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Mat Ricardo – “If you want instant money, go buy a uni-cycle and a chainsaw. Light that on fire and play some music.”March 30, 2013 | Sofie Hagen
A few hours before the second of Mat Ricardo’s Variety Shows takes place at Leicester Square Theatre, we meet up with him at a hotel, that used to be an old courthouse.
“You are sitting in the original cell. Nothing has changed, just the cushions.” a waitress tells us.
“And the table for the drinks, obviously.” Ricardo laughs to the still-straight-faced waitress.
“It is not that long ago. Mick Jagger was here and he is still alive.” she says.
“Yes. Well, that’s debatable.” says Mat, who is dressed exactly the way you would expect a professional gentleman juggler to be dressed: Like a gentleman. He looks the furthest possible from someone who ought to be in jail.
Comedian Chris Stephen has teamed up with trained theatre technician Debbie Overell, to become Ginger Ale Comedy, a non-profit organisation committed to showcasing new comic talent and promoting live comedy in Scotland.
In 2001 the Chortle Awards was nothing but a big booze up in the bar of the Comedy Café and the winners got a piece of wood that Steve Bennett himself had nailed the Chortle logo to. In 2013, the press was lining up outside of the Café De Paris on Leicester Square to catch a glimpse of some of the many a-list celebrity guests that were all attending the now very classy event. Stewart Lee, Phil Nichol, Paul Sinha, Tony Law and Nick Helm were to be spotted in the crowd alongside very non-comedians Dappy, Helen Flanagan and Lee Ryan and Duncan James from the boyband Blue. It goes to show that the Chortle Awards is no longer just a piss-up in a bar – it’s a high profile, respected and established piss-up in a bar. Comedy Chords had a talk with the man behind Chortle.
Further to last week’s first and second quarter finals of the Amused Moose Laugh Off competition the preliminary heat winners have now been chosen for quarterfinal rounds three through seven in association with 2entertain.
Terry Alderton is one of the most original and inventive comedians working today. He had some success in the past with a more traditional comedy style but he was growing ever more frustrated with his lack of what he calls ‘punk’. One night in 2005 it became too much and for no apparent reason he decided to let two voices speak out from inside his head. He took to turning his back on the audience for a while to let his inner voices riff about the gig, his own material and indeed the audience themselves. He would then come back and face the crowd from time to time as himself, before going back to the voices for their blunt analysis of how things were going.
On Thursday, April, 4, 2013 (19:30) get ready to laugh your socks off with an excellent line-up from the best that the current comedy circuit has to offer.
Sajeela Kershi: “Smart, funny, with a mischievous glint’ The Times.
Jo Ogden: ‘Naturally dry delivery’ Three Weeks
Daphna Baram: ‘Loud and vivacious’ Three Weeks
and Matt Price: ‘Price’s storytelling skills are superb’ Chortle
Comedian Darren Walsh, runner up in the prestigious Hackney New Act of the Year (NATY) and also the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year is bringing his first ever half hour solo show of puns, surreal nonsense and clowning with technology to the Brighton Fringe this year.
The Amused Moose Laugh Off Quarterfinals will take place at The Hen and Chicken’s Theatre, London on Monday March 25 consisting of two shows on the same night with different comedians.
Further to the qualifying auditions of more than 500 entrants and the first eight heats held a couple of weeks ago, the audience are once again invited to vote, in conjunction with comedy industry talent scouts, for who they believe should be the next breakthrough comedians. Now is your chance to to be in at the beginning in the search for the next Sarah Millican, Jack Whitehall or Jimmy Carr.
The first of these two shows is at 7pm, with doors opening a quarter of an hour beforehand. Host Joel Dommett (BBC’s Popatron) will introduce comedians Alex Smith, Ben Anderson, Daryl Perry, Masud Milas, Nicky Wilkinson and Robin Morgan. This will be followed up by the second show at 9pm, with the doors once again opening fifteen minutes earlier. Joel Dommett will return to present comedians Chris Pacey, Dave Green, Hill & Weedon, Jenny Collier, Luke Graves and Sindhu V.
Venue: Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Pauls Road, London N1 2NA
Tube Station : Highbury & Islington
Tickets cost a mere £6 and you can book at the following number: 020 7704 2001 (answerphone)
For any further details you can visit www.amusedmoose.com/shows
Last month we told you all about Mat Ricardo‘s London Varieties Show and how each and every one would be available to watch for free. The first show of the series featured Kev Orkian, John Archer, Andre Vincent and Craig the Incredible Hula Boy.
The next great lineup will be on the 28th of March at the Leicester Square Theatre with guests AL MURRAY in conversation for the podcast, THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE, PETE WARDELL and ELLIOT MASON. We’ll be heading over to the next show for a chat with Mat so watch this space for that one.
Tickets for the show are available here and we’ll leave you with the aforementioned first performance.
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.