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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.

Experiment At The Invisisble Dot

5 Apr

© The Invisible Dot

Strap in, because there’s going to be a wave of TVO-connected artists appearing at The Invisible Dot over he next few months!

 ‘Experiments’ is a new series of monthly  shows that sees a collection of established performers come together to comedically experiment.

Here’s the confirmed line-up for reach show so far, with ‘our lot’ helpfully highlighted in bold type:

13 April: LUCY BEAUMONT, DAVID MILLS, BENJAMIN PARTRIDGE, HOT BREW & more
18 May: WHELAN, DAVID REED, LYNDSAY SHARMAN, KEVIN ELDON, MATTHEW CROSBY & more
15 June: BRIDGET CHRISTIE, PAT CAHILL, HARRY DEANSWAY, ELLIE WHITE, LOLLY ADEFOPE, & more.

Although, strictly speaking, Harry Deansway isn’t one of ours, he’s a top bloke and has hosted a myriad of comedy nights for TVO folk over the years – so do check him out!

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.

Check out Hot Brew’s appearance at TVO Live (they are awesome. Fact):

TVO’s Review Of The Year 2013: Part One

1 Jan

2013 has been a funny old year in Onion Land. We’ve seen our regulars scoop bucketloads of awards, from Best British Film at the Empire Awards to International Emmy Awards and everything in-between. Some names on our roster have reached new heights of success, becoming household names to people who have no idea of their cult origins. Others have just continued being quietly amazing, but all of them have been worthy of your attention.

As a result, we’ve been ploughing through the 12 months of TVO, to pluck out the best bits from over 700 news stories across 2013. This first instalment of our round-up covers January-March, and is jam packed with forgotten treasures and instant classics alike.  Enjoy.

JANUARY

The year began quietly, with the only key new show on the box being, on the surface, designed for kids. FIT was a sports-based sketch show on CBBC from the team behind Sorry, I’ve Got No Head, and featured TVO regulars Tony WayRufus Jones and Aisling Bea in its ensemble cast. For the most part, however, it was the involvement of Peter Serafinowicz - reprising his beloved cult character Brian Butterfield – which got everyone’s attention…

On the other end of the spectrum, Michael SmileyDan Tetsell and Simon Farnaby turned up in the very-much-for-grown-ups cyber-thiller Utopia on Channel 4. The show concerned itself with attempts to trace the only known copy of a graphic novel which left a trail of bloody carnage in its wake. With Four Lions star Adeel Akhtar part of its ensemble cast, as well as Kill List actor Neil Maskell as a creepy hitman, and The Thick Of It‘s Paul Higgins as a blackmailed civil servant, the show became an instant cult hit, and will be returning for a second series in 2014.

Closer to home, and the good folk of Onion Land seemed keen to dish out advice. Comedic agony aunt Rachel Stubbings was offering specially crafted miniature versions of herself for sale to anyone in need of a friendly ear. Or, to be more exact, a bit of unemotional plastic which happened to look a bit like her, in a variety of costumes. The Stubby Buddy was a quick sell out, though something tells me we won’t be seeing them in the shops next year…

Elsewhere, conceptual artist and Luxury Comedy star Kim Noble was offering handy tips on how to buy an oven

And as Bowie-fever gripped the world, James Cook released his own, haunting interpretation of Mr Jones’ classic track, Ashes To Ashes

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My Heart Is As Pure As The Snow

11 Nov

© Fiona Campbell

Antony Elvin has recorded a new Christmas song, for release later this month.

Here at The Velvet Onion, we’re all huge admirers of Mr Elvin.  The incredibly talented singer songwriter and comedy mastermind has been wowing us for years with his solo material, work with Circulus and Princes In The Tower, his appearances as Crispin Wheatflake alongside Alice Lowe in Hot Brew, duets with DeadDogInBlackBag and his ties to The Mighty Boosh – appearing in Series 3, and donating Amongst The Dandies to the film Journey Of The Childmen.

But until now, we’ve never been able to buy his own music.  Many of his classics were uploaded to Myspace, which has almost been consigned to history, and several more were on his now defunct website.

A handful currently reside on his public Facebook page via ReverbNation, and another is on our own site here.  All of which, were completely free, and we’ve always said he could be making a fortune from his Antony Newly-esque whimsy with that mystical Bowie-style croon.

© Highline Records

Enter Highline Records Festivus 2 - a new Christmas compilation featuring the likes of Dodgy, The Priscillas, Glam Chops and our very own Mr Elvin, who has contributed the track My Heart Is As Pure As The Snow.

The album will be released on November 25th, and is available for pre-order on CD via The Velvet Onion Amazon Store for only £7.99.  If you’d prefer to just buy Antony’s track, that will be available as an mp3 download on that date over yonder.

Whilst you wait, our exclusive Hot Brew festive number from 2011 is still available to download for free, and can be streamed below.

The Insiders’ Guide To Edinburgh

26 Jul

© Tom Clark & Andrew Mickel

If anyone knows how to get the most out of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it would be the comedians who perform there every year. Well now, you can take advantage of their superior knowldge with a new book, ‘Secret Edinburgh’, published by Such Small Portions.

The book contains 256 pages of handy hints and anecdotes from the comedy fraternity (170 of them!) to help you live like a Fringe veteran at the biggest art’s festival on earth. It includes practical tips about where to eat (whether on a budget or not) alongside more outlandish suggestions (such as why the John Lewis towel department offers a great place to de-stress).

The book includes photography, fun illustrations and maps to help you hunt down the best places the city has to offer (and the stories comedians have to tell about them). Contributors include a few TVO faces too, including Joey Page, Tony Law, Colin Hoult and Aisling Bea. Plus the  coffee section of the book is named after Hot Brew, which we love!

Tim Clark, co-editor of Secret Edinburgh, said: “I’ve always felt that comedians are the most obsessive compulsive tourists any city could ever wish to have, and their dedication to spending each August in Scotland’s capital makes an annual caravan holiday in Skegness look like a picnic. Secret Edinburgh is in essence a love letter to Edinburgh itself disguised as travel literature. I hope that readers can enjoy the guide as much as we have.”

If you’re off to this year’s festival, we reckon it’s a must-have purchase. To find out more about the book and to get your copy for only £7.99 visit Such Small Portions here.

TVO Live Videos Part 7: Hot Brew

24 Jul

At long last, here’s the latest installment in our TVO Live video series!

For various boring reasons, it’s been a few weeks since we were able to bring you some footage from our inaugral live event which took place in May of last year, but now we can continue apace with some more great performances from our regulars!

That star studded event last year featured the likes of Dave Brown, James Cook, Antony Elvin, Stephen Evans, Suzy Evelyn Hall, Mike Fielding, Richard Glover, Alex Kirk, Alice Lowe, David McNeill, Tom Meeten, Steve Oram, Laura Patch, Richard Sandling, Holly Jane Shears, Rachel Stubbings, Will Summers, Dan Tetsell, Gareth Tunley, Dolly Wells and the disembodied voice of Rich Fulcher.

Now as we inch slowly towards putting on more events in the future, we’re showcasing footage from that glorious night of madcap fun.

This latest slice of lo-fi posterity is a whopping 16 minute set from the new-wave folksters Hot Brew.  First discovered in the Jackal Film, Roots, Oona & Crispin Wheatflake still look remarkably like Alice Lowe and Antony Elvin to us… what do you reckon?

If you missed our previous videos in the series, you can check them out via this handy playlist over yonder. We’ll be bringing you more footage from the event soon, and are currently in initial stages of planning more shows, so stay peeled for all the latest info as soon as possible.

The Velvet Onion Live: One Year On…

31 May

Today marks the one year anniversary of The Velvet Onion Live!

In character, Matt Berry once memorably said: “Time is a menstruous woman. One cannot control her eddying currents.”  Rarely has a truer remark been uttered in jest.  It’s hard to believe a whole twelve months have passed since our inaugural live event at The Vandella, Shepherd’s Bush, made in collaboration with James Wren and Bob Pipe.  And yet, there it is – a big fat first anniversary.

To celebrate this occasion, as we slowly but surely gear ourselves up to arrange further live events before the second anniversary is upon us and we increasingly look like one-hit-wonders, we will be bringing you weekly installments of footage from the jam-packed event.  It’s fairly lo-fi due to a few technical hiccups on the night, but we recorded the whole event for posterity and now, at last, we can share it with you all.

For those not in the know, the event gathered together a number of our regular names for a night of fun and games.  We had live comedy sets from duos Steven Oram and Tom MeetenRichard Glover and Stephen EvansDolly Wells and Laura PatchGareth Tunley and Alex Kirk.  We had solo sets from Dan TetsellRichard Sandling and Rachel Stubbings, whilst David McNeill nabbed Evans & Glover back for a spot of twisty-nonsense.

And that wasn’t all. Alice Lowe and Antony Elvin gave us a set from Hot Brew, whilst Elvin also regaled us with jaunty ditties alongside Will Summers.  There was a rare chance to see DeadDogInBlackBag perform, and we heralded the return of Waen Shepherd as Gary Le Strange.  The night was rounded off with a sumptuous set from James Cook, and we had Mike Fielding DJ-ing whenever performers took a well earned rest.

The night began, proper, however, with an important health and safety announcement from our honorary member, Bollo:

We’ll be bringing you more footage, all being well, on a weekly basis, so come back next Friday for your next installment!

Forged Hope

10 May

The latest installment in the gloriously silly web series The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains has emerged online.

This week’s episode from the minds of Bob PipeJames Wren and Phil Whelans features the return of the latter and Richard Glover, with more brain sucking victims including a Blackpool cabaret singer, played by Waen Shepherd and Wren’s chain smoking live wire surgeon.  Meanwhile, Mason Philips minister is not so lucky…

If you’re enjoying …Brains, don’t forget that the team behind it are staging two cult comedy nights in the coming weeks.

Bob Pipe is bringing back his wonderful on-off club night The Forgery Club on Friday, May 17th at The Udderbelly, Southbank.  The 80s special will see the return of swash-buckling time travelers Umbrage Swain & Burton Latimer (played by Wren & Glover), on a mission to solve the Mystery of the Missing Giant Purple Upside Down Cow.

They’ll be accompanied by the mighty Gary Le Strange, along with Dave McNeill, Modern Dreams, Terry Alderton and some surprises, so grab your tickets whilst you can over yonder!

James Wren is also reviving his own popular club-night, Spank in June and July at the same venue, with the show on June 7th featuring Isy Suttie, Vicki Stone, David Armand, Rhys Mathewson and No Son Of Mine – aka Rufus Jones and Alex Kirk.  The following show on July 5th features Tony LawHot Brew, Phil Nichol and Anil Desai, and more info and ticket links can be found over there.

Spank Some TVO Talent

3 May

Comedy fans in the London area can start getting excited now with two forthcoming shows from Spank! at Udderbelly Southbank which feature artists who we cover at The Velvet Onion.

© Spank!

On Friday, 7th June the Spank! line-up features performaces from Rufus Jones and Alex Kirk, along with sets from Isy Suttie, Vikki Stone, David Armand and Rhys Mathewson.

Then on 5th July the show features Tony Law and Hot Brew (the magnificent Alice Lowe and Antony Elvin), plus Phil Nichol and Anil Desai.

If a further TVO conenction were needed, these shows are the latest output from new wave comedy legend James Wren (of Hen & Chickens fame and 2012′s TVO Live!) - so you know you’re going to be in for a good night. What’s more, there’s also a show tonight which is also worth seeing (for a reduced ticket price no less!)

All dates take place at Udderbelly Southbank and tickets cost £15.50 (shows start at 22:45). For more information and to buy tickets click here.

Hey Globe

24 Mar

© Jimmy Crippen

A brand new song by Hot Brew has emerged online.

Those mystical root-lovers Oona & Crispin Wheatflake, famously captured on film by Alice LoweJacqueline Wright‘s Jackal Films (and TVO!), have passed their latest opus – Hey Globe - on to their good friend Antony Elvin, who unleashed it onto the interwebs via Soundcloud.

In it, they sing a song to their baby ‘Globe’.  As Elvin explains: Globe has been raised genderless to avoid streaming and is probably the most important baby since Moses. Baskets went on sale at John Lewis in 1995. On a diet of flax oil and hummus, Globe thrives and will probably be the next president of Kenilworth.

Well, exactly.  You can hear the song yourselves below, and as soon as we know more about any further brews, we’ll let you know, so stay peeled.

Hot Brew For A Cold Climate

12 Mar

© Becky Johnson

TVO’s favourite folk duo will be performing this week at The Invisible Dot.  You can catch the wonderful Hot Brew on Thursday 14th March in London N1.

Alice Lowe and Antony Elvin will be bringing Oona & Cripsin Wheatflake back to life to warm our cockles during a chilly wintery week, and a ticket could be yours for only £8. Also featured on the bill are Daniel Simonsen, Sheeps, Mike Wozniak, Two Episodes Of MASH, Oscar Jenkyn-Jones, Ellie White and MC Tom Basden.

The show takes place at The Invisible Dot (click on the link for details of where that is) and runs from 7.45-9.45pm. Details of how to procure tickets are a tad sketchy on the venue’s website, so we suggest you contact the venue direct if you’re thinking of popping along on T. (0)20 7424 8918.

EXCLUSIVE: In Holoserica Cepa – A Gift From The Velvet Onion

25 Dec

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Yes, it’s Christmas time, and as another year draws to a close, The Velvet Onion has not one, but two presents for you.

Our annual TVO Calendar has sadly been delayed a little, but will be here for your perusal before 2012 runs out of gas.  We’ve been working round the clock the last few days to ensure it’s up to scratch, and reaches you before the end of the month, and we think you’ll love what we’ve come up with, so stay peeled over the festive season for that!

The other present… well that’s arguably more special.  We’ve called upon some of our more musical friends in the realm of the Onion, to provide a very special eight-track EP you can download completely free!

Just visit our Soundcloud page to get all eight tracks, featuring the likes of James Cook, Sue Denim, Antony Elvin, Stephen Evans, Suzy Evelyn-Hall, Rich Fulcher, Richard Glover, Shelley Longworth, Alice Lowe, Holly Jane Shears, Waen Shepherd, William Summers, Gareth Tunley, Michael Tyack and Tony Way.

But hurry, because the files will only be available until SUNDAY JANUARY 6th, before being taken down forever.  For a full tracklisting, and a flashy swanky player loaded with all eight songs, see below.

TVO would like to thank everyone involved with the making of these tracks, and the compiling of this collection.  You all know who you are, and to you, and everyone out there reading this – a most merry of holiday seasons to you all. We love ya.

TRACKS1

01. Secret Wolf – GARY LE STRANGE

Taken from the long deleted third Gary Le Strange album, Beef Scarecrow, this song has only previously been made available at Waen Shepherd’s live shows many moons ago.  Stay tuned for the full reissue of his GLS albums over the next twelve months, with the first, Polaroid Suitcase available now.

02. Stingo – PRINCES IN THE TOWER

Originally a spin-off from folk legends Circulus, the magnificent Princes In The Tower have become an almighty Tudor force in their own right.  This track is taken from the forthcoming debut album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower, which will be available soon…

03. Midnight, The Stars And You – RICHARD GLOVER & STEPHEN EVANS

Described by Evans as a ‘short and daft’ version of the 1930s classic (forever immortalised in The Shining), this is a previously unreleased recording from the Splendid duo…

04. The Self Machine – JAMES COOK

Taken from James’ wonderful debut solo album, Arts And Sciences, this track sees the former Nemo frontman on typically fine form.  The album is available now.

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05.  Song Of A Wayfarer – WILLIAM SUMMERS

Recorded live at St John the Divine Church in Richmond upon Thames back in July, this is an exclusive, haunting live recording from the multi-instrumentalist.

06. Unicorn – DEADDOGINBLACKBAG

The first new DeadDogInBlackBag song for a long, long time, this is a complete and utter exclusive from the electropop duo.

07. Another Rainy Day – SUE DENIM

A 60s influenced b-side from Sue’s recent Bicycle single, this track acts a taster for her delightfully summery debut solo album, Sue And The Unicorn, which is available now.

08. This Christmastime [2012 Mix] – ANTONY ELVIN, ALICE LOWE & FRIENDS

Originally recorded for Alice LoweJacqueline Wright‘s Jackal Film of the same name back in 2010, this fresh mix from its producer and co-writer Antony Elvin features a host of TVO stars – Gareth Tunley, Shelley Longworth, Waen Shepherd, Tony Way and Rich Fulcher – spreading an important message for the festive season.

Sightseers Spotlight On: Alice Lowe

1 Dec

As you’ve probably gathered by now, here at The Velvet Onion we’re more than a tad giddy about the UK release  of Sightseers. There are many, many things about the film that make it worthy of merit, not the least of which is the rather wonderful person who plays Tina, the female lead. For anyone who’s unfamiliar with her work, please allow us to introduce you to the writer-actor-comedian-singer-performer extraordinaire, Alice Lowe:

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If you’re a regular reader of TVO you’ll be aware of Alice’s more recent projects (of which there are many); what you may not fully appreciate, however, is how many seminal comedy happenings (and comedy people)she’s been involved with during her career.

Sightseers isn’t Alice’s first time in a feature film; she’s even played another Tina in a film before, in Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz. Alice also appeared briefly in Ben Wheatley’s previous release, Kill List.

But let’s start back at the beginning, before the movie roles. Alice started out co-creating and performing in surreal experimental theatre shows such as City HauntsSnowbound and Progress In Flying Machines with David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Since she first graced our TV screens in 2004 in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace as Madeleine Wool/Dr. Liz Asher, Alice’s TV appearances read like a ‘Best of British Comedy’ roll call. There have been parts in the Mighty Boosh (as Monkey in Priest & The Beast), The IT Crowd (as Patricia in Fifty-Fifty), Snuff Box (as David Bowie), This is Jinsey (as Soosan Noop) and Man to Man with Dean Learner - plus roles in game-changing TV shows such as Little Britain, Pulling, Horrible Histories, Skins and Black Books, amongst others.

She also wrote and starred in E4′s overlooked comedy series Beehive (take a look here for our review of the show if you want to know more). Plus, she’s performed with the likes of Rob Brydon, Harry Enfield and Katy Brand in their various TV outings. So far so impressive.

© Jackal Films

For anyone unfamiliar with Alice’s comedy acting skills, for a quick immersion session we’d recommend a gander at Jackal Films creative output.  In 2010 Alice teamed up with director Jacqueline Wright to produce and release a short  film per month – that’s twelve shorts in total.

The quality and range of the films is truly impressive, as are Alice’s performances - take a look at them all here. You can also see some other shorts that Alice features in by clicking on this.

Impressive stuff, but one could argue that her talents are best experienced live, where her uncanny ability to portray the unhinged and yet also sing like an angel, really come to the fore. She was part of Ealing Live in the early/mid-2000s, an experimental comedy group where many of the UK’s finest (i.e. the artists that we write about) started their stand-up careers; take a look at the column on the right of this page and you can see who was involved.

Since then Alice has performed on stage with many of her contemporaries, and we’ve been lucky enough to see her live on a number of occasions, most recently at Oram & Meeten’s Club Fantastico, where she truly shone. Alice and her co-star in Sightseers, Steve Oram, also performed together during Steve Coogan’s 2007 tour, and some would argue that their supporting role, filling in between Coogan’s character changes, provided some of the funniest moments of the show.

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Vintage Sights: Top Ten Alice & Steve Moments On YouTube

30 Nov

Today marks the release of Sightseers into UK cinemas.  At long last, this brilliant film starring Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Richard Glover can be shared by you all.  Directed by Ben Wheatley, we’ve gone bananas for it because it truly is brilliant and deserves your attention.  It opens in 92 cinemas nationwide, and it’s success this weekend will decide if it expands to further cinemas next week, so it’s crucial if you have a passing interest in the film, you go and see it now!

Of course, most of you will be more than aware of the work of Alice Lowe and Steve Oram before this film was released, but for those of you who are new to their genius, we thought we’d compile a handy list of easy-to-access clips from the Tube of You.  It’s been tough selecting only five each, but we think we’ve found you some absolute corkers.

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© Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images Europe

All of these clips are either web-shorts, live clips or tv taster pilots which didn’t go to broadcast, which helped narrow the list down somewhat.  Obviously, they only scratch the surface of the great work the pair have been crafting for the past decade.  To truly experience their mastery, you simply must see them live at the earliest opportunity, and to find out when that next is, you’ll have to keep coming back here!  We’ll be keeping you posted on any appearances they make, so pop back every now and then to find out more.

If that’s too long a wait, you can browse their ‘videographies’, as it were, via our TVO webstores.  Both run by Amazon on our behalf, we have dedicated sections for every artist we feature in a UK and US store – and both will ship internationally too.  For Alice’s stuff, visit here for UK, and here for US – and if Steve’s your bag, visit here for UK, and here for US.

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Take A Trip To Wunderland

4 Jul

© Jimmy Crippen

Back in August 2011 we took great pleasure in announcing that Alice’s Lowe’s radio show, Alice’s Wunderland, had been granted a full series, following the success of the brilliant pilot epiosde.

Alice’s busy schedule has meant its taken some time to reach us, but at last the series is nearing its launch date, 11 months later!  Alice’s Wunderland hits the airwaves next week, on Thursday 12th July at 11pm on BBC Radio 4. Don’t forget that it’ll be available for 7 days after the initial transmission via iPlayer.

The series consists of four half-hour shows, focusing on “the Poundland of magical realms” and also stars Richard Glover, Waen Shepherd Rachel Stubbings, Clare Thompson, Simon Greenall and Marcia Warren.  Plans were afoot to include Hot Brew in the pilot episode – so they may also feature at some point in the run.

While you’re with us, why not check out our interview with Alice from last year when she talked to us about Wunderland, including her vision for the show, the characters that populate it and how it was written. Then there’s still plenty of time to set your alarm for 10:59pm next Thursday!

The Velvet Onion: The Extreme Racists…

29 Jun

Today marks the one month anniversary of our evening of music, comedy and downright madness at TVO Live! So what better way to celebrate the night than to give all of you a taste of what went down in our first trailer!

Take a look below at the first snippets of footage from our film of the whole shebang, and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that made it to the event; the superb comics and musicians that took to the Vandella’s stage, of course to James Wren and Bob Pipe for being amazing support, to Michael Henry Bull, Michael Glynn and Jon Burgess our fantastic camera team, and also extra thanks to Waen Shepherd for letting us use his brilliant track for our trailer.

To read more about TVO Live you can take a look at our previous recap of the evening complete with photos from the night!

Forgery Extra

3 Jun

© The Forgery Club

Colin Hoult has joined the line-up for the Automated Psychedelic Forgery Club Machine that we mentioned last month. The night will be hosted by our favourite folk duo Hot Brew at The Vandella.

The show starts at 8pm (doors at 7.30) and tickets are cheaper in advance. To get tickets and more information click here.

TVO Live! The Aftermath of a Vandella Velveting…

2 Jun

You knew it was coming – but Thursday May 31st saw The Velvet Onion put on our very first live night, at the incredible new Shepherd’s Bush venue, The Vandella.

With a smattering of stars in the audience, and a VIP lounge so filled with comedy legends several people’s heads may have exploded, it was always going to be a special night – and the challenge for us was cramming so many fabulous names onto one bill.

Now, we’re a little biased, but we have to admit, it went rather well indeed – and judging by the post-show reaction everyone such a great time by the time Team TVO left the building we’d discussed coming back to do another, several times over!

The night was such an intimate affair that we knew deep down the vast majority of our Peelers would never be able to be there – but rest assured, we recorded the entire show in glorious high definition, multi camera action, and we’ll be cutting it together over the summer for a potential Autumn release – all online, all free, and for a limited period only – so stay peeled to be kept in the loop on that one.

In the meantime, we’ll be bringing you teaser footage as soon as we can, and we have a huge array of photographs of the evening for you to savour too.  The first batch are all included below, so enjoy them safe in the knowledge that, all being well, their teasing nature will be fulfilled later this year.

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We’d like to extend our huge thanks to everyone involved with putting on the night – especially to the sheer wonderment of Bob Pipe for his technical expertise and the living legend that is James Wren for all of his support throughout this whole process.  We’d also like to thank Sian Salsbury and everyone at The Vandella who have been the most accommodating team we could have ever hoped to have worked with – and our very hard working camera crew: Michael BullJon BurgessMichael Glynn!  Not to mention everyone who helped out on the day as friends of us all.

And of course, we really must thank our glorious guests, who all worked hard, played hard, and made us love them even more than we did before.  In order of appearance, our deepest, and more sincere thanks to: Mike FieldingDave BrownAntony ElvinWill SummersGareth TunleyAlex KirkDolly WellsLaura PatchRichard GloverStephen EvansHolly Jane ShearsSuzy Evelyn-HallAlice LoweSteve OramTom MeetenDavid McNeillDan TetsellWaen ShepherdRachel StubbingsRichard Sandling and James Cook.

We’d also like to extend our thanks to those who couldn’t make it in the end, but we know wanted to be there – in particular Joey Page for trying to the very last moment to get there, and both James Bachman and Lucy Montgomery whose enormous workloads stood in their way.  Extra special thanks must also go to the legendary Rich Fulcher, who was drawn away for a charity event but still found the time to record incredible last minute voice overs to introduce each artist.

Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who came along to support us and the artists on the bill.  You are the reason we’re able to keep doing what we’re doing to help the people you admire, and we’ll go on for as long as you’ll all have us.  Until the next time… keep peeling!

Automated Psychedelic Brew

16 May

© Forgery Club

Our favourite venue is playing host to a Brew-tastic evening next month!

On June 7th you will be able to find an array of special acts at the Vandella for the aptly named - The Automated Psychedelic Forgery Club Machine.

Hosted by Hot Brew the Forgery Club will also be serving up Wittank, Fun Bags and apparently “Eddie Lizzard the Stand-up Chameleon”.

With a line-up like this and the flourishing reputation the Forgery Club and the Vandella have built up in such a short amount of time, you can’t really go wrong!

Head to the Facebook event page right here for more information and tickets can be picked up here yonder.

Fright Night Tonight!

13 Apr

© The Forgery Club

There’s still time to grab tickets for tonight’s mega-packed Forgery Club bill at The Udderbelly on London’s Southbank.

This one off event away from the Forgery Club’s new home at The Vandalla is hosted by Pros From Dover – the cult sketch trio featuring TVO regular Richard Glover.   They will be joined by Hot BrewSteve Oram and Rachel Stubbings, alongside Luke McQueen, Jamie Glassman, Spencer Jones, Moonfish Rhumba, The Real MacGuffins, McNeil & Pamphilon and Nathaniel Tapley.

The Fright Night starts at 10:45pm and tickets, which usually start at £15 can be bought on the cheap for just £10 by calling: 0844 545 8252 and give the code word ‘Bobpipe’.

Get on down there if you can!

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