is it a cop-out to share the press release I wrote for this month's Mostly Comedy today in lieu of a proper blog post? Yes, it probably is...but when you're tired and preparing to nip off to Bath for a few days to perform at their comedy festival, you're allowed to give yourself a little break.
It's only so much of a cheat anyway as I still wrote it - even if it wound up being a cut-and-shut of various other press releases in the past. I was pleased to see the resulting article is already displayed on the Hertfordshire Mercury, plus we've also managed to shift a few more tickets today, which is presumably as a result of this, so that's good. See below for the press release that inspired it, and then visit www.mostlycomedy.co.uk to book.
Press Release – 04.04.16
a monthly comedy and music club, at the sun hotel in hitchin
21st April’s instalment of Doggett & Ephgrave’s Mostly Comedy sees a variety of familiar faces return to the club, headed by the truly original PHIL KAY.
PHIL first burst on to the comedy circuit in 1989, winning the Edinburgh Fringe Festival competition So You Think You're Funny in its second year. His unpredictable, freestyle approach to live performance led to a Perrier Award nomination in 1993, as well as winning Best Stand-up at the British Comedy Awards in 1994.
He went on to make two series for Channel 4, Phil Kay Feels… and Next Stop, Phil Kay; more recent TV appearances include stints on BBC1’s ‘QI’ and BBC3’s ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’. He is huge on both the comedy and festival circuit, as well as working hard behind the scenes, writing for the likes of Harry Hill, Reeves and Mortimer and Jonathan Ross. In 2013 he published his autobiography The Wholly Viable.
Joining Phil on the bill is another familiar TV face, JAMES REDMOND. James made his name as a model and actor before turning to stand-up, and is best known for his roles in C4's 'Hollyoaks' and BBC1's 'Casualty', and for presenting ITV's 'SM:TV' and 'CD:UK' alongside Cat Deeley. He has also appeared on BBC2's 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' , C4's 'Celebrity Come Dine With Me', and is a regular on Sky One's 'Soccer A.M.'
Also appearing is Best Newcomer Nominee at the 2012 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards, SAM FLETCHER. Sam is a comic actor, whose credits include BBC2's 'Ideal', BBC3's 'Coming of Age' and Channel 4's 'Shameless' – though it was 'Good on Paper' (his first solo hour at this year's Edinburgh Festival) that caught the critics eye and led to his prestigious nomination; press quotes include 'no other show made me smile so much this year' **** (Independent), and 'another star is born' **** (Metro).
The only comic on the bill who’s never played Mostly before is 2014 ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ semi-finalist FIONA RIDGEWELL. Fiona has won a number of comedy competitions including 'The Blackout' at Up The Creek (twice) and ‘Beat the Gong’ at the Comedy Store London in December 2014. In May 2015 Fiona was a finalist in 'Jokers Joker'. Most recently, she was a semi finalist in ‘Funny Women 2015’.
The show will be emceed by its organisers, the “polished, natural comedians” (Camden Fringe Voyeur) DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE. It takes place at The Sun Hotel on Thursday 21st April. Tickets are £11.00. Doors open at 7:30pm, with the first act on at 8:00pm Tickets are available in advance via www.mostlycomedy.co.uk.
Date:Thursday 21st April 2016
Venue: The Sun Hotel
Time: Bar open all day. Doors at 7:30pm. First act on at 8:00pm