August PunchUp: Meryl O’Rourke & Carl Richard

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday August 3rd with Meryl O’Rourke, supported by Carl Richard and presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

Facebook event here.

Acclaimed stand-up comic and TV writer Meryl O’Rourke has delighted comedy audiences, written some of the best gags on telly and even hosted pop concerts (last one to 12,000 people!) She supported Frankie Boyle during his 2016 tour, and in 2014, 12, 11 and 2010 at the Hammersmith Apollo. In his book “Work!Consume!Die!” he calls Meryl “Inspiringly funny”. Boyle also script edited her Radio 4 sitcom pilot about post-natal depression.

She has been inaugural winner of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers/Big Talk comedy writing programme, where she has been gifted a chunk of money to help her write a sitcom with a production company. She was chosen by unanimous decision from over 600 entrants.

Her solo stand up show “Bad Mother” was a hit at Edinburgh and Brighton festivals. Directed by Foster’s Comedy Award nominee Thom Tuck, it received 5 star reviews and was The Times’ Critic’s Choice.

“5 * * * * * As near perfect as you can find. Charming delivery keep the audience in no doubt they’ve just seen one of this year’s fringe highlights” – British Comedy Guide

“Ripe with comedy. A unique perspective: sharp and dark, and refreshingly unsentimental” – Stephanie Merritt, Observer

“Has an authentic, compelling, original voice” – Denise Hicks, founder LOCO comedy festival

“Best and most original pages I’ve read in years. I’m a massive fan” – Dhiraj Mahey, producer and founder of BettyAndPeter prize.

“5* * * * * Truly astonishing show…a must see” – The New Current

“A candid, compassionate writer who blends honest human insight with surreal imagery and smart one-liners, and she’s a fresh and exciting voice in British comedy” – Jonathan Wakeham, founder LOCO comedy film festival.

“4 * * * * Her devastatingly direct show stands out for it’s bold, boundary-breaking nature…the shocking casualness of her delivery is spot on.” – Jewish Chronicle

“Whip smart” – Manchester Wire

“4 * * * * Very funny. Tightly written, deftly performed, intimate storytelling and packed with punchlines” – TheLatest

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July PunchUp: Stylophobia, Mel Byron & William Stone

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday June 8th with Stylophobia, Mel Byron & William Stone, presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

Stylophobia, aka Daniel Rubinstein, was a finalist in Old Comedian of the Year, London, 2018, and is a comedic maestro of the stylophone.

‘Delightful, incisive, hilarious’, Mel Byron takes a skewed view on the absurdities of the world.

William Stone cracks me up, he’s got some belting gags that I wish I’d thought of. Highly recommended” Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo)

Facebook event here.

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June PunchUp: Mary Bourke & Simon Clayton

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday June 8th with Mary Bourke and Simon Clayton, supported by Mel Byron and presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

Mary Bourke will be previewing her upcoming Edinburgh show, “I Want an Irish Passport”.

Everyone wants an Irish passport but what does being Irish really mean? Is there more than just drinking and the craic? Award-winning comic Mary Bourke presents a hilarious show on Irish identity.

‘One of the best female acts in the country’ (GQ)

‘The audience loved her’ (Independent)

‘An hour packed with fine routines and beautifully written gags’ (Scotsman)

After the break, Simon Clayton (‘Fresh and fruity’ – Time Out) and Mary Bourke present “SING-A-LONGA SITCOM QUIZ”.

If you love sitcoms, quizzes, and singalongs then you’ll love this show. We present a glorious nostalgic romp through the sitcoms of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Singalong to sitcom theme tunes as diverse as ‘Dad’s Army’ to ‘The Golden Girls’ all to the accompaniment of a real live pianist. You’ll leave with a smile on your face. Guaranteed.

Facebook event here.

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May PunchUp: The Monks & friends

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday May 4th with holy-rollin’ sketch duo The Monks, supported by Pam Tilling and Carmen D’Cruz, and presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

The Monks are Kevin Moore and Yazz Fetto. They think they can lay claim to being the only Christian comedy sketch group in the UK. As such, they not only do shows in clubs, pubs and small sweaty comedy rooms but also chapels, churches and small sweaty vestries.

Following the sell out success of their 2013 fringe play ‘Hallelujah House’, The Monks have put together a new sketch show called ‘The All New Ten Commandments’. The full version of this show is 60 minutes but The Monks often perform sections of the show for sets at clubs. These sets vary in length from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

Each of the commandments gets the comedy sketch treatment; some get more than one, making this perhaps one of the best value sketch comedy shows ever! Even penny pinching, backstabbing disciple Judas Iscariot would approve!

FINALISTS – NATYS 2017
FEATURED ACT – LONDON SKETCHFEST 2016
SEMI-FINALISTS – LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE NEW COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2016
LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE SKETCH OFF 2017
LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE OLD COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2017

“I expected something squeaky clean but they came up with a pretty edgy skit…a rather good one.” Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
“That rarest of things in comedy – a Christian sketch group.” Time Out

“…sharp, expertly delivered and hilarious” The Londonist
“The duo’s originality shone through…the audience left the show well satisfied with their uplifting experience.” Buxton Fringe Festival Review

“…(The Monks)…in many ways sound like an old school Oxbridge style of act…but the material was much darker.” Chortle.co.uk

“…darker than I was expecting, and good fun” NottsComedyReview

HAVE OPENED FOR: SHAZIA MIRZA , ZOE LYONS, RUDI LICKWOOD, TOM HOUGHTON AND ANDY KIND

FESTIVALS: LEICESTER COMEDY FESTIVAL, LEESTOCK, TRUCK FESTIVAL, BUXTON FESTIVAL FRINGE, BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL, CAMDEN FRINGE, HASTINGS FRINGE.

More about The Monks here.

Facebook event here.

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April PunchUp: Simon Caine

Comedy with Simon Caine, presented by Juliet Brando from 8pm in the Deep Blue basement bar at Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar on FRIDAY 6th April. Tickets are £5 on the door.

Here’s a bit more about Simon Caine:

A comedian, writer and podcaster, Simon Caine has built up an impressive body of work and many glowing reviews. He has been performing stand up for over 7 years. He’s done over 1,000 gigs and taken part in 2 Edinburgh Fringe shows, as well as reaching the finals of a number of lauded comedy awards:

Laughing Horse New Act 2014
Finalist
Reading New Act Competition 2012
Finalist
Comedy Store Gong Show
Finalist (2nd place, April 2012)
Comedy Store Gong Show
Finalist (5th place, March 2012)
Laughing Horse New Act 2012
Quarter Finalist
Leicester Square New Act 2011
Quarter Finalist
You Must Be Joking 2011
Finalist
Reading New Act Competition 2011
Runner Up

Reviews:

2017
“I won’t fuck you. But you were very funny. I genuinely loved the night. Amazing.” – Copstick (head comedy reviewer at the Scotsman Newspaper, 2017)

2016
“That was awesome. I liked it… I don’t know why. But it was great. I’ll have you back” – Mike Manera (Piccadilly Comedy Club, 2016)
“What you’re doing is great… the problem is nobody understands it.” – Iain Coyle (Dave TV Comedy Commissioner, 2016)

2015
“The Martin Luther King Jr of comedy.” – Broadway Baby, 2015

More information at http://simoncaine.co.uk/ and Facebook event here.

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March PunchUp: Nick Revell

PunchUp Comedy returns after its winter break in a new FRIDAY NIGHT slot with the rightfully revered stand-up and comedy writer Nick Revell. He will be in the Deep Blue basement bar at Whistle Trago in Hastings Old Town at 8pm, March 2nd, supported by Cat Neilson and introduced by Juliet Brando. Tickets are £5 on the door.

Here’s a bit more about Nick Revell:

“..one of the most creative and incisive comics on the circuit.” Guardian

Nick Revell is a comedian and writer. He is currently writing BrokenDreamCatcher, a series of surreal and satirical stories for BBC Radio 4.

“Nick Revell has done for magic realism what Austin Powers did for James Bond.” Times

He will premier a new live show, also called BrokenDreamCatcher, this year at the Kendal Comedy Festival and then the Edinburgh Fringe. Here’s how The Scotsman described his last stage show, which will be part of the radio series:

“This is a sort of Jackanory for grown-ups and it is great fun. Nick Revell’s stories are a fantastic device to do some satire, some politics, some observational humour and a load of silliness…Nick pretty much has the ‘surreal fiction for adults’ genre to himself and he is its master. I left thinking I wish they would put it on telly.” Kate Copstick, Scotsman

Last year he also recorded a fifteen minute satirical set for the BBC at WOMAD, which you can find here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b091w5qf

He began selling jokes to radio and TV in the late 70s then did his first stand-up gigs at the London Comedy Store in 1980. Since then he has written and performed for stage, radio and TV, picking up various awards along the way for live stand-up, radio and tv sketch shows and situation comedies. He’s written material for many other comedians, including Roy Hudd, Jasper Carrot, Dave Allen, Paul Merton and Miles Jupp.

He is also author of two novels – House of the Spirit Levels (“brilliant…hilarious…inspired -” Ruth Padel, Mail on Sunday) and Night of the Toxic Ostrich and a stage play, Love and Other Fairytales. He was co-creator, producer writer and performer on the successful topical podcast No Pressure to Be Funny with James O’Brien and Alistair Barrie. His last four Edinburgh shows – Closet Optimist, Feminist Porno Jihadi, Gluten Free Jesus and Nick Revell vs Lily, Evil Cat Queen of Earth Planet and The Laughing Fridge all received four and five star reviews.

“consistently excellent” Guardian “Master satirist” Time Out

“a master at work, someone who can deliver a cohesive critique of society’s ills without just ranting or being mindlessly angry.” Bruce Dessau

“The wonderful Nick Revell… Expect to be seduced by a genuine craftsman”. Guardian

“Revell is an expert in delivering thought-provoking, political satire, combined with a strong delivery and great stage presence….There are no cheap laughs here, but if you like your comedians to say something worth saying, Nick Revell is for you. “ Edfest Magazine

“a set which as politically charged as it is hilarious.” Liverpool Echo

“A master craftsman” Time Out

“Revell’s pedigree goes back to the Eighties, but his patter is as relevant today as it ever was” London Evening Standard

“He is an animated, engaging raconteur offering a master-class in delivery with variety in pace, volume and rhythm that keeps an already attentive audience transfixed” Chortle

“Easy delivery and a great stage presence” Times

Facebook event here


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December PunchUp: Oli Bettesworth & Rebekka Turner

We have a double-headliner for PunchUp Comedy, 8pm on Thursday, 7th December at the Deep Blue cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar, with Oli Bettesworth and Rebekka Turner, as well as music from DJ Rave Deading (aka Dave Reading). Seating is limited, so please get there early.

Presented by Juliet Brando

Tickets are £5 cash on the door.

Facebook event here.

Both critically acclaimed, Oli Bettesworth will be performing his ode to depression, “Sunshine and Lollipops”, a light-hearted comedy show about heavy hearts, and Rebekka Turner presents her drag-inspired aperitif show of pop culture, food and awkwardness, full-on word play, stand-up and impressions.

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November PunchUp: Doug Segal

Doug Segal: HOW TO READ MINDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE!

‘Imagine if Derren Brown was funny’ Evening Standard.

Doug Segal performs his double award winning comedy and mind reading show where the audience are taught how to detect lies, implant suggestions and read minds.

Doug will be at PunchUp Comedy, 8pm on Thursday, 2nd November at the Deep Blue cellar bar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar, with music from DJ Rave Deading (aka Dave Reading). Seating is limited, so please get there early.

Presented by Juliet Brando

Tickets are £5 cash on the door.

Facebook event here.

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Sajeela Kershi: PunchUp 05/10/17

Sajeela Kershi is a comedian who has performed many times on television and radio, both in the UK and Internationally, winning multiple awards.

Fights Like a Girl is her 2017 show, which received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.

She will be performing at PunchUp Comedy, 8pm on Thursday, 5th October at the Deep Blue cellar bar beneath Whistle Trago, with music from DJ Rave Deading. Seating is limited, so please get there early. Tickets are £5 cash on the door.

“Fights Like a Girl! is a reflection of everything Sajeela Kershi has fought for and against.

The show was born at the Women’s March in London, chanting against Trump, travel bans and global injustices, with Sajeela fighting to keep her prime position on the frontline – even if that means elbowing Harriet Harman out of the way, and not allowing a man to push in at the front, who, it turns out is Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Sajeela looks at her own upbringing, telling true stories of fitting in, fighting bullies, fighting for a life on her terms. She looks at universal misogyny in culture, including a true story of how she and a group of women in her family were kept hostage but managed to fight of their extremist captors – a tale of unexpected hilarity!

‘What and who will we fight for…and why?’ Join Sajeela as she puts up her dukes and picks her battles. Find out if you are a fight or flight by nature, why you are to Blame for Brexit and Trump and if you are ultimately failing to fight for a productive society…whilst in hysterics.”