The Jest 4* from The List

This year the Jest team have been pruned from the previous nine piece down to five. It hasn’t taken away from the quality though as this year’s offering is just as tight as last year’s; it’s just resulted in a little more running about for the remaining quintet.

The style is the same, as there’s no reason to change a formula that works so well: intelligent and inventive skits with a deliciously absurdist bent. There are a couple of old sketches – including the errant dancing Granddad and Dame Maggie Smith’s charity appeal – but they are so good they’re well worth enjoying for a second time. The new material is solid too: famous points in history are revealed as the result of misunderstandings, a 1950s’ nuclear holocaust advertising campaign and the dinner party held in a house too close to Heathrow airport delights in pushing the joke beyond the boundaries of the ridiculous.

All five performances are well honed and choreographed – there isn’t a weak link in the chain but special mention goes to Luke Theobald and his uncanny ability to perform the most unlikely impressions of celebrities including the aforementioned Maggie Smith and a truly unhinged Jim Broadbent.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 (not 12), 11pm, £6 – £10 (£6.50 – £9).

 

 

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2014

Look no further than here for all your festival needs!

THE JEST Pleasance Courtyard, 23:00 www.thejest.co.uk

HENNESSY & FRIENDS:MURMURS Cowgatehead, 19:30 www.mirandahennessy.com

LOU CONRAN Laughing Horse@Jekyll & Hyde, 18:45  31 July – 15 August ONLY www.louconran.com

KAILE, KEEBLE & KUNTZ, Globe Bar, 18.45 13-31 August ONLY www.kailekeeblekuntz.com

ARTHUR SMITH SINGS LEONARD COHEN VOL. 2 Pleasance Courtyard, 14:00  15-24 August ONLY www.arthursmith.co.uk

BEST OF THE REAL MACGUFFINS Underbelly Bristo Square, 18:45  17-18 August ONLY www.therealmacguffins.com

LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT:THE WORST OF LATE NIGHT GIMP FIGHT Pleasance Courtyard, 23:00  21-23 August ONLY www.latenightgimpfight.com

lovely new clients

Cheryl Hayes Management are delighted to announce the arrival of four new, brilliantly talented, gorgeous performers – take a look at ELLA AINSWORTH, LOU CONRAN, CARRIE MARX AND DAVID MOON’S pages to see what they’re all about….

London Sketchfest 2014

Head to Bethnal Green on Saturday and see sketch marvels, HEFFERNAN & FLETCHER and THE REAL MACGUFFINS performing as part of London Sketchfest 2014

BUY TICKETS HERE:

http://www.londonsketchfest.com/viewacts?id=74&actname=heffernan-and-fletcher#.U1-zL4FdWSo

http://www.londonsketchfest.com/viewacts?id=65&actname=the-real-macguffins#.U1-z_YFdWSo

PEACOCK SEASON

Peacock Season (2010)
By FMW FILMS
1st April, 4th April, 11th April & 17th April 2014 7pm £9
SCREENING OF THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL FILM: PEACOCK SEASON

‘The Edinburgh festival is a funny place to be… If you’re not funny’
When advertising executive Keith Graham is fired from his job, little did he know it would set off a chain of events that would lead to him taking a stand-up comedy show to the Edinburgh Festival. Faced with a cheating wife, world class stand-ups, gag hags and financial ruin; Will Keith step up to the mic or will he be crushed by the greatest arts festival in the world. This comedy about comedy was shot on location at the Edinburgh Festival and features a cast of festival veterans.. A fringe film, made on a fringe budget, starring fringe performers.

Cast includes: Dan Antopolski, Brendan Burns, Scott Capurro, Nina Conti, Rhys Darby (Flight of The Conchords, Yes Man), Justin Edwards, Felicity Wren, Pete Firman, Paul Foot, Richard Glover, Joy Gohring, Richard Herring, Adam Hills, Sammy J, Fergus March, Phil Nichol, Lucy Porter, Millie Reeves, Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Isy Suttie, Glenn Wool and James Wren

80 Minutes.

Written by Alan Freestone, Fergus March & James Wren

Directed by Fergus March & Alan Freestone

Produced by Alan Freestone, Fergus March & James Wren

Heffernan & Fletcher

Heffernan and Fletcher will be performing ‘Roll It In Sequins’ for this years’ Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival at Curve Theatre on the 13th February, 8pm : http://www.curveonline.co.uk/heffernan-fletcher-roll-it-in-sequins/

They’re also gigging at:

Amused Moose Laugh Offs on Sunday 2nd February
Finger In The Pie, Madame Jo Jo’s on Sunday 2nd February
Sketchfest pre show, the LIFT574 in Dalston, Friday 7th February
Curve Theatre, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Thursday 13th February
Grandee Mondays, Hen and Chickens, Monday 17th March

There will be some more coming soon, but in the mean time please see their bits and bobs here:
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv_TIvO-FrDCNCdF-KDnDcA

Hannah Chalmers – OBSESSION

http://investigation.discovery.com/tv-shows/obsession-dark-desires/obsession-dark-desires-videos/carrying-a-shotgun.htm.  Hannah’s episode will air in the US tomorrow and later in the year in the UK… For now, enjoy this clip…

No Pressure to be Funny

The topical and satirical panel show and podcast NO PRESSURE TO BE FUNNY has a new home! On January 26th 2014 the show will return but at a brand new venue – The Phoenix on Cavendish Square.

Panelists already confirmed for the opening night include The Daily Telegraph’s Parliamentary sketch writer Michael Deacon, comedian and star of BBC2’s Rev, Miles Jupp, Stand Up for the Week and Twenty Twelve star Sara Pascoe, Mock the Week’s Nathan Caton with music from No Pressure and Comedy Store regular Paul Thorne.

The show starts at 7:30 and remain a recession-busting £10 or £8 concs.

Tickets available here.

Be one of the first to hear about  featured guests on future shows by joining the mailing list here.

SCHOOL OF COMEDY

The brilliant LAURA LAWSON and TARA CARR have launched their School of Comedy channel on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/user/SchoolofComedyRocks

 

Hennessey & Friends, Leicester Square Theatre, 7 November 2013

HENNESSY & FRIENDS’ SKETCHY NIGHTS

OUR TIME OUT RECOMMENDED SKETCH & CHARACTER NIGHT WILL BE AT LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE THIS MONTH!

SPECIAL GUESTS:

CLEVER PETER
Multi award-winning comedy sketch group.
Stars of BBC Radio 4 series ‘Strap in – it’s Clever Peter’.
“Terrific… If they don’t go far soon, there is no such thing as British justice. Clever?
Not half!” The Daily Telegraph
“Clever Peter is pretty much top of the class” The Scotsman
“This goes one step beyond sketch – they make an artform” British Comedy Guide

HOLLY BURN
‘One to watch in 2013’ The Independent
‘Best comedy newcomer’ Harry Hill
“Like a holiday camp run by clowns and deviants… there’s plenty of fun to be had” The Guardian

BOB AND JIM
‘Top notch buffoonary’ The List
‘Truly inspired’ British comedy guide.
‘I laughed like a loon’ British Comedy Guide.

MASSIVE DAD
Brand new sketch comedy group!
‘Funny’ (Patrick Turpin)
‘Quite good’ (Kieran Hodgson)
‘You guys were really funny’ (A girl at Kentish Town tube station)

PLUS! SKETCHY STUFF FROM YOUR HOSTS –

HENNESSY & FRIENDS
**** CHORTLE: ‘Flawlessly funny… Fantastic original ideas.’
THE GUARDIAN: ‘More ideas per minute than most sketch groups manage in the space of an hour…a delightfully screwy affair.’
**** BROADWAY BABY: ‘full of classic comic moments.’
**** THREE WEEKS: ‘packing a powerful punch both physically and comedically’
***** WEST END FRAME: ‘Probably three of the best comedy actors I have ever seen.’
**** THE SCOTSMAN: ‘ blackly funny three way sketch romp.’

http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873503470/events