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:

“ 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:

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

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