Friday, 5 May 2017

May the Press Be With You.


Today saw another day of busying myself with press stuff, though this time, the focus was this month’s Mostly Comedy.

I got bored of putting together press releases long ago, if I’m honest, as there are only so many cut-and-shut versions of same information you can take before you want to stave your own head in with a pickaxe. Some may say this is an extreme attitude, but I’d like to hear them say it to me when I’m wielding a mattock.

It's particularly frustrating when you can no longer guarantee the event will be covered in the local papers anyway; it’s become an exercise in pleasing myself without pleasing myself at all. I didn't go into performance to become an unpaid PR. Still, it’s a means to end, as if the press pick it up, there’s a reasonable chance it will make for good copy.

Now I’ve clarified my disinterest in doing it, the thought of reading today's has probably left you salivating. So here it is; when you’ve finished looking over it, you’re more than welcome to borrow my tool (which isn’t a euphemism).

 
Press Release – 04.05.17

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

There are still a handful of tickets available for 24th May’s instalment of DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE’s Mostly Comedy at the Sun Hotel in Hitchin, featuring a performance of the hit touring show ANGELOS & BARRY: THE NEW POWER GENERATION and more.

ANGELOS EPITHEMIOU (BBC2’s Shooting Stars) and long-time Mostly favourite BARRY FROM WATFORD (BBC Radio 2’s ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’) come to Hitchin following the succcess of their critically acclaimed podcast, a UK tour and a run at London’s Soho Theatre, to discuss a wide range of topics from whether you can claim benefits in space and if Kim Jong Un cuts his own hair, to how Ban Ki Moon nearly lost The UN in a poker game.
ANGELOS is the creation of comic actor DAN RENTON SKINNER, who won Best Breakthrough Artist as the character at the 2011 British Comedy Awards, before replacing George Dawes as scorekeeper on Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer’s cult BBC2 gameshow ‘Shooting Stars’ and starring in his own eponymously-titled show for Channel 4. Skinner is a go-to regular for all manner of sitcoms, including ‘The Office’ (BBC1), ‘House of Fools’ and ‘Coupling’ (BBC2) and BBC1’s ‘My Family’.
The man behind BARRY is ALEX LOWE, who has also appeared in countless popular series, including BBC1’s ‘Still Open All Hours’, BBC2's ‘House of Fools’, 'Saxondale' and 'The Thick of It' and Channel 4’s ‘Phoenix Nights’.
Comedian, actress and musician KATIE PRITCHARD joins them on the bill, who first met Mostly Comedy’s co-host DAVID EPHGRAVE when they worked together in the West End musicial ‘Dreamboats & Petticoats’ at the Playhouse Theatre. Katie’s versatility has led to her touring the UK, writing for the long-running weekly topical London Fringe show ‘NewsRevue’ and winning Reality Bites’ 2016 New Act of the Year, Funny Women’s ‘One to Watch’ award and getting to the semi-finals in the 2016 Musical Comedy Awards. She also runs her own club, Variety of Kings, at London’s Improv Theatre. This will be her first appearance at Mostly Comedy.

The gig takes place on Wednesday 24th May 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. Tickets are £11 and are available in advance at www.mostlycomedy.co.uk. Other acts playing Mostly in the coming months include Mark Watson, Richard Herring and Red Dwarf’s Hattie Hayridge.

Date:              Wednesday 24th May 2017
Venue:           The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1AF
Time:              Bar open all day. Doors at 7:30pm. First act on at 8:00pm             
Admission:   £11.00. www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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