Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Press to Play.

Tonight was one of my much loathed putting-together-a-press-release-for-Mostly-Comedy nights.

It's not strictly true that I dislike writing them and more the case that I'm a little tired of doing it. To be honest, it gets easier over the years, particularly when a lot of the acts featured have been to the club before so I can just copy the information from a previous press release, but it's still hard to see the wood for the trees when you've done this so much.

See below for today's cut-and-shut instalment; hopefully it makes sense:
 
Press Release – 27.06.17

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

July sees two installments of Doggett & Ephgrave’s popular monthly Hitchin comedy club Mostly Comedy at The Sun Hotel in so many days. While 20th July’s show with HIGNFY, Buzzcocks and Mock the Week star MARK WATSON and Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit’s BEC HILL is officially sold out, there’s a chance to snap up return tickets on the night. However, tickets are still available for the 21st July’s gig featuring an Edinburgh preview from RICHARD HERRING and stand-up from Red Dwarf’s HATTIE HAYRIDGE.

RICHARD HERRING started his comic career as one half of the duo Lee and Herring with Stewart Lee, whose television work included the BBC2 cult favourites Fist of Fun and This Morning with Richard Not Judy. Together they wrote material for Chris Morris’ and Armando Iannucci’s BBC Radio 4 show On The Hour (which later morphed into BBC2’s The Day Today), and contributed to the creation of Steve Coogan’s popular alter-ego Alan Partridge.

Herring is a stalwart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with fourteen runs under his belt. In 2015 he took a break from the Festival, instead performing eleven of his previous solo stand-up shows, plus a new one, over the course of six weekends at the Leicester Square Theatre, under the collective title The Twelve Shows of Herring. He has appeared on such television and radio favourites as BBC1’s Have I Got News For You, BBC2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks and BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute – and is also well-known for his online blog ‘Warming Up’ (to which he has contributed daily for over ten years) and for Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast; recently making the headlines thanks to a particularly candid interview with Stephen Fry. Other RHLSTP interviewees include Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard and Phill Jupitus.

Herring has recently been touring his greatest hits show The Best, which he performed at Hitchin Mostly Comedy in January.

HATTIE HAYRIDGE is a British stand-up comedian and actor, best known for portraying the female Holly in the third, fourth and fifth series of Red Dwarf, along with the role of Hilly in Parallel Universe, the final episode of the second series.

After graduating from the University of Sussex, Hayridge started her working life in the Civil Service at HMSO in London, before moving into stand-up comedy. She has made numerous television appearances outside of Red Dwarf, including BBC2’s critically acclaimed Kevin Eldon vehicle, It’s Kevin, BBC1’s Perry And Croft: The Sitcoms and Lenny Goes To Town (with Lenny Henry). She has written for many other well-known comedians, including Jasper Carrot and Rory Bremner – and recently appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind,
In 2009, she starred alongside Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke and Sanjeev Bhaskar in the UK tour of the hit American improvisation show, Totally Looped.

Both gigs are emceed by “polished, natural comedians” (Camden Fringe Voyeur) and Mostly Comedy custodians DOGGETT & EPHGRAVE. They take place at The Sun Hotel. Doors open at 7:30pm, with the first act on at 8:00pm. Tickets for the 21st are available via www.mostlycomedy.co.uk. A waiting list for the 20th will be taken on the door from 7:15pm, with all available tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Date:              Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July
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. Tickets via www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

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