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