LONDON SKETCHFEST 2013
Given the UK’s affluent back catalogue of sketch comedies ranging from the great Monty Python through to Morecambe and Wise and, more recently, Little Britain it was only a question of time before someone decided it was time to rediscover said talent. Two such fellows, Adam Dahrouge and Ofer Yatziv, have done just that with London set to play host to the very first Sketchfest from May 24 to May 26, 2013. This brand new festival, celebrating new British sketch comedy, will take place at East London’s Victorian Vaults on Great Eastern Street, Old Street. Unlike most other comedy festivals the London Sketchfest is all about giving sketch comedy and comedy festivals a well deserved facelift. The organisers promise healthy doses of weird, whimsical and creative fun.
This will be the very first festival to ever focus solely on sketch comedy playing host to a total of 12 different British sketch comedy groups over its 3 night run. A panel of judges will attend each show to eventually announce the best of the fest. That does not mean that the punters won’t have their say on their favourite shows as there will also be a public vote after each performance.
The show that takes home what will be the very first London Sketchfest crown will get the opportunity to record their very own audio show, produced by The Laughing Guild (London Sketchfest producers) in conjunction with Silver Road Studios.
The origins of the so called Sketchfests date back to 1999, in Seattle when a group of friends thought a comedy sketch festival would be a great idea. It turned out that it was and ever since then these types of festivals have popped up all around North America and in turn played more than an important role in the eventual success of shows like Saturday Night Live and The Second City.
Although this year’s London festival only has eyes on showcase the best of British talent, the producers do have ideas to broaden the scope of the festival over the next few years, allowing international acts to participate whilst working in parallel with international Sketchfests so as to promote British acts on an international scale.
Adam Dahrouge and Ofer Yatziv, the producers of the London Sketchfest, were both brought up on performing arts, comedy and event production and decided to bring this new festival to life following an international tour with their own group. They realized that, apart from the Edinburgh Fringe, there wasn’t really that much support readily available for UK sketch groups so they decided it was time to fill that void. Firm supporters of sketch comedy groups they will be sharing income made from ticket sales with all the participating acts. The Laughing Guild is a non-profit organisation which endeavours to make sure all proceeds are channeled directly into promoting British sketch comedy as a whole and also the London Sketchfest as a platform.
The festival runs from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 May with the following ticket offers already on sale:
Single Show: Standard Admission: £12, Concessions £9
Double Show: Standard Admission: £20, Concessions £15
Festival Pass: £50
For further information and tickets visit the official London Sketchfest website.