Gina Yashere – Laugh Riot Tour!
11th Jan 2015
One of the UK’s funniest females, Gina Yashere, returns to her home country from across the pond with her highly-anticipated brand new show and her biggest solo show to date at the Brixton O2 Academy. Full tour dates can be found HERE.
A former lift engineer, the multi-award winning comedian is now a true headline act the world over, from Japan to Dubai, Hong Kong to Singapore, Australia to Canada, South Africa to Europe and in America, where she reached the final 10 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and currently resides.
Laugh Riot will explore it all, Gina-style; her recent move to New York and the ridiculous auditions which made her leave Los Angeles. Her new fear of cats after being terrorized by three super intelligent felines at her friend’s house. Being coughed on, stared at and followed in China, and finding herself in a brothel in Singapore. Gina, as always, has plenty of stories to tell in a way that only Gina can tell them! Read more
26th Jan 2015
Fresh from a total sell out in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, the mad Aussie Damian Clark bursts into Leicester Square on February 12th with his brand new show of fast-paced observational stand up.
Known for his off-the-wall outlook and energetic stage presence, Damian has had audiences in tears since he hit our shores 2 years ago.
He has had sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011, 2013 & 2014, as well as the Glasgow Comedy Festival in 2013 & 2014!
Tickets are available HERE, get them while you can!
23rd Jan 2015
BBC Radio 4 have announced that Edinburgh Best Newcomer winner Alex Edelman will have his own show.
They will be recording a half hour version of the award winning debut show which will be aired later this year.
In an interview with Chortle he said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be doing this for Radio 4. There’ve been a lot of great Edinburgh shows that have made the transfer – Trevor Noah’s The Racist is a favourite of mine, particularly.
‘I think it’ll adapt really nicely and it will definitely be a nice thing for me to have as a physical reminder of a show that I’ve had such a great time working on.’
While tickets to the recording has sold out, you can still catch Alex at the Soho Theatre until Jan 31st. Tickets available HERE!
8th Jan 2015
30,000 protestors have signed a petition against Channel 4’s recently commissioned comedy set in famine times. The comedy, which has yet to be written, has been described by Dublin writer Hugh Travers as “Shamless in famine Ireland”.
The petition states, ‘Famine or genocide is no laughing matter, approximately 1 million Irish people died and another 2 million were forced to emigrate because they were starving. Any programme on this issue would have to be of serious historical context not, repeat not, a comedy.’.
Channel 4 have confirmed the commission from Travers and Irish-based production company Grand Pictures, but clarified: ‘This is in the development process and is not currently planned to air.’
A protest (Down with this sort of thing!) outside Channel 4’s head office in London has been planned for this Saturday. Another protest to protest the protest (Careful now!) has also been organised to defend the right of the creator to create.
Irish musical comics (and gas cunts) The Rubberbandits tweeted: ‘To every Irish person getting offended that C4 have commissioned a sitcom about the famine; this is why Joyce and Beckett left the country.’
8th Jan 2015
Comedian and promoter Dylan Avila was attacked on stage with a baseball bat in Renton in Washington State.
Avila suffered double skull fractures from the attack. The attacker, it’s reported, was an open mic act who Avila had banned from performing at the show in the previous weeks. The suspect is now in custody.
‘I just saw an image and a blur and a bat,’ Avila told local TV news from his hospital bed. Emergency surgery resulted in two titanium plates being put into his skull.
Witness James Taylor said the attacker ‘was swinging, and had every intention of killing him,. He wasn’t going to stop.’
Friends and supporters of the comic raised more than $10,000 to meet his medical bills in under ten hours via an online appeal. Director Paul Fieg and the venue, The Local 907, made the two largest donations.