Friday, 10 March 2017

Hard-Pressed for Things to Say.

One of the downsides to writing a blog most days is occasionally, you don’t have much to say.

Today’s one of those days. Thankfully, I just remembered the press release I put together yesterday to promote this month’s Hitchin Mostly, which takes place in just under a fortnight. It doesn’t make for much of blogpost, but it does contain some words of vague interest that fill a page. So here it is in all its promotional glory; as to whether it will make any of the local papers is up for debate:

Press Release – 09.03.17

mostly comedy
a monthly comedy and music club at the sun hotel in hitchin

While March’s Hitchin Mostly Comedy has officially sold out in advance for the sixth month running, there’s still a chance to snap up return tickets on the night. This month, the club’s custodians DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE play host to two panel show favourites: HAL CRUTTENDEN and JOEY PAGE.

HAL CRUTTENDEN is one of the top comics working in the UK today, and a highly accomplished writer and actor. Over the last twelve months he’s performed on ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC1) made his third appearance on ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1 & 2), his second on ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1) and been a frequent guest on ‘The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ (BBC2). He has recently took part in the ‘Hell on High Seas’ challenge, where six celebrities and a professional crew sailed from Belfast to London on a Volvo 65 Racing Yacht, facing rough weather and sea sickness to raise over a million pounds for Sport Relief; their progress was aired each night on BBC1’s ‘One Show’.

Other TV appearances include ‘Would I Lie to You?’ (BBC2), ‘Mock the Week’ (BBC2), ‘Pointless Celebrities’ (BBC1), ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ (BBC2), ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ and ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium’ (both for ITV). Cruttenden’s also a three-time Chortle Comedy Award nominee and was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Perrier Awards back in 2002. This will be his first appearance at Mostly Comedy.

JOEY PAGE, conversely, is a Mostly Comedy favourite, having played all four of the club’s previous HItchin homes as well as its venues in London and Edinburgh. Joey has spent the last decade working his way around the comedy circuit, supporting the likes of Josie Long and Noel Fielding - and appearing on shows such as BBC2's 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', BBC3's 'Comedy Marathon', and Channel 4's 'Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy'. Fielding is a big fan, describing him as a ‘stylish comedian with a sonic imagination’.

The gig takes place on Thursday 23rd March at The Sun Hotel; doors open at 7:30pm with the first act on at 8:00pm. The show will be emceed by “polished, natural comedians” (Camden Fringe Voyeur) DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE. While it’s officially sold out, a waiting list for returns will be taken on the door from 7:15pm, with any available tickets distributed shortly afterwards, on a first-come, first-served basis. Other acts set to play Mostly in the coming months include Mark Watson, Angelos Epithemiou, Richard Herring and Red Dwarf’s Hattie Hayridge; visit to book.

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