As comedians, actors and an assortment of other, perhaps more peculiar performers prepare their material for the inaugural Edinburgh Fringe, Moseley is going under the spotlight itself this February as it hosts its very own Comedy Festival.
With the stage set at one the suburbs newest venues, The Dark Horse, Moseley Comedy Festival will host an array of acts across 4-days, allowing performers to test out material before heading to the internationally renowned festival.
Running from Sunday 1st February – Wednesday 4th February, each day will see two different acts perform before the festival culminates with the New Act Award, where one of the up and coming acts picks up the coveted title alongside a cash prize and a guaranteed, paid slot at a future Cheeky Monkey Comedy Show.
Full listings for the festival can be found below. For more information visit www.moseleycomedyfestival.com
Sunday 1st February
8pm – Gary Colman presents: Ticklin’ Mice
Geordie funny man Gary Colman (“Fearlessly funny… the best deadpan act since Jack Dee so it’s unsurprising that Frank Skinner’s a fan.”- GQ) presents a ‘work in progress’ of his new show. Expect another beautiful, heart warming comedy show about the crushing banality of family life!
“A seasoned gag-smith with a sharp eye for the absurdities of family life”. (Bruce Dessau London Evening Standard 2013)
“Laugh out loud… not much in this hour misses the mark”. (Kate Copstick. The Scotsman 2013)
9.40pm – Iszi Lawrence presents: The Z-List Dead List
Not everyone can go down in history… until now! Comedian Iszi Lawrence (***** Louder Than War) hosts a comedy show where four obscure people from history compete to have their name put on The Z List Dead List. Who wins? You decide! Expect silliness, violence, sex and death.
The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc. You can find it on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/gb/ podcast/the-z-list-dead-list/ id915778702?mt=2 or go to the website www.zlistdeadlist.com
Monday 2nd February
8pm – Geoff Norcott presents: Man of Speil
Previously Nominated ‘Best New Show’ at the Leicester Comedy festival, Geoff Norcott is back with a hilarious hour of leftie-baiting stand up.
‘Genuine iconoclast’ Chortle
‘Fearless, very, very funny ****’ Broadway Baby
‘Brilliantly funny, and exciting to watch’ Sarah Millican
Geoff has appeared on ‘Comedy Store at Comedy Central’ and Written for ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Stand up for the week’
9.40 pm Russell Hicks presents: An evening with Russell Hicks
“Hicks has a sharp wit.. the pessimism of Jack Dee mixed with the deadpan aggression of Denis Leary. A rip-roaring night of tough love from a witty comedian ****”, Broadwaybaby.com
“a gift…very funny”, Stand Up Talk
“Russell Hicks is Amazing”, ADN
“Astonishing, astonishing and astonishing… took the roof of the place. The audience were at times almost collapsing with laughter on the floor. Reminiscent of watching early Ross Noble. Brilliant”, Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club – Nov-2014
Tuesday 3rd February
8pm – Diane Spencer presents: Power Tool
Award winning comedian Diane Spencer’s brand new show for 2015! In 2014, Diane and the love of her life began the search for their dream home but both being cash-strapped comedians, the situation was bleak. Then, out of the blue, Diane got a phone call from media personality Nancy Dell’Olio, asking to meet her at The Ivy. This is the story of possibly one of the strangest years in Diane’s life: will she achieve her dream home and can she turn a bonkers rich woman into a theatrical star?
Diane Spencer won the Chortle Best Newcomer 2011 and was The New Current’s Woman of the Year in 2013. She has written 5 stand-up hour-long shows, achieving critical acclaim and recognition for her edgy storytelling and charm.
“Her wacky and irreverent storytelling will charm, shock and uplift you. Not for the fainthearted, but also not to be missed.” ThreeWeeks (5 stars)
9.40pm Sheraz Yousaf presents: Tight Tee-Shirt Rapport
Description – Wearing possibly some of the tightest t-shirts known to man, Sheraz draws on his own life experiences in a fresh, forthcoming style. Using humble self-deprecation blended with brilliant comic delivery, his likeable personality will make you laugh and want to buy him a sparkling water (with lime) afterwards!
Wednesday 4th February
The Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club New Act of the Year Final
9 up-and-coming comedians do ten minute spots with aim of winning a £100 cash prize and a guaranteed paid 20 min spot at this club at a future date too