The Cambridge Comedy Festival launched on Friday 10 July with a fantastic show at The Corn Exchange. I’ll be updating this blog every day throughout the Festival. Show descriptions are taken from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.
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A proper Comedy Club for anyone over the age of 8. Top comics minus the rude bits.
Tom Webb at Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Junction, July 2014
Jo Caulfield: Cancel My Subscription
Sharp-witted, award-winning comedian unleashes caustic one-liners and embarrassing confessions. Drunken girlfriends, delusional parents and sarcastic Scotsmen all feel the brunt of Jo’s acerbic tongue. Star of Radio 4’s It’s That Jo Caulfield Again and Jo Caulfield’s Speakeasy. Seen on Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week.
Romesh Ranganathan: Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day
Romesh Ranganathan is an inadequate human being. He is trying to improve himself, reading self-help books, watching documentaries and delivering witty repartee at parties. Nominated for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, Best Newcomer 2013. As seen on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and Stand Up For The Week. Romesh’s profile has grown as has the respect from his peers, which has resulted in him writing for numerous shows and supporting the likes of Seann Walsh, Bill Burr, Paul Chowdhry and one of his heroes Ricky Gervais.
Sarah Kendall: Touchdown
She Came. She Saw. She Conquered the Australian Newcastle and District Under-14s Touch Rugby Competition. In 1992, Sarah Kendall was forced to play Women’s Touch Rugby and accidentally made history as one-tenth of the greatest under-14s team ever assembled. Catch the brand new show and rare UK appearance from the hugely talented Australian Sarah Kendal whose credits include Perrier Award Nominee, Time Out London Comedy Award Nominee and Herald Angel Award Winner.
Seann Walsh: 28
2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and comedy’s fastest
rising star Seann Walsh returns to the Fringe with an all-new hour.
Star of C4’s Stand Up For The Week, BBC1’s Live At The Apollo and his own
DVD. Seann is a charming and charismatic natural born observational
storyteller, and one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to
emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years.
Friday 18 July
The Comedy Zone: 3 comedian showcase
The Fringe’s funniest, most prestigious and longest running showcase is back! Previously bringing you the likes of Dave Gorman, Russell Howard, Al Murray, Russell Kane and many more, The Comedy Zone is the go to showcase to see the stars of tomorrow. This year we are proud to introduce Fern Brady(NATY Runner-up 2013), Rhys Mathewson (New Zealand Comedy Guild winner 2012 and Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show 2013) and Richard Todd (BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2102)
Fern Brady at the Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Junction, July 2014
Rich Wilson: One Foot in the Gays
Eagerly awaited debut from one of the comedy circuits best acts, who’s
supported Micky Flanagan and acts like Frank Skinner have been singing
his praises. He’s immensely charming and side-splittingly funny – catch
him now before he’s filling arenas.
Jen Brister: Wishful Thinker
Jen Brister returns with a brand new show and this time it’s all about politics. OK, that’s not strictly true, Jen wants to be more politically active, she wants to take a stand for the things she believes in! But she also wants to go to the garden centre. Can she fit it all in or is that just – Wishful Thinking?
A legend in Ireland who outsells any other Irish comic. His record-breaking ticket sales extend across the world, including the UK, USA and Canada. His mastery of stand-up allows him to take risks other comedians dare not. Through hilarious story telling and a high energy, non-apologetic delivery he is continually challenging his audience who can be confident they are in safe hands. To see him live is a rare treat, as his stories unfold and themes are elaborated his performance mesmerizes, as his lyrical way with words make you laugh harder than you’d ever believe possible. Joyful, uplifting, inspirational and breathtakingly funny.
Thursday 17 July
Josh Widdicombe – Work in Progress
Rather than an Edinburgh preview, Josh was working through new material for his spring 2015 tour. Josh is fast establishing himself as one of the best new comedy acts on the UK circuit.
Nathan Caton: Teenage Mutant Nathan Caton
The award-winning Nathan Caton (BBC2’s Mock the Week, BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show, News Quiz and Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing) brings his wonderfully entertaining new show to the Edinburgh Festival. Filled with heart-warming family tales and endearing personal anecdotes, this charming young comic and future star gives a hilarious insight into his world. ‘Excellent storytelling skills keep the crowd easily entertained’ (ThreeWeeks). ‘Compelling, well-observed stand-up’ (Guardian).
Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Vol 2)
Arthur Smith reprises this widely acclaimed show, the second of a trilogy, which premiered at last year’s Fringe, enjoyed a sold out run at the Soho Theatre in London and was transmitted on Radio 4 in January. Channelling Leonard Cohen, Arthur muses on dementia, death and decline to hilarious and poetic effect. He is enhanced and accompanied by the Smithereens, the world’s most tuneful and beautiful backing trio. Mournful, poetic but ultimately invigorating and ‘painfully funny’ (Sunday Times). ‘A musical and comical triumph’ (Terence Blacker,Independent).
Wednesday 16 July
After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, ‘The King of Edinburgh’ (List) is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness, whether the term cool comedian is an oxymoron, bouncing joyously on the sofa and how Herring’s whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16. Can he revisit the joke thirty years on or will it smash his old bones? ‘Dependably funny’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘A new Richard Herring show is a never-ending cause for delight’ (List).
Paul McCaffrey: Paul or Nothing
Star of BBC3’s Impractical Jokers, as seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, returns with a new hour of top quality anecdotal stand-up. A regular headline act at all of the major UK comedy clubs, McCaffrey is a guaranteed good time. ‘A total natural, his storytelling is utterly unique, never anything less than gut-bustingly hilarious’ (GQ). ‘A disbelieving glance from him can destroy a room. Surely a pick for the next series of Live at the Apollo, McCaffrey simply has funny bones’ (Shortlist). ‘Born to be a comic’ (Scotsman).
Carl Donnelly: Now That’s What I Carl Donnelly Vol. 6
Join 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Carl Donnelly for another ‘ludicrously funny hour’ (Skinny) of stories and observations from his life since last August. This ‘cuban heel boot wearing hippy’ (BroadwayBaby.com) has spent part of the year travelling around the world in a bid to find himself. Unfortunately he found out he’s an idiot! Sit back and enjoy an hour in the company of ‘a complete natural’ (Chortle.co.uk) and an ‘observational genius’ (Guardian)
Mark Watson: Flaws
‘Edinburgh’s highest achiever this decade. A huge comic presence’ (Times). ‘Smart, bittersweet, rich and absorbing’ (Telegraph). ‘Brilliantly, darkly funny’ (Chortle.co.uk). Winner of five major comedy awards. 24-hour-show luminary. Novelist. Watson (host of BBC’s We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week regular and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better) returns to Edinburgh. This is his darkest, most personal show yet. Luckily, also his funniest. Book early.
Tuesday 15 July
Eric Lampaert: Testiculating (Waving Your Arms Talking B*ll*cks)
Eric Lampaert does what he knows best. All you need to know is in the title. ‘Uniquely talented stand-up and expert improviser’ (GQ). ‘He makes it look so easy. This is a man with very funny bones’ **** (Daily Express). ‘Likeable and enjoying, sweeping up the audience in the sheer energy of his performance. The strength of his character rips through the room like a mini-hurricane’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Delightfully weird’ **** (Time Out). ‘Quirky, with an eye for the absurd and a couple of near-Izzardian flourishes… energy is such that it’s almost osmotic’ (Stage).
Steve Frost Improv All Stars
If you’re a fan of the cult TV show ‘Whose Line is it anyway’ you will love this show with its rapid-fire wit and hilarious improvisation. Every show is unique and ingenuous with improvised unscripted sketches and routines based on audience suggestion. With original ‘Whose Line’ cast members Steve Frost and Steve Steen and Comedy Store Players regular’s Andy Smart and Dave Johns.
‘Hilarious uproar’ Guardian
‘Some of the finest improvisers in the world’ Eddie Izzard
Liam Williams: Capitalism
Less pathetic now, Williams follows his Best Newcomer nominated debut with a free show about money. Let Edinburgh tremble. He’s in Sheeps if you’re a fan of them, though his solo stuff is a bit different tonally. If you like television he’s done a few things for that: Russell Howard’s Good News, Comedy Central At The Comedy Store, something for Channel 4. And if you’re old, he’s been on BBC Radio 4, like, three times. ‘Beautifully crafted’ ***** (Metro). ‘A rather special stand-up’ (Telegraph).
Liam Williams at Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Junction July 2014
Andrew Maxwell: Hubble Bubble
Award nominee and star of the Edinburgh Fringe, Andrew Maxwell returns for just 12 shows, with a fantastic new hour of mischievous charm and boundary-nudging wit. As seen on BBC’s Live at The Apollo, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, ITV’s Celebrity Juice, RTE’s The Panel and so much more… Total sell-out 2006-2013. Book now! ‘Furiously funny and utterly invigorating’ ***** (Times). ‘Currently on fire. A knack for vivid story-telling … the complete package’ ***** (Independent on Sunday).