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South London band, Bastille, may have been on the scene for some time, but, with the release of their latest single, Bad Blood, it looks like the ante is about to be upped, and rightly so. On stage, they can be seen as a four piece, but originally Bastille consisted solely of founding member, singer-songwriter, Dan Smith. The singles Laura Palmer and Overjoyed sparked the interest of many a national radio station, and this was swiftly followed up with the half a million viewed YouTube sensation Flaws, which proclaimed Dan’s love of the hit 1973 movie Badlands (although the movie scenes have since been removed).
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.
Sam Wills needs no introduction. His actions speak louder than words. Although he claims it was an accident, there’s no denying that Wills (aka ‘The Boy With Tape on His Face’) has rewritten the rules of silent comedy. He left behind going over and over his lines in favour of scavenging the aisles of his local hardware store in search of the perfect comedy prop. The Boy adeptly blends speechless stand-up (there is a mic on stage), perfectly suited soundtracks, puppetry and extreme audience participation to create a positively unconventional experience.
London based trio ‘The Midnight Beast’ have been delighting YouTube audiences with their own brand of comedy music, high jinx videos and well played parodies. With enough hits to populate a small country, a successful E4 series and a current tour underway. I sat down with the guys to talk triple bunk beds, dirty pigeons and why they should be scared of Hollywood legend Will Smith.
Abi Roberts first rose to fame in a series of sketch shows featured both on the London stage and at the Edinburgh Festival; debuting in the satirical comedy Newsrevue, followed by Bleeding Arts and A Touch of Roberts and Roper, the latter co-written with the British stand-up Matt Roper at Jermyn Street Theatre.
He’s the face of Edinburgh buses during the Fringe, and has already achieved more than the average 22 year old; having appeared on British TV comedy classics such as ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’. With another successful Fringe run under his belt, and an upcoming 50 date UK tour, I chatted to loveable Scotsman, Daniel Sloss.
Kate Copstick, Glasgow born actress, is nowadays considered the mother of all Edinburgh Fringe reviewers and has been writing for The Scotsman for many a year. Many will be more familiar with her following her recent appearance as a judge on last year’s series Show Me The Funny on ITV – a role she is more than familiar with, having sat on the judges panel at both the Perrier Comedy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and Malcolm Hardee Awards in 2008-2011 at the Fringe. Given her all-encompassing experience in Edinburgh we took it upon ourselves to find out just what she thought of last August’s festival, particularly in the light of the EdFringe Society censorship that took centre stage.
Lee Nelson is well know as the the risky, chavtastic star of the BBC Three comedy series, ‘Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show’. Given the success of the popular TV show, Lee has made the move from the goggle box to the stage, taking his show “Lee Nelson Live” to all the ‘crap towns’ in the UK. If that wasn’t enough, he’s just released a DVD of the tour in case you don’t live in or near a crap town and weren’t able to catch the show. We’ll be posting a review of the DVD this week but in the meantime, we managed to catch up with Lee for a “serious” chat to see what we can expect from his DVD/tour and what he has up his stripey polo sleeve…
Phil Nichol, acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician. This year, he performed his 14th solo show Phil Nichol Rants at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to rave reviews all across the board whilst also appearing in Dave Florez’s drama The Intervention. Now, six years after originally recording his two shows Nearly Gay and The Naked Racist, which were never originally released on DVD, they have both been unleashed.
Last week we spoke with actor/comedian Riaad Moosa, star of the hit South African film Material. The film co-stars Vincent Ebrahim (The Kumars at No. 42) who plays Riaad’s traditionalist father. We spoke to Vincent for a greater insight into this father son relationship so excellently portrayed by both actors.