Altitude Comedy Festival 2016


#EdFringe16: Q&A with Asad Mecci of Hyprov

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 Sofie Hagen

We’re nearly one week in and enjoying ourselves far too much already! Fringe Fever has definitely taken over. Somewhere in the midst of all the crazy, we managed to catch up with last year’s Fosters Best Newcomer Comedy Award winner Sofie Hagen to tell us about her show Shimmer Shatter in the Liquid Room Annexe at 7:50pm until Aug 28th!

Tell us about your show and what inspired you to write it?
I saw a show by this really happy, well-functioning man who had had a great life and was just really content. I felt like I needed to do the opposite show. That’s what I have done.”

Can you describe it in 140 characters?
At the moment it takes me about an hour to tell it. If I could do it in 140 characters, I’m not sure it would deserve an hour. I can’t even describe why I can’t describe it in 140 characters in 140 characters.

Why should we go and see it?
Depending who you are, maybe you shouldn’t. It’s not for everyone. If you’re a recluse, if you feel a bit odd or like you can’t function amongst ‘real people’, if you hate crowds and if you hide in toilets, this might be the show for you. If you’ve ever enjoyed being in a nightclub, go see a fun comedian who smiles on their poster. Read more

#EdFringe16: Q&A with Phil Nichol

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

Weekend Update!

Happy Canada day to all our Canadian friends – especially to our very own Glenn Wool, Paul Myrehaug and Pete Johansson!

Here’s where you can get your comedy fix this weekend:

Wayne Deakin is at Glee Club Birmingham tonight and tomorrow.

Matt Reed continues his weekend hosting at The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle.

Damian Clark takes to the stage at LAUGHTERHOUSE COMEDY, Liverpool tonight and tomorrow.

Keith Farnan is at Glee Club Cardiff all weekend.

Sofie Hagen is at The Dead Parrot Society tonight, ARGComFest tomorrow and Komedia Brighton on Sunday.

Jamali Maddix joins Sofie at Komedia Brighton on Sunday.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Love Team GC xo
p.s. It’s July. How is it July?!