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.
With tickets for her upcoming 2014 arena tour selling like hot cakes and the release of the second series of Call The Midwife right around the corner, British Comedy Award winner Miranda Hart made her theatrical debut last Friday alongside Katy Wix (Not Going Out, Anna & Katy) in the feature film 12 In A Box, a classic British farce as good as they come.
Zoe Lyons made quite the name for herself back in 2004 winning the ‘Nivea Funny Women Award’ and making her way all the way to the the finals of Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny Award’. Since then there’s been no stopping her with television appearances on the likes of Mock The Week and Dave’s One Night Stand and she is now highly sought after both here and abroad. She’s taken to the tour bus again bringing her mixture of the absurd, satire and caustic one liners to a town near you with her Pop-Up Comic show. She won’t be changing the world anytime soon but has assured us that she’ll be asking vital questions such as Dog Prams: why?
Based on the last sentence alone we just had to take the opportunity to question her about the process of creating a solo show and dealing with comedy stereotypes. We also spoke about “offensive” jokes and of course Hitler the vegetarian:
Lo and behold, sadly we have reached the climax of the latest series of zany audio raves from John Dredge and his heavily-coerced outfit made up of James Shakeshaft, Richard Cray, Greg Haiste, and Anna Emerson. What a ride it’s been with the podcast praised by the likes of the Radio Times (see above) and Chortle stating it’s what “Kenny Everett would be doing if he was alive today.”
There’s no time to fret though as they leave the building in fine style with the latest in extra-terrestrial specimens putting in a guest appearace and all this for the price of a single Green Shield stamp.
There’s also a suprise appearance from none other than David Lynch. (Oh, damn – I’ve just gone and spoilt it.)
Fear not though, this is by no means the end of John Dredge’s manic fifteen minute show. Word has it there’ll be more shennanigans in the very near future and we’ve still got series one to keep you going until then. Also, watch this space as we’ll be asking John just what’s in store right round the corner.
I caught up with broadcaster, writer and Celebrity Masterchef finalist Hardeep Singh Kohli to discuss Twitter, Scientology and, of course, his current tour, Indian Takeaway where he races against the clock to cook the audience an Indian meal before the best local takeaway delivers to the venue. I also took the opportunity to try and blog a free curry:
Enough already with horsemeat and the Pope. This weekend we thought it best to take a total break from horses, the Pope as even Twitter is running out of material in those “fields”. Well…. almost. We’ve included on eabout a meteor and another about food ingredients but apart from we’ve gone out of our way to follow the completely random approach.
You can follow us on Twitter @comedychords which is the account we’ll be using to follow our followers to choose our favourite tweets each and every weekend.
Without further ado, here are tweets that made us smile the most this week. Followers are on the up so we’ve found a lot more worthy of inclusion.
Here’s who made us laugh in 140 characters or less this weekend:
John Dredge bids farewell to 2012 in this weeks podcast. It was also known as the Chinese Year of the Accoutrement, with yet another one of those bizarre New Year round-ups of the year’s most shocking household implements.
This week also features odd noises of all shapes and sizes, plus an argy-bargy of aquatic treasures including the sound of an extremely large splash, courtesy of our friends at Thames Water.
If these soundscapes weren’t enough we’ve even got Leighton Buzzard in Color – whoopee!
Appearances are also made by Richard Cray, Anna Emerson, Greg Haiste, and James Shakeshaft.
SPECIAL GOOD NEWS FROM JOHN THIS WEEK. The Radio Times has only gone and chosen the Nothing to do With Anything Show as podcast of the week. Read all about it in this week’s issue, out today!
WitTank is one part Mark Cooper-Jones, Chortle Best Newcomer nominee, Loaded Laftas runner-up, one part Kieran Boyd, who also performs his own inventive, high-energy solo stand up, and Naz Osmanoglu, Half English posh-boy, half Turkish warlord, winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-off Competition, Chortle Best Newcomer Nominee , and Runner-up in So You Think You’re Funny. If that exceedingly long list of achievements didn’t already do them justice, you may well have seen their madcap sketches on the goggle box on BBC3′s Live At The Electric. The threesome will be taking their “very important sketch comedy” to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival this very Friday, followed up by a full scale attack on the UK’s sense of humour with a giant tour over the coming months. What better a time to find out why the ‘three’s a crowd’ concept certainly doesn’t apply here?
Ross Noble is comedy nobility. For the past 21 years, he has been one of our leading stand-ups. Over that time, he has proved himself a comic tour de force. He has been responsible for 13 sell-out tours and seven top-selling DVDs. He came 10th in Channel 4’s 2010 poll of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.