As a comedy loving sort (hey, you’re on this site!) you’ve probably heard the exciting news about the launch of NextUp, which markets itself as the Netflix of British stand-up comedy.
For a £3.50 per month subscription, users have access to a plethora of great, live hour-long comedy shows from exciting newcomers to experienced pros, with both streaming and download options.
Our good mates at independent producers Turtle Canyon have shot much of the footage and they know their stuff, with shows filmed in a style that carries much more of the genuine live experience than you’ll see on Live At the Apollo.
Co-founder Sarah Henley said setting up the service was influenced by the large number of Edinburgh Fringe shows that can “disappear completely” after August.
“We personally know hundreds of people who would have loved to have seen those shows but couldn’t make it up to the Fringe or don’t live in the towns the tours visit, and our research tells us there are many thousands more who feel the same.”
But with so many ace options to choose from, where to begin? Well, here are five LOL picks we think you’ll love to get you started.
What’s That Lady Doing?
Lou Sanders is one of the most exciting, charming and distinctive comedians on the circuit. I caught a late preview of this show just before Lou headed up to Edinburgh for another acclaimed run. Even in that work-in-progress stage it was a wonderful exploration of how being yourself can mean standing out and how that is still great.
The Making Of
One of our favourite Fringe shows of recent years, Jordan’s second full hour was another one of those buzz hits that every comedian is telling every other comedian to see. And no wonder, it’s a thoughtful take on Jordan’s alternative gap year that tackles mental health and growing up. It also contains the best piece of physical swearing ever seen.
I saw this recorded live at The Phoenix by Oxford Circus and it was a joyous afternoon of storytelling with humour and heart and amazing facial expressions. Brennan was deservedly nominated for Best Newcomer at the Fringe for this show and it’s impossible to imagine he won’t be a household name in the next few years. And try spot me in the audience! (Clue – I’m sitting next to Thom Tuck).
One of the most critically-acclaimed shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Male Comedienne is a refreshing take on what it means to be a woman, all told in an honest, bold way that pulls no punches. Fern has had a life well-lived, and her stories of her stripper days, her sexual experimentation and being mistaken for a man stand out in a stand-up world dominated by the ordinary. A class act who is going from strength to strength.
A Sketch Show For Depressives
Now, I’ve not actually seen this one live, but Colin is one of the greatest character comedians in the country and this is first on my watchlist, so it should be on yours too. Hoult performs as Ms Anna Mann in a show designed to put down your black dog at last.