Archive | April, 2012

Chris’s Cuban Fury

30 Apr

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Chris O’Dowd is continuing his impressive run of film appearances by starring in Cuban Fury with Nick Frost.

Details are sketchy about the project at the moment but according to The Playlist and tweeted by O’Dowd himself, the film is “a comedy set around the world of salsa dance and Frost will play a former teen dance prodigy who attempts a comeback years after a rival (O’Dowd) ruined his career“.

The script is by Jon Brown who has written for Misfits, Fresh Meat and Mongrels. The film is being produced by Big Talk Pictures who are also involved with The Sightseers

TVO Live: Fresh Layers

30 Apr

Tickets available now!

The Velvet Onion is proud to announce two more names attending The Velvet Onion Live on May 31st at The Vandella, Shepherd’s Bush.

Joining our star-packed line-up are two of the stars of Luxury Comedy – the incredible Dolly Wells and the inimitable Mike Fielding!

Dolly, of course, is best known to Peelers for her role in Luxury Comedy, and she also appeared in two episodes of The IT Crowd, plus 2009 sitcom Free Agents alongside Sharon Horgan and Matt Holness, and prior to that appeared regularly in Star Stories alongside Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.  She’ll be bringing her unique blend of comedic charm to our incredible line-up at The Vandella, alongside her frequent collaborator – Laura Patch.

We’re also pleased to confirm that Mike Fielding – Naboolio himself – will be spinning the decks with a live DJ set before the show, so get down there early to catch our favourite Shaman in action!

The Velvet Onion Live! takes place on Thursday, May 31st 2012. Tickets are on sale NOW via Ticketweb, priced just £15. Find out more about our amazing line-up RIGHT HERE! Please remember the venue is a licensed bar so it’s 18+ ONLY.

We’ll have a few more surprises tucked away on the night, so you’d be mad not to be there!  The full official line-up, minus said surprises, is as follows:

Alice Lowe ♦ Antony Elvin ♦ Dan Tetsell ♦ David McNeill

DeadDogInBlackBag ♦ Dolly Wells and Laura Patch  ♦ Gareth Tunley

James Bachman ♦ James Cook ♦ Joey Page ♦ Mike Fielding

Rachel Stubbings ♦ Richard Glover ♦ Richard Sandling ♦ Stephen Evans

Steve Oram ♦ Tom Meeten ♦ Waen Shepherd ♦ Will Summers

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Sadly, we must also confirm that due to work commitments, the fabulous Lucy Montgomery has had to pull out of her appearance on the night.   Lucy sends her sincerest of apologies and has tried to shift the earth to get there, but sadly these things are sometimes inevitable.

We at The Velvet Onion would like to thank Lucy for being willing to take part, and hope to work with her again soon.  She’ll no doubt be top of our list if we manage to pull off TVO Live 2…

Coogan Runs

28 Apr

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Steve Coogan will run the Greater Manchester Marathon tomorrow (29th April) in aid of two charities – L’Arche and Rainbow Trust .

You can find out more and donate at his Virgin Money Giving page.

If you’re in the area tomorrow, why not pop along and see if you can spot him in the crowd!

Sightseeing In Cannes

27 Apr

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Last year we told you about  an exciting  new film, The Sightseers, directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List), and starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram as a couple of caravaners.

This week we’ve heard that the film will premier At Cannes 2012 in Directors Fortnight! This is seriously impressive stuff: historically, Cannes hasn’t been particularly supportive of British comedy, so the inclusion of “pitch black comedy” The Sightseers is getting us more than a bit excited!

Director’s Fortnight at Cannes is a series of special screenings of new movies, and this year’s screenings will be opened by Michel Gondry with The We And The I. To check out which other movies have been included in the screenings click here.

For more information about the film visit The Sightseers official website or Facebook page.

Anna & Katy On Board

26 Apr

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Comedy duo Anna Crilly and Katy Wix have a busy few days ahead.

On Wednesday 9th May, the pair are appearing at Fraser Millward presents Is This Thing On?: along with Trodd And Bratt, Gemma Arrowsmith, Paul Foxcroft, Fliss Russell, Tom Golding, Susan Harrison, Short and Curly and Matthew Kelly. You can enjoy all this entertainment for only £5 at Deansways Comedy Club from 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm).

The following day, Thursday 10th May, the duo are at Comedy Back Rub at The Camden Head. Other performers include: Christmas for Two, Toby McNeil and Pamphilo and Delete the Banjax!

On Sunday 10th June Anna and Katy are on The Battersea Barge, taking part in Oyster Eyes Presents: Comedy On The Boat: featuring HMS Ship & Oyster Eyes, Totally Tom, Jamie Demetriou, Nick Mohammed and Cardinal Burns. The show starts at 7pm and costs £10.  For more information click  here.

Even More Fulcher!

25 Apr


Rich Fulcher has added another live date to his calendar, so it must be time to mark it on yours.

On 10th May, Rich will bring the second instalment of Rich Fulcher and His Fucked up Friends to The Vandella in Shepherd’s Bush.

The Vandella, of course, will also be home to The Velvet Onion Live on 31st May, fact fans!

On the bill with Rich are Simon Day, Abandoman, and Thomas Nelstrop. Get your tickets to see the show here! Doors open at 6pm,(show starts at 8).

Death Of A Trailer

25 Apr

This week saw the release of the trailer for Death Of A Superhero, the new Tribeca film co-starring Sharon Horgan.

Death Of A Superhero follows graphic artist teenager, Donald, as he battles a real-life demon beyond the realms of his artistic creations. In addition to Horgan, it features Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aisling Loftus, Michael McElhatton, and Jessica Schwarz.

You can watch the trailer below:

Death Of A Superhero hits theatres in Seattle, WA on 4th May, and heads to New Orleans, LA on 22nd June. For more information check out the film’s official website.

Horace Fingernips: The Musical

25 Apr

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Friend of the Velvet Onion Harry Deansway (The Fix, Deansways Comedy) has teamed together with Ross Lee (The Pranker) to bring a show that will make you laugh, sway, mosh and possibly hide behind your fingers.

Horace Fingernips, the live show written and directed by Deansway and Lee, is a musical-horror-comedy which will be playing at various London venues in the next few weeks.

“The story of an aspiring comedian (Barry Chancer) who does a deal with the demon prince of humour (Horace Fingernips) to take him to the top.”

It’s doubful that anyone can say that they’ve seen a show like this and there will be free previews in the next few weeks!  For more information on this show and for tickets, you can find it all right here!

Onion Talking: Dan Clark, Rock’n’Roll Star

24 Apr

As any good peeler will know Dan Clark is performing a short run of his new show These Songs May Contain Jokes from 2nd-5th May at the Soho Theatre in London. We were lucky enough to grab a cuppa and a slice of cake with Dan as he was starting rehearsals for the show. Velveteer Mog reports:

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Dan Clark is the kind of bloke mothers wish their daughters would bring home: slightly dashing, well-spoken, a hint of tweedy academia – all neatly wrapped up in boyish charm. My Mum’s loss is Dan’s gain.

The day we meet he’s fizzing with excitement about his new live show, having embarked on rehearsals with his band the previous evening. “It was so good, so good!” he beams.

Dan explains why this show differs from previous ones: “The tour (in 2011) was 70% stand-up but this one is mainly music. I had a huge number of songs, some of which I’ve never done before, some that I did in the show last year and some from the TV show – but I needed to make them feel different. We’ve completely reworked them, so even though the lyrics and the jokes are the same they feel very different.”

For the new show the musical partnership of Dan and Ben Parker (“A master of melody and harmony”) has been extended to include bass player, Jimmy Sims (“He’s brilliant and he really gets comedy”) and  drummer Johnny de’Ath (“An amazing professional musician who tours with loads of bands”).

I ask Dan how the writing process plays out now that he’s working with a full band. “They’re all my songs that I go in to play to them,” he explains, “With some of them I’ve got a clear idea of what I can hear at different points, and then at other times I’m like, ‘Here’s the song, what do you think?’ There was one last night that we ended up doing completely differently to how I’d imagined it, and it came to life. I was literally buzzing afterwards – I got to fulfil my rock star fantasies!” His enthusiasm for this project is palpable. He goes on to describe a song he wrote only last week, which will feature in the show: “Ben told me it was the best song I’d ever written so I was beaming with pride. Playing it last night was so much fun – there’s a guitar solo, a drum solo…it’s proper cheesy rock n roll!” Dan looks genuinely delighted.

The enthusiasm with which he talks about These Songs May Contain Jokes leads me to ask if he has plans to tour the show. He says that although he’d love to take it to other cities, sadly it’s not financially viable, and he doesn’t want to scale it down. “If you see the show you’ll see why. I think it feels special – it just has a really good vibe about it.” He says.

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So who are the other music/comedy acts that Dan relates to? He cites Flight of the Concords and Tenacious D as examples of artists who strike a balance between being funny with being genuinely musical: “All of our songs are written as comedy but because of the nature of the melodies and chords they don’t sound like ‘comedy jazz hands’…they’re not wacky” Dan explains, waggling his elbows…wackily, by way of illustration. “They’re all written like I was writing a serious pop song. If you can get a few belly laughs out of a song whilst you’re also caught up in the music it’s brilliant. I’ve got a handful of songs that have managed to achieve both!” He laughs.

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Don’t See Fulcher

24 Apr


Rich Fulcher will be making a somewhat stealth appearance at the famous Underbelly Festival later this year.

Comedy In The Dark is giving you the chance to go into the famous purple cow literally in the dark! The evenings will consist of a line-up who will perform to their audience with no lights whatsoever.

Rich will be taking part on June 18th and we can’t imagine what is going through that mind of his, so this is something not to be missed!

Tickets are £12.50 and can be bought right here along with other dates throughout spring. On the night of the Fulcher, he will also be joined by Marcel Lucont, Arthur Smith and Pat Monahan who will be compering.

Will we be (not) seeing you there?

Million Pound O’Dowd

23 Apr

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A couple of weeks we mentioned that Chris O’Dowd and his fiancee, Dawn Porter, would be contestants on Channel 4′s Million Pound Drop with Davina McCall.

They were playing to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, a charity close to Dawn’s heart. The episode featuring the couple aired on Saturday night and is available to view on 4od. If you haven’t watched the show yet we won’t spoil it by telling you what happened, so why not take a look now by clicking here? It’s nail biting stuff!

To find out more about Breast Cancer Care’s fantastic work take a look at their website.

Stubbing Out Problems, Blowing Out Candles…

23 Apr

Today marks the first birthday of Stubbing Out Problems – the unique agony aunt service provided by Rachel Stubbings set to become the basis of her debut Edinburgh show this year.

In the past twelve months, Stubbings has helped all manner of people with all manner of problems, including those who bear a striking resemblance to Alice Lowe, Stephen Evans and Tom Meeten.  To celebrate, Rachel has returned to her very first problem case to find out how he is coping one year on.

© Rachel Stubbings / Ed Moore

You can see previous instalments of Stubbing Out Problems over at its official YouTube channel now.

Ahead of the Edinburgh Festival, Rachel will be trying out material for Stubbing Out Problems live at various venues across London in the coming weeks.

On May 9th, you can catch her at The Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell, and this is followed by an appearance on May 17th at new venue Deanways in Bethnal Green – run by regular TVO face and editor of The Fix, Harry Deansway.

Your next chance to catch Rachel live will be at a very special event – The Velvet Onion Live! at The Vandella, Shepherd’s Bush on May 31st.

This will be followed by slots at The Etc Theatre in Camden on June 16th, Jacksons Lane on Archway Road on July 13th and Magdala in South Hill Park on July 20th.

Pros At The Vandella

22 Apr

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Pros From Dover – the cult sketch trio featuring Richard Glover – take over at The Vandella tomorrow evening, with some very special guests.

Joining Glover, Phil Whelans & Sean Garratt is TVO’s very own Tom Meeten, plus Thomas Nelstrop, Brigitte Aphrodite and comic legend The Actor, Kevin Eldon.

Tickets are still available for the show, which starts at 8pm (6pm doors) over at Ticketweb now – priced just £7.  Get on down to Shepherd’s Bush and have some comedy in your face!

Lot’s Of Lucy

22 Apr


As we told you last week, Lucy Montgomery is appearing at Knock2Bag at Rich Mix on Friday 27th, if you’re still making your mind up we have more incentive for you, as Time Out is offering tickets at a bargain price of £7! Click here for details.

Fans of Lucy can get another treat this week as she is appearing in Another Case of Milton Jones  on BBC Radio 4, which also features Ben Willbond, star of Horrible Histories. Catch it on BBC iPlayer.

Trendy Brew

21 Apr

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Our favourite hippy duo, Hot Brew are travelling to the hipster side of Londontown for Tom Allen’s Comedy Society, next week.

Oona & Crispin will be sitting with Tom Allen for this live  chat show on  Wednesday 26th April at the Comedy Cafe in Shoreditch.

Hot Brew will be appearing alongside Alex Edelman, Sarah Bennetto and Tobias Persson for an evening of banter with Tom, and not to fret if you’re an out-of-towner, as these shows are made into podcasts which can be found right here, shortly after the live event!

If we haven’t talked up this tea-tacular couple enough already, then take a peek at when we got to  meet with Hot Brew last summer –

Plus remember that Antony Elvin and Alice Lowe will both be making a grand appearance at our own TVO Night next month!

Linehan Has News For You

21 Apr


Graham Linehan was one of the guest panelists on last night’s Have I Got News For You.

Linehan joined team captain Paul Merton on the BBC2 current affairs quiz show, which was hosted by Jo Brand. The episode is available to view on BBC iPlayer for 6 further days, and you can see it by clicking here.

Linehan also features in this month’s Mat Ricardo’s London Varieties, which is available to download as a podcast. Every month, juggler and comedian Mat Ricardo hosts a variety show live from the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in East London – and this month Mat sat down to chat about comedy, writing, naked women and penguin webcams with Linehan. To listen to the podcast visit The British Comedy Guide website.

Coogan’s Breakfast Chat

20 Apr


Steve Coogan was with Chris Evans for Breakfast on Radio 2 this morning.  He joined Chris and the gang to discuss his book, I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan, which comes out in paperback on 26th April.

The show is available to listen again for a week on BBC iPlayer, Steve arrives just after 8am. Alan Partridge also drops in for a chat!

I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan is available to pre-order from The TVO store.

DJ Mike and The Howling

20 Apr

© The Howling

Mike Fielding is returning to his DJ decks!

The disc-spinning Fielding will be supporting rockers The Howling, who we told you about last month, on 10th May at the O2 Academy Islington.

Joining Mike will be bands Ami Carmine and Killa Kella – aka THEM&US – and Peep Show.

Tickets went on sale today, Friday 20th April, and you’ll be able to get them by clicking here. What’s more, if you pre-order your tickets through Ticketweb and email your confirmation code to, you’ll receive free music from the band.

Get in there!

Bafta Craft 2012

18 Apr

Booshniverse-related acts enjoyed a healthy showing in the Bafta Film nominations earlier this year, and now it’s the turn of the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

© BBC2

The British Academy Television Craft Awards celebrate the talent behind the cameras – the often unsung heroes involved in writing and producing our favourite TV shows. This year there are several nominations for TVO-relevant shows:

BBC2 drama The Crimson Petal And The White featuring Chris O’Dowd is up for ‘Editing, fiction’ (Luke Dunkley), ‘Make-up and Hair design’ (Jacqueline Fowler), and ‘Photography & Lighting, fiction’ (Lol Crawley). Black Mirror, written by Charlie Brooker, is also nominated – for ‘Production Design’ (Joel Collins, Daniel May) for the episode ’15 Million Merits’, which featured Julia Davis.

To see the full list of nominations across 18 craft categories click here. The awards will take place in London, on Sunday 13 May 2012, and we’ll be sure to let you know what happens!

St George & The Elvin

18 Apr

Antony Elvin and The Tudor Unit will be appearing at a free event on Saturday at Rich Mix in East London as part of The Nest Collective’s contribution to Snapshots part 10, a celebration of St George’s Day.

For more information go to the Richmix site, or follow the Facebook Event.

The Tudor Unit appeared at one of the Scribblings events at the end of last year. Here’s a video to remind you of the day.


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