Comedy industry news as hounded out by Andy Barr
Blustery conditions this week have blown an unprecedented amount of storm-based material onto the circuit. Audience members at gigs from Monday until Friday are warned to take care amongst a deluge of weak storm based puns with experts predicting that up to 80 per cent of material at comedy clubs over the week could relate to the storm.
Further to his appearance on Newsnight last week, comedian, actor and editor Russell Brand has announced his intention to start his own socialist utopia on an uninhabited Island in the Pacific. Brand stated that ‘Brandolulu’ would be populated entirely by ‘beautiful women’ and ‘no bankers’. Sources close to the project revealed that voting is to be illegal and currency replaced with sperm.
GIG OF THE WEEK – ‘A Tight Five’, Holborn. Literal Entertainment bring you 18 open mic comics performing tight fives… LITERALLY. Hapless open spot comedians desperate for time at the microphone are forced to perform in the ventilation ducts above the room, in crawl spaces around the venue or in the u-bend of a broken toilet. Of the acts promoter Keith Phosphorus said: ‘They’ll do literally anything for stage-time”, whilst subtly gesturing towards his genitals and winking.
AND FINALLY, open spots Tom Gallium and John Molybdenum found love in a hopeless place this week after finding themselves performing near identical routines about a Rihanna song in the same room. Tom remarked ‘we thought that if we both had similar gripes about the chart-bothering Barbadian siren then maybe we’d be the same in other ways and it turns out we are – we like the same music, the same films…’. Reports suggest that the pair are quitting the capital and buying a cottage in the country.