersive theatre projects by Christopher Green, Late at the Library: The Party Rules at the British Library and This Show Has No Name at the London Wonderground.
Joz Norris will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe from 30th July – 24th August 2014 at the Underbelly at 16:20 (1 hour).
“Norris has created a genuinely brilliant character, performed with a confidence that belies his years and a pomp that defies the room. The audience loves every second.” – The Skinny
“Quality moments of silliness…Norris performs with indefatigable gusto and not a hint of pretension…the kind of cheeky grin that must have been a hit with the dinnerladies.” – London is Funny
“One of the most exciting comic character creations on the up-and-coming comedy scene…If there’s a space to watch, it’s this one!” – Comedy Blogedy
“Norris is uber-confident, but he has the material to back up his tenacity.” – Time Out
“Actually pretty good.” – Terry Pratchett
“Joz Norris may have gone missing, but his comic ability is still evidently present.” – Three Weeks
“For this young and talented comic, the future is obviously bright.” – The Comedy Journal
“Some of the most original and involving comedy I’ve seen for some time.” – Theatre Geek
Sara Shulman is the Founder and Editor of Comedy Blogedy, TEDxUCL Speaker on ‘The Power of Funny’, specialist comedy blogger for Ticketmaster and blogger for The Huffington Post. Sara was the former Head of Comedy at UCLU Rare FM and produces the Comedy Blogedy podcast ‘Humour Me’. Sara is currently a student at the National Film & Television School and occasionally gigs on the comedy circuit
CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
RF: Since late 2007. It was all a bit sporadic in the early days but after an 18 month break I have been gigging steadily since early 2012.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
RF: It’s often described as dark. I think I agree with that. I have material about serial killers, but I also talk about amusing things that may or may not have happened to me, so I’d say dark with a bit of daftness thrown in. Oh, and I love a pun, so if I can get a pun in to my set somewhere I will.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
RF: I was a huge fan of The Young Ones, The Two Ronnies & Spitting Image when I was little, so I’d cite these as influential. I think Armando Ianucci, Rhod Gilbert, Louis CK and the late George Carlin are all brilliantly hilarious but I find I am more influenced by stuff I read or watch.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
RF: I wanted to be a jockey until I was about 10 and I was an excellent horse rider so it could well have happened. It was actually my Mum who encouraged me to go into comedy. I used to write funny stories as a child and she just encouraged me from there. I think I must be the only comedian on the circuit whose mother is proud!
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
RF: Most of my stuff starts from a one liner or bit of a scenario. I tend to just really think about the bit I have and take it to the extreme, adding as many jokes as possible along the way. That’s the key… have jokes!
CB: Do you gig as a stand-up full time or is it more of a part-time hobby? If so, do you find that your main job influences your material?
RF: I’m currently part time but aiming for full time. My day job is in a rare books library. It does influence me with my dark humour as I come into contact with some really odd items on a daily basis; Medieval manuscripts, accounts of hangings at Newgate prison, ancient maps, Egyptian papyri. It’s a laugh a minute. I did an exhibition recently about the weirder items we have in the library and managed to get the eyeballs of a long-dead scientist on display. It was really popular and I managed to get across all the exhibition talks in a light-hearted way, so I think comedy may influence my day job rather than the other way round.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
RF: The most enjoyable is the performing. The frustrating part is the travelling. I always seem to be on trains or the dreaded Megabus.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
RF: One that’s ready to laugh. I’ve done gigs where the comedy is pre-buffet or pre-football match so the audience don’t care. The acts are just an obstacle that prevents them from getting to the sausage rolls. I’ve done a few gigs in Biker pubs. Bikers are an ace audience. Unshockable and really up for it.
CB: Have you been heckled a lot since you’ve started gigging? Do you enjoy being heckled? What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
RF: Heckling happens but I’ve yet to hear a funny one. Although, it can be fun watching it happen to someone else.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
RF: Just write loads and gig loads. Also, be aware you will have no normal social life. I am constantly having to cancel plans with friends when a gig comes up and my friends kind of expect it now. It’s been ages since I had a night out that didn’t involve being in a comedy club. What I wouldn’t give to be in my local on a Friday night!
Rachel will be performing her show ‘All The Fun Of The Fairburn’ at the Jekyll & Hide at 12.45pm from July 31st – 24th August. More info.
As a seasoned insomniac I’ve spent many (and I mean many) an hour lying awake, whilst the bulk of you are cradled gently in a blanket of sleep. Whilst you dream of lives gone by, friends dear and the inability to run naked whilst holding a tiny mammal wearing a hat (a common dream), I sneak into your houses and sketch your angelic sleeping faces, leaving the work in frames with a note that just reads ‘soon’. Just kidding! I usually wander about my own house checking for ghosts or lie staring into the dark waiting for sleep to take me, whilst growing infinitely more suspicious of the freezer.
Luckily during the Fringe, conventional waking hours slip onto my clock and for those of you, like me, not looking for an early night there’s an array of things to do that will make your inner insomniac feel like a cultural butterfly or peculiar eccentric.
The most obvious thing to do at an arts festival in the deep of night is to take on the late night shows, of which there are countless running across the board. Comedy wise, there are the long running staples such as ‘Late n Live’ herding in the poor sleepers and drunks for a four hour bear pit, that keeps performers on their toes as they mercilessly fight to appease the crowd before setting them loose on the dance floor to find mates (that’s not to say it’s not fun). Little fact: famously this gig inspired Russell Crowes “are you not entertained” speech in ‘Gladiator’. Other comedic late night staples include: ‘The Stand Late’ (always excellent line ups), ‘Spank’ (never predictable) and, although on the early side of late, ‘Set List’ (once predictable).
The 11pm-1am bracket is just as packed with shows as the 7pm-9pm bracket, so be sure to take a look at what’s around. Some of the crazier gigs inhabit this time slot and you’re never sure of what you’ll find. It was during this bracket a few years ago that myself and some of the Weirdos crowd were introduced to Kristian D Kirklan (16:15 venue 197) and took part in a human womb. If you pushed me for picks for this slot I’d point you to Karl Shultz’ It Might Get Ugly (23:30 Pleasance Courtyard), where established comedians are forced into ditching tested material for brutal honesty. After playing this gig, I can promise you that you’ll see sides of comedians you never knew existed. Also check out John Conway Tonight (midnight at the Pleasance Dome), he’s a silly silly man.
Away from comedy there are Blues nights, Cabaret, Indie Discos, themed parties and an unbelievable amount of bars that will stay open until the sun rises and just you and George Clooney remain alive, shooting holes in the wall to stave off the horde of vampires that wiped out all your friends.
If you want to get away from dives and crowds, Edinburgh lights up at night and, regardless of drifting crowds, the street of the old town are beautiful to view in the dark. Arthur’s Seat is a short walk away and, assuming you go with a torch and preferably friends to stave off not only the hordes of vampires that take a night off the pubs but the usual weirdo’s that bend to the will of the moon, you can wander up. Make it to the top (SAFELY – it’s a long drop) and you have a wonderful view to propose to someone, or for the performers, to assess just what the hell you’re doing with your life…
I once made the midnight climb when going through a bout of my more stubborn insomnia and advise warm clothing. It might have been a lovely summer’s day, but Edinburgh seems to be contractually obliged to have at least one sub-zero temperature per day and often during the festival seasons they do that when you’re out in the night.
Other than that, live life, enjoy the festival and eat when you can. For you night owls awake in the day, who want to hear about an array of sleep problems amidst some quality hilarious sleep talking, get to my show ‘Good Luck Sleeping Jerks’ for 3pm at The Hive part of Heroes of the Fringe. More info.
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