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