Sooty and Sweep are undoubtedly one of the great comedy double acts, and they have a brand new series out this month. I spoke to their current handler, Richard Cadell, about the longest running kids TV show in history.
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Challenger finds Tim FitzHigham, the multi award-winning, Perrier-nominated comedian, author, explorer and extreme unusualist back at the Edinburgh Fringe as he relates his most mystifying challenge yet.
You’ve seen him on the likes of Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Dave’s One Night Stand. Terry Alderton, The Sun’s Comedian of the Year 2011 and winner of ThreeWeeks critics awards will be back in Edinburgh after three highly successful consecutive shows, this time at the Cabaret Bar in the Pleasance Courtyard.
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2012 was certainly Felicity Ward’s year with her profoundly personal yet hilarious show The Hedgehog Dilemma which set both critics and audiences alight receiving a nomination, if not the award, at every major Australian festival.
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Seconds out, round four of Comedy Chords’ Comedy Cues. Today our savvy advice for budding comedians comes from Canadian comedian Terry Clement, who will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time this year.
Further to David Quirk’s nifty comedy tips we now have a few words from Howard Read, quite possibly the first chap to use animation in live comedy and most certainly the first to get a cartoon boy burping in front of the HRH The Queen.
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Many a Comedy Chord reader and many of our writers are budding comedians so, in the run up to the Edinburgh Fringe we shall be asking established comedians for tips of the trade that they have picked up on the circuit. We’ll be providing a series of these articles and hope all budding comedians find words of wisdom here or something that convinces them that it’s by no means time to throw in the towel.
Nelson Nester is a grumpy comedian. The 30-year-old avoids London gigs, makes no effort to socialise with other acts and once slammed a microphone into the ground. Google is not much help either as NN insists on doing comedy the hard way – he refuses to put any publicity online and does not enter comedy competitions. But if you saw him perform you’ll surely remember him as he’s an acerbic powerhouse who loves gross-out humour. An act who loves gigging at pubs where the locals give “instant feedback”. NN has been in comedy for three years but he wouldn’t reveal where and when his next appearance was!
Comedy Chords’ intrepid reporter Sofie Hagen met up with this year’s musical kings of comedy Hill & Weedon (Robin Hill and Theo Weedon). The comedy duo were crowned outright winners of the 2013 Musical Comedy Awards at the Bloomsbury Theatre thanks to their ten minute set boasting Oscar winning Jurassic impersonations and a song they wrote for none other than the Orcs from Lord of the Rings.
Weedon provides the straight faced guitarist side of the comedy duo whilst Hill puts in a somewhat more energetic side whilst providing lead vocals/dinosaur shrieks.