Jonathan Kay: Know One’s Fool

Only a fool could conjure up so rich and absurd a world from thin air and exit the theatre with the audience as part of the show. All rules are thrown aside and no two shows are ever the same. A show absolutely like no other you will ever see, The Know One’s Fool Showalk is an open door to the imagination.

Jonathan Kay’s shows are interactive, playful, shocking, reality bending, challenging and extremely funny. It’s improvisation at its most confounding, poignant and humorous where all notion of audience and performer gets tipped upon it’s head, and a conversation between audience and The Fool leads to a journey through both the mundane and the sublime.

“Not stand-up, but this new latest one-man show is from a performer and teacher about the fool who could well have an influence on stand-up in the future… Highly recommended for anyone out for something different.”
Time Out

“Making them laugh at themselves to understand themselves. It is what a good fool is supposed to do… Wickedly funny and completely unpredictable.”
The Guardian

“Quite unlike anything I have seen before. I have never been challenged so much in the theatre. Kay is a master of his art.”
The Irish Times

“In this brilliant and entirely improvised one-man show he leaves the audience dizzy.”
The Independent

Jonathan Kay is a 21 st century Fool. He is recognised as a leading performer in the ‘Theatre of Immediacy’ of Fooling and is a highly respected practitioner and teacher of Fooling workshops. He is the founder of the largest street theatre festival in the UK, The Hat Fair, and is an Honorary Fellow of The University of Winchester. He has performed and taught in Canada, the USA, Australia, South Korea and Jordan and extensively throughout Europe and the UK, including time at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Theatre in London.

Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval)

George Egg: Movable Feast

George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic. Three plates of gourmet food cooked live in the most unconventional ways and with the opportunity to taste the results at the end, provided you can stop laughing.

“Brilliantly funny.”
The Observer

“Trust us, you won’t believe how good the food tastes.”
The Scotsman

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Friday Night Comedy – Bec Hill & Pat Cahill

Regular Friday nights Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians in The Wardrobe Theatre (“a perfect room for comedy” – Stuart Goldsmith). A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material, plus a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene. Top acts that have performed with us recently include Nish Kumar, Fern Brady, Ed Gamble, Spencer Jones and Mark Steel so you never know who might turn up!

“Classier and less raucous than average.” Bristol 24/7

BEC HILL
The award-winning Australian comedian who you either know from Twitter, telly, or a Facebook post your mate put up, comes to Bristol! With a mix of brand new material and “the gold”, you’re guaranteed an entertaining night of silly stories, props and of course, flipcharts.

“Hill is a multi-coloured ray of eternal sunshine. In a world of pain and darkness, her total lack of cynicism is refreshing.” Scotsman

“Silly, fun and a seemingly bottomless well of enjoyment, Bec Hill on stage is someone we all should aspire to be.” Broadway Baby

PAT CAHILL
From winning Chortle Best Newcomer and Hackney Empire New Act Awards in 2012, Pat has gone on to become a perennially daft presence on the alternative comedy scene in the UK and internationally. His own style of “controlled silliness” (Fest) has led him to appearances on Dave’s One Night Stand, Sky Arts, BBC3 and BBC Radio 4.

“Wonderfully weird.” The Guardian

“True star quality.” Evening Standard

PLUS – NEIL O’ROURKE & WILL DUGGAN (MC)

Running Time: 90 mins (with interval)

Friday Night Comedy – Bethany Black & Becky Brunning

Regular Friday nights Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians in The Wardrobe Theatre (“a perfect room for comedy” – Stuart Goldsmith). A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material, plus a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene. Top acts that have performed with us recently include Nish Kumar, Fern Brady, Ed Gamble, Spencer Jones and Mark Steel so you never know who might turn up!

“Classier and less raucous than average.” Bristol 24/7

BETHANY BLACK
Bethany Black has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. Her debut show Beth Becomes Her detailed the story of her being transgender, chronicling everything from her coming out through her transition and eventually falling in love. It was nominated for Best Debut at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2008, eventually losing out to Sarah Millican. Over the course of her career she has performed alongside some of the biggest names in Comedy, including Alan Carr, Sarah Millican, Tim Minchin and Rhys Darby. In 2015 she was cast as Helen in Russell T Davies multi channel shows Cucumber, Banana and Tofu where she was the first trans actress to play a leading role.

“Her journey to Channel Four, ‘Doctor Who’ and steadily rising star status makes for hilarious if sometimes incredulous listening.” Three Weeks

“Honest, to the point, and very very funny.” Arts Award Voice

BECKY BRUNNING
Edgy and average: the love child of rock’n’roll and cardigans. Becky is conflicted – about everything. Whether it’s choosing a sandwich, knowing how straight to be or whether to take yet another driving test. Puts the comfort in comedy and the toothpaste lid on the tube because that’s where it lives.

“Original, inventive and exciting.” Sara Pascoe

PLUS JESSIE NIXON (MC)

Running Time: 90 mins (with interval)

Friday Night Comedy – Lauren Pattison & Mike Sheer

Regular Friday nights Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians in The Wardrobe Theatre (“a perfect room for comedy” – Stuart Goldsmith). A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material, plus a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene. Top acts that have performed with us recently include Nish Kumar, Fern Brady, Ed Gamble, Spencer Jones and Mark Steel so you never know who might turn up!

“Classier and less raucous than average.” Bristol 24/7

LAUREN PATTISON
Lauren is one of the brightest young talents on the comedy scene. Having previously been a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Award 2016 and Chortle Student Comedy Awards 2015, Lauren’s debut show Lady Muck earned a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and was the best-reviewed show of the festival.

“Razor wit and brutal honesty.” ★★★★★ The List
“A breath of feisty fresh air.” ★★★★★ The Herald
“A spiky, deliciously bawdy and remarkably assured debut.” ★★★★ The Telegraph

MIKE SHEER
Loudmouth Canadian comic Mike Sheer mixes deceptively profound and crafted routines with improvised silliness. Never afraid to push boundaries, his humour jumps from light to dark and always keeps the audience on their toes. As an actor, he’s been immortalised as a meme for playing the kid who blows his head off in stoner favourite Harold and Kumar Get The Munchies.

“Gags written with elegant efficiency and delivered with a punchy style.” Chortle

PLUS FRANCIS BOULLE & WILL DUGGAN (MC)

Running Time: 90 mins (with interval)

Friday Night Comedy – Mike Wozniak & Phil Jerrod

Regular Friday nights Chuckle Busters hosts a selection of top comedians in The Wardrobe Theatre (“a perfect room for comedy” – Stuart Goldsmith). A rotation of our favourite shows from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and famous names trying out new material, plus a selection of budding newer acts handpicked from the vibrant Bristol comedy scene. Top acts that have performed with us recently include Nish Kumar, Fern Brady, Ed Gamble, Spencer Jones and Mark Steel so you never know who might turn up!

“Classier and less raucous than average.” Bristol 24/7

MIKE WOZNIAK
It’s been a long while since Time Out Comedy Award winner and double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Mike Wozniak last performed with us. Since then he has, amongst many other projects, written and starred alongside Greg Davies in four series of Man Down and appeared in his first feature film – Alice Lowe’s Prevenge. It’s a delight to welcome Mike back to the Chuckle Busters stage!

“Poignant, hilrious and a little bit wrong.” ★★★★★ Daily Express
“Wozniak is bang on the money.” ★★★★ Telegraph
“A slick, confident performer, holding the room through his assured charm.” ★★★★ Chortle

PHIL JERROD
Phil Jerrod began his stand-up career underneath an Angus Steakhouse in 2012. Since then he has failed his PhD, walked out of his job in publishing and been entertaining audiences up and down the country with his elegant rants on the often unfathomable problems of modern life. His innovative stream-of-consciousness style, inspired by a harsh upbringing in the cruel and unforgiving conditions of middle-class rural Warwickshire, has seen him perform in clubs, arts centres and theatres all across the UK and helped build his reputation as having grown one of the largest beards in stand-up comedy.

“Casual brilliance… instinctive mastery of his form immediately marks him out as one to watch.” Guardian
“Insightful, despairing wit.” Scotsman
“Such a brilliant set, well written, well observed and funny.” Josie Long

PLUS – BEN POPE & PHIL COOPER (MC)

Running Time: 90 mins (with interval)

Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats

Celebrating their final year as Europeans, island-monkeys Becca and Louise got invited to the 2018 European Capital of Culture in Malta, having missed out on Hull last year. They went to drink rum with Brits abroad but found a lot more than they expected.

Lads on tour Sh!t Theatre (Letters to Windsor House, DollyWould) want to talk about home, your home, what we are doing in your home, what you might be doing in our home and how cheap the beers are. From our small island in the sea to another small island in the sea, Sh!t Theatre found mystery and murder in the fight to be European.

“The rising stars of performance art.”
Telegraph

“The Bert and Ernie of North London.”
Exeunt Magazine

★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★ Evening Standard

Garry Starr Conquers Troy

Acting was invented by the ancient Greeks. Before that, people were just pretending. With the release of his groundbreaking new book ‘An Actor Pretends’, disgraced actor Garry Starr delves deep into his Greek ancestry to enlighten us all with the ancient art of Pretendism, thus saving the performing arts from the evil clutches of Method Acting (short for Methadone).

WINNER Adelaide, Brighton and Manchester Fringe Awards 2018

“You can almost hear theatre’s heart come pounding back to life – but defibrillation has seldom before been this uproarious.”
★★★★ The Guardian

“An electrifying shot in the arm for comedy.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“A masterclass in mockery.”
★★★★ Evening Standard

“An anarchic play-date with a six-foot-two toddler.”
★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)

Living Spit’s Living Quiz

The Living Quiz is a quiz night with a twist! Every question is performed live: acted, sung, mimed or danced by Living Spit’s very own Howard Coggins and Stu Mcloughlin! Armed with just a guitar, a double-bass and a ukulele, they mix improvisation techniques with their own unique performance style and apply them to the tired old ‘Pub-Quiz’ format, resulting in an explosively entertaining live quiz night with a difference.

1. Do you like QUIZZES?
a) Yes!
b) No. Can’t stand ‘em.
c) Oh, what a novel way to begin a blurb for a show. I’m intrigued to see where this goes…

2. Do you enjoy being ENTERTAINED?
a) Yes, of course! It’s my favourite thing ever!
b) No, I’m essentially a soul-less, empty husk of a human being.
c) I wish I’d never started reading this now.

3. Do you constantly annoy your friends by spouting pointless factoids and irritating nuggets of trivia on a vast array of subjects from Music and Movies to Geography and Sport?
a) Yes! All the time! And I wish there was a way to channel this annoying trait into some sort of live quiz night.
b) No. Go away.
c) What was that? I lost interest ages ago.

If you answered mostly A’s, then Living Spit’s Living Quiz is for you!
(Incidentally, if you answered mostly B’s or C’s, seek help immediately…)

Form and name your team months in advance, or join a brand new one on the night to compete to win a very special, mystery star prize. Whatever your mental agility, from brainbox to novice, the Living Quiz promises to be so flippin’ entertaining that there’s something for everyone to enjoy! So grab your granny, corrall your colleagues, muster your mates and assemble yer in-laws for a unique, live quiz experience that’s never the same twice. After you’ve quizzed with us, you’ll know you’ve been quizzed with!

“A brilliant feast of fun…these hugely talented comedic actors kept the audience captivated and tickled pink for two glorious hours.”
★★★★★ The North Somerset Mercury

“The evening moves on at a cracking pace. This is a fun, noisy, competitive evening, making new friends and demonstrating that performing arts can inject energy and life into the local high street. A great success.”
The Reviews Hub

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Hot Flushes

It’s 2016. Lady Green is bronzing on a Super Yacht, Sir Phil Green is getting roasted by a Parliamentary Select Committee, and Sandra in Lighting, who’s worked thirty-five years for BHS, is burning from the loss of her pension.

Croydon branch is closing but there ain’t no closure for Sandra, not even in the stoic lyrics of her favourite Country songs. That’s until a chance encounter in the ladies’ fitting rooms with Patsy, a member of the National Rifle Association. It seems Sandra has much to learn about getting your dues from the Round Rock chapter of the Well-Armed Woman…

With a Country & Western score that’s catchier than Ebola, brought to you by the company that made Score, Pulling Out and Laminated, Hot Flushes is the only show you’ll see this year that puts hutzpah and foot spa in the same lyric.

“Funny, engaging, skin-crawlingly familiar and hugely entertaining.”
The PRSD

“Warm and funny.”
The Stage on previous show, Laminated

“Cunningly constructed and gloriously sung.”
The Guardian on previous show, Score

“Fast paced, emotive and tender.”
Exeunt on previous show, Pulling Out

Running Time: 75 mins (no interval)