Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

With Showtime Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival’s most universally acclaimed acts. Now, it’s ‘showtime’ for the rest of the country.

Andrew is known for his eagle-eyed, passionate current-affairs comedy, showcased in his many appearances on BBC Radio 4 (News Quiz, Welcome To Wherever You Are, Public Enemies). He’s been seen on – among others – Live at the Apollo (BBC One), Have I Got News for You (BBC One), Celebrity Juice (ITV2) and Mock the Week (BBC Two); and to a whole new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV’s Ex On The Beach.

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee
Winner: Time Out Live Award – Best Stand-up

“One of the most significant comedians working in the country today.”
★★★★★ The Independent

“Showtime is a masterclass in mirth, sublime timing, and killer punchlines.”
★★★★★ The Herald

Running Time: 1hr 40m (incl. interval)

Monkey Tennis: LIVE

Following sold-out shows in London, an appearance at Comic Con, broadsheet acclaim and an iTunes #1, Monkey Tennis – the Alan Partridge Fan Podcast, heads to Bristol for the first time.

Expect insight, speculation, tangents and nonsense as four Alan enthusiasts bring this unofficial podcast to The Wardrobe Theatre, discussing, dissecting and celebrating episodes from the second series of Alan’s Mid Morning Matters.

Please note: The Bristol show will focus on episodes 1 + 2 of Mid Morning Matters series 2. The show will not be screened as part of the event, so we recommend you (re)watch it beforehand.

“One of the best TV and film podcasts.”
The Telegraph

Running time: 90 mins (no interval)

The Family Blimp

The Klump Company throw open their front door and cordially invite you in to meet The Family Blimp.

Physical theatre, grotesque clown and a lick of the absurd come together in a slightly monstrous, slightly delicious, look at how we create our identity – and what we will do to protect it. How far will one family go to defend themselves from the outside world (and each other?) After all, there’s no place like home.

Suitable for ages 14+

Klump Company are a brand spanking new ensemble, fresh from internationally acclaimed Ecole de Jacque Lecoq. We could mime the knickers of you granny. We probably won’t though…

“Hilarious and unexpected- like nothing I’ve seen before!”
Audience Feedback

“Physically brilliant – a very talented cast.”
Audience Feedback

Steve Bugeja & Bilal Zafar

STEVE BUGEJA: SUMMER CAMP
Its 2009 and an eighteen year old Steve Bugeja decides to spend his summer working at a kids? camp in America, dreaming of red cups, beach parties and being mistaken for Prince Harry. Unfortunately, coming to America doesn’t stop him from being notoriously terrible with children and even worse at talking to women.

Join BBC New Comedy Award winner Steve Bugeja as he relives that fateful summer in his brand new show ?Summer Camp?, his third solo show following two critically acclaimed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe.

As seen on Love Island Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard?s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and heard on BBC Radio 4?s Fresh From The Fringe. Steve has recently returned from The Melbourne Comedy Festival, where he appeared in the prestigious Opening Night Gala and Comedy Up Late on ABC.

“Bugeja has an eye for original comic detail that?s all his own.”
The Guardian

“Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling.”
Scotsman

“Truly hilarious.”
Fest Mag

BILAL ZAFAR: BISCUIT
Join 2016 Best Newcomer nominee and Hackney Empire New Act of the Year winner of the same year as he explores the fascinating world of online dating and finding love on social media in increasingly confusing times. He has appeared on Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for the Independent.

“Catch him before he hits the mainstream.”
Guardian

“Fascinating and hilarious in equal measure.”
i-D

“Endearing, relaxed and naturally funny… hilarious.”
EdFestMag

Blah’s Big Weekend: Harry & Chris (with support from Erin Bolems)

Featuring some of the biggest names in spoken word, Blah’s Big Weekend returns this June for three days jam-packed with alliteration, assonance, metaphor and rhyme at its finest

Having played together for over 10 years, World Poetry Slam champion Harry Baker teams up with jazz musician Chris Read for the imaginatively titled Harry and Chris. After sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a feature on The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), they are excited to be returning to Bristol to delight audiences with their combination of comedy, jazz and rap.

Nachos

In Juarez, on the Mexican border with the USA, one man is making millions; a modern day Robin Hood to his countrymen and an enemy to the United States. Everyday his empire grows and grows, and with it so does the body count. The Nachos Kingpin will stop at nothing until his legacy is assured. On the other side of the border, a rough round the edges and diligent DEA agent is given the assignment of a lifetime, stop the flow of illegal tasty nachos flooding State side, end the murderous crisp war once for all, and take down the Kingpin, permanently.

En Juarez, en la frontera de los EE. UU. y México, un solo hombre gana millones; un Robin Hood contemporáneo para sus compatriotas y un enemigo para los Estados Unidos. Día a día crece su imperio y, en seguida, la tasa de mortandad. El Capo de Nachos no se detendrá ante nada hasta asegurar su legado. Al otro lado de la frontera, un agente diligente y tosco de la DEA recibe un único encargo: parar la llegada de los sabrosos nachos ilegales que inundan los Estados Unidos, terminar definitivamente la violenta guerra de las tortillas crujientes y derrotar al mismísimo Capo para siempre.

Nachos es la nueva comedia de la compañía The Wardrobe Theatre.  Después del gran éxito del verano pasado “Kirk Vs Ming”, esta entrañable interpretación de Narcos de Netflix promete acción explosiva y risa en estado puro.

“Simply faultless… a triumph… so funny you will probably want to see it a more than once!”
★★★★★ The Fix on Reservoir Mogs

“A grin-and-laugh factor that little I have seen this year can match.”
★★★★ StageTalk Magazine on Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Suitable for ages 14+
This show will be performed in both English and Spanish
Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval)

Kidocracy

The ancient Irish know-it-all Brehon has awoken from a 400 year slumber to find the world in a state of chaos. The grown-ups have clearly made a mess of things and so Brehon offers the boys and girls a chance to rule the island of Kidocracy. In just under an hour, they must elect leaders, come up with rules that rock and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t just all fun, fun, fun, there’s stuff to be done as well.

A unique and exciting performance for children that shows the importance of participation in a democracy, Kidocracy gives a young audience the chance to learn a little bit about politics and governing while having fun at the same time. Focusing on various challenges, the audience get to debate (in an entertaining way) the problems the world is facing and how they would deal with it, creating a sense that participation is vital and that everyone’s voice is important. Kidocracy involves all the audience giving children confidence to speak up and hopefully take an interest in what’s going on the world. If nothing else, maybe Kidocracy will inspire enthusiasm in the youngest generation to fix the mistakes of the grown-ups of which there are plenty!

“Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny.”
Time Out

“Kidocracy is a really entertaining, funny kid’s show with loads of great audience participation to keep all ages entertained and laughing. Brehon’s Irish charm engages the children straight away.”
Primary Times

“Funny, interactive, lively, intriguing, democratic.”
Alice, aged 10 (Festmag Junior Reviewer)

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Larry Dean: Fandan

Extra date added due to phenomenal demand!

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean brings his critically-acclaimed new show on tour following a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and a debut appearance on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo.

Enjoy “unexpected and excellent” (Sunday Times) storytelling from one of UK comedy’s fiercest new talents.

As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store
British Comedy Guide Top 10 Best Reviewed Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

“Confessional storytelling at its funniest.”
The Herald

“Dean’s work is as good as Kevin Bridges.”
The List

“Has the easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too.”
Guardian

Parlour Games

It’s 1848 and Europe is revolting. As foreign royals topple at an alarming rate, how long will it be before the whispers of revolution reach the proud shores of old Blighty? With an isolated, postnatal Queen intent on playing solitaire, can the future of the British monarchy be saved before those dastardly working-classes start uprising or will it all end in a real-life wink murder? Expect clowning, cream cakes and jokes about history in this gender-bending new show which asks why Britain refuses to play by continental rules.

Featuring Gaulier-trained clown Lucy Harrington (Wake Up & Deirdrealize, Nincompoop) as Prince Albert and 6ft 3″ Peter Baker (Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera, Murder She Didn’t Write) as the pocket-sized monarch herself. A co-production by The Wardrobe Theatre (Reservoir Mogs, Rocky: A Horror Show, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears) and Sharp Teeth Theatre (The Fox & The Child).

“Simply faultless… a triumph… so funny you will probably want to see it a more than once!”
★★★★★ The Fix on The Wardrobe Theatre’s Reservoir Mogs

“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 The Wardrobe Theatre’s Rocky: A Horror Show

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery | Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible

Lisa Berg: The Love of Stationery – 8pm

‘I collect bags of sugar from cafes and restaurants I’m in. I have a big collection. Often I forget that I’ve taken them with me home and somehow, if you apply time and pressure, they have the tendency to explode…’

A one-woman dark comedy exploring the innermost thoughts of “Woman” – a collector of common things. She works in a stationery shop. Orderly displays of writing materials, and collecting irregular verbs, are her keenest passions. But one day an attractive man walks in to buy an eraser… and it’s love at first sight. At least for her. Plans are devised to land this man, to make him hers. Her dreams are shattered though when he is spotted talking to Deanne… funnier, smarter and more beautiful than Woman. Deanne cannot win. She cannot. Looks like Woman has some erasing of her own to do… A show that leaves us rooting for the underdog, while vowing to buy our stationery online in future….

“A wonderfully subtle one-woman performance.”
★★★★ FestMag

Ellen Waddell: Don’t Be Terrible – 9.30pm

Can comedy save your love life? Self-confessed nice guy Steve thinks so. That’s why he’s asked Alice, an up and coming stand-up, how to make people laugh. It’s his last-ditch attempt to distract his girlfriend from the ‘funny’ guy at work. Unfortunately, misanthrope Alice believes in comedy much more than she believes in love, and may not be quite the guru he was expecting. A comedy about comedy, that asks whether ‘nice’ is ever ‘funny’, and whether ‘sexy’ is ever ‘nice.’

“Entertaining and delightful.”
Broadway Baby

“A promising talent.”
The List