Wednesday 29th October at The Phoenix in Cavendish Square
Featuring special guests JOE LYCETT, DOC BROWN, ANGELA BARNES, ALEX BROOKER and DR ERICA MCALISTER alongside regulars Pappy’s and Danielle, Margaret and Michael from Do The Right Thing
Doors: 6:30pm Show: 7pm
Wednesday 8 October at Bar FM, London, London
Brian Gittins: Challenged
There is a hot, new panel show on the planet called ‘Challenged’. Join your hosts Brian Gittins and his 7ft 2inch robot Charles Petrescu (half metal, half Romanian) for a night of mindbending questions, puzzles, prizes and fake penises.
Award-winning comedian David Elms has written a short silent comedy film called ‘SWAG’. In a recent interview with The Pleasance Times, David described the plot of the film:
It’s essentially about a guy who’s bored with his life until he buys a hat. And when I say “essentially”, I mean “entirely”.
The film is directed by Matt Holt and I have produced the film. We’ve been developing ‘SWAG’ since January this year and have put a huge amount of time, effort and love into telling this story, making it as creative, cinematic and humorous as possible…
SWAG is a new short silent comedy film written by award-winning comedian David Elms, directed by Matt Holt, produced by Sara Shulman and starring some of the best new and emerging talent in comedy, including ELLIE WHITE, MARK DAVISON, JACK BARRY, PATRICK TURPIN, TASH DEMETRIOU, MASSIVE DAD, LOLLY ADEFOPE, ORRY GIBBENS, THE PIN, ADAM LAWRENCE, LIZZIE DAYKIN, and more!
Come along to the screening which will feature stand-up from headliner JOSIE LONG, and sets by SWAG co-stars:
The screening is also a fundraiser where all money from ticket sales will go towards supporting the film.
Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm
More information about the film: http://davidelms.net/shortfilm/shortfilm.html
Graphic Design by Tom Lobo Brennan
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents:
THE AXIS OF AWESOME: VIVA LA VIDA LOCA LAS VEGAS
Time Out Sydney Comedy Festival Best Show 2010/2011
Time Out Sydney Comedy Festival Best Australian Talent 2010
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Moosehead Award 2008
“One of the best of the fest…they achieved cult status, with audiences on their feet whenever they took to the stage” Adam Hills
The Axis of Awesome are set to do their biggest tour to date around the U.K. this September.
The Axis of Awesome have a truly global fan-base – they have previously enjoyed sell-out seasons in Edinburgh as well as at the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festivals, tours of Germany and the UK, the Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, the Sydney Opera House, three sold-out tours of Sweden, Perth Fringe World, Singapore and two tours of the US. They have also played at the prestigious invite-only Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.
Not content with obliterating box offices around the world, they’ve also smashed online records – their ‘Four Chords Song’ is one of the highest rated YouTube comedy videos of all time, and their videos have amassed over 90 million hits. Their latest smash hit ‘Rage of Thrones’ has over 1 million hits, and it’s pretty darned awesome.
They have notched up multiple TV appearances in Australia as well as globally, and their latest album ‘Christmawesome’ has flown off the shelves. You might have seen them on Comic Relief, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks or heard them many times on The Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1.
They recently received funding from YouTube and Screen Australia as part of the Skip Ahead program to make a web series in Los Angeles, so by the time you read this they’ve probably already done that, or are in breach of contract.
The Axis of Awesome are comprised of lead singer Jordan Raskopoulos, who has appeared on numerous Australian TV shows, including Underground: The Julian Assange Story, and recently won an International Emmy as part of the team behind#7DaysLater. Benny Davis is a classically trained musician and has millions of hits on his YouTube channel “The Human Jukebox”, as well as a recent tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Guitarist Lee Naimo is a champion improviser and has featured on Slideshow and Written It Down where he made stuff up. He isn’t as talented as Benny, as boisterous as Jordan or as smart as most dogs, but he sure is part of the band.
Al Lubel is a “terrifically funny comedian” according to David Letterman, and Jerry Seinfeld has stated that Al has one of the best jokes he has ever heard.
Al started off as a lawyer (to please his mum) and became a comedian to please himself (which did not please his mum). After graduating from law school in Florida, Al moved to Los Angeles, passed the California Bar Exam but chose to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian rather than a lawyer.
After quitting law, within a year he won the $100,000 Grand Prize for comedy on Star Search. Doing the The Tonight Show was a childhood fantasy, so when Al heard that Johnny Carson was retiring; he auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny. Al has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman five times.
Tickets are available to see Al Lubel at Leicester Square Theatre on Saturday 20th September
Have a listen to Al Lubel’s audio interview with Sara Shulman on Comedy Blogedy
Tuesday 24th June – Saturday 28th June, 7:15pm at Soho Theatre, £20 (17.50)
Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model returns to Soho Theatre for 5 performances only, following it’s sell-out run here in 2013!
WINNER: FRINGE REVIEW OUTSTANDINGTHEATRE AWARD 2013
WINNER: ARCHES BRICK AWARD 2013
‘Hilarious, heartbreaking, troubling and inspirational. Kick-ass in all the right ways.’★★★★★ Time Out
‘Bold, brave and very brilliant; don’t miss.’★★★★★ Independent
‘A work of almost staggering warmth and fragility.’ ★★★★★ Scotsman
In an audacious, provocative protest against flagrant global attempts to sexualise and commodify childhood for profit, award-winning artist Bryony Kimmings and her niece Taylor, nine, decided to play the global tween machine at its own game by inventing dinosaur-loving, bike riding, tuna pasta-eating, alternative pop star Catherine Bennett.
This show tackles the issues at the very core of their plight head on. In typically screwball and humorous fashion, Kimmings, creator of acclaimed shows Sex Idiot and 7 Day Drunk, begs the question, what does it really take to be a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model for a child of the 21st century?
For ages 16+
Running time: Approx 60 minutes
Production photos: Jassy Earl www.pleasance.co.uk/pictureshow
CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
BOWLER HAT COMEDY LISTINGS
Bowler Hat, Paternoster Square, City of London
Box Office: 0845 120 7502 www.colf.org
Monday 23 June 7.30pm
Hats Off! Highlights
To celebrate the opening of our exciting new venue, the Bowler Hat, come and join us for an evening of circus, comedy, cabaret and dance, featuring preview performances from Acrometria, Rhythm Town, Silver Lining, Judy & Liza and guest compere Rob Deering.
Monday 23 June 9.30pm
Armstrong & Stilgoe
Comedian, TV presenter and baritone Alexander Armstrong joins the stage with dazzling jazz pianist and singer Joe Stilgoe. Their one-off sell-out cabaret in 2013 received rapturous praise; whether you are a Pointless fan, comedy fan or music fan, there’ll be something to entertain everyone when they are reunited under the Bowler Hat.
Tuesday 24 June 9.30pm
Jenny Eclair has been a stand-up comic for donkey’s years. She was the first woman to win the coveted Perrier Award and hasn’t stopped banging on about it ever since. Here she is, louder than ever, taking the Bowler Hat by storm with her new show Eclairious.
Wednesday 25 June 9.30pm
An Ungrateful Woman
Bridget Christie does not wear her feminism lightly. She wears it heavily, like a suit of armour. Enjoy an evening of talk about Michael Gove and violations of human rights.
‘One of the finest comedians around’ ***** Independent
Thursday 26 June 9.30pm X
Tim Fitzhigham & Duncan Walsh Atkins
Flanders & Swann
Lifelong fans around the world and the uninitiated alike have delighted in seeing Tim, Duncan and the Hippo breathe new life into Flanders & Swann’s wonderful witty songs including: The Hippopotamus, The Gas Man Cometh and The Gnu.
‘Muddy marvellous’ Evening Standard
Friday 27 June 9.30pm
Stupidly ambitious, logistically problematic, potentially disastrous – this is the show Alex Horne has wanted to make for a decade; he is Monsieur Butterfly.
‘A terrific, high-concept comedy show, intricately constructed and forever whipping the rug out from under us’ The Guardian
Saturday 28 June 9.30pm
Lord of the Dance Settee
After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, ‘The King of Edinburgh’ (List) is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness, whether the term cool comedian is an oxymoron, bouncing joyously on the sofa and how Herring’s whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16. Can he revisit the joke thirty years on or will it smash his old bones? ‘Dependably funny’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A new Richard Herring show is a never-ending cause for delight’ (List).
Tuesday 1 July 9.30pm
The Noise Next Door
Comedy Lock In
Comedy improv quintet The Noise Next Door transform audience suggestions into fantastically funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye.
‘Hilarious… a superior kind of chaos’ ****Daily Telegraph
Wednesday 2 July 9.30pm
Satirist For Hire
Acclaimed comedian and writer Andy Zaltzman brings his unique take on current affairs to the Bowler Hat. Andy is best known for appearing on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive.
‘Probably the best satirical comic we’ve produced in the last two decades. Intelligent, biting and silly’ Time Out
Thursday 3 July 9.30pm
Julie Madly Deeply
This charming yet cheeky cabaret takes an engaging look at the fame and fandom surrounding Dame Julie Andrews, performed by Fascinating Aida star Sarah-Louise Young, one of London’s top cabaret performers.
‘Dame Julie, you suspect, would approve. This is an evening that ends in triumph, not in tears.’ **** The Times
Friday 4 July 9.30pm
Winner of five major comedy awards. 24-hour-show luminary. Novelist. Watson (host of BBC’s We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week regular and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better) comes to the Bowler Hat.
‘The highest achiever the Edinburgh Festival has seen this decade. A huge comic presence’ The Times
Saturday 5 July 9.30pm
What is it with us and smallness? We Brits love it – being tiny but fierce, close but distant. Russell Kane, the winner of the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010, who has firmly established himself as one the best comics in the UK today, returns with a blisteringly big-small show. Kane’s fast-paced comedy ejaculates thoughts about smallness; on keeping things small when life gets big.
‘If he keeps making shows this smart, and this funny, he’s going to be very big indeed. **** The Telegraph
Thursday 10 July 9.30pm
Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay’s Smutty Songs
Adam Kay’s cutting-edge, darkly humorous re-imaginings of pop and rock classics, including the iconic London Underground Song, have gained him three number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts and over 20 million hits on YouTube.
‘Fast-paced, filthy and incredibly funny’ ***** ThreeWeeks
Friday 11 July 9.30pm
One-man pop-rock stand-up legend Rob Deering brings his brand new show to his home town, cramming more charm, laughs and tunes into one Bowler Hat than you’d think possible.
‘An evening in his company is nothing less than a joy’ Independent on Sunday
‘brilliant musical comedian’ Time Out
Saturday 12 July 9.30pm
The Weird Way Round
Doc Brown, famed for his collaboration with Ricky Gervais on YouTube hit Equality Street, is appearing in the Bowler Hat fresh from a sell-out UK tour, with his tongue-in-cheek take on hip-hop culture.
‘A seamless mix of truly inspired hip-hop and stand-up. He’s a total star… an utter joy’ Time Out
Monday 14 July 9.30pm
Glam Role Model
The fresh, dangerously fierce, pop-culture-obsessed Katherine Ryan is fast becoming a recognisable face on British TV, with appearances on Mock the Week, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Apollo. The feisty Canadian will bring her innovative, original comedy to the City, in a show that explores the murky world of glamour modelling.
‘Warped wit…striking presence…killer lines…calm confidence’ Scotsman
Wednesday 16 July 9.30pm Bowler Hat Theatre, Paternoster Square EC4M 7DX
The Only Way Is Downton
Written and performed by Luke Kempner
As celebrities start appearing at the Abbey, cultures clash and eras hilariously collide in this brilliant parody, which takes in many popular TV shows and familiar modern voices to help the cast of Downton save the estate from financial ruin – again!
‘A fine impressionist, giving a splendid display of Downtonry.’ Stephen Fry
Wednesday 18th June at Bar FM, London, 8pm
Star of BBC3’s Badults as well as being nominated twice for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards ‘Best Show’.
Sophie Hagen + Damien Slash + Archie Maddocks + Massive Dad + Darren Walsh + Tom Davis
THE DONNY DONKINS ‘AS (hopefully soon to be) SEEN ON TV!’ SHOW
Donny Donkins – a young, deluded, fame-hungry comic on the edge of a nervous breakdown – is a character created by actor, writer, stand up and charactercomedian Barry Castagnola. Donny appeared in Barry’s critically acclaimed show Where’s Barry? at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe (and subsequently at The Soho Theatre). LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE – LOUNGE
Barry was the creator and one-third of the award-winning spoof eco-warrior dance collective Cyderdelic(‘Fantastically innovative and astonishingly funny’ ***** The List) who, as well as two hit Edinburgh shows and regular appearances on The 11 O’Clock show, had their own BBC3 series. He has appeared in and written for numerous TV programmes, most recently as a castmember of the Channel 4 comedy Eye Spyand Dom Joly’s Fool Britannia. He had a role in the recent Feature film Nina Forever, he is the host of the topical podcast The Proper Gander, a regular co-host of The Rhod Gilbert Radio Show and he was also a contributing writer, and appeared in, Greg Davies’s recent sitcom Man Down.
“I was fully aware that Barry Castagnola was an extremely funny comedy actor who makes clever use of AV to enhance his performance…There can be no doubt in my mind that this is the best show I have seen him perform” ONE 4 REVIEW *****
“Brilliant character-driven show…bold with some amazing observations and some really funny moments…Donny offers a show that really stands out” THE NEW CURRENT ****
“This show is a true car-crash of a classic, a madcap dash through the world of dodgy TV, drivenfuriously by Castagnola’s relentlessly funny Donny Donkins…the audience was often in stitches.” MUMBLE COMEDY ****
‘Amazingly brilliant’ ANONYMOUS ******
‘You’d be bonkers to miss it. Really crazy. Maim for a ticket’ DONNY DONKINS
‘A hugely entertaining show…great creations, sharp in-jokes…silly fun. If you’ve seen just one too many lacklustre comedy shows, this is the antidote.’ CHORTLE ****
‘This is in many ways the perfect Edinburgh show. A satire on stand up, comedy agents and much more it is also hysterically funny, fast paced and full of energy’ GQ Top 10 Essential Edinburgh
‘The use of film is brilliant and innovative… A confrontational, energetic and fantastic piece of character comedy’ THREE WEEKS ****
Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th June, 7pm £8
Making his London debut US comic Michael Che, who recently was brought on as a full time writer of NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’, comes to the capital for 6 nights from 27th May – 1st June to the Soho Theatre Cabaret Space. This comes after a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, that led to sold out shows and critical acclaim.
Critics and audiences agree both sides of the pond that NY-based writer and stand-up comedian Michael Che is a star on the rise and a shooting star at that. This year he has already been named as one of Rolling Stone’s ‘50 Funniest People in 2013’, Buzzfeed’s ‘50 Hottest Men in Comedy’ and Variety’s ‘Top 10 Comics To Watch.’
Michael Che made his Edinburgh Festival debut in 2013 with ‘Michael Che – Cartoon Violence’. His comedy uses humour to identify humanity in the most controversial actions. Whether it is a story about his friend “Homeless Dave,” or tackling relationship issues and why “like” is better than “love”: “People kill their loved ones all the time. Nobody ever kills people they like, though. Nobody’s watching you sleep through your bedroom window because you’re ‘pretty cool.’” Che’s act also digs deeper than the seemingly common topics he addresses by providing keen, yet jovial insight into larger issues like race relations, gay marriage and world hunger.
A native of lower Manhattan, Che applies street culture to world issues with a delivery that The New York Times describes as “a reflective, laid-back stage presence with jokes that draw as much from his city upbringing…as from blunt, insightful points that bring the abstract into focus.”
In March this year, Che was brought on as a writer for two instalments of NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live, which led to him being a permanent recruit on the main writing team. His romantic comedy parody “She’s Got a D!%k,” starring that week’s host Justin Timberlake, was a highlight of the March 9th episode. Che appears weekly on Vh1’s Best Week Ever and was featured on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central, Money from Strangers on MTV and as a recurring contestant on IFC’s comedy game show Bunk. 2013 also saw him perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, The Moontower Comedy Festival, and Bonnaroo.
At the end of last year Che made his Late Night television debut performing stand-up on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. Also in 2012, he created, wrote and starred in the original web series “The Realest Candidate” on Broadway Video’s YouTube channel, The Above Average Network. Che was crowned the winner of the New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition at the 2012 New York Comedy Festival, and both Time-Out NY and Comedy Central have listed him as one of their “Comics To Watch.” He headlines comedy clubs and colleges nationally and internationally.
‘American comedy’s next best thing’ INDEPENDENT
‘Don’t be surprised if Michael Che ends up being one of America’s top comedians…his best material insightful, obtuse and damn funny…he will sure be a force to be reckoned with’ CHORTLE (Steve Bennett)
‘…one of the brightest names on the New York Scene’ OBSERVER (Stephanie Merritt)
‘…distinctive voice and raw talent’ SCOTSMAN (Jay Richardson)
‘…tough, young, sharp comic’ THE LIST
‘…an exciting talent’ EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
‘…Che is a natural comedian, brimming with wit, sarcasm and an undeniable stage presence’ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAG
‘…this man is blessed with being naturally funny as well as funny on stage’ BROADWAY BABY
‘…he has confidence beyond his years and the jokes to back it up’ TIME OUT
‘…surprisingly insightful comedy’ GUARDIAN GUIDE
Tuesday 27th May – Sunday 1st June at 7:30pm.
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON
Age Restriction: 16 +
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