Archive | September, 2011

Artistic Happenings Of A Madcap Shambleton

30 Sep

© Canongate Books Ltd.

Noel Fielding has been busy with his paintbrush recently.

The book of his art, Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton, which Noel has produced with Dave Brown, officially hits the shelves on 13th October. It’s full to bursting with eye-tingling old and new paintings, scribblings and photography…and a few of our peelers may even spot themselves in there! Trust us, you’re in for a treat.

Lots of you have asked us whether there will be any signings to promote the book launch…and so far one has been confirmed.  Noel will be appearing at HMV Oxford Circus, London on Sunday 9th October. There are even unconfirmed rumours of live art taking place! He’ll be in store 5.30-6.30pm, but access will be restrcited to wristband holders only. 400 wristbands will be handed out on a first come first served basis at 11.30am on the morning. For more information click here.

If you’re not able to make it to the signing don’t forget you can order your copy of Scribblings at the TVO amazon store. Pre-orders were shipped today!

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Fans of Noel’s artistic output can also see his paintings as part of a new exhibition at Gallery Maison Bertaux, Soho. The Art of Giving exhibition features Noel’s art alongside work from Derren Brown, Christian Furr, Arina Gordienko, Gaston Ugalde and many others.

It runs until 4th October and proceeds from the art sold go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.  There are some stunning pieces included and it’s for a great cause, so why not head down there if you’re in London?

Cook And The Robots

30 Sep

© Nina Sawińska / James Cook

New Sue and the Unicorn merchandise shop is now online and James Cook goes on tour with Robots In Disguise.

A few days ago, the Robots in Disguise shop was launched on Ebay and now Sue & The Unicorn has its own Ebay shop too.

All the profits from the shop will go towards funding the first ever album, so not only will you be getting amazing merchandise but you will also help Sue Denim to record an album. Just head here and take a look at the  available t-shirts, bags and hoodies.

In related news, James Cook is heading off on a small German tour with the fabulous… Robots In Disguise! The Robots and Cook will be doing four gigs together in the next couple of days.

01 October: München – Atomic Café
02 October: Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
03 October: Berlin – Lido
04 October: Hamburg – Gruner Jaeger

For more information about these shows go to Cook’s official website.

Fulcher Does The Right Thing

30 Sep

© British Comedy Guide/Fuzz Productions

A new Do The Right Thing podcast featuring Rich Fulcher is now available online!

At the beginning of September, we mentioned that Fulcher would be taking part in a new comedy panel show podcast called Do The Right Thing. As the name suggests, in this show the teams must work out the right thing to do in any given situation.

Episode 2 features special guests Rich Fulcher and Emma Kennedy as well as regulars, host Danielle Ward, team captains Michael Legge and Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

The website states that Rich and Emma seem to have mistaken the show for a horror panel show as they discuss alive burials and pickled-onion-induced wedding-deaths.

This and previous episodes can be found at the Do The Right Thing website where you can download the episodes directly. You can also subscribe to the podcasts on iTunes.

Thanks to @_Ben_Walker and @_raychul for this information.

More Matt And Rich News

29 Sep


Canadian Peelers have the chance to see Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher in Toronto, on Monday 3rd October. They are presenting Snuff Box Live! at the Comedy Bar 954 Bloor Street Toronto ON. The night will be hosted by Sean Cullen, who you may remember appeared with Rich (and Noel and Julian) in Un-natural Acts.

The show starts at 8:00 PM EDT (7:45 PM Doors) and costs $10.

This is all the information about this so contact the venue. There is a ticket link here, but they are reporting no tickets available.

Earlier this week Matt did a live session at Rough Trade Records.  There is a limited edition cassette (yes cassette) of So Low available from Rough Trade, there are only 31 left as I’m typing this so if you want one  order it here soon!

Matt also found time in his busy schedule to be interviewed by and you can read it here.

Buzzcocks Refreshed

28 Sep

© Never Mind The Buzzcocks

As we’ve mentioned previously, the first episode of the new series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks airs next week. This being the 25th series of the pop quiz, the producers have made a few small tweaks to keep things fresh.

Whilst we don’t want to spoil the fun for our readers, here are a few hints about what you can expect… look away now if you want to remain un-spoiled!

Are you still with us?  Good!  Here’s what we’re able to ‘give away’…

The familiar Buzzcocks set has been updated. In a slick bit of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ restyling, the chunky desks have been replaced by a streamlined brushed aluminium version. Phill Jupitus described the new desk as “part of the set from an early 90s Top of The Pops”!

The Buzzcocks logo has also subtly changed and now features a 3D sheen on the pink lozenge. That said, the set is somewhat overshadowed by Noel Fielding‘s shirt in the first show, which manages to be simultaneously both Mexican and Goth.

The final quick-fire round has been replaced by a buzzer round – which appears to have no rules. When you watch Monday’s opening episode ask yourself why Phill’s buzzer has been voiced by ‘professional Lottery voice-over man’ while Noel’s buzzer features the voice of…er, well, you’ll see…

What hasn’t changed in the new series is the fun banter between the two captains, the gentle ribbing of their teams and the complete bafflement of the guest host, in this case The Hoff (on brilliantly self-depreciating form!).

You can catch the first episode on BBC2 at 10pm on Monday, and it will be available on iPlayer shortly afterwards.

Onion Talking: A Little Glimpse Of The Disease Called IAMX Madness

27 Sep
© Luca Esposito

We at The Velvet Onion always try to give you exclusive information about everyone in the Booshniverse, and this time we have turned our attention towards the musical part of the Booshdom.

With the Into Asylum Tour coming up in October and the London show at Heaven just around the corner, we managed to score an interview with IAMX.

Janine Gezang, IAMX’s keyboard and bass player, was kind enough to answer all our questions about her involvement in the band, her fellow band members, and what the future has in store for the band.

You can read the answers to that and much more below, and tickets to the IAMX tour can be found here.

Hi Janine, welcome to The Velvet Onion!

For the readers who don’t know, how did you get involved in IAMX?

I was a lonely suicidal musician in Berlin with no perspective. I worked 12-hour-shifts in a betting office with neon light, no windows, full of smoke and greasy ugly men. One night I forced myself to go out and connect to people. Although I hated the idea of socialising, I had a feeling it would save me from going insane.

I met a group of people that knew Reza, the IAMX manager. Before I knew I sat in a gay bar with Reza and Chris, they gave me a keyboard and told me to learn some songs for next week’s rehearsal. I was a bass player and had never played in front of more than 30 people. My next concert was as a keyboard player one month later in front of 4000 crazy Belgians and ten huge TV cameras. I will tell you about this cathartic show in detail if you ask me next time.

IAMX has saved my life and I will never go back. Continue reading


27 Sep

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A vintage late 90s sketch series featuring Tony Way and a host of other big names is being released on dvd in November.

Barking was made for Channel 4 back in 1998, and as if to prove that nothing really changes, was immediately dumped in a graveyard slot and denied a second series.  Sound familiar?

What made Barking so unique is that its stars all went on to great success in their own right.  The show features a cast list which would be nigh on impossible to contain in one show now: Catherine Tate, David Walliams, Peter Kay, Omid Djalili, Mackenzie Crook, Marcus Brigstock and the trio formerly known as Stay Alive Pepi – Rhys Thomas, Steve Burge & our very own Tony Paul Way.

Tony has written about his experience on this, his first proper telly gig, and his earlier experiences guesting on the third series of The Fast Show, on his blog over yonder, where he also reveals the pilot episode was bolstered by The League Of Gentlemen, no less!

Of course, some of those stars have continued their associations with the acts we regularly cover on The Velvet Onion, too.  Catherine Tate went on to appear in the second series of Big Train, replacing our very own Julia Davies, and more recently appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks with Noel Fielding.  David Walliams hired Paul King to direct his airport based sketch-show with Matt Lucas, Come Fly With Me.  Omid Djalili hired Rich Fulcher to appear in his self-titled series, whilst Mackenzie Crook apeared in Ant Muzak alongside Oram & Meeten.

That’s not all.  Marcus Brigstock regularly appears on children’s sketch show Sorry, I’ve Got No Head with James Bachman, Rhys Thomas was a major part of Blunder with Tony Way, Simon Farnaby and Tom Meeten – and Steve Burge recently collaborated once more with Tony Way on a series of hilarious sketches which also featured input from Steve Oram and James Bachman.  It’s a small world, comedy, isn’t it?

Barking is available to pre-order now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, priced just £9.99.  The release is expected on November 7th.

Lowe Online

27 Sep

© The FIx

From the people that brought us Fulchfest – The Fix brings us a new type of comedy night in October.

Raybot, aims to bring us an evening of some of the best online videos from some of our favourite comedy talent.

The line-up includes Alice Lowe and Robert Popper (who you may know from Peter Serafinowicz’s Look Around You – or his collaboration with Alice on last year’s JackalFilms project, Celeberama!), who will also be amongst the just-as talented Tom Basden, Tim Key and Dave Hill, plus more to be announced!

As we ease into the rich season of Autumn then why don’t you wrap up in your woolies and head to Kings Place this October 27th for a blast of an evening.

More information can be found here yonder and more details to come as they’re announced!

Disc Is Jinsy

26 Sep

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This Is Jinsy is now available to pre-order on dvd from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

The show – written by and starring Chris Bran and Justin Chub – premièred on Sky Atlantic last week, and features TVO’s very own Alice Lowe and Colin Hoult in its ensemble cast, alongside a huge array of big name guest stars.

Sky Atlantic is a premium channel in the UK, which has severely limited the number of our readers who have been able to see the show – but fear not, for this new cult classic will be released on dvd by November 7th – and Peelers can pre-order it from our store for just £13.93 now.

Further episodes air every Monday night at 10:10pm.

Additional preview clips (one of which prominently features Alice Lowe alongside Catherine Tate), have been uploaded to YouTube by the channel and via British Comedy Guide, and can be seen below.

Robots In The Shop

26 Sep

© Robots in Disguise

Finally, Robots In Disguise merchandise is now available to buy online!

Fans can now kit themselves out in the latest RiD t-shirts, badges and lippy, while strumming along to their favourite album tracks with a branded plectrum. There’s even a RiD pocket mirror, and an exclusive not-available-anywhere-else CD Mix Up Words and Sounds (2001).

The Robots new merch is available on ebay, so why not head on over there and get spending? There will be more items coming online soon, so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for updates.

New Foot Podcast

25 Sep

© Dave

On the week that Paul Foot embarked on his Still Life tour he appeared as a guest on Dave’s* weekly podcast.

According to Foot’s own summary of the event, he wore his radio bow-tie to mark the occasion and, “Discussed issues such as the hopelessly blinkered outlook of shire horses, apricot sundaes and how not to go about thawing out awkwardly placed stalactites.”

If that sounds like it’s up your street (and if you’re reading this it probably is) you can catch Foot’s half hour podcast on Dave’s website here.

To find out where you can catch the comedian live during the next few weeks, visit his Show Diary. Tickets are still available for some of his shows!

* as in Dave the comedy channel, not Dave Brown.

Psycho On A Berlin Street

24 Sep

Dee Plume spoke to Sophia Brown for her blog,  to discuss the world of Plume’s solo project: Psycho Delia vs The Ward.

As they sat on the Berlin street and jived to the brass-band buskers they chatted about musical idols, swearing and hugging fish.

Take a peek at our lovely robot psycho below and also over at Sophia’s Blog and also at fashion blog Stylish Kids In Riot.

Also remember that you can catch Dee spinning some cracking tunes tomorrow night at The London Fields in Hackney! Get down there and create a mental end to your weekend with the Psycho & Ward!

Thanks to ‘tea’ for finding the full interview

Berry And Fulcher Update

24 Sep

© Severin Films

As we mentioned previously, Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher will be promoting the long-awaited American release of Snuff Box with a couple of live appearances. We now have the details of the events taking place on 1st and 2nd October.

On Saturday 1st October, following the Charity Auction and DVD signing at Amoeba Records at 4pm, there will be a screening as well as a question and answer session at UCB Theatre in Los Angeles at 10pm PDT.

Then on Sunday, 2nd October, there is An Evening With Matt Berry & Rich Fulcher of “Snuff Box” hosted by Steve Agee and Rob Schrab at The Cinefamily Los Angeles. Details and tickets for this event can be found here.

If you can’t wait that long for your dose of Snuffbox, the original UK release is still available in The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

Comedy Night 3000

23 Sep

© Dave McNeill

Dave McNeill is set to launch his own comedy night at the Leicester Square Theatre.

The co-creator, co-writer and co-star of Zimbani (alongside regular collaborator Colin Hoult), has carved himself a successful career blending comedy and writing with serious acting… and now he is bringing Comedy Night 3000 to life.

Promising a relentlessly hilarious evening of sketch and character comedy featuring some of the best acts in the UK today, the current line-up for the initial two shows is unknown, but TVO will endeavour to find out more details as soon as possible.

Early birds can pick up tickets now, priced £10 each, for the shows on Thursday October 27th and Thursday November 24th, right here.

In the meantime, you can catch the brilliant pilot (and sadly, only) episode of Zimbani, featuring Julian Barratt, below – and re-read our exclusive interview with McNeill & Hoult from May 2010 here.

Colin Hoult’s Real Horror Show

23 Sep

© Colin Hoult / Dawn Sedgwick Management

Colin Hoult is to return to the Leicester Square Theatre for his first shows post Edinburgh in October and November.

First off is the return of his regular club night, The New Adventures Of Colin Hoult, on Thursday 20th October and again on Thursday 17th November.  Promising sketches, music, stories and various surprises – previous editions have featured some big name guests and the Grand Master of Ceremonies is always worth seeing.  Tickets are available now, priced £10.

The New Adventures are not the only show Colin has up his sleeve.  Either side of Halloween, Hoult has created a brand new evening of entertainment, entitled Real Horror Show: a terrifying journey through the dark doorways of the soul.

Promising a series of short horror tales which no doubt tap into his enormous love for vintage cult horror (read our interview with Colin from earlier this year for more details), this looks set to be an evening no-one will want to miss.  You can catch the initial two performances on Sunday October 30th and Tuesday November 1st, again at the Leicester Square Theatre, for just £10 a ticket – with said admittance slips available here now.

If you missed it earlier this summer, you can catch our video exclusive with Colin, made to promote his recent Edinburgh show, below…

Enlightenment In Brown & Fielding

23 Sep

Dave Brown & Noel Fielding chatted with Bucks New Uni – during their time there when being awarded their masters – to discuss world peace and the issues in todays society, amongst several other familiar faces including Tom Robinson & Fern Britton.

Dave and Noel touch on the subject of the London Riots, Lennon & Ono and we are reminded of International Day of Peace, which may have passed already this Wednesday 21st September, but there’s always time to keep the message alive isn’t there?

Watch what everyone has to say on the subject below and thank you to KellieXNoirX for finding this.

Sneaky Weekender

20 Sep

© Momentum Pictures

The comedy drama movie Weekender, featuring Tom Meeten, has made a surprise appearance in retail stores this week.

When we last reported on the film back in July, it was set for a theatrical release on September 2nd, but instead, the film has been released directly to dvd and blu-ray, where its chances of being noticed are considerably higher.

Set in the midsts of the early 90s rave scene, the film bounces between Manchester and Ibiza to tell the story of a cultural revolution and the story of friends Matt and Dylan (played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Jack O’Connell), who embrace the new culture and get dragged into a sinister underworld.  Meeten plays legendary Acid House DJ, Captain Acid, with a pretty convincing full blooded Manc accent: obviously, his time in Wingnut is paying off!

The film is available on dvd and blu-ray from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store, where you can also pick up the official soundtrack box-set featuring tracks from and inspired by the movie.

DeadDog Return!

20 Sep

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Electro-pop comedic duo DeadDogInBlackBag are to return to the live scene for two shows in the coming weeks.

The pair, comprising of Holly Jane Shears and Suzy Evelyn-Hall, last performed live together back in February, as our exclusive report detailed.  After a lengthy absence, DeadDog are set to perform at London’s Carnivale venue near Aldgate East Tube Station, on Wednesday 28th September.

This initial show is in support of The Choo Choo Trains, and DDIBB are also joined on the bill by Samantha Waites.  The event starts at 8pm, and more details can be found on its Facebook Event Page.

Following this appearance, the band are also set to join Beautiful World in support of Rosie Vanier at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (Formerly Jam) in Brighton on Saturday 29th October.  Tickets for this show, priced £6, are available via Ticketweb.

Psycho Delia Escapes Again

20 Sep
© Dee Plume

DJ Psycho Delia is planning to escape from the hospital this Sunday.

Peelers will be able to find her hiding out in The London Fields pub doing what she does best, namely getting the party going on the dance floor!

Dee Plume will take the decks between 9PM and 1AM, 25th September, so why not head on down to Hackney for a fun night out?

Brother Of The Bard

19 Sep

News has reached us that Simon Farnaby and Richard Glover are starring in a new comedy pilot, Dave Shakespeare.

Farnaby plays the lead role of Dave Shakespeare, repellant brother to the more famous William. He is mistakenly transported to the 21st Century by a group of flatmates, who are then forced to introduce him to modern life. You can watch the trailer and a teaser for the pilot below:

As far as we can tell the pilot has yet to be commissioned for TV broadcast, but if you like what you’ve seen why not visit Dave Shakespeare’s Facebook page, where you can find more information about the programme and ‘like’ it? We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for news about the show and we’ll let you know if we hear anything more.


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