See below for the press release for next month's show in Hitchin. It's a majestic feat of copy-and-pasting from old mailouts and near-defunct websites by a person who's tired of editing them. While I may be negative about writing press copy, I'm very positive about next month's line-up, which includes a member of one of Britpop's biggest bands, for Christ's sake; the blasphemy wasn't necessary, but my point still stands.
Press Release – 27.05.17
a monthly comedy and music club at the sun hotel in hitchin
With seven of the last eight months’ shows selling out in advance, Doggett & Ephgrave’s Hitchin club Mostly Comedy is gaining a reputation for being a hot ticket; all the more reason to book quickly for June’s show featuring, amongst others, an acoustic set from The Bluetones’ front man MARK MORRISS.
Can it really be over twenty years since Mark first shimmied into our lives as lead singer of The Bluetones? Apparently so. But after thirteen hit singles (including the Britpop anthem ‘Slight Return’), three Top Ten albums (including the chart-topping ‘Expecting to Fly’, which knocked Oasis’ ‘What’s the Story? Morning Glory’ off the number one spot), multiple tours of the UK, Europe and Japan - plus recent collaborations with Matt Berry and David Walliams - his ability to sieve poetry from the colander of everyday life still remains unique.
“I always try to add little things that most songs wouldn’t use,” he says of his lyrics.
“If I can squeeze a mention of Bergerac into a song then I’m happy.”
Not content with recently completing his fourth solo album ‘Look Up’, Mark regularly busies himself with many side-projects, from playing rhythm guitar for ‘Toast of London’, ‘House of Fools’ and ‘IT Crowd’-star Matt Berry’s band The Maypoles, to writing the music for the audio versions of David Walliams' successful series of children's books. In April 2016, The Bluetones hit the road with a tour celebrating their twentieth anniversary, culminating with a show at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse.
PAUL HARRY ALLEN joins Morriss on the bill to preview his new show ‘The Blade of Barrington’ (which also features comic actress Katie Pritchard). Paul’s been performing on the stand-up scene since 2003 and appeared at the first ever Mostly Comedy in October 2008. He’s no stranger to Doggett & Ephgrave, having been a co-member of the writers’ group The Comedy Project who performed two of his sitcom pilots at London’s Soho Theatre. Described as ‘charming’ by The Independent and deemed ‘very funny’ by Time Out, Paul’s eclectic career has seen him share a bill with Bob Dylan, Ray Davies and Van Morrison at the Hop Farm Festival, become a Hackney New Act finalist and appear at the West End’s Bloomsbury Theatre. Most recently, he could be heard on Radio 4’s Two Episodes of Mash.
Comedian QUINCY completes the line-up. He has a stage presence second to none and is regarded as one of the best of the current crop of UK’s stand-ups. Winner of the Black Entertainment Comedy Award and with appearances on the BBC and Comedy Central, Quincy brings audiences comedy with a difference, touching on observations of his life as a single father. While he hasn’t appeared at Mostly Comedy for five years, he played the club’s first two venues, The George and The Croft.
The gig takes place on Thursday 22nd June at The Sun Hotel; doors open at 7:30pm with the first act on at 8:00pm. The show is emceed by “polished, natural comedians” (Camden Fringe Voyeur) DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE. Tickets are £11 and are available in advance at www.mostlycomedy.co.uk. Other acts set to play Mostly in the coming months include Mark Watson, Richard Herring and Red Dwarf’s Hattie Hayridge.
Date: Thursday 22nd June 2017
Venue: The Sun Hotel
Time: Bar open all day. Doors at 7:30pm. First act on at 8:00pm
Admission: £11.00. www.mostlycomedy.co.uk