The Not So Late Show With Ross & Josh

Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre.

A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material joined by a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene.

“Classier and less raucous than average” Bristol 24/7
“Splendid comedy session” Bristol Post

THE NOT SO LATE SHOW WITH ROSS AND JOSH

Join your hosts Ross Brierley and Joshua Sadler as they take the late-night chat show to its illogical conclusion. A multimedia extravaganza from the creators of UK Garage Horse Racing ‘The funniest thing in the world’ Comedy Central.

They will be joined by a handful of up and coming comedians and fascinating special guests plus sketches, short films and nonsensical games.

“Takes its cues from early Reeves and Mortimer. The Not So Late Show is setting a high benchmark for alternative comedy” Yorkshire Post

Chris Betts plus Liam Pickford & Guests

Every Friday night Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians at The Wardrobe Theatre.

A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material joined by a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene.

“Classier and less raucous than average” Bristol 24/7
“Splendid comedy session” Bristol Post

CHRIS BETTS

Chris Betts’ mind is a curious place, where the philosophical meets the ridiculous. His shows are a perfect balance of incisive social satire and complete silliness. He has a style that is equal parts confident, thoughtful, ridiculous and mischievous.

“An enticing prospect, a Canadian who deals in off-kilter thoughts sharpened by the occasional prod at taboo topics” Independent

LIAM PICKFORD

Liam Pickford has crafted his own unique brand of stand up, mixing cleverly honed material and punchlines with excitingly unpredictable audience interaction mixed in with a hint of whimsy, all delivered in a wonderfully unenthusiastic and grumpy style.

“He’s got funny bones, and a scattergun mind that doesn’t quite work like anybody else’s” Chortle

Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games

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Wardrobe Theatre regulars, Squeezy Green and Finney Haddock present this two-show special of circus themed games to celebrate Bristol’s Circus City festival. The two hosts will take you through a series of games and challenges. Play from the safety of your seat or take the opportunity to go head to head against another challenger. Squeezy has run game shows before, but now the hosts are (knife) throwing their circus skills into the mix… Prepare for the unexpected! Squeezy promises to host a somersaulting big top of an afternoon with games you wouldn’t be allowed to play at home. So roll up roll up; thrills, spills and more fun than you could pack into a popcorn stand.

This special edition will be made by theatre makers and circus performers Gwendolyn Scott and Megan Brooks and will feature mystery guest local circus legends!!

“It was fun and I loved being able to clap like crazy.”
Audience member age 6

“Funny, interactive and spontaneous.”
Dad Audience Feedback

“That show was so good I held a wee wee in the whole time!”
Audience member aged 8

Royal Vauxhall

It’s 1988 and London is partying hard under the spectre of AIDS, the scrutiny of the press and the promise of a summer of love. When Princess Diana dreams of a wild night out away from relentless paparazzi and ruthless Royals, her unlikely best friends Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett know there is only one place to take her… The only trouble is: how the hell are they going to get one of the most famous faces in the world into the RVT without blowing her cover?

Marking the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in outrageously irreverent style, Royal Vauxhall is the best night out in the 80s you were never able to attend… until now.

“Brilliantly funny.”
★★★★★ Three Weeks

“Gobsmacking.”
★★★★★ This Is Cabaret

“A masterwork.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Best thing we’ve seen.”
★★★★★ Bouquets & Brickbats

“Great on every level.”
★★★★★ Musical Talk

How To Win Against History

Henry Cyril Paget was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century scandal. His fabulous flame burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely until he died at just 29, after which his outraged family destroyed every record of him ever having had existed.

Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. A frothy, glossy costume drama musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.

How To Win Against History was the solid gold, sparkly-diamond-studded hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

“A work of genius.”
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“Gleeful, ludicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Deliriously entertaining.”
★★★★★ What’s On Stage

WINNER: The Stage Edinburgh Award & Broadway Baby Bobby

Seiriol Davies is a composer, writer and performer from Anglesey, Wales. He trained with Thomas Prattki at LISPA, and has made work with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, One Tenth Human, Giant Bird, Kristin Fredricksson & Beady Eye, Rififi and Boileroom, with whom he won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. “Mess”, which he created with Caroline Horton & Co, premiered at the Traverse, Edinburgh in 2012, winning awards including The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Argus Angel. He was Cyril Millions in the cult retro-punk time-travelling music hall act Underbling & Vow, wrote and performed with Weimar-glam art band Temper Temper and was a founder member of the Brighton-based performance collective Beatabet.

No performances on 4th or 5th November.

Reservoir Cats

Ruthless, wise-cracking and overly affectionate around feeding time, meet notorious pussy posse, The Reservoir Cats – a ferocious feline foursome on their way to crash the annual Jellicle Ball, intent on stealing the big prize. But when this botched heist turns into a cruel bloodbath, paws and pistols are pointed: Who can be trusted? Did someone let the cat out of the bag? Is one of them a rat? With the fuzz closing in fast, who will survive to tell the tail – Mr Pink, Mr Blonde or The Magical Mr Mistoffelees?

Slick, smart and devilishly funny, Reservoir Cats is the 7th darkly comic Christmas show created by The Wardrobe Theatre, the makers of Rocky: A Horror Show, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Muppits Die Hard. An ill-fated fusion of cultural opposites, the show is inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s iconic 1992 breakthrough crime thriller and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved classic 1981 West End musical, blended to create something new, exciting and very, very funny.

“There are laughs aplenty, not the polite laughter of the theatre crowd but real genuine guffaws from an audience with a drink in hand and ready to have a good time.”
★★★★ The Reviews Hub on Rocky: A Horror Show

“A smash hit must-see… Fantastically entertaining.”
★★★★ The Fix on Rocky: A Horror Show

“Really fantastic characters, ingenious gags and wonderful references… hilarious and thoroughly entertaining.”
The Reviews Hub on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

“A zany alternative to the Christmas schmaltz, grab a drink and enjoy the action.”
★★★★ Whats On Stage on Muppits Die Hard

David Gibb – Climb That Tree

Climb That Tree is the brand new live show and album from award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb. Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. This latest release builds on the success of his critically acclaimed debut album Letters Through Your Door, released October 2014, which had families across the UK singing (quite literally!) its praises. David’s songwriting draws from a wide range of musical influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics.

Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.

“Prepare to be carried away with the music… packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers.”
The Guardian

“David Gibb has a well-deserved cult following for his stage show which includes tales of dragons and driving chocolate cars. His lyrics are genuinely side-splitting and tunes guaranteed to get stuck in your head for days.”
Creative Tourist

Closer Each Day: Back To Skool Special!

Join Closer Each Day Company and the beloved inhabitants of Newtown for a 2-hour special of the improvised soap opera as we discover what live was like at school for the community with bonus extra-curricular activities and some very special guests!

Was Fred a rebel or a teacher’s pet?
Has Reg always been so awkward?
And what was Big Dick like when he was just a Little Dick?
Find out at Closer Each Day’s Back To Skool special!

Closer Each Day’s last performance before the summer is a fundraiser to help take the company to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 where they will be performing the improvised soap opera; This Is Soap. It will be Closer Each Day Company’s first time at the festival and it’s a big chance to make the company known to the world beyond Bristol!

“Quick-witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery. ”
★★★★ Stage Talk

“So consistently gripping it’s incredible to think it’s created off the cuff.”
Visit Bristol

Performed at Bristol Grammar School’s 1532 Performing Arts Centre

Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, Bristol, BS8 1SJ

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked-about comics of the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, ‘Shimmer Shatter’, was a second total sell-out.

She’s spoken to millions as former host of ‘Guilty Feminist’ and current host of ‘Made of Human’ podcasts, and appeared on ‘The One Show’, ‘The Now Show’ and ‘Live From The BBC’.

This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument, and jokes. Also: one parable.

Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2015
Chortle Awards Best Newcomer 2014

“Eye-catchingly odd and disarmingly honest.”
Independent

“Compelling, beautifully constructed.”
Guardian

“Today’s stand up comedy fan kids are lucky to have her. She makes the world a less scary place.”
Beyond The Joke

“Consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show.”
Chortle

Cliff Jumping For Beginners

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The fools return as part of Circus City Festival to explore the theme of risk with a three day mini-festival of fooling where each show will be different.

We all have voices in our heads: people we’ve met, aspects of ourselves, bizarre and banal creatures cobbled from emotions and memories. Instead of wishing they’d shut up, the fools of Beyond The Ridiculous invite them out to play!

Expertly facilitated by Holly Stoppit, fresh from her three sold out shows, the fools will leap into the limitless possibilities of each moment. You may laugh, cry or stare dumbfounded and for once the voices in your head will discover they are not alone.

“Both incredibly funny and incredibly moving.”
The Huffington Post