The 3rd annual LONDON SKETCHFEST
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May – The Cinema Museum – Elephant & Castle
Discovering Britain’s funniest alternative comedy London SketchFest returns for its third consecutive year, following two sell-out years with critical acclaim as the UK’s most exciting new national comedy festival.
Celebrating live, scripted comedy the festival shines a spotlight on the best and most exciting comedy acts, handpicked each year. Established in 2013 as an alternative to mainstream stand-up comedy festivals, SketchFest has gained a reputation for discovering unknown comedy talents – with a showcase of 12 unsigned acts performing in front of a panel of industry judges that includes Alex Hardy (the comedy editor for The Times), Kate Copstick (revered Scotsman comedy critic) amongst others. Many of its winners have since gone on to sign development deals for TV.
Alongside it’s Best New Act Competition the festival also boasts a Feature Series with established talent who can be found across TV and radio. It also has a film competition Sketch Screen highlighting the best new video comedy talent run in conjunction with COFILMIC comedy film festival. And for 2015 it’s introducing two new parts to its programme – the Solo Series featuring exciting character and single-performer acts and Sketch Scribe where aspiring sketch writers will get a chance to have their work performed by comedy troupes and win a mentor session with a leading comedy professional.
For 2015 the London Sketch Comedy Festival will be leaving its roots in East London and moving to the newly regenerated Elephant & Castle where it will take over The Cinema Museum for three days alongside a second stage at The Artworks, a newly launched container space.
Produced by The Laughing Guild, a not-for-profit organization setup to support and develop British comedy talent, the 2015 festival will be presenting some of the most exciting comedy acts on the circuit from the worlds of sketch, character and improv. Highlights include The Noise Next Door (BBC Taster), Late Night Gimp Fight (new Impractical Jokers), Hennessy & Friends (featuring Miranda Hennessy from Give Out Girls & Plebs), So On & So Forth (Radio 4), critically-acclaimed newcomers Massive Dad and winners from last year’s festival Gein’s Family Giftshop, In Cahoots and This Glorious Monster. With more acts still being confirmed it’s set to be the most exciting festival yet!
“…the best up-and-coming troupes gather for Sketchfest” THE INDEPENDENT (RADAR) 2014
“Sketchfest is a great way to see established and up-coming sketch acts alongside each other in the same night, or if your stamina is up to it, across the full festival” THE LONDONIST
“Presenting an impressive roster of well known sketch artists alongside some of the best up and coming comedians on the circuit, London Sketchfest is a long overdue platform for sketchtalent”THE LONDON WORD
‘London SketchFest threw up some pretty special talent – comedians who will be having a big impact very soon, if there’s any justice’ LONDON IS FUNNY
‘Weird, wide-ranging and whimsical, SketchFest reinvigorates a sketch scene increasingly overshadowed by all-conquering stand-up megastars. That can only be a good thing’ THE TELEGRAPH
‘SketchFest wins a battle for comic hearts and minds’ THE STAGE
‘Perfect for the YouTube generation’ EVENING STANDARD
Festival tickets = £65 Day Tickets = £25 Show Tickets = £14
All tickets are purchased on the website, using the festival’s e-commerce system.
Steve Kaplan’s ‘Comedy Intensive’ Returns to London
Hollywood’s top comedy screenwriting tutor teaching 2-day Masterclass in London, 25-26 April.
Steve Kaplan, one of the film industry’s most respected and sought-after experts on comedy, will be in the UK teaching his 2-day ‘Comedy Intensive’ Masterclass on the 25th & 26th April at Birkbeck University, London.
The class is being presented by Raindance, one of the UK’s leading film training providers, and aims to provide budding and experienced screenwriters with the tools and knowledge they need to write a successful comedy screenplay. On Day 1, students will explore the ‘hidden tools’ of comedy, including the difference between ‘funny’ and ‘comic’ and the four common elements of jokes. Day 2 focuses on character, structure and specific ways of applying comedy tools to text.
Steve Kaplan has worked with some of the film industry’s leading artists and writers. Past students of his have gone on to win 10 Emmys, 1 Oscar and 2 Writer’s Guild of America Awards, among many other awards and nominations. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO Writers’ Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre.
Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance, said:
“We’re truly excited to be welcoming Steve back to London this year. His classes are always a hoot – informative, inspiring and, of course, hilarious. We only get the chance to bring him over once a year, so British screenwriters and filmmakers should jump at the chance to learn from one of the masters of the art form!”
Tickets to the ‘Comedy Intensive’ Masterclass are £249.99 + VAT.
Raindance Members get a 15% discount on the price of the course.
Tickets are available through the Raindance website:
ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE AMUSED MOOSE LAUGH OFF 2015
The prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off contest, which searches out the next big comedy stars from new talent across the UK, is about to kick off with online entries opening at 1pm on Saturday 7th March 2015.
This exciting countrywide talent search for comedy’s brand new comic gems is famed for discovering the comedy stars of the future such as previous winners Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall and, more recently, Rob Beckett.
In an Amused Moose first, entrants will be viewed and scored online by our illustrious comedy industry panellists around the world.
Entries, in the form of a 90-second performance clip filmed in a comedy venue, must be submitted online by the end of March 2015.
This innovative process ensures that the Laugh Off entrants will all be seen by a substantial number of comedy industry professionals including agents, managers, promoters, bookers, producers, critics and PRs in Australia, Canada and the USA as well as here in the UK – making this competition an even more effective way for new comedy talent to get spotted and get their career off to a flying start!
Live quarter and semi- finals will be held in London throughout May and June with the final, featuring a celebrity host, taking place on 9th August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Audience votes, as well as those of our industry panel, will be taken into account during all live rounds of the competition.
Amused Moose Comedy Awards have proved to be a fantastic shop window for new talent, with finalists being quickly signed by leading agents and promoters including PBJ Management, Chambers Management, Avalon and Off the Kerb. As well as being given the perfect platform from which to launch their comedy career, all finalists will receive a portfolio of professional photographs.
The winner of the Amused Moose Laugh Off title will also receive a shiny moose trophy, interim management and PR (if required) and have the opportunity to perform as part of Amused Moose Comedy Showcases at London’s Soho Theatre this Autumn.
For full details on how to enter the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015 please see www.AmusedMoose.com/Awards
‘TOILET DUCK LONDON’ NEW IRISH COMEDY AWARD ANNOUNCED
BY LONDON IRISH COMEDY FESTIVAL AND TEDFEST
Friday 11th July 2014 – 8pm
London Irish Centre, 50 – 52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB
The organisers of Tedfest and the London Irish Comedy Festival have announced a competition for new Irish comedians, the Toilet Duck London Award.
16 of the funniest new Irish comedians will go toe to toe in a comedy duel until there’s just one left standing!
The glorious victor will walk away with the spoils of battle: a paid gig at the London Irish Comedy Festival in October and a beautiful Toilet Duck trophy.
Tedfest is the annual fan convention held on the island of Inishmore, off the coast of County Galway, Ireland for fans of the well-lovedsitcom Father Ted. The Toilet Duck London Award pays homage to the many Irish comedians that were cast in Father Ted, including; Dermot Morgan, Ardal O’ Hanlon, Pauline McLynn, Graham Norton, Tommy Tiernan, Patrick McDonnell, Joe Rooney, Jason Byrne, Pat Shortt and Ed Byrne. The London Irish Comedy Festival showcases the wealth of emerging and established Irish comedic talent in the UK.
16 finalists will be chosen to go head to head at the London Irish Centre on the eve of Tedfest London, on Friday 11 July. The knock out battle will be hosted by Colum McDonnell, who has toured with Ardal O’Hanlon, Jason Byrne and Colin Murphy and has performed on Paramount Comedy Channels ‘The World Stands Up’.
Toilet Duck London will coincide with the first ever Tedfest London that is taking place the following day, also at The London Irish Centre.
How to apply
Acts should send a short summary (500 words) or CV outlining their stand-up/comedy experience and a short video clip of themselves performing to email@example.com by Friday 6 June. Finalists will be contacted the week of the 9 June. Finalists must be free to take part in Toilet Duck London on Friday 11 July in the London Irish Centre in Camden. *Unfortunately, we cannot cover expenses. All finalists will get a ticket to Tedfest London on Saturday 12 July in the London Irish Centre.
About London Irish Comedy Festival
The London Irish Comedy Festival was co-founded in 2012 by Maria Schweppe and the London Irish Centre (LIC) to showcase the very best of established and emerging Irish comedic talent from the UK and Ireland. Now in its third year, the Festival is held every October at the London Irish Centre. In 2013 and 2014 the Festival played host to a Comedy Tent as part of the Mayor of London’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. In 2014 the Festival ran a series of Edinburgh Preview gigs. Acts who have performed at the Festival, Comedy Tent and Edinburgh Previews have included; Andrew Maxwell, Neil Delamere, PJ Gallagher, Barry Murphy, Maeve Higgins, David McSavage, Aisling Bea, Roisin Conaty, Abandoman, Fred Cooke, Eleanor Tiernan, Reuben, Jarlath Regan, Rory O’ Hanlon, Willa White, Brendan Dempsey, Colm O’ Regan, John Lynn, Eric Lalor, The Nualas, Sharyn Hayden, Paddy Cullivan, John Colleary, Christiane O’ Mahony and Damian Clarke, Chris Kent, Danny O’ Brien, Foil, Arms & Hog, Andrew Ryan and Conor Drum. The third Festival will be held from 10 – 12 October 2014. Save the dates for some serious craic!
Tedfest, the cult festival homage to all things Father Ted, was conceived in 2007 as the antithesis to a TV convention. Described by organisers as ‘more of a state of mind than an actual event,’ Tedfest attracts 400 people each year to the windswept craggy island of Inis Mór, inconveniently located many miles off the coast of Galway. Hundreds more are turned away due to the high risk of death associated with sleeping in a tent on the Aran Islands in winter.
About Tedfest London
Driven by demand from people who would prefer to travel to Tedfest on the Northern Line rather than a Galway Bay ferry The London Irish Centre asked organisers if they would stage a version of the event in London. The result is Tedfest London – described as a One-Day Pop Tart – the event is taking place on July 12.
About London Irish Centre
The London Irish Centre (LIC) is a charity that supports the Irish community in London (Registered Charity No. 1149787 Company No: 8221421). Set up in 1954, its welfare service is the largest for Irish people outside of Ireland. Each year the LIC works with thousands of people to improve their housing, income, access to health and social inclusion opportunities.
The LIC also delivers a diverse programme of Irish arts, cultural and community events, offering opportunities to connect with Irish culture. The charity showcases the finest Irish talent to London audiences and to offer a taste of home to the city’s Irish community.
The LIC’s main premises in Camden Square is the oldest and largest Irish Centre in Britain, and provides a warm Irish welcome to all who visit. The LIC also has offices in West Kensington and Kilburn and provide outreach services to a number of other London boroughs.
A percentage of profits from the London Irish Comedy Festival support the charity’s work.
MILTON JONES | AL MURRAY’S SALOON SHOW | JOSH WIDDICOMBE
MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE & ANDREW MAXWELL | TIM KEY | JOSIE LONG | KATHERINE RYAN | TREVOR NOAH | SEANN WALSH | TOMMY TIERNAN | HENNING WEHN | JEREMY HARDY | MILES JUPP | DOC BROWN | CARDINAL BURNS | THE PAJAMA MEN | SARA PASCOE | NICK HELM
FELICITY WARD | ARTHUR SMITH | GLENN WOOL | KERRY GODLIMAN | JAMES ACASTER | HANNAH GADSBY | TIFFANY STEVENSON | JARED CHRISTMAS | ROB BECKETT | ROMESH RANGANATHAN| ROISIN CONATY | JOE LYCETT | MIKE WOZNIAK | JOHN KEARNS | LIAM WILLIAMS| TOM ROSENTHAL |AISLING BEA |JOHN ROBINS |NISH KUMAR ERIC LAMPAERT | CELIA PACQUOLA | SUZI RUFFELL | JAMIE DEMETRIOU | ALFIE BROWN
BOBBY MAIR | PAT CAHILL | ANGELA BARNES| PHIL WANG | IVO GRAHAM | TANIA EDWARDS KWAME ASANTE | JOSEPH MORPURGO | HARRIET KEMSLEY| DAVID MORGAN | JONNY PELHAM DANE BAPTISTE | GABBY BEST | SARAH CALLAGHAN| CHORTLE STUDENT COMEDY AWARDS
THE SUNDAY ASSEMBLY | WITTANK | MCNEIL & PAMPHILON | CLUB SOL | MAX AND IVAN | THE NOISE NEXT DOOR | THE ONLY WAY IS DOWNTON | PAPPY’S
CARIAD LLOYD & LOUISE FORD & HOLLY BURN CHARACTER COMEDY SHOW
FURTHER HEADLINERS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Winner of Line-Up of the Year at the UK Festival Awards, Latitude returns for its ninth edition, taking place from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 July 2014 in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk.With no fewer than ten arts arenas, stages and spaces boasting the biggest names in comedy, theatre, dance, film, cabaret, literature and performance, Latitude is unrivalled for the breadth, depth and quality of its arts programming. 2014 is no different, offering a spectacular choice of major shows, star acts and ground breaking site-specific commissioned works.
Latitude’s Comedy line-up offers festival goers a rare opportunity to see some of the biggest names in the business outside of an arena setting, and the first chance to see the acts destined to make waves in Edinburgh later in the summer. Latitude is delighted to announce the first headliner will be the award-winning Dara O’Briain! Described by The Times as “one of the most entertaining stand-up comics in the land”, Dara presents many TV panel shows including Mock The Week, School of Hard Sums and Stargazing Live with Professor Brian Cox. Absurdist comedian with a gift for punning Milton Jones is a firm favourite on the live circuit and on BBC Radio 4, where his hit series Another Case of Milton Jones airs each week, he’ll be bringing his colourful shirts and celebrated one-liners to Latitude. Among the comedy stars is Al Murray, presenting his Saloon Show, where the nation’s favourite bar room philosopher will be joined by a host of special comedy, variety and music guests in a pop-up pub. Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Tim Key will be at Latitude with his new show Single White Slut. Recently described by The Independent as ‘the British Seinfeld’, Josh Widdicombe is an observational stand-up who can find “the sparkle in the mundane” [The Guardian], co-host of topical chat show The Last Leg and XFM DJ. Trevor Noah is a South African comedian whose star is definitely on the ascent; fans recite his performances verbatim, share his clips globally and have joined him in their legions on social media. If you’ve missed him taking over the globe, catch him at Latitude this summer.
Josie Long is a true moral force among comedians, known just as much for her passionate engagement with social causes as for her intelligent and irreverent stand-up, she will be taking time out of writing a film, a radio series and a book this summer to appear at this year’s festival. The “warped wit” [Scotsman] of Canadian Katherine Ryan will be unleashed. With a formidable reputation on the live circuit and high profile TV appearances in numerous panel shows and the hit Showtime/BBC sit-com Episodes, she will delight audiences with the new show Glam Role Model. Self-styled ‘German Comedy Ambassador to Great Britain’ Henning Wehn, now a fixture on radio and TV panel shows for his mordant wit, also joins the bill to present his latest show Eins, Zwei DIY which is already selling out its London run before it goes to Edinburgh.
Rapper, comedian, actor, screenwriter and voiceover artist Doc Brown brings his rare warmth and versatility to Latitude as part of his return to stand-up, following the runaway success of his 2012 one-man show Unfamous. Veteran comedian and Edinburgh Festival regular Arthur Smith will revive his acclaimed show Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Vol 2), a comical and musical success drawing on the themes of: dementia, enthusiasm, comedy and death. Acclaimed duo Cardinal Burns, who have scooped everything from BAFTAs to LAFTAs, are set to step up into comedy’s premier league this year with their second TV series on Channel 4.
The increasingly fertile field of sketch comedy will be well represented at Latitude this year. Fans of comic sketches can look forward to Luke Kempner’s The Only Way is Downton, a one-man show voicing the characters from the Abbey in a brilliant parody, 2013 Chortle Award winners and hit podcasters Pappy’s, the charmingly warped three-piece Wittank, critically-feted character comedy from Max and Ivan, the surreal Pajama Men’s “cartoons of the mind” [The Guardian] and five-piece comedy improv group The Noise Next Door, among many others.
Also joining the Comedy line-up across the festival will be Marcus Brigstocke & Andrew Maxwell, Seann Walsh, Tommy Tiernan, Jeremy Hardy, Miles Jupp, Felicity Ward, Glenn Wool, Kerry Godliman, Hannah Gadsby, Tiffany Stevenson, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Joe Lycett, Tom Rosenthal, Aisling Bea, Jared Christmas, John Robins, Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Eric Lampaert, Celia Pacqoula, Alfie Brown, Bobby Mair, Pat Cahill, Angela Barnes, Kwame Asante, Joseph Morpurgo, David Morgan, Johnny Pelham, Dane Baptiste, Gabby Best, Sarah Callaghan, The Sunday Assembly, Sara Pascoe, John Kearns, Liam Williams, Cariad Lloyd & Louise Ford & Holly Burn Character Comedy Show, McNeil & Pamphilon, Club Sol, Jamie Demetriou, Chortle Student Comedy Awards, Suzi Ruffell, Tania Edwards, Phil Wang, Ivo Graham and Harriet Kemsley.
Weekend adult tickets £187.50 face value + £8.00 booking fee per ticket
Accompanied Teen Ticket (13-15 years) £132.50 face value + £8.00 booking fee per ticket
Weekend Child Ticket (5-12 years) £8.00 (no booking fee)
Campervan Permit £40.00/£60.00/£80.00 (depending on size)
Day adult ticket £77.50 + £7.00 booking fee per ticket
Day child ticket £5.00 (no booking fee)
Campervan Permit £40.00/£60.00/£80.00 (depending on size)
For tickets click here.
Terms & Conditions apply. For full details head to www.latitudefestival.co.uk
THE HUNT IS ON FOR THE MOST AMOOSING NEW COMEDIAN
IN THE ‘AMUSED MOOSE LAUGH OFF 2014’
in association with 2entertain/BBCWorldwide
The prestigious Amused Moose Laugh Off contest, which searches out the next big comedy stars, is about to kick off. Entries open on 1st January 2014, and qualifying rounds will take place in London from the end of January. Places fill up fast so there’s no time to waste.
In association with leading UK DVD company 2entertain/BBCWorldwide, this exciting countrywide talent search for comedy’s brand new comic gems is famed for discovering the comedy stars of the future. Previous Amused Moose Laugh Off winners include Sarah Millican and Jack Whitehall.
The audience votes at every stage, whilst the overall winner is ultimately decided by comedy industry professionals. The Amused Moose Laugh Off 2014 final, featuring a celebrity host, will be held at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2014 with £1500 as the winner’s main prize.
Amused Moose Comedy Awards have proved to be a fantastic shop window for new talent, with finalists being quickly signed by leading agents and promoters. Also there is the opportunity to be spotted in Amused Moose Comedy showcases at the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre, as well as in AFTERHOURS at the Edinburgh Fringe, alongside previous winners and finalists some of whom are now rather famous!
So if you want to set your stand-up career off to a flying start, showcasing your talents to the comedy industry, take your first steps towards your own DVD and have a shot at the main prize of £1500 to invest in the development of your comedy career, what are you waiting for?
For more information go to www.AmusedMoose.com/Awards then enter and book your time slot, before turning up at a qualifying round eager to perform a few minutes of your funniest gags, maybe on your way to fame and fortune like many others before you.
A ribald, rowdy exposé of what goes on behind the closed doors of the ladies’ toilets, Powder Room is outrageously funny. Pulling back the curtain on a world that remains a mystery to men and is delightfully familiar to women, it has broad appeal and is surprisingly full of heart. Featuring a wide array of weird and wonderful characters, from novice teenaged party girls, to seasoned ravers this is a no-holds-barred look at women’s friendships, rivalries and romances in all their infinite variety.
Offkey Creatives are producing a series of online comedy sketches and are looking for a core 4 of talented comedy actors/actresses.
Auditions are being held Sunday 20th October in Camden, at hourly slots from 1 – 4pm.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your work and what audition time suits.
Sketches will be filmed weekly, alternating between Fridays and Saturdays. They will be filming a total of 15, most of which will be shot back to back, so they’ll need you for approx 7 full days over a two month period. Filming will commence on 1st November. Please only apply if you are usually available to film on either days. Please also note that the majority of filming will be taking place in Elstree/Watford, Hertfordshire.
Short Com is a not-for-profit short comedy film programme that finds the best independently made short comedy films sketches by new talent. Short Com makes it London debut at the Pleasance Islington on the 4th of October after it’s debut appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival having impressed many audiences and comedians by offering something different to the Fringe.
Showing the funniest and most charming independently short comedy films/sketches by the hottest upcoming filmmaking and comedy talent in the UK and Ireland. Screening a carefully curated programme of live action and animation films, many award winning onto a big screen in front of a live audience. “…an hour-long bill that offers some of the best underground films you’re likely to see this year”. Ed Fest Mag ★★★★ With many people saying that it’s a lot better than what you will find on TV.
The London showcase will feature several award winning films and some notable comic names. Profits raised from the night will be going to Short Com’s sponsored charity CALM, who are a male suicide prevention organisation for young men battling depression and other stressful demands www.thecalmzone.net
Following the London showcase, Short Com will be part of one of a programme for one of the fastest growing and biggest UK film festival in 2014. All will be revealed in November.
Submissions are still open and if interested in potentially submitting, visit the site for details and take a look at the trailer to get an idea of what Short Com are looking for www.shortcom.co.uk
To book a seat, please visit the Pleasance site:
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