Gary Le Strange

Five years since TVO Live!

Today marks five years since The Velvet Onion Live, and as luck would have it, we recently managed to salvage some footage previously thought lost forever from the star-studded one-off live event. On 31st May 2012, we packed 21 Velvet Onion regulars, and the disembodied voice of one other, into [...]

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

Captain Ango Pango says… Shut Up DJ!

Seminal filmmaker Tim Hope is back with his latest project, and it sees him reunited with regular collaborator Waen Shepherd. For the uninitiated, Hope began his comedy career as a stand-up, and united with a pre-Boosh Julian Barratt to as techno-pioneers The Pod in the mid 90s. Shepherd would [...]

December 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

I Am A Video (and a digital download)

The brand new Gary Le Strange single I Am A Video is available to buy now – and the video can be viewed below. TVO reached out to Gary’s minder Waen Shepherd for a word from the eccentric but entirely sane cult synth-rocker about the new track. Proudly describing it as “a [...]

November 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I Am A Video

Gary Le Strange is back with a brand new single, and it’s available from all good digital retailers on Tuesday! The alter-ego of Waen Shepherd, Le Strange is a failed synth pop-star who was the subject of three live shows at Edinburgh Fringe (including the Perrier Comedy Award [...]

November 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #27

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more. Click through for the latest news, and see what’s so hot right now THIS WEEK below… W1A RETURNS Smash hit mockumentary W1A returns on Thursday for its second series, with an extended [...]

April 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

Onion Talking: Sarah Kendall on Touchdown

Acclaimed stand-up comic Sarah Kendall returns to The Soho Theatre with the final run for her smash-hit show Touchdown this week, running from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th February. With her follow up show, A Day in October, due to launch at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in [...]

February 21, 2015 // 4 Comments

Synth Heaven At Normal, Strange & Fabulous

‘Normal, Strange & Fabulous’ is the name of a unique synthpop/electronic gig taking place in April – which features Waen Shepherd‘s alter-ego, Gary Le Strange. In addition to Gary Le Strange’s pitch perfect parodies of 1980’s electronic/new romantic hits, [...]

February 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

So Hot Right Now #8

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. ST VINCENT AND THE BEAR This week sees the UK release of St Vincent – the new Bill Murray film about a [...]

December 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

So Hot Right Now #7

Welcome to The Velvet Onion – the central hub for an interconnected range of alternative comedy and more.  Click through for the LATEST NEWS, and see what’s so hot right now below. PADDINGTON ARRIVES The British media has gone absolutely potty for the new Paddington movie, which is released [...]

November 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Reverse Angle Approaches

A new exhibition of the work of Andy Hollingworth will be on display in Chester next month. Here at The Velvet Onion, we have a great love for the work of the photographer. And indeed, for Andy himself – one of the nicest men in the business. We’re not alone, either – as his work [...]

January 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

Beef Scarecrow Returns!

The fourth-ish and (to-date) final Gary Le Strange album is now available for download. Originally recorded in 2006 to promote his grand, uncompromisingly bizarre multi-concept leviathan live show of the same name, Beef Scarecrow saw Le Strange abandon his former “Neo-Regency Face [...]

December 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

Gary Le Strange’s Glamoronica

The Velvet Onion is pleased to announce that tomorrow will see the impromptu release of some rare material from Gary Le Strange – aka comedy legend Waen Shepherd. It’s now ten years since Le Strange debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, bagging the Perrier Award that year [...]

July 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Face Academy Revived!

The much loved second Gary Le Strange album, Face Academy, is reissued digitally this week. For those not in the know, Le Strange is the New Romantic, Bowie-esque alter ego of Waen Shepherd, whose origins stem from Waen and Simon Farnaby‘s cult sketch duo, Peterford Golf Club. This year [...]

May 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Onion Talking: Waen Shepherd’s Le Strange Vision

December saw the long awaited reissue of the first Gary Le Strange album  by comedy legend Waen Shepherd.  As that album and its parent show celebrate their tenth anniversary, and with further reissues on the way in the coming months, TVO thought now was the perfect time to catch up with Waen and [...]

February 1, 2013 // 1 Comment

Polaroid Suitcase Returns

It’s hard to believe it, but next year marks the tenth anniversary of the debut album by Gary Le Strange – the seminal Polaroid Suitcase. Emerging from the collaborative sketch show Peterford Golf Club featuring Waen Shepherd and Simon Farnaby (which also spawned Golf War), Le [...]

December 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

Club Fantastico: A Crazy Ray Of Sunshine

Last Thursday was the second instalment of the rebooted Club Fantastico, Steve Oram and Tom Meeten’s gloriously cockeyed comedy night at The Vandella. Velveteer Mog was on hand to report back on the proceedings: Every day of this so-called summer it’s rained. Every night it’s [...]

July 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

Club Fantastico Rides Again

Steve Oram and Tom Meeten return to The Vandella on July 12th for another round of Club Fantastico, with some very special guest stars. We told you back in May that Oram & Meeten’s revived club night would be returning this summer, and we hope that a lot of you took that, and their [...]

June 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Velvet Onion: The Extreme Racists…

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 [...]

June 29, 2012 // 6 Comments

Strange Returns

The Velvet Onion is pleased to learn that, following his recent revival at The Velvet Onion Live!, electro-synth-pop genius Gary Le Strange will be making another appearance later this year. Le Strange is of course, the brainchild of Waen Shepherd – a pitch perfect parody of a bygone era of [...]

June 12, 2012 // 0 Comments