Mr Jordan’s Funeral: In Absence of his Memory opens today for lively and messy theatre

Mr Jordan's Funeral Camden Fringe 3.jpgMr Jordan, a loving husband, brother, lover, dickhead, mumbler and ghost. Six women pick up his fragments and create stories by slipping through the cracks of memory. It’s not about him after all.

Mr Jordan’s Funeral: In Absence of his Memory today (Friday 26 August) at 12.30pm, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August at Etcetera Theatre, is a physical exploration that uses daring imagery, energetic performances and messy yet vulnerable moments to turn the conventions of a funeral upside down. It’s quirky, playful and sincere.

Foxtale is an international performance collective, founded by Judita Vivas. Their work is firmly grounded in physical approach to contemporary theatre-making and rests on ensemble explorations of spontaneous play, improvisation and composition. Underlined by new approaches to performance devising and thinking, they produce work that is low-tech, engaging and challenging.

Shamelessly fusing, fragmenting and recycling texts, identities, fiction, reality and music, Foxtale devise lively and joyously messy pieces of theatre.

Foxtale “create a world of invention, humour and pathos that shifts from moment to moment, keeping us ever on our toes… I was drawn in and was eager to know more, but, rightly, wasn’t always given answers. Life’s like that, and Foxtale capture something of its frustrating but joyful essence,” Professor Paul Allain, University of Kent.

Devising Performers: Judita Vivas, Mara Morgantti Minchillo, Hannah Newman, Emilia Oldani, Elena Skreka and Lucy White.

More details and tickets available from www.camdenfringe.com.

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From Russia With Laugh – a triple comedy bill by Anton Chekov at Theatro Technis

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Naughty candlesticks causing all manner of arousal, ardent men desperately seeking an eelpout and a Russian conversation which gets lost in translation……

From Russia with Laugh, Theatro Technis until Sunday 28 August at 6pm, is a comedy triple bill, unlike anything you have ever seen before. Featuring three of the funniest short stories from mother Russia’s most famous author- Anton Chekhov; brought flamboyantly to life for the Camden Fringe 2016

In Daughter of Albion a pompous landowner combines fishing and drinking, whilst trying to rebuff an English lady who he claims to hate.

Objet d’Art sees a sensual gift causing quite the stir amongst a group of respectable Russian gentlemen, as they try to pawn it off on each other

Fish will introduce you to a quiet Russian village, where the spotting of a mysterious eelpout leads to fevered commotion as many of the locals dive into the depths of the wild river to catch it.

SOFA productions has been running a variety of theatrical productions for over 15 years with successful runs at both the Edinburgh and Brighton fringe festivals.

They have also gathered a keen following for their children’s fairy-tale show which runs every August in North London.

With an international company of talented directors, actors and producers, the north London based company’s aim is to bring a diverse mix of enjoyable theatre of the highest professional quality to London.

 

Tickets are £5 and are available from www.camdenfringe.com

They also have two other shows at the same venue, 24-28 August, Extremities (7.30pm) and Fright Nights (9.30pm). You buy tickets for all three shows via this link: SPECIAL OFFER ON TICKETS

You can read more about Extremities on the Camden Voyeur blog by clicking HERE.

For more information and booking for all these shows visit www.sofaproductions.co.uk.

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“If you’re a TV executive, drop what you’re doing and go see her now” – Stella Graham is coming to Camden

Stella Graham.jpgCoventry born stand-up comedian Stella Graham fights to contain a gobby, aggressive inner self, watch the battle commence with hilarious consequences, with all the charm of a rusty mousetrap, 26-28 August at Camden Comedy Club.

StellaGram is a bullet train tearing through a GroundHog Day life. She’s a pressure cooker, barely keeping the lid on her rage, in order to survive.

Audiences in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia have tasted ballsy comedy from this, unladylike, half Sri-Lankan daughter of a Yorkshire woman.

Stella was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2009 New Zealand Comedy Guild Awards and has performed at the NZ International Comedy Festival, Brighton, Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe.

She has written comedy for Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra), NZ TV3 panel show 7 Days, has worked on screen for NZ’s Juice TV, on-air for radio in England and NZ as well as making a podcast called The Comedy Hangover. Stella may look sweet, but she kills.

“If you’re a TV executive, drop what you’re doing and go see her now” The Skinny.

“Fun and original…..self-assured, likeable and, crucially, funny” – Broadway Baby.

“Terrifically funny” TVNZ.co.nz

 

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BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama stars bring The Best of The Jest to Aces and Eights tonight

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Following their victory in the very first Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-Off, comedy quintet The Jest bring the highlights from Edinburgh Fringe to Aces & Eights in The Best of the Jest, tonight and tomorrow (23-24 August) at 6.30pm, as part of the 2016 Camden Fringe.

Stars of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama, The Jest will present an hour of their best sketches that have won them critical acclaim and awards to boot.

The Jest are formed of Ella Ainsworth, Tristan Rogers, Jack Stanley, Luke Theobald and Bryony Twydle, who started doing comedy at the University of Exeter. Since then, they have had two runs at the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe, were finalists in the 2015 NATYS competition for which they performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre, and were chosen to record for two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama.

Their previous individual comedy credits include The Windsors (E4), Doc Martin (ITV), School of Comedy (E4), Little Britain (BBC) and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (MGM).

Praise for The Jest:

“Intelligent, inventive and deliciously absurd” The List.

“The Jest could just be the next big thing in sketch comedy” Everything Theatre.

“If there’s any justice a TV show is coming” Broadway Baby.

“Feels like they’ve raised the bar for sketch comedy” ThreeWeeks.

“Fantastic stage presence and seemingly relentless energy” Brighton Argus.

“A quintet of talented comedians” Arts Award Voice.

The Jest – The Best of The Jest
Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 August
Aces & Eights, 156-158 Fortess Rd, Tufnell Park, London, NW5 2HP 6.30pm (1 hour)
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions)
www.camdenfringe.com

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Irish pranksters Eleanor Tiernan & Chris Kent are starting from scratch at Camden Comedy Club

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It was all going so well. After years of building their careers in their native land, Eleanor Tiernan and Chris Kent, two of Ireland’s top stand ups have upped sticks and moved to the UK.

What were they thinking? Come along and find out, 23-25 August at 6.30pm, Camden Comedy Club.

Between them they have supported such top acts as Stewart Lee, Bill Burr, Tommy Tiernan, Tig Notaro, Reginald D Hunter and many more. Now Eleanor and Chris are depending on UK audiences to take them into their hearts.

You may know Eleanor from her news report that went viral across the globe because people thought was real…

Eleanor was asked to perform at an important national event streamed around the world on St Patrick’s Day last year. You can see her performance here.

Some of her television appearances haven’t gone as smoothly though as you can see here…

Meanwhile Chris was one of the comedians chose for Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and is currently featuring on the TV3 show Stand Up Ireland.

For more details and tickets contact www.camdenfringe.com.

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Funmbi has travelled a long way from his debut to his own show on BBC3 – catch him while you can!

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It’s been an amazing 12 months for comedian Funmbi Omotayo, 23-27 August at 8pm, Camden Comedy Club, as part of Camden Fringe 2016.

Funmbi has appeared on Play to the Whistle (ITV), @Elevenish (ITV2), Too Much TV (BBC Two), I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! (ITV2), and The John Bishop Show (BBC One).

With a pilot confirmed for BBC Three, Funmbi is also developing a show with Tiger Aspect, and is a comedian very much in demand!
Funmbi Omotayo’s friendly, charismatic and instantly likeable style won him the award for Best Newcomer at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards, as well as cementing himself as a headliner on the comedy circuit – regularly playing The Comedy Store, Glee and The Boat Show. He has appeared on Live At the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), and is also a trained actor, appearing in sketches in Tramadol Nights (Channel 4).
“Plenty of original insights and honest home-truths to enjoy” CHORTLE
“A charming young comic…he’s got the jokes to back up his charm. Soon, he could be playing to thousands” TIME OUT.
 

“It’s hard not to like Funmbi Omotayo. As well as being open and affable, he has the air of a man who is comfortable in his own skin,” BROADWAY BABY.

Winner: Amused Laugh Off Competition
Winner: The Leicester Square Comedian Of The Year

Watch his appearance on The John Bishop Show here: https://vimeo.com/133431509

Tickets and more details: www.camdenfringe.com.

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Huw Joseph and the Immoral Support Band tonight at Proud Camden – with added burlesque!

DJ, actor and comedy songwriter Huw Joseph is performing at Proud Camden tonight (Tuesday 23 August) at 8pm, as part of Camden Fringe.

Born in the UK but raised in Melbourne, Huw has performed over 1000 times publicly on stages varying from 15 people to 15,000 and he can hold down either effortlessly.

Coming directly from commercial breakfast radio for Australia’s largest media outlet Southern Cross Austereo, Huw landed a job on air very quickly in London hosting two weekly shows on UK’s uncensored digital giant Fubar Radio.

He’s been on air at Fubar for 18 months now – one show is with UK actor/comedian/rapper Dow Brown and the other with UK rapper/entrepreneur Mikill Pane.

His one true passion above all else is his original music and full line up known as Huw Joseph and the Immoral Support Band. Inspired by the likes of Frank Zappa, Tim Minchin, Flight of the Conchords, Ween, Tenacious D, Kings of Leon, Jeff Buckley this is not traditional musical comedy, this is musicality meets irreverent lyrics.

You can expect on stage antics, guest actors and some wonderfully constructed melodic pop rock with cheeky lyrical content. It’s very fun!

After it’s inception in Australia seven years ago Huw has since toured several times around Australia and the UK (2009, 2012) performed at dozens of festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival plus literally hundreds of venues.

He has built a strong underground following including 10k social media followers and 100k views on YouTube.

Huw Joseph and the Immoral Support Band MICF 2015 review.

“While the show includes several stand-up skits that all merit a laugh, it is the songs that are the highlight especially Wambulance about a ‘upper class girl’, which has a deeper, hilarious hidden meaning. The band is extremely tight you can tell they have a lot of musical experience – keep an eye on these guys!” – Herald Sun

With his debut single WAMBULANCE (a story of 1st world problems) already clocking up 5k listens on SoundCloud, his brand new UK line up band has been touring to gather ground swell to release the single later this year and will be joined at both shows by DJ Lil Rossco and a surprise burlesque star.

“Huw Joseph is a name that is becoming increasingly eminent and synonymous with eclectic comedy music on the local and international arts scene”. Beat Magazine.

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