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Just for Laughs London Nominated for FIVE AWARDS at the UK Festival Awards!

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We are absolutely over the moon to announce that our lovely little debut festival has been nominated for a whopping FIVE AWARDS at the UK Festival Awards this year. We’ve been nominated for Best Small, Best New, Best Metropolitan & Best Family Festival as well as the wonderful Grass Roots Award!

Just for Laughs London was a fortnight of comedy based in lovely central London park Russell Square. We had an incredible run of performances from the likes of Jim Jefferies, Piff the Magic Dragon, Hyprov feat. Colin Mochrie, Gina Yashere and many more! We hope to be back again next year, for more updates check out our official website and give us a Like on Facebook!

While we busy ourselves prepping for next year’s event however, it’d be really ace if you could show your support for our funny fest and VOTE FOR US IN THE UK FESTIVAL AWARDS NOW! 🙂

Altitude Comedy Festival Nominated for Best Overseas Festival at UK Festival Awards!

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We are delighted to announce that our wonderful party in the Alps, the Altitude Comedy Festival, has been nominated for Best Overseas Festival at the UK Festival Awards!

The Altitude Comedy Festival is in its 10th year and despite ALREADY being held in January of 2016, WE’RE COMING BACK FOR CHRISTMAS!!! That’s right, you can spend a lovely December week in our hilarious company from the 11th – 17th December 2016. Tickets ON SALE NOW! Be sure to book soon to get the best deals. Find out more about it on our official website.

Your support means the world to us and we can’t wait to get you giggling in the snow yet again – so book your tickets, we’ll have an early Christmas and remember to VOTE ALTITUDE COMEDY FESTIVAL FOR THE BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL NOW!

#EdFringe16: Q&A with Asad Mecci of Hyprov

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One of the most unique performers to appear at the Fringe this year is hypnotist Asad Mecci! He’s been working closely with Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Mike McShane to create this incredibly funny and exciting show. Catch them at 10pm in Assembly’s George Square Theatre until August 28th – get your tickets now!

Tell us about your show and what inspired you to create it?
The show is HYPROV, it is IMPROV under HYPNOSIS. I will start off by hypnotizing volunteers from the audience and then Colin and I will improvise with them. The show is absolutely hilarious. Every show is different because the subjects are constantly changing show to show. It is the ultimate comedy high wire act!

I had been performing as a professional stage hypnotist for a number of years and was taking improv classes at the second city to improve my presenting skills onstage when I realised something interesting. The warm up drills that the second city teaches forces the student into unconscious functioning. In other words, the warms ups were causing the students to get out of their heads and allowing for students to act automatically without critically analysing the information. That is the essence of great improv. You move out of your head, trust in the process and allow yourself to speak without thinking, react with out thinking and act without thinking. I realised that the conscious mind was being moved a side and the unconscious mind was being engaged. This is exactly what happens in hypnosis shows. The persons conscious mind is moved aside for a moment and you have unconscious functioning. I had an “AHA” moment. I thought-what would happen if I married the two art forms? Having people improvise – while being hypnotised. It takes years for great improvisers to hone their skills. What would happen to a person with no improv experience when placed under hypnosis and asked to improvise? My hunch was, you would get raw emotion completely uninhibited. HYPROV was born. From there, I have been refining the show with Colin Mochrie, Jeff Andrews and Linda Kash. With their guidance and expertise the show has grown leaps and bounds and we are ready now to take the show to the world stage!

Can you describe it in 140 characters?
Hyprov-improv under hypnosis! Two masters join together to give you one night of hilarious entertainment. The ultimate high wire comedy act!

Why should we go and see it?
HYPROV has never been done before. It will make you laugh so hard you will cry! Read more

#EdFringe16: Q&A with Phil Nichol

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We had a chance to have a quick chat with the fab Phil Nichol before the Fringe kicked off. You can catch Phil at 9:45pm in the Assembly Checkpoint from Aug 6-28 (not 15). Get your tickets HERE!

Tell us about your show and what inspired you to write it?
This year is a celebration of 20 years of solo shows at the Fringe. It will have my favourite bit from every show. I was becoming sentimental and when i realised that it was 20 years ago that I performed my first solo hour I thought that was a moment that I wouldn’t get again. I’ve never attempted a ‘best of show before’ so I thought it would be fun to dig into the back catalogue.

Can you describe it in 140 characters?
A somewhat manic action-packed silly rude joke filled hour that hypes the audience up and leaves them deliriously happy. With dumb songs.

Why should we go and see it?
It’s taken me twenty years to get to this show. It will be some of my favourite stuff and the best I can possibly do. I have a good track record (I think) It’s going to be way too much fun so if you wanna to have a load of fun then it will be perfect. Read more

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