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Tony Law Laughs With Mary Beard

20 Jul

© The Poly & The Guardian

That’s not a headline we ever thought we’d write!  This Wednesday comedian Tony Law will be in conversation with the Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, Mary Beard, at the Apple Store on Regent Street in London.

It’s an event that sounds so gloriously bizarre, we’ve gone so far as to break with TVO tradition to publish two Tony Law articles in succession!

The pair will be discussing her latest book, Laughter in Ancient Rome, which explores one the intriguing subject of humour in history. Drawing on a wide range of Roman writing, it tracks down the humour of the ancient Romans themselves, from the hilarious, to the momentous, to the surprising.

The talk takes place at 7pm and is FREE. However, you need to register before arrival (for which you’ll require an Apple ID), and arrive early, because seating is limited. For more information about the venue, the talk and how to register, visit the Apple Store site.

Tony & Aisling Stand Up For Shelter

19 Jul
© shelter.org

© shelter.org

If you’re heading to Edinburgh this August, you can catch a whole host of the biggest stars of the Fringe at Stand Up For Shelter; taking place for one night only on Saturday, August 23rd at 9pm, in Bristo Square.

Acts taking part so far include Frisky & Mannish, Max & Ivan, Sara Pascoe, Rob Deering, Tony Law and Aisling Bea with more names to be confirmed.

Tickets are £20 (+£1 booking fee) and all proceeds from the night will go to Shelter, directly helping families facing homelessness across the UK.

Be Alternative This Tuesday

11 Jul

© Comedy Central

The second series of The Alternative Comedy Experience, curated by Stewart Lee, will be hitting our screens this Tuesday – and it will be featuring a few TVO faces.

The new 13-part series will reflect the format of series one, having also been filmed at The Stand in Edinburgh. Once again, Lee has selected some of his favourite stand-ups on the circuit, including our very own Kevin Eldon, Tony Law and Paul Foot, alongside the likes of Bridget Christie, David O’Doherty, Nish Kumar, Michael Legge, Susan Calman, David Kay, Ginger & Black and Josie Long. These are people whom Lee feels represent “the stand-ups other comedians slouch at the back of the room and cry with laughter at”.

Episode 1 of the new series airs at 11pm on 15th July on Comedy Central and features Tony Law and Kevin Eldon; Paul Foot appears in episode 2. To see the full list of episodes and line ups until the fourth show in the series visit The British Comedy Guide.

For more information about the show and to view clips take a look at The Alternative Comedy’s page on Comedy Central.

And if you fancy procuring series 1 on DVD (you definitely should – it’s been rated as a 5-star extravaganza!) visit our amazon store now.

TVOers On Tour

7 Jul

tvoukWith the Edinburgh Festival looming, the time has come for preview season to hit the land, and a number of TVO regulars – some of which are usually confined to the London area – are out and about and possibly in your area!

First up, Dan Clark will be previewing his Edinburgh show Me, My Selfie And I in Darlington (Sunday 13th July) and Leicester (Tuesday 22nd July).  The continually touring Paul Foot will also be visiting Leicester (Wednesday 23rd July) and is at the Larmer Tree Festival next week (Friday 18th July) – as well as taking his Edinburgh show Paul Foot’s Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon Sharp Major on tour in the Autumn.

There’s a rare chance to see Sarah Kendall‘s Edinburgh show Touchdown as part of the Cambridge Comedy Festival on Sunday 20th July, whilst Aisling Bea (without an Edinburgh show this year, sadly) continues her near constant gig schedule with appearances at Latitude Festival the same weekend, and The Pheonix Fringe in London on August 7th.

Festival booking seems to be the in-thing at the moment – as Colin Hoult is rocking Camp Bestival between July 31st and August 1st in East Lulworth, and cheeky chappy Joey Page is at Milton Keynes Fringe on Sunday 20th July.  Meanwhile, King of Krazy Tony Law lets the good people of Tring enter the Tone-Zone on Sunday 13th July, the folks in Leicester on Wednesday 16th July, and lots of places across the land this Autumn.

This week also sees friend of TVO and frequent Rich Fulcher collaborator, Harry Deansway make a rare excursion to the North West – he’s performing at The King’s Arms in Salford on Thursday night, previewing his new show Harry Deansway is a Bit of a Character Android.  Tickets are available right now.

On Yer Bike, Tony!

3 Jul

Tony Law has become the new face of Halfords in a series of online films for the chain of bike shops.

He stars as a ‘bike whisperer’ in a campaign which went live on Halfords’ YouTube channel this week. The ads are shot in a documentary style and show Law interacting with real Halfords customers and staff while in character as The Bike Whisperer, a man who believes he can communicate with bikes.

The first film in the series is out and you can see it here:

The Edinburgh Fringe Approaches

17 Jun

© The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

For three weeks every year thousands of shows from the worlds of comedy, theatre and anything else you can think of descend on Edinburgh for the largest arts festival in the world. The full programme for the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 has now been launched and of course there are many TVO regulars making an appearance.

The full programme can be viewed and all tickets can bought over at the fringe website. Read on to see our round-up of what’s on offer.

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Wee Paper People

1 Jun

Regular readers of TVO might remember Paper People – cut out and keep paper models of your favourite TVO folk. We’ve just revisited the site and there are many, many more characters for you to cut out and keep. How many do you recognise from the pictures below?

If you can’t wait to get your hands on your own Wee Paper People, all you have to do is click on the website, download your favourites then print and assemble. Assembly instructions are on the site.

If you want something more personal, the creator of all these fantastic models, Sally Grosart, can make personalised little people of your friends and family, or personalised cards or banners. To contact Sally and see the rest of her creations click here.

Stand And Deliver!

19 May
© Stand & Deliver

© Stand & Deliver

Any keen comedy fan will know it has been some time since a regular print-based publication on the comedic landscape  graced the shelves of newsagents and book stores across the land. The 1990s saw a few short lived publications, but beyond that, only Harry Deansway’s sorely missed, self funded mag The Fix made any lasting impact directly from venues and the man himself.

Hopefully, come this Summer, things will change – because a new comedy magazine is on the way. Stand & Deliver is currently being funded via Kickstarter, with the intention of stocking issues in selected independent book stores up and down the country. Spearhead by editors Ian Wylie and Chris Stokel-Walker, as well as graphic designer Danielle Gilbert, the project is currently gearing up for an August launch via some big name contributors.

The free taster promos currently available feature an interview with none other than Dave Brown as well as an A2 fold-out poster of Dave, and Issue 1 is set to feature Mr Tony Law, no less. What’s more, you can pledge to get the magazine off the ground and receive signed goodies into the bargain if you join the pledge by Friday, June 13th. Do so over yonder now!

Double Win At The Old Nuns Head

18 May

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Two TVO regulars will be performing at The Old Nun’s Head in Peckham on 21st June: Tony Law and Tom Meeten!

Tony is one of our most prolific giggers, so expect a cheeky preview of his new Edinburgh show; Tom’s live performances are more sporadic, but well worth catching if you can. He’s part of Noel Fielding’s forthcoming UK tour (having informed us that he will, “Be talking to Noel on stage in front of people and massaging his legs in the interval.”), so you may get an early peek of some of that. Perhaps.

The evening will be hosted by Lindsay Sharman, and will also feature strange stunt lady, Miss Behave. Tickets for the gig cost £11 and are available to purchase here. Doors open at 8.30pm for a 9pm start.

While you’re at it, we strongly recommend partaking of one of Burger Bear’s burgers, which are served at the Old Nun’s Head. Quite possibly the finest burgers this author has ever eaten. A Burger Bear burger, plus Law and Meeten – a night out doesn’t get much better than this.

A Norwegian Shambles For Kevin & Tony

16 May

Next week sees a double whammy of TVO legends take to the stage with a pair of Nowegian comedy giants, all via legendary club night Shambles.

© Kevin Eldon / Tony Law

© Kevin Eldon / Tony Law

As we first mentioned back in AprilKevin Eldon and Tony Law will be appearing alongside Paul Currie and secret special guests as support for cult duo The Norwegians of Comedy.

As the UK goes mad for Nordic dramas, their comedy is kept relatively out of sight, with the exception of the magnificent Daniel Simonsen (recently seen in House of Fools).  The Norwegians of Comedy, though new to the UK scene, have just filmed their own series for Norwegian Television and played San Francisco Sketchfest, as well as having set up the prestigious Crap Comedy festival in their homeland which has featured many a big name comic.

For two nights, they’ll be bringing their anarchic blend of surrealism to Aces and Eights in Tuffnell Park, on May 22nd and 23rd.  With stellar support from Eldon, Law & Currie, it looks like Shambles head honcho Harry Deansway knows a good thing when he sees it, so you can pick up tickets for both nights now for just £9.

For 22nd May, click here, and for 23rd May, click there.  You can see a promo video below.

Make A Date With A Whimsical Festival

14 May

© Festival No. 6

The strangely-named Festival No. 6, which takes place in Portmeirion in September, features a bevy of TVO folk in its eclectic line-up.

2014 will be the third year of the critically acclaimed festival, which promises an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture in a magical festival site in you will ever see. Festival No.6 takes place over the weekend of 4-7 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales.

The line-up is brilliantly wonky, encompassing the likes of Beck, Neneh Cherry, Rhys Ifans, Gavin Turk, St Etienne, Andy Weatherall, Charlie Higson and Julian Cope – with the promise Philosophy and Stargazing Walks to finish things off.

© Show & Tell UK

Our particular reason for writing about Festival No. 6 is that it also affords you the opportunity of seeing the awesome Tony Law, Katy Brand and Matt Berry perform!

The festival takes place 5, 6th and 7th September, and there are a range of ticket and entry options – which you can see here. For more information – including the full line up and site details, please visit the charmingly lovely festival website. We so want to go!

Fans of Tony Law who also dig interesting-sounding festivals don’t need to wait until September to see their man. Tony is part of the line-up of the Arts Emergency Festival, which takes place 18th & 19th June at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London (he’s appearing on 19th).

Tickets for the Arts Emergency Festival are £20/£15 and you can find out more about the comedy festival for a worthy cause here.

Welsh Funnies This Weekend

1 May

Better late than never goes the adage, so we hope you’ll forgive us our eleventh hour notice of the Machynlleth Comedy Festival, which we’ve just discovered starts tomorrow!

The Welsh comedy festival runs for 3 days – from this Friday through to Sunday, and it features an impressive list of top acts, including 3 TVO faces. Aisling Bea, Colin Hoult and Tony Law will all be performing at the festival; to find out where and when (and to see who else will be there), check this out.

Tickets for shows (which take place at different local venues) can be bought individually here, with starting prices as low as £1.50 (seriously!). To find out more about it check out the FAQs on the festival website.

We say get out of the big smoke and head on over to Machynlleth for your giggles this weekend!

Kevin’s Busy Schedule

6 Apr

© London is Funny

We all know that Kevin Eldon is a busy man, with appearances on many TV and radio shows, but you can also see him live in a number of shows in the next couple of months.

On 17th April you can see him at Mostly Comedy at the Market Theatre in Hitchin, where he will be joined by Bec Hill and Doggett & Ephgrave. The show starts at 9.15pm, tickets are £10.45 and can be bought in advance here, where you can also get more information about the venue etc.

Stand up for Shelter is on 7th May at the Wyndham Theatre. It’s a special comedy night to raise money for the charity. As well as Mr Eldon the participants include Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Zoe Lyons, Sean Hughes and Miles Jupp. For tickets (from £15.00) and further information about the show and Shelter, click here.

We told you last week about Experiments at The Invisible Dot, a new night that “brings together a gaggle of established performers come together to joyously experiment”. Hot Brew are there on 13th April and Kevin Eldon on 18th May.

Tickets for each show cost £8 and the gigs start at 7pm. For more information and to book tickets visit The Invisible Dot’s website.

And if that isn’t enough opportunity to see Kevin Eldon live, he will be joining Shambles Presents: The Norwegians of Comedy at Aces & Eights Saloon Bar on 22/23 May, for two nights only. Lars and Martin will also be joined by  Tony Law, Paul Currie and a Special Guest Comedian.

Tickets are £8.00 (a bargain!) and the show starts at 7.30pm. More information can be found here.

TVO Radio

6 Apr
© bbc.co.uk

© bbc.co.uk

A couple of TVO favourites have been on BBC Radio 4 this week.

First off, Katy Brand was a guest on The News Quiz on Friday, with Sandi Toksvig. The topical news quiz takes a satirical look at the latest news. You can catch-up on the show on BBC iPlayer.

On Saturday, Tony Law was a guest of Clive Anderson on Loose Ends, joining Jo Whiley, Paul McGann, Scarlet Page and Danny Wallace. You can also catch Loose Ends on BBC iPlayer,

Tony appears at 35 minutes, talking about his childhood in Canada and how he didn’t start his comedy career until he came to London.

The North East Jester

14 Mar

© Southbank

Tony Law will be performing at Jesterval, a comedy festival taking place in Gateshead in June.

Jesterval will be staged at Baltic Square at Gateshead Quays, and will run from Friday 6th June through to Saturday 14th June. As well as stand up performances for the grown ups, the festival promises something for  kids too. To see the full line up click here.

Tony Law will be performing at 9.15pm on Tuesday 10th June, and tickets for his show cost £8. Tickets for all acts can be purchased here.

There are still a few performance slots waiting to be filled, so if we hear of any other TVO artists heading up to the north east to participate in the festival, we’ll be sure to let you know.

 

 

ACMS Returns!

14 Feb

© ACMS

The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, or ACMS, returns for a new run of shows at the Soho Theatre next month and Tony Law and Aisling Bea will be performing.

ACMS is a new material night for both established and newer acts and encourages comedians to try out their more experimental material. The result is one of the best and most fun comedy nights out there, so we strongly advise you try to get to one.

Hosted by non-traditional double act John-Luke Roberts and Thom Tuck, the guests vary with each show. On 10th March, Tony Law is among the acts (as is an apparently very special secret guest) and on 7th April, Aisling Bea will make an appearance. For full line-ups visit the ACMS website.

It will return to the Soho Theatre on March 10th and there will be a show about once a month until July. Tickets are £12.50 from here but a discount code (for £8.50 tickets) is sent to the mailing list which you can sign up for here.

The ‘rival’ show AACMS (The Alternative Alternative Comedy Memorial Society) will  be returning to the Good Ship in Kilburn on 17th March and tickets are a mere £4 from here.

Invisible Dot Round-Up!

14 Feb

© Invisible Dot

As more and more shows are getting announced  for King’s Cross venue, the Invisible Dot, more and more TVO names are being added to the bills. Here’s a round-up.

First off, this Sunday sees a band of established comedians coming together for an ‘anything goes’ new material night called Experiments. It’s hosted by Mike Wozniak (recently seen in Man Down), with guests Tony Law, Rachel Parris, James Acaster and a mystery special guest.  Tickets are a mere £8 and can be found here.

Next up is Pancake Day on March 4th – a comedy night where pancakes will be served! The line-up so far is Katy Wix, James Acaster and Henry Pertidis, with more to be announced. Tickets are £12 (including the all-important pancakes) and can be found here.

The Dot’s Saturday Night Show, ever increasing in popularity, has some stonking line-ups for the coming season, with the wonderful Kevin Eldon in two shows on March 8th. He’ll be appearing alongside Cardinal Burns, Alistair Green and Nathon Caton and guests for other dates include Bridget Christie, Will Adamsdale (who some of you may have seen as one of Jon Breeze’s Wellness Companions at Julian Barratt‘s latest Soho show), Simon Munnery and Josie Long. Tickets are £10, thisaway.

Finally, on 25th March, 22nd April and 27th May, Triceratops will return to the Invisible Dot. This is a night showcasing three masterful character comedians (and no dinosaurs) performing both collaboratively and solo. The three are our own fantastic Colin Hoult, the marvelous (and slightly terrifying) Adam Riches and a special guest. Tickets are £8, you know what to do.

Tony Law Joins Dilemma

10 Feb

© BBC

Tony Law will be one of the panelists on BBC Radio 4′s Dilemma tomorrow evening.

The panel show is hosted by Sue Perkins, who puts four guests through the moral and ethical wringer by posing a series of finely-balanced dilemmas and then cross-examining them on their answers.

This week Sue is joined by Tony and fellow comedian, Isy Suttie, who battle with problems about footballing allegiance and supermarket deliveries.

Radio 1′s Gemma Cairney and economist, journalist, and presenter, Tim Harford complete the line up.

The programme airs at 6.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) and will be available on iPlayer for 7 days after the broadcast.

Leicester Comedy Festival Countdown!

3 Feb

With just three days to go before the event kicks off, we thought we’d bring you the lowdown on the many TVO names that can be caught at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival this month.

© Dave

Having been oddly quiet of late, Colin Hoult is bringing two shows to the festival. First up is a work in progress show entitled Uninspiring People Inspiring People By Being Uninspiring, which was first seen last autumn at the Invisible Dot. With a more ‘stand-up-y’ approach than Colin’s ace character-filled shows – this one is well worth a watch. And talking of his character-filled shows, he’s taking Characthorse, his show from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, to the festival later in the month. This is a madcap adventure across the mythical town of Snottingham with a host of weird and wonderful characters and, we reckon, it’s a must-see.

Next up is a show from the fab Aisling Bea – presumably this will be her Edinburgh show C’est La Bea, fresh from it’s run at the Soho Theatre, but the website doesn’t specify.

For all you connoisseurs out there, Paul Foot will be performing a show he calls An Hour In February. Shedding no light at all on the matter, the show has this description:

No board games on this lawn, baybayyy! Face the frozen ships and dance while legless bar stools finally take their revenge. Even Auntie Eclair won’t talk and this town will never recover from the naked collage.

Paul will also be taking part in the Laughing Matters Fundraiser, along with Tony Law, and Harry Hill. Tony will also be doing an hour of new shouty bollocks, a Nonsense In Progress, on the same evening.

Another familiar face in Onion-land, Joey Page, will be making a couple of appearances at the festival. Towards the end of the month he’ll be performing his own show Golden Peacock Hour and, much sooner on the horizon, he’ll be making an appearance in Tom Stade And Co.

So, he’s a list of those shows in date order . They’ll all take pace at venues around Leicester and tickets and more information can be found by following the links:

7th Feb – Colin Hoult – Work In Progress
8th Feb – Tom Stade And Co. (with Joey Page)
12th Feb – Aisling Bea
17th-18th Feb – Paul Foot – An Hour In February
19th Feb – Tony Law – Nonsense In Progress
19th Feb – Laughing Matters Fundraiser (with Tony Law and Paul Foot)
21st Feb - Colin Hoult – Characthorse
23rd Feb – Joey Page – Golden Peacock Hour

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part Four

4 Jan

Hello and a warm welcome to the final part of our Review of 2013. Although October to December may feel like it only just happened, prepare to be amazed by how much you’ve forgotten. We were, but then we’re getting on a  bit.

So here are the best bits from the fourth quarter of the year – cherry-picked from news stories about both our regulars and a few new faces too. Enjoy.

OCTOBER

October was the month that Booshmania returned.  Just as the fantastic Behind the Boosh exhibition started its run at Proud Camden, showcasing the history of that most Mighty of comedic troops via the majesty of Dave Brown‘s photography, the boys were back in town.  Or rather, on the pier, as The Mighty Boosh went from the Soho Theatre to Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme in LA. A final (chaotic) UK warm-up show and a further run through at The Comedy Store, almost halted by a Visa saga, paved the way for a live performance that turned out to be one of the Festival’s highlights. Fan forums and social media platforms were buzzing with photos, footage and reviews of the show.

Another announcement that got us more than a bit over-excited in October was the news that Ben Wheatley is to direct the first 2 episodes of the next series of Doctor Who, starring the new Time Lord, Peter Capaldi. How good is that!?  We’re itching to see what happens when you combine one of the UK’s finest directors with its biggest export, now in the capable hands of an Oscar-winning acting legend to boot.  You can see the moment Capaldi became the Doctor in the 2013 Xmas special below…

More telly stuff, with the launch of Matt Berry’s new series, Toast Of London.  We’d been itching to see it since the pilot back in 2012, and it did not disappoint…

Elsewhere, Richard Ayoade established himself as a permanent fixture on prime time panel shows with a stint as team captain on Was It Something I Said? on Channel 4. Ayoade’s intellectual sparring with host David Mitchell certainly made our Sunday evenings feel a bit more highbrow!

What else?  Well, in movie news, there was an update on the cast for Paul King‘s long-awaited Paddington Bear feature film, which included mention of Rufus Jones and James Bachman. To end the month, TVO artists offered us a veritable smorgasbord of comedy options for Halloween night’s out, with special spooky performances from Colin Hoult and Richard Sandling.  And we were sad to lose the talented comedy actor Felix Dexter, who died at the too-young age of 52. He left behind an incredible legacy of great TV performances on shows like Bellamy’s PeopleAbsolutely Fabulous, The Fast ShowKnowing Me Knowing You… With Alan Partridge, Mongrels and Alexei Sayle’s Merry Go Round to name but a few. He will be much misse, and would typically hate all this fuss about him, so let’s remember him with one of his silliest moments – dancing for Sport Relief alongside Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery.  What a dude.

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