Review: Doctor Brown: ‘Becaves’, The Soho Theatre, London

Doctor Brown: Becaves

“I’ve never seen something like that before!” This quote is from the lady sitting next to me after the first scene of Doctor Brown’s show Becaves and it is the most apt way of describing every element of the show.

A performance by Doctor Brown (Philip Burgers) is an experience like no other, so much so that his style of comedy should in fact be in a genre of its own! Burgers has a very special talent, which is that he has an innate ability to form a connection with his audience by picking up on the humour in a room to such an exceptional degree and then performing in such a way that at times it seems almost comically customised.

Interview with Philip Simon

Philip SimonComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Philip Simon: I did an 8 week course with The Comedy School in Camden in February/March 2011, which culminated in a showcase at the end of March. My first gig was at the start of April 2011. Since then I have done about 70 gigs/competitions/gong shows in London, Oxford and New York.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Philip Simon: Bloody hilarious! Oh, I see, sorry. Well, every joke I tell comes from personal experience, either something that has happened to me, or something that was said during banter with friends and family and got a laugh. I don’t write ‘gags’ as such, but twist real situations to give them a funnier edge if they need one, which means that my stand up is narrative rather than a series of one-liners. I would say I was self-deprecating observational comic.

Review: Max & Iván: Are Holmes & Watson, The Soho Theatre, London

\Whatever you have planned until Saturday 21st January 2012, make sure at least one night involves going to the Soho Theatre to see Max & Iván: Are Homes & Watson.

Whether you have encyclopedic background knowledge of Holmes & Watson or perhaps have never heard of them before, the whole show is made completely accessible so what may seem as quite a niche topic for a comedy show sees Max & Iván yet again mastering an idea that is beyond anything you could imagine before you see it live.

Interview with Paul Dance

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Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Paul Dance: I started gigging in September 2010 when I did stand up as myself but started doing my character, Henry von Stifle, in about April last year.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Paul Dance: I always find it hard to describe my comedy because I’m not very bright but I would like to think that it’s quite surreal and silly although I try to play it as straight as possible. In my view, the thing with playing a character on stage is that no matter how stupid you sound, you have to believe that what you’re saying is normal.

Interview with Rosie Martin

Image of Rosie MartinComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Rosie Martin: Coming up on 2 years.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Rosie Martin: Jewish, self-deprecating, filthy, dry and…..Jewish!

Comedy Blogedy: Which comedians influence your comedy?

Rosie Martin: Lenny Bruce and Joan Rivers. The comics on the U.K. circuit that I really admire are: Josh Howie, Jen Brister, Luke Toulson, and Diane Morgan.

Interview with Dave Green

Image of Dave GreenComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Dave Green: I’ve been doing stand-up since April 2011.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Dave Green: I tell surreal stories in a slow deadpan. I put a strong emphasis on joke writing. Having faith in the material allows me to really play with the timing and phrasing of each joke. I enjoy taking the audience on a journey, using simple ideas and pushing them into absurdity. I also leave big gaps so they know when to laugh.

Interview with Paul Cook

Image of Paul CookComedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?

Paul Cook: I started on 25th July 2011 so about 5 months. At Scruffys, Newton Street Birmingham.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

Paul Cook: Observational, I’m lucky enough to come from the Forest of Dean, which has a lot heritage and myths which helps. And I talk with a funny accent so that helps.

Interview with James Rankin

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Comedy Blogedy: How long have you been gigging in stand-up?



James Rankin: I started gigging around 14 months ago. I had the thought of gigging a lot earlier but never thought I’d muster the nerve to get up. So I just started writing and writing and told myself if I got a solid 5 minutes I’d do it.

Comedy Blogedy: How would you describe your comedy?

James Rankin: I think it’s dry. Observational, very sarcastic with a twist off frustrated ranting.