Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Lancaster Comedy Club offers pre 'Fringe' specials

Rob Rouse
August's Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the big comedy industry showcase as hundreds of comedians from across the globe stage shows with the hope of gaining future live and TV work. A consequence of this is lucky punters can catch preview shows in July at Lancaster Comedy Club at bargain prices, as comedians hone the final punchlines to perfection.

As usual, the the Club has secured some of the best in the business with comics such as Canada's Tom Stade, Radio 4's Mitch Benn, and  Stand Up For The Weeks Andrew Lawrence all appearing in the next few weeks.

The previews start this coming weekend on Sunday 15th July with Rob Rouse, who is currently appearing on ITV's  Mad Mad Mad World on Saturday nights for the next few weeks. Rob's new show - Life Sentences - features Rob's honest, frank, seriously funny stand-up. A father for the second time, to a baby girl, Rob is now a radical feminist - but this is not a show about men vs women, more humanity vs insanity.

Also on the bill is LCC favourite Steve Gribbin with his new offering 'Viva Gribbostania', in which he declares unilateral independence from the UK. A scathing look at all the trappings of nationhood, from flags to anthems, armies to currency, poet laureates to border control, national myths to Eurovision.
Sunday 22nd July sees Joe Lycett and Caimh McDonnell at the Club. Some Lycett Hot Multi-award-winning comedian Lycett previews his highly anticipated debut to the Fringe.

Charmingly funny, Joe is 'One of the strongest emerging comedy talents we've seen in a long time' says TimeOut. BBC New Comedy Award finalist 2011 and Chortle Best Newcomer 2010 the Guardian describes him as 'imaginative and cheekily subversive comedy ... entertainingly mischievous. You'll probably have seen him on E4's Show and Tell and 8 Out of 10 Cats.

Irish comedian Caimh McDonnell is the Bafta nominee and writer on Sarah Millican Television Programme who will be offering a whistle-stop tour of his own social ineptitudes. If small talk is your kryptonite, then this is the show for you!  Caimh was never a big fan of humanity and that was before they started throwing up on his doorstep.

• The Comdey Club is at The Borough, 3 Dalton Sq, Lancaster LA1 1PP. Shows start at 8.00pm. Tel: 01524 64170. Admission is £9 on the door (if tickets left)  or £7 in advance (up until 4pm on the day of the show). Meal deals are available for only £12 Online booking and further info and line ups  at www.lancastercomedy.co.uk

Future Comedy Club Events

Monday 23rd July: Tom Stade and Mitch Benn

Sun 5th August: Brian Damage and Krysstal, Sam Gore, Nick Wallis, MC Phil Ellis

Sun 12th August: Pierre Hollins, Bethany Black, Eddie North, MC Rich Wall

Sun 19th August: Junior Simpson, Allysson Smith, Andrew Stanley, MC Rob Riley

Sun 26th August: Paul B Edwards, Danny Pensive, Mick Bryant, MC Ray Bradshaw

Sun 16th September: Carey Marx, Chris Henry, Tim Jones, MC Andrew Ryan

Sun 23rd September: Gary Delaney, Cole Parker, Jess Fostekew, MC Andrew Ryan

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