After six sell out Edinburgh Festival runs to huge critical acclaim, the UK’s premiere improv comedy troupe, The Noise Next Door (Tom Houghton, Charlie Granville, Matt Grant, Tom Livingstone and Sam Pacelli) will be touring the UK. They have been performing since 2006 and have appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’, performed alongside Harry Hill, Al Murray and Jason Manford, and were the first international group to perform at FRACAS, the improv festival in California. Having received standing ovations in front of corporate diners, the British forces, secondary school students and even fans at ‘Download’ the heavy metal music festival, they are definitely one of the most versatile acts in the business.
Hugely talented, very quick, incredibly creative and, not least, very funny, The Noise Next Door are one of the most exciting emerging acts in comedy. Buy tickets if they’re in a town near you!
Tour dates are as follows:
Thursday 8th BRISTOL, The Lantern
Wednesday 21st COLDFIELD, Comedy Junction
Friday 23rd CAMBRIDGE, Junction
Sunday 1st WORTHING, Drama Hall
Thursday 5th BROMSGROVE, Artrix
Saturday 28th EASTBOURNE, St Lukes
Wednesday 24th NOTTINGHAM Comedy Festival
Wednesday 1st MAIDSTONE – Hazlitt Theatre
Friday 3rd ENFIELD -Dugdale Centre
Saturday 4th STAFFORD – Gatehouse
Thursday 9th BRIGHTON- Komedia,
Friday 10th EPSOM Playhouse
Sunday 12th HARROGATE Harrogate Theatre
Thursday 16th WARWICK – Warwick Arts,
Saturday18th CARNAFON – Galerl
Thursday 23rd HARLOW Playhouse
Friday 24th DARTMOUTH The Flavel
Friday 31st Oct MILLOM Beggars Theatre
Thursday 6th ALDERSHOT West End Centre
Friday 7th CARDIFF Millennium Centre
Friday 14th BATH Komedia
Saturday 15th WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Tuesday 18th DERBY Darwin
Thursday 20th CHELTENHAM Pillar Room
Friday 21st SOUTHEND Palace Theatre
Saturday 22nd COLCHESTER Arts centre
Sunday 23rd CANTERBURY Gulbenkian
Thursday 27th BRISTOL Hen and Chicken
Friday 28th NEW MILTON Forest Arts
Saturday 29th FARNHAM The Maltings
Wednesday 3rd FAREHAM Ashcroft Arts centre,
Monday 8th MANCHESTER Comedy Store
Friday 19th EXMOUTH Pavillion, Exmouth
Saturday 20th TIVERTON – TCAT
Sunday 21st IVYBRIDGE Stowford Hal
‘It’s very rare to see improv comedy so consistently hit the mark THE LIST
‘Pure Genius’ FRINGE REVIEW
‘The sheer volume of laughter this show produced was astonishing’ EDINBURGH EVENING STANDARD
‘A multi-talented behemoth of improve comedy…. Brilliant’ FRINGE GURU
‘Masterpiece’ THREE WEEKS
‘Astonishing’ EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
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Andrew Ryan is an Irish comedian, who started gigging in 2008 and is now one of the most exciting emerging talents in comedy and in demand as both an act and an MC at the biggest comedy clubs around the UK and Ireland.
Andrew’s quintessentially Irish storytelling abilities and cheeky, friendly demeanour make him a natural observational stand up. He has supported both Justin Moorhouse and Terry Alderton on their UK tours and performed his debut hour show ‘Ryanopoly’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012, receiving rave reviews (‘Illuminating debut ★★★★’ – The Metro). Andrew performed his latest show ‘Life of Ryan’ at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2014.
Andrew has performed stand-up on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News and BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live and has appeared as a guest on Sky Sunrise and as a regular panelist on BBC Radio.
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 has produced online comedy sketches and short films.
Photo Credit: Andy Hollingworth
CB: Where was your first gig and what was it like?
TN: My first gig was at an open mic at a coffee house in Los Angeles that is no longer around. And it surprisingly went well. My next gig though did not go as well – I felt so confident from the first time, that I actually signed up for a comedy competition the following night. I bombed so bad that I ended up running off stage before my time was up.
CB: How often did you start gigging after your first gig and what was the comedy environment like in terms of booking gigs and progressing on mixed bills?
TN: It took me years to build up an act, and then I toured as much as I could and drove around the country making little or no money being put on shows as an MC and opening act. It took about 3 years before starting to headline comedy clubs.
CB: How do you feel that your material has changed since when you first started gigging?
TN: When I first started doing stand-up, I did a ton of one liners and general basic jokes, then I started doing longer jokes and stories and then even allowing myself to be more honest or physical or even pushing a stool around the stage for laughs. It had very little to do with material. Anything I do though, there’s always very clearly my voice behind it.
CB: Do you have a specific process that you go about when you write your material? Does the way you write your stand-up material differ at all to the way you write sitcoms?
TN: I get an idea, or I think of a story that I want to work out and then I just get up on stage as much as possible and keep telling that story over and over and over again. And I record these sets. And then listen to them. And then keep working out this material, tweaking, finding different nuances and tags. So in terms of what I actually write on paper, it is usually never more than bullet points.
CB: Your comedy album Live has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and was ranked the number one comedy album by Entertainment Weekly. Did you find that you had a different approach in preparing material for this album?
TN: That set was completely different than any other. I had no intention of that performance turning into an album. I had just been experiencing absolute hell in my personal life, and did not know if I was even going to live, and I love being a stand-up, so I wanted to perform and discuss all I had been going through – it was just a very raw set.
CB: Your project Showtime found you performing in the homes of your fans around the U.S. How did you find that experience?
TN: I had done this before, just never had it taped for a special. It was always really fun in the past, and that got me to thinking that this could be great on television and fortunately Showtime agreed. So not surprisingly, shooting this project was again a lot of fun.
CB: Do you have a favourite type of audience to perform to?
TN: The sleeping elderly.
CB: You’ve also toured and performed comedy at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world. How do you find that these gigs compare to performing at a comedy club?
TN: They are way different. Some of these festivals have a huge music component, so sometimes I am performing and there is actually a literal barrier between myself and the audience, which can sometimes make it a little bit more challenging. But my experience on a whole at these festivals are always quite amazing and fun.
CB: Having performed in so many different types of venues all around the world, do you have a favourite type of venue to perform in?
TN: There is something about small intimate venues that I really love. It is also amazing to perform in thousand seat theatres. To not be able to see anybody, but to hit a first punch line, and then from the darkness feel a huge roar of laughter in response, is pretty exhilarating.
CB: Do you have any tips or advice for comedians and new acts starting out in comedy?
TN: Be yourself and get up on stage constantly.
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Eric Lampaert and Jack de Havas’ podcast ‘Coffee Ramblings’ featuring Kyle Simmons (Bastille) and Sara Shulman (Comedy Blogedy).
Eric Lampaert is a comedian and actor that has appeared on BBC2, BBC3, Ch4, Ch5, E4, ITV2, HBO including shows such as Life’s Too Short, Cardinal Burns and The Midnight Beast. Eric is also in Dizzee Rascal’s music video ‘Bassline Junkie’ and Scouting For Girls’ ‘Love How It Hurts’ respective music videos as well as Sky’s advert with Bruce Willis. Eric studied at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris & Middlesex University in London.
Eric also won the Latitude Comedy Competition (2010), the Laughing Horse Big Comedy Competition (2008), was a Raindance Short Film Nominee 2011 and named a T4 Rising Star of 2012.
In 2013, Eric performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, where his set recorded for TV went out on Comedy Central UK last month. 2014 sees him performing at Latitude Festival, an appearance on Alex Zane’s ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ for London Live a large role in the new The Lennox Brothers film ‘AM✮DAM’, out this Autumn and Eric is currently filming a new feature, ‘Moonwalkers’.
“★★★★ He makes it look so easy. This is a man with very funny bones” – DAILY EXPRESS
“★★★★ Likeable and enjoying, sweeping up the audience in the sheer energy of his performance. The strength of his scatty character rips through the room like a mini-hurricane” – CHORTLE
“★★★★ Delightfully Weird” – TIME OUT
“Uniquely talented stand up and expert improviser” – GQ
“Quirky, with an eye for the absurd and a couple of near-Izzardian flourishes… energy is such that it’s almost osmotic” – THE STAGE
Testiculating (Waving Your Arms Talking Bollocks)
Venue: Laughing Horse at The Counting House
Time: 7.45pm Dates: 1st – 23rd August inclusive
Comedian’s Cinema Club
Venue: Just the Tonic at the Tron
Time: 3.40pm Dates: 31 July – 23rd August (except 12th)
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
Mark Davison is a comic actor and comedian, performing a character act called Mr Susie. He was voted “Best Free Act” by Stalking Elk magazine at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011 and his 2012 show (Mr Susie’s “Cheeky Flippin’ Nice”) and 2013 show (“Mr Susie’s To Earth With Love”) both received strong reviews.
He is also one third of the online sketch trio “The Exploding Heads” whose online football show “How Will They Line Up?” was commissioned by ESPN for the duration of the 2013 – 14 Premiership season.
Mark has lots of stage experience including Shakespeare (Romeo And Juliet, dir Rupert Goold, Greenwich Theatre & National Tour), classics (Tamburlaine, dir. Tim Supple, Cambridge Arts Theatre) and new writing (Disappearances by Terry Eagleton, dir Jonathan Church, Salisbury Playhouse)
Mark is also a musician and composer and has also performed in many online sketches and short films.
Sara Shulman is the Founder and Editor of Comedy Blogedy, TEDxUCL Speaker on ‘The Power of Funny’, 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.
TEDx Talk on ‘The Power of Funny': www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WQsjcJVgAw
Image credit: Minyahil Kifle-Giorgis
Jonny Awsum is a comedian who has performed shows internationally as well as throughout the whole of the UK. He has also performed at many UK festivals including Download, Guilfest, Buryfields and the Hull Freedom Festival as well as being the warm-up man for ‘Big Brother’ (Channel 4) and ‘Loose Women’ (ITV). He has gained a growing fan base with his original, fun material and catchy guitar riffs.
After spending eight years doing a ‘comedy apprenticeship’ (working as a barman in London’s Chuckle Club), Awsum has made the transition from the scared newbie to the headliner in a matter of months thanks to his likeable persona, witty charm and Tanglewood guitar.
Awsum is set to make his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with his hilarious new musical stand-up extravaganza Sexy Noises at the Gilded Balloon every night from 30July to 24 August.
See him discuss life’s biggest questions like are there any true men of the world? Could Jonny and the audience team up to win The X-Factor? And could anyone deal with the immense pressure that comes with that one shot to play the triangle? All the answers can be found alongside some feel-good musical comedy, friendly banter and a winning smile that has been seen presenting on Sky Sports.
“He’s awesome!” Time Out
Jonny Awsum: Sexy Noises
30th July – 24th August 2014 (Not 11 August)
Gilded Balloon: Balcony
Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ
Previews: £6 Mon-Thurs: £7.50/£6.50 Fri – Sun: £8.50/ £7.50
Box office: www.gildedballoon.co.uk
Sara Shulman, Editor & Founder of Comedy Blogedy, has written a blog for the Huffington Post about how to choose a comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival. Lots of useful information about the different kinds of shows available at the Fringe as well as information about different venues, prices and organisations.
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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