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Les Dennis became a household name with his comedy impersonations and TV work on shows such as Russ Abbott’s Mad House and of course his 16 year stint presenting Family Fortunes. Whilst many thought the series Extras was his first real acting role this couldn’t be farther from the truth as he has spent many years slowly adding feathers to his acting cap, performing in television, theatre and musical theatre.
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.
This week Comedy Chords brings you the second episode of The Living Room Sessions, in association with The Stand Comedy Club, with chat, reviews and discussions presented by three Stand regulars; Gus Lymburn, Gareth Waugh & Keir McAllister.
This month’s podcast features Tom Stade’s first ever interview on a podcast, insight into the up-coming Glasgow International Comedy, and the team take on the role of a compere with comedians Martin Mor, Joe Heenan and Jojo Sutherland. This month’s music is provided by Dogshit Johnstone. Gus is also in for a rather special surprise.
Oblivion, an original and cutting edge cinematic event starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman from the director of TRON: Legacy) and producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes will be in theatres this April 12.
On a histrionic Earth of the future, transformed beyond recognition, the protagonist’s confrontation with the past will transport him on a journey of redemption and discernment as he struggles in an effort to save mankind.
Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival will be unleashed this weekend so we’ll be posting interviews with a plethora of acts who will be putting in an appearance. The first “postcard” interview from Leicester is courtesy of comedian Ben Van der Velde who will be performing his show ‘Chain Letter’ at 9.00pm, Thursday, 21st Feb at the Belmont Hotel. Social network junkies prepare to rediscover the lost art of letter writing.
Paul Sinha, qualified GP/stand-up comedian, is a more than familiar name, most recently thanks to his appearance on ITV’s fourth series of ‘The Chase’. Paul gained massive critical acclaim at 2006’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his second full length solo show “Saint or Sinha” which was nominated for the if.comedy award (formerly the Perrier). Since then there has been no looking back and 2013 looks set to be his biggest year yet.
Soon up there’s a Brit gangster flick that revisits Rettendon’s infamous triple murder of drug dealers. Don’t be concerned that this tale is too old as, for once, this takes it away from the just the gangsters and adds the police and shows the true nature of bullying thugs. We luckily had the chance to talk to actor, director and writer Nick Nevern (The Sweeney, Terry) who plays Danny Nicholls, the police’s grass. Almost a common face of the British indie. We talk to him about The Fall of the Essex Boys, the Rettendon murders and the rich hunting the poor.
Tom Stade is a 42 year old Canadian comedian who came to the UK over ten years ago on the advice of another Canadian comedian, Craig Campbell, who told him that the British would get his humour. Initially living in London, he moved to Wolverhampton for seven years and now resides in Edinburgh. He is just about to embark on another tour so Billy Watson gave him a call to see how his preparations are going and talk about his life and career.
Justin Moorhouse was a 29 year old salesman when he contacted The Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester to perform his first ever comedy spot back in 2000. Within a mere 18 months he had already performed well over 300 gigs and won a competition held at the infamous Comedy Store in Manchester.
In today’s new cinema release, we chat to Hayley-Marie Axe who plays Val in new British black-comedy ‘May I Kill U?’ Although you may not have seen her on the screen that much as she’s mostly been in theatre, keep watching an actress who has tipped to be an up-and-comer with an insatiable love of acting. Hayley-Marie is also a virally successful actress in a few online web shows that have proven to be quite successful in America which is a clever way to globalise herself.