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Whenever the works Booyakasha or Jak sie masz are muttered you automatically think Sasha Baron Cohen but lest not we forget the other mastermind behind these comic creations, Dan Mazer. I Give it a Year marks the long-standing Sasha Baron Cohen cohort’s directorial debut of a screenplay he also wrote. Boasting a massive all-star cast the film proves just how much more humour can be squeezed out of decaying relationships compared to the oh so routine lovey dovey film affairs we so often have to endure.
Our sister site, Cinema Sauce, spoke to Mazer in the run up to the DVD release. The film launches today on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download featuring deleted scenes, audio commentaries, bloopers and out-takes and featurettes from the world premiere.
Daniel Simonsen, Magnus Betnér, Fredrik Andersson, Tobias Persson, Evelyn Mok and myself. The UK comedy circuit is currently being flooded with comedians from Scandinavia coming over to make a living. I am one of them. Comin’ over here, takin’ yer stages. With the hope of creating a showcase, where it’s possible to show off the Scandinavian talent, I have created a comedy night with a Nordic theme. Every month I bring to you, a brilliant Scandinavian act and mix him or her up with other comedians. THIS JUNE we have the amazing Mr Brian Mørk – a Danish comedian with his own show (The Brian Mørk Show) in Denmark and countless TV appearances and one-man-shows behind him. We have had a little chat with him about being a Danish comedian performing in London, what he expects and what we should expect. Meet Mr. Mørk:
Most people know Jessie Cave as the charming Lavender Brown from Harry Potter And the Half-Blood Prince, but it’s definitely worth getting to know Jessie Cave – stand-up comedian. She did stand-up for the first time in November 2011 and did a full Edinburgh run with her first show, Bookworm. It sold out quickly,
Doug Segal is one of a new breed of entertainers known as mentalists. He gets compared to Derren Brown a lot but as well as boggling your mind, Doug also has a comedic element to the show which many people find makes it even more enjoyable.
His 2012 Show, How to Read Minds and Influence People, won many awards including Best Cabaret at Brighton Fringe and a Three Weeks Editors Award for being one of the ten best things (out of 2,700) at the Edinburgh Fringe and so I put it to him that his star was on the rise.
London born Gina Yashere has had a very successful carreer in the UK. Having made many appearances on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, The Lenry Henry Show, and winning multiple awards over the years does make her a successful comic in anyones’ mind but her intense drive to take her career even further has paid off as she has further established herself in America. Having been in America for a number of years now, she became a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, made several appearances on Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien and even became the first British comedian to feature on the famous Def Comedy Jam.
Andrew Maxwell just returned from the Altitude festival, where some of the world’s best comedians take turns skiing, snowboarding, drinking and doing comedy shows. Andrew is the co-founder of the event, which takes place every year, and he has joined Comedy Chords for a quick chat.
Many a Comedy Chord reader and many of our writers are budding comedian so we took it upon ourselves to ask 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 something of help here or that convinces them not to throw in the towel.
Ricky Grover is best known for playing Andrew Cotton in Eastenders but he is back to remind us that he is also one of the funniest and well respected acts in comedy with the launch of his new Comedy Shuffle club. In a nod to his East London roots his new club is in London’s only super casino in Stratford.
Despite just being 24 years old, Joe Lycett has already been all over your TV. He has done Celebrity Juice, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 cats and the BBC One show Epic Win. He has only been doing comedy for five years and success came quickly – within the first year, he won the Chortle Student Award in 2009 but Joe still doesn’t feel like he has come that far.