Jen Brister: Meaningless

Ever wanted to know the meaning of life? No, neither has Jen, she’s too busy trying to stop her twins from using her shoes as a toilet.

Still, we’re only on this planet for a finite time, wouldn’t it be good to find a bit of meaning in your otherwise pointless existence?

Join Jen as she clutches at all the straws trying to make sense of it all.

“Blisteringly funny.”
List

“Outrageously funny.”
Metro

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Flo & Joan: Alive On Stage

Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs.

Winner: Best Musical Act – Leicester Comedy Festival 2018
Winner: Best Music and Variety Act – Chortle Awards 2018

“These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next.”
Telegraph

“Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes.”
Evening Standard

Running Time: 1hr 40mins (with interval)

Not really work in progress. More just something to do.

Daniel Kitson is getting out of the house, Staying loose, Ticking over, Keeping his eye in, Strengthening his core and putting some Shape in the Day Less like the first steps on a creative journey and more like someone rummaging through cupboards and making a pile of stuff for the charity shop.

Running Time: 90 mins (no interval)

Sleeping Trees: World Tour

Sleeping Trees have been travelling around the world! They’ve been scuba-diving at the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the ancient Inca trails of Peru and gone dogging in Blackpool. But what starts as an innocent journey of discovery soon leads to an intricate series of events, culminating in the secret mission to end all missions. A story of love, revenge and friendship, and by friendship, we mean revenge.

Winners of Merv’s Spirit of the Fringe 2017
Amused Moose Comedy Finalists 2016

“The birth child of monty python and league of gentlemen.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Phenomenal performers, brimming with verve and fizzing with invention.”
★★★★ Chortle

“A blockbuster hour of cleverly scripted fast laughs and energetic comedy.”
★★★★ The List

“A company set to rocket to stardom.”
★★★★★ Three Weeks

“Puns, heartbreak and visual humour the likes of which you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.”
★★★★ The Skinny

Faye Treacy & Evelyn Mok

Click here to see the full list of comedians performing as part of Chuckle Busters’ Edinburgh Preview Season 2018

THE PROBLEM WITH FAYE TREACY
When asked by her little sister for some career advice, Faye realised she’d spent the last half of her 20s trying to make trombone comedy work. Join Faye for an idiosyncratic tale about a South London foster family, why she’s decided she wants to become a step-dad and what it’s like to be quite often the only woman in the band. As heard on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Best Newcomer Musical Comedy Awards 2015
Runner-up Bath New Act 2016

“Treacy’s charm soon wins us round… her one-liners are expertly crafted and sharp.”
List

EVELYN MOK: BUBBLE BUTT
After an eventful year, Evelyn’s feeling the paradigm shift and trying to figure out her place in this brave new world. In this much-anticipated second hour, the sharp-witted comedian explores her agency, the third-culture-kid-experience, weight loss and what this shift means for her as a woman of colour. As seen on Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and Rhys Darby’s Furious Andrew (Channel 4).

Best Newcomer The Pleasance Indie Awards
BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017

“Uncensored, unapologetic and wildly refreshing.”
Broadway Baby

“Honest and revealing comedy… both poignant and funny.”
ShortCom

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Glenn Wool: Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate)

Comfortably in his forties, award-winning comedian and new dad Wool delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines.

Does he still agree with those points of view or has he finally grown up? Plus a little navel gazing tossed in for the arty-farty types.

“Lethally funny.”
Metro

“Absolutely hilarious.”
Independent

“Effortlessly funny… You have to go and see Glenn Wool.”
Guardian

“Why aren’t you in a queue somewhere buying a ticket?”
Scotsman

Running Time: 1 hour 30 mins

The Wardrobe Ensembwheel of Fortune!!!

Join us, The Wardrobe Ensemble, for ONE NIGHT ONLY as we bring to you… The Wardrobe Ensembwheel of Fortune! A night combining all your favourite gameshows and an actual real-life three-dimensional wheel of fortune.

Part pub quiz, part performance, with live music, highly desirable prizes and an original theme tune. And all in aid of raising funds for our upcoming show, South Western! Would be nice to see you, to see you…

Lovely Girls

Chess and Cristina are The Hiccup Project, a comedic dance-­theatre company. People commonly refer to them as ‘the lovely Hiccup girls.’ It’s got them thinking… It’s been 100 years since (some) women got the vote. This was a (bit of a) step towards gender equality, but how liberated are women today?

After diving into the world of romance and heartbreak in critically acclaimed multi-­award winning May-­We-­Go-­Round?, Cristina and Chess explore what it means to be a young woman in brand new show Lovely Girls.

As little women, and through their teen years, they were fed fairy tales, stories and images full of the idealized woman; beautiful, sweet, passive, lovely. Now, they are 27. They are feminists. They’ve read lots of books, had tons of conversations, and are feeling empowered. Yet they still find themselves on Google asking; “I feel good when an attractive man compliments me, am I still a feminist?” Chess and Cristina open up the confusing pot of contradictions, clichés and expectations, that face women today; Have lots of sex and be sexy, but not too much. Strive for a good career, but make time for everyone else. Have curves, but don’t be fat. Be assertive, but not bossy… Blimey!

Lovely Girls meanders through real women’s stories using The Hiccup Project’s potent blend of dance, theatre and comedy. It is an insight, a celebration and an ode to being a woman in the 21st Century. A show made by women for women and men, and everyone, regardless of gender.

WINNER – Outstanding Theatre Award, Brighton Fringe 2015
WINNER – South East Dance Award, Brighton Fringe 2015
WINNER – Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award 2015
NOMINATED – Audience Choice Award, Brighton Fringe 2015

“Physical comedy and dance are stupendous companions when they work – and Chess and Cristina have the energy and the intelligence to make it work.”
★★★★★ Fringe Guru

“Theatre and dance that throws custard pies at convention. Outstanding.”
★★★★★ Fringe Review

“Comparable to French and Saunders… their work defies theatrical convention in every sense.”
★★★★ Miro Magazine

“Men will laugh from their very core… in a story every woman can relate to.”
★★★★ Total Theatre (on May-We-Go-Round?)

Image: Paul Seaby
Ages 12+
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane?

‘Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians…’ Come and see us do all of this – and more!

Venus is about to collide with Earth! A multi-character melange of opinion paints the stage rainbow coloured, sequined, hairy and fleshy pink. Blending music, comedy, drag, movement, dance, buffon and the grotesque, Queen Cunt sees all power to the feminine, the wrathful, the sensual! In an age of Harvey Weinsteins, where passing trends compel some to surgical operation, where mainstream porn has hijacked sensuality, we delve into the wild waters of our womanhood, reclaiming the body in a joyful, dark and often anarchic exploration.

Why is it that the oldest term for the female genitalia in the English language is such a shocking and criminal expression? – Expect darkly comic, expect personal perspective, expect not turning a blind eye to gender based violence and expect a joyful reclaiming of the feminine, whilst unashamedly shedding light on the patriarchal systems that keep us all bound. With absurd sketches from characters ranging from Virgin Mary, to Theresa May, from Burt the drag king, to Frida Kahlo, this is a quest of two comedic female performers to tell it how it has never been told before! What is left that really is sacred and feminine, and what exactly is profane? Fuck capitalism, fuck abusing mother nature, lets all get together and make sweet love!

“Feels so richly topical, so multi-directional and so alive… Like their surrealist counterparts The Mighty Boosh, Ward & Fish are gifted performers.”
★★★★ Bristol 24/7

“Empowered femininity and glorious absurdity… These women have created an experience that manages to make the awkward comfortable and the absurd a reality… Will leave you wanting to overthrow the patriarchy and actually loving your genitals.”
State Of The Arts

“A queerly delightful sketch show that packs a political punch… An array of funny, alarming, sometimes relatable and always memorable characters.”
★★★★ LGBTQ Arts

“A c*nt-troversal contemporary Vagina Monologues, dripping with dark humour… A stunning kaleidoscope of character changes… a celebration of women, pleasure and the many differing shades of sexuality… this show will change lives.”
Weston-Super-Mum

Trigger Warning: This show explores issues surrounding consent, assault and pornography
Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Sexy

‘Oi, you. Sentient flesh owner. I have some questions for you. Do you think you’re sexy? What do you find sexy? What does sexy even mean?’

As a young woman who loves poetry, smashing the patriarchy and a well timed slut drop, this has been a question that has plagued Vanessa her whole life. Sexy uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness, exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress.

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artists and general empress of blag, based in Bristol. She has won several slam titles including the Hammer & Tongue National Slam and Roundhouse Poetry Slam. She has performed at an array of festivals, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party and has been invited to support the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kate Tempest, Dizraeli and David J. You may have seen her ‘alter ego’ Shonda Rhymes, smashing the patriarchy through the world of battle rap league Don’t Flop. Vanessa is the recipient of the 2017 Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.

Directed by Rob Watt with Movement by Lucy Bairstow, Produced by Liz Counsell

Saturday’s performance will be BSL interpreted
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)