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.
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.
Altitude Festival 2013 featured by far some of the best comedy performances the world has to offer and now, given it’s track record and popularity, ITV2 will be sharing the week’s antics at this unique comedy festival in the form of selected highlights at 11.20pm tonight (Thursday, April 4th).
Today’s John Dredge show features an exclusive interview which we can’t really reveal as we’ve forgotten who it was with.
Celebrated non-Frinton-based actress Anna Emerson will also be putting in a word or two, and this’s weeks special guest star Reg Chimpolomew will be doing very little at all really.
If that wasn’t enough we’ll be relating the the ongoing adventures of Basil the Cylinder, the answers to last week’s holdall-based quiz, and a whole host of absolutely amazing things which have also completely slipped our minds.
Stand-up comedian James Acaster has come up quite the unique format for a brand new radio comedy show which will delve into the subject of ‘bread’, and we’re not talking the money kind. The show takes to the airwaves on BBC Radio 4 next Tuesday at 23:00 when James will be accompanied by his trusty sidekick Nathaniel Metcalfe.
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.
Most well-known for his work with superstar-comedian and fellow Welshman Rhod Gilbert, stepping out of this man’s shadow would always prove an interesting journey – but Lloyd Langford is going for it, with his first solo stand-up tour.
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:
Well, after the long slog this week we’d like to welcome all our old friends from PPSF and all the new friends we’ve been making over the last couple of weeks on Facebook and Twitter to the brand new site. Although we have imported quite a bit of content from the old site to show you exactly what you can expect here, we thought the best way to inaugurate Comedy Chords had to be with one of our favourite sections, NEWSLEAK.
The second postcard has just arrived through our letterbox from Brighton. This time it’s from Piff the Magic Dragon:
What are your top 5 things to do/ see in Brighton?
– Buy hot donuts by the sea front
– Attempt to eat donuts whilst fending off hungry seagulls and one magic performing chihuahua.
– Realise defeat is inevitable and sacrifice 90% of donut purchase to seagulls.
– Wonder where chihuahua has gone.
– Realise he’s been eaten by still hungry seagull.
Which is your favourite bar?
Dragons aren’t allowed alcohol. It combusts. So instead I will nominate my favourite donut stand, which is the one that is nearest my venue.
What about your favourite restaurant?
See previous answer.
Tell us a shop you love and what have you bought there?
Daisy daisy. I bought a princess, king, prince & dragon finger puppet set. Righted a few wrongs that day with those bad boys.
Tell us a little story – What’s your funniest, weirdest or happiest Brighton experience?
Once I got a note from someone in the audience because they felt Mr Piffles’ eyes contained all the sadness in the world and he looked truly truly miserable. She wanted me to do something to cheer him up. Sadly however, that’s just his face.
The rest of Piff’s live dates can be found here.