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Lauren
QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Feb 8 2007, 12:27 PM)
If they don't have a feather-cut and tight jeans, forget it.
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I need abstract concepts to get my comedy rocks off wink.gif
shinyelvenqueen
QUOTE (gulfcoast_highwayman @ Feb 7 2007, 10:38 PM)
That's some good notice. What an efficient dating service you use.
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Yeah, we even had a middle man to arrange the details. Great beaucracy.
Zoe
For those of you not lucky enough to have attended Monday night's Tedstock, you can watch the historic Lee and Herring reunion here and here

Of course it's not the same as being there... but you'll just have to imagine the heady aroma of comedy and overpriced lager.
empathy-with-beast
Awsome.
melzilla
QUOTE (Zoe @ Feb 10 2007, 04:50 PM)
For those of you not lucky enough to have attended Monday night's Tedstock, you can watch the historic Lee and Herring reunion here and here

Of course it's not the same as being there... but you'll just have to imagine the heady aroma of comedy and overpriced lager.
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Brilliant!! laugh.gif aww, i've missed those guys!

my next comedy gig is Ricky Gervais in March...i'm not completely convinced its gonna be great..i've seen his previous shows on dvd, which were ok and had a few good moments, but i've never seen him live before, so i'll give it a whirl!
Ade
Going to see Punt & Dennis in April.
Wife Of Rolex
^

You wait. People in the bar will be pointing at you.

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Wife Of Rolex
Signposted
Last one I went to was Dave Gorman (ageeeeees ago sad.gif)

Determined to spend at least a short stint at the Edinburgh Festval this year though and tbh that'll probably be the next- so so so much to do before the Summer!
ella
Seeing Bill Bailey on Monday night. An evening of comedy and music with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the South Bank Centre.
Ghost_862
I'm going there!!
rebelstar
A few upcoming things during the Glasgow Comedy festival - Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Daniel Kitson, Chris Addison and Rich Hall tickets are all purchased and I'm sure I'll head along to two or three other shows since I've got the opportunity.
shinyelvenqueen
Russell Howard on the 2nd March - Stamford arts centre

I had not heard of this fella till a couple of weeks before but I was not disappointed. He had a great flow but did seem a bit nervous, being new and young and all, but it was part of his charm, and the audience genuinely cared for him, "You look bloody knackered mate, have a good sleep" Aaah. and you did feel for him when he spilled his heart infront of us telling about his ex-girlfriend bless him. He seems to have some Bill Bailey qualities, fantasies out of nothing. and conversations with invisible characters in an Eddie Izzard fashion.

Aside from that, I recommend this guy. He made my day, and a grand evening.

Fave line: "Who ever reads the trash Daily Mail? 'Don't GO OUTSIDE! Terrorists, everywhere! Disease! You're children will be raped! Oh! If only Diana were here!' "


Awesome.
Zoe
This is a blinding line-up at a great venue, get thee to a telephone...

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The Reso-fit
A Comedy Benefit for Resonance 104.4 FM
At the Bloomsbury Theatre
Thursday March 29th at 8pm
£15

With....

Wil Adamsdale (Jackson’s Way)
Chris Addison (BBC2's he Thick Of It)
Dan Antopolski (BBC2’s Hyperdrive)
King Charles II (The English Civil War)
Daniel Kitson (90% certain) (www.danielkitson.com)
Stewart Lee (BBC2’s Time Trumpet)
Gary Le Strange (the 1980’s)
Josie Long (if.comedies award winner)
Earl Stevens (Paul Putner, BBC3,2, and 1's Little Britain)
Isy Suttie (Take A Break Tales)
Merriman Wier (Matt Holness, C4's Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace)

Theatre and box office details:
The Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AH
http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event
020 7388 8822
melzilla
^ that sounds awesome! ^

I went to see Ricky Gervais last week on his "Fame" tour and I have to say it was a hell of a lot better than I expected. It was pretty much the same style of humour as his previous dvd's, as I imagined it would be, I enjoyed them and his podcasts, as well as The Office and Extras, but seeing him live seemed to bring something else to the experience. He had a much greater presence, rapport and warmth with the audience than I would have imagined and even though the entire show was about being a successful celebrity and everyone knowing who he is and constantly showering him with praise, he actually approached the subject in a really humble manner, with a real "down to earth" attitude and sensitivity. Although some of his humour pokes fun at others, (and himself) he does it in an intelligent and thoughtful way which works on many levels and never crosses the line, as some comedians do, to irrational or bitter rantings just to get cheap laughs. His grasp of such a variety of comedy styles and ability to convey them and balance them, (often on the edge of taste) with very clever writing really showed me why he is so successful and deserving of all his credit. I was expecting the show to be funny, of course, but I never imagined I would leave feeling genuinely impressed as I don't think I have been quite as impressed by a stand-up show before. I would definitely go and see him live again and would recommend it if anyone else is thinking about it.
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (Zoe @ Mar 21 2007, 05:37 PM)
This is a blinding line-up at a great venue, get thee to a telephone...
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Yeah, that looks great. I need a charity-comedy-event fund.

Last night we saw Kevin Eldon's 'The Things Show' pilot being recorded for Radio 4. Written entriely by Eldon and performed by Phil Cornwell, Julia Davis, Simon Munnery and Amelia Bullmore, the show was hit-and-miss with some nice moments.

Legends Stewart Lee and Julian Barratt were in the audience, the latter showing support for his very pregnant wife... sorry ladies!
Zoe
They both have very pregnant wives no?

Must be something in the comedy waters.
Anni
I didn't know there was a thread for this! ohmy.gif

I'm going to see Dylan Moran in May! biggrin.gif That is all.
ipse dixit
QUOTE (Zoe @ Mar 28 2007, 09:31 AM)
They both have very pregnant wives no?
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Indeed they do. Stewart Lee's missus looked ready to pop. They sat and waited to avoid the crush as people left, so we walked right past them.


We're going to see Richard Herring next week.
melzilla
QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Mar 28 2007, 12:19 PM)
We're going to see Richard Herring next week.
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awww, i wanna! sad.gif
Zoe
QUOTE (Zoe @ Mar 21 2007, 05:37 PM)
This is a blinding line-up at a great venue, get thee to a telephone...
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I wish I lived in London

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STOP PRESS

Stephen Merchant of The Office and Extras will be appearing as a version of himself in tonight's Resofit Benefit at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

The Reso-fit
A Comedy Benefit for Resonance 104.4 FM
At the Bloomsbury Theatre
Thursday March 29th at 8pm
£15
Cazza
Oooh lovely!! I'd never spotted it before! I try and see as much live comedy as i can...funds and location permitting!

Coming up I've got a recording of the new Mitchell and Webb radio series, and then the next night I'm seeing The Comedy Store Players in London, I've been to the Manchester one a couple of times. Saw Matt Kirschen there- he was excellent.

In the autumn I've got my tickets booked for Sean Hughes (again, I saw him in March after a lonnnnnnng wait to see the man live) and also Ross Noble. I've been to lots of Noble shows and he's one of my favourites.

I also spent a week at the Ed Fest last year and my discovery of the Fringe was this man-

Tim Minchin website

Tim Minchin mySpace

I'm a bit of a stalker now wub.gif
empathy-with-beast
Tonight I went on a date to The Sausage Night III at the Batersea Arts Centre. The line up featured the two stand up comics I would most like to get off with: Simon Amstell and Joise Long (not necessarily in that order, it might do Amstell good to have to wait) as well as Robin Ince, Scot Caparro, Stewart Lee and Mark Thomas.

Stewart Lee was excellent, reprising his Joe Pasquale routine (which I advise everyone to look for on Youtube if they haven't already, ideally the full ten minute version) as well as an excellent comparison between Russel Brand's assessment of the racism in Big Brother and Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.

Mark Thomas told a story about some direct action political protesting he did. Now I have a degree of respect for what Mark Thomas does, obviously it's a good way to raise awareness of political issues. However from a comedy point of view I'm not so sure, because all Thomas seems to have done for the last ten years, since I saw him at the Reading Festival in 1998 anyway, is do direct action things and then tell the story of him doing direct action things, with him as the clever and brilliant protagonist. It's still fairly funny, but it just doesn't feel very fresh, and at moments I found myself wondering how much this really differed in it's repeticious qualities from Little Britain; a sort of "eh-eh-eeeeh" sketch for socialists.

Josie Long was very good, better than Simon Amstell, so I'd probably let her have a whack at me first.
Zoe
Have you ever seen her boyfriend, Matthew Crosby, do stand up? He's so these boards. He came to support Russell Howard and then was back the next week to watch Josie, he's a really lovely guy.

I agree with you 100% about Mark Thomas, he's such a bore, he only talks about the 'amazing', right on things he's done, and I don't just mean on stage. His routine is hack these days and he's a show off and a bore in person.

How was the date side of things?
PrincessKate
QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Mar 28 2007, 01:19 PM)
We're going to see Richard Herring next week.
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I'm going to see him in a fortnight.
empathy-with-beast
QUOTE (Zoe @ Mar 31 2007, 04:33 PM)
How was the date side of things?
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It was quite good, a second date I was slightly reticent to attend on the grounds that she had said during the first date "that she enjoyed all movies" and had also seemed to have made it clear that she was ONLY interested in serious relationships. She seemed suitably snooty about Mark Thomas though so I'm sure she can't have meant the film thing and seems to have critcal faculties. She also revised her "I'm only looking for a serious relationship" so I quite enjoyed it all in all. I'm not sure there's enough of a spark for a proper relationship but she's definitely a lot better looking than me and it feels quite nice to punch above one's weight on the appearence stakes.

We ran into Adam on the way there, and seeing as I met her on a dating site I should have introduced her as "Sarah, from the internet" and then "Adam, also from the internet" thereby humourously placing the seed of concern in her mind that Adam is another of my internet lovers.

I'm now reviewing my personal life in a thread about jokes.
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (empathy-with-beast @ Mar 31 2007, 04:56 PM)
We ran into Adam on the way there, and seeing as I met her on a dating site I should have introduced her as "Sarah, from the internet" and then "Adam, also from the internet" thereby humourously placing the seed of concern in her mind that Adam is another of my internet lovers.
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It's the first time I've seen Lewis uncomfortable since his first meet. She was a good looking girl though, so good luck with that and all your internet relationships.
Zoe
QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Mar 31 2007, 06:08 PM)
good luck with that and all your internet relationships
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This should be our forum motto.
empathy-with-beast
I'm looking for the internet to replace public transport as the place where I've met the majority of women I've slept with.
Jessopjessopjessop
Richard Herring's Menage A Un @ The Arts Theatre

Very funny, with some almost Lewis-esque sexual inpropriety. High praise indeed?
Azwald
I went to see Ross Noble the other night, on his Fizzy Logic tour.

Outrageously funny, the improvisation and stream of consciousness delivery combined to make a surreal but appealing performance. Long performance thought; 3 hours or thereabouts.
Ghost_862
QUOTE (Azwald @ Apr 4 2007, 10:23 AM)
I went to see Ross Noble the other night, on his Fizzy Logic tour.

Outrageously funny, the improvisation and stream of consciousness delivery combined to make a surreal but appealing performance. Long performance thought; 3 hours or thereabouts.
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That's why I love his shows. You get a lot out of them. I went to see Dylan Moran in London a few years ago and was quite irritated because he'd finished by twenty to ten, which meant that given the twenty minute interval he'd only performed for about 70 minutes or something - with no support act - and people expect more than that when they've bought tickets for upwards of thirty quid.

But I can pay about £18 to see Ross Noble at my local theatre and he'll play for about two and a half hours. And you always know you're getting something nobody else in the world will ever get again. Most comedians churn out the same material every night, but with Noble you get the feeling he's really anjoying himself and to watch him build his routines out of nothing is amazing.

I loved the Randomist DVD because it had three full length shows on and you could see how wildly different they all were. Across all three shows there was maybe ten minutes, fifteen tops, of repeat material - out of nigh on six hours. So to all the people who say he uses plants, you're imbeciles. Go buy the DVD, it's extremely evident that he doesn't.
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (Ghost_862 @ Apr 4 2007, 09:11 PM)
So to all the people who say he uses plants, you're imbeciles.
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Does his wife count?

Value for money. That's what comedy's all about.
Zoe
I know we've had this dicussion before but, when I saw him live in a very small venue, he did pretend not to know his wife and used her (and where she was sat) to 'improvise' the opening section of the gig.

On that occassion at least he did use a 'plant', I can't comment on other gigs as I wasn't there.

I really liked 'Ross Noble goes Global', but didn't enjoy his live show as much. The total lack of structure did nothing for me.
empathy-with-beast
But Bill Bailey apparently does use plants? Is that right?
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (Zoe @ Apr 4 2007, 09:25 PM)
The total lack of structure did nothing for me.
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I just don't like his hair

QUOTE (empathy-with-beast @ Apr 4 2007, 09:26 PM)
But Bill Bailey apparently does use plants? Is that right?
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I've heard people call out at gigs, but I don't remember him making material from that stuff...
Zoe
I don't know.

To be honest I don't have a massive problem with the whole plant thing, as long as they're used to lead into a decent routine. Noble using his wife was irritating because the whole bit about her floating above the audience like a genie with an empty yoghurt pot full of peanuts tied to her and distributing them around the room, wasn't that funny.

Bailey can be surreal, but he's far more structured and his ability to use music and humour together is miraculous. Music and comedy mixed normally never works for me, but Bailey's knowledge, technical ability and silliness combined allow him to create wonderfully funny musical moments.

You know why you should never play 'Take Five' at a funeral? Because the unusual time signature detracts from the solemnity of the occasion.

My friend Dave's visiting me thing weekend, I'm going to get him to do some Bailey on the ole Joanna.
Ghost_862
QUOTE (empathy-with-beast @ Apr 4 2007, 08:26 PM)
But Bill Bailey apparently does use plants? Is that right?
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He does indeed.

During the vegetarian and drugs sections of Part Troll the same people yelled out the same answers at every gig.

I don't know how he thought he'd get away with that, given that he included those sections on the DVD as well.
Ghost_862
QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Apr 4 2007, 08:30 PM)
I've heard people call out at gigs, but I don't remember him making material from that stuff...
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The last time I saw him was December 05 and almost the entire show was woven out of interaction with audience members. When I watched the DVD I only recognised about five minutes worth of material.
rebelstar
QUOTE (Ghost_862 @ Apr 4 2007, 09:56 PM)
The last time I saw him was December 05 and almost the entire show was woven out of interaction with audience members. When I watched the DVD I only recognised about five minutes worth of material.
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Which kind of implies that a lot of stuff is made up on the night, surely?
Ghost_862
QUOTE (rebelstar @ Apr 5 2007, 10:41 AM)
Which kind of implies that a lot of stuff is made up on the night, surely?
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Exactly, almost the entire show. But it probably varies on a night to night basis. He may have routines saved for backup if he has a really crap audience who just don't want to get involved.

I liked it better when he wasn't so well known. Last time I saw him the audience was full of adolescent goobers who kept calling out 'random' stuff like 'I've lost my dodo' and he was becoming noticably irritated by it towards the end.
AusChick
Have just got back from the first of five shows I've got tix for at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Tonight we saw Tripod.
They are a legendary Australian comedy trio who also sing really well.

It was a great show!
Lots of good laughs and brilliant music. Their harmonies are always fabulous.

Needs a little polish - but this is opening night of previews.
Anyway, I kind of like it a bit unpolished.

Hooray for Tripod.





Anyone interested - check them out here
Azwald
QUOTE (AusChick @ Apr 5 2007, 10:39 PM)
Have just got back from the first of five shows I've got tix for at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Tonight we saw Tripod. 
They are a legendary Australian comedy trio who also sing really well.

It was a great show!
Lots of good laughs and brilliant music. Their harmonies are always fabulous.

Needs a little polish - but this is opening night of previews.
Anyway, I kind of like it a bit unpolished.

Hooray for Tripod.
Anyone interested - check them out here
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Tripod! Brilliant! I love Tripod.
AusChick
Yeah they rock!
PrincessKate
We went all the way to Bolton last night to see Ménage à Un, which was thoroughly enjoyable (and as it was my first time, definitely made me want to see more live stand-up). However the more I think about it and discuss it with people the more I come to the conclusion Rich wasn't enjoying it as much as we were - possibly because the venue was only 1/3 full, with many of the front row seats empty (although the middle front showed up for the second half). Up-close he also looked worse for wear which was worrisome considering it was only the third or fourth date on the tour. I'd still love to go and see it in a larger venue though.
AusChick
Have been to four shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival so far this year.

1) Tripod (Aussie comedy/music trio) show was very funny - it was opening night so a little rough round the edges but that just added to the charm

2) Puppet Up (show put on by the Jim Henson company - ie Brian Henson and his crew)
Basically it's improv but done with puppets. Also they have cameras filming them so if you watch the screens you see just the puppets as you would on telly - but if you watch the stage your see the puppeteers doing their thing too.

I was a little unsure about how this would all go - but it was by far the funniest thing I've seen in AGES. I had an absolutely brilliant night and LOVED every minute!

3) Alan Brough. (New Zealand born Aussie resident) This show was unusual because it was more like one-man theatre than a stand-up show. But it was really clever and had a few good laughs too.

4) RockWiz. (this was a live taping of a Melbourne based tv show which, as the name suggests, is a quiz type show about rock music) not actually sure what this has to do with comedy - but it was a really fun night. Hard rockin!



Tomorrow night we are off to see Ed Byrne.
And that will conclude my Melbourne Comedy Festival experience for this year.
melzilla
Wow. that sounds like an excellent festival AC. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!!
sarkybarker
Jealous of Princesskate. Really want to see the current Richard Herring tour but i couldn't make it to the Bristol gig the other day. Well gutted. mad.gif

It runs for a while so here's hoping i can get to one of the Cardiff dates in June.

Sad to hear it wasn't a sell-out.
fear_of_pop
QUOTE (sarkybarker @ Apr 18 2007, 08:27 AM)
Jealous of Princesskate. Really want to see the current Richard Herring tour but i couldn't make it to the Bristol gig the other day. Well gutted.  mad.gif

It runs for a while so here's hoping i can get to one of the Cardiff dates in June.

Sad to hear it wasn't a sell-out.
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Judging from his blog, a lot of the venues have sold out. So don't be sad.
PrincessKate
QUOTE (sarkybarker @ Apr 18 2007, 09:27 AM)
Jealous of Princesskate. Really want to see the current Richard Herring tour but i couldn't make it to the Bristol gig the other day. Well gutted.  mad.gif

It runs for a while so here's hoping i can get to one of the Cardiff dates in June.

Sad to hear it wasn't a sell-out.
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It's filth, but most good things are.
Also made me remember why I so fancy comedians.
sarkybarker
Rich Hall in Exeter on Sunday night. I wonder if Otis will get day release to make an appearance.
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