We’ve got shows coming out of our eyeballs today, including award-winning musical comedy, a Live at the Apollo star and some bright young things.
15:00 – Stiff & Kitsch: Bricking It
16:20 – Tom Mayhew: I, Tom Mayhew
17:40 – Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk
19:00 – Annie McGrath: Shepherd
20:20 – Josh Glanc: Glance You for Having Me
21:40 – Candy Gigi Presents – Friday Night Sinner!
23:00 – Sam Nicoresti: UFO
Stiff & Kitsch: Bricking It
Musical Comedy Award winners 2018 sing about everything keeping them awake at night: tax, wooden cutlery and the consequences of last night’s eight double G&Ts. Each. From the creators of the hit show, Adele Is Younger Than Us, Stiff and Kitsch: Bricking It is a story of life’s favourite fears, told through one big night out and one miserable morning after. Everyone’s scared of something, but there’s safety in numbers: maybe we’ll be braver together. ‘Perfectly executed… left the audience in stitches’ (Comedy.co.uk). As seen on BBC Three.
Tom Mayhew: I, Tom Mayhew
Tom Mayhew (BBC New Comedy Award semi-finalist 2018) was unemployed for three years from the age of 18. This is a story of rejections, the JobCentre, being working class, and fighting for your place in the world. With lots of jokes. This show explores what its really like for someone in their twenties in 2019. While some seem to think we have it all, the reality is that many of us can’t afford to move out of our parents’ place. ‘His content is from the heart; spellbinding, raw and telling… a genuine joy to watch’ (Kate Copstick).
Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk
Star of Live at the Apollo, Laura Lexx is a ‘bouncy, bubbly stand up star’ (Telegraph) shining a hilarious light on how hard it is to be a good person these days. Can you change the world without offending anyone? Her sell-out 2018 show Trying was ‘a masterpiece’ ***** (VoiceMag.uk) and earned her a prestigious Comedian’s Choice Award. Now, Lexx takes on society’s big issues… but come for jokes, not answers. It’s sure to be ‘stomach-achingly funny’ **** (Entertainment-Focus.com) and ‘another skilfully-constructed hour from an underrated performer’ **** (Fest). Early booking recommended.
Annie McGrath: Shepherd
Deadpan comic Annie McGrath returns with her third stand-up show. Dark and charmingly offbeat, Annie tackles issues of male toxicity, consent and sheep herding. The big three! Dry jokes, silly anecdotes and some potentially serious underlying themes from a young(ish) comedian cynical beyond her years. Directed by Steve Hall (We Are Klang, The Russell Howard Hour). As seen on ITV2, BBC Three, Channel 4 and Sky Sports. ‘Smart and smutty’ (London Evening Standard). ‘Hilarious’ ***** (EdFringeReview.com). ‘Spot on comic timing… Delightfully dark’ **** (ThreeWeeks). ‘Ridiculously funny’ **** (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk). Funny Women Awards finalist 2018.
Josh Glanc: Glance You for Having Me
A ‘master of craze ceremony’ **** (Guardian). ‘Absurd and dynamic’ **** (Fest). Don’t miss the exciting Aussie oddball after his smash hit last year and a total sell-out season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Oozing physicality and surrealism. Josh melds together nonsense with autobiographical stand-up in a whirlwind of props, sound effects and costumes. Labelled ‘wonderfully offbeat’ (Scotsman) and one of Australia’s ‘most exciting’ (Age) emerging talents. Two-time winner: Best Comedy, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2017 and 2018.
Candi Gigi Presents – Friday Night Sinner!
Friday Night Sinner! is a one-woman, horror-comedy musical about a Jewish, sexually repressed, newly married maniac (stick to what you know). This deluded, narcissistic, unsatisfied occasionally violent woman has delusions of grandeur and wants to become the biggest star in the universe – or at least in Borehamwood – and spills her guts out to her guests over a highly unconventional Friday night dinner. There will be twists and turns, gruesome deaths and comedy at its darkest and most horrifying. ‘Magnificently insane. Five stars!’ (List). ‘Sheer audacious lunacy’ (Chortle.co.uk). Malcolm Hardee Award winner.
Sam Nicoresti: UFO
In 1998, Sam Nicoresti was abducted by aliens. Now he’s ready to reveal the beans and spill the truth in his debut show about space, alienation and dimensional string theory. Given the state of the world (ie very good), it’s natural for humanity to be content with knowing in space there is no one to hear our screams. But are we truly alone? A smuggled tape, mysterious light and charred manuscript on interdimensional filing cabinets reveal the truth. Free buffet. No government agents. Half of Sam & Tom (Sketch Off! Finalists 2018). ‘Dangerously deranged’ ***** (MumbleComedy.net).