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Facilitators of Mirth

Gag Reflex welcomes Beth Mullins

Gag Reflex are thrilled to welcome Beth Mullins, who takes on the role of Live Booker this week. She will be dedicated to generating live work in clubs and festivals for our performers, and is a very welcome addition to the team whilst the company continues to grow.

Beth's passion for Theatre and Performance can be dated back to her primary school years, winning a ‘Commitment to the Arts' award at just 10 years old. She later studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds. It was at University she first heard of the Edinburgh Festival, and wanting to see what all the fuss was about, she took on a role as a volunteer at Pleasance. It’s safe to say she enjoyed the experience, as she arranged the following four years of her life around the Fringe, to make sure she was available to work. It was here she had the opportunity to witness a wide variety of comedic acts, and has been passionate about the industry ever since.

Beth loves people-focused roles. Having worked as Entertainment Coordinator in Finnish Lapland, her primary focus was looking after the Santa’s and the Elves - the unofficial Mrs Claus. She then volunteered internationally as a Teacher, before settling back in the UK to work as an Events and Community Coordinator which involved maintaining excellent relationships with clients and sponsors alike.

Beth is very excited about the opportunity to return back to the arts, and work in the comedy industry full-time with our fantastic clients. 

"I’m super excited to have joined the team, starting a new job can be scary, but everyone has been so welcoming which has made my first week very enjoyable. I can’t wait to get stuck in and get to know our clients better!”
– Beth

 
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News story posted on 19-11-2019 14:00

The Parapod Movie - World Premiere

In 2015, Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds decided to start recording their arguments about the existence of ghosts. Lifelong believer in the paranormal Dodds, and hardwired skeptic Boldsworth went head to head in The ParaPod podcast with staggering results.

Three series, 2.3m downloads, sold out live shows and specials later, Boldsworth made this the first podcast to be turned into a feature length film, and in 2020 The ParaPod Movie will finally be unleashed.

Taking to the roads of the UK in a modified Hearse they visit the most haunted village in the world, the home of the world’s most violent poltergeist, the underground labyrinths of Edinburgh, and everywhere in between, as Barry tries with increasing desperation to find some proof to convince his cynical friend that ghosts are real. What follows is a journey of true discovery, of shocks, emotional turmoil and a bewildering climax, peppered with The ParaPod’s trademark conflict and hilarity. You won’t believe it… but he will.

Documentary-filmed, completely on location over a three-year period, The ParaPod Movie is produced by Bil Bungay (Moon, Diego Maradona, When The Lights Went Out), directed by and starring award-winning podcast pioneer Ian Boldsworth (Peacock & Gamble Podcast, The ParaPod, The Mental Podcast) and multi-award-winning comedian Barry Dodds.

Initially funded with a campaign on the original podcast where listeners paid for a movie credit, against all odds this truly unique independent movie came to fruition, the first podcast to become a feature film.

The first-ever public screening will take place on Tuesday 7th January, 7pm, at the Prince Charles Cinema, London. Tickets available here

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News story posted on 18-10-2019 11:00

Adam Kay releases 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas'

This is Going to Hurt was the smash of last year, and now medic and comic Adam Kay returns with more jet-black anecdotes about life on the wards. Mordantly hilarious and occasionally heart-breaking, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is a celebration of the hard-working heroes of the NHS and their wonderful gallows humour, a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year.

'Jokes galore… this little book will no doubt cheer up the many readers who find it under their tree.' The Times

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat... but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. In this perfect present for anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.

Adam Kay chats to The Guardian, prior to todays release of his highly anticipated second book 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas'.

Adam Kay is a writer, comedian and former junior doctor. His memoir 'This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor' was the bestselling nonfiction title of last year, with more than 1.5m copies sold and a record-breaking 52 weeks at No 1. He is currently adapting the book into a series for BBC Two while touring the UK with his highly acclaimed standup show. His forthcoming book, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas follows Kay through six festive seasons on hospital wards.

'This Is Going to Hurt' has been a publishing phenomenon. Why do you think it’s resonated with people so much?

I think partly the book’s a confidence trick. It sells itself as a funny book and it is mostly a funny book but, actually, I’m using humour to tell the story of what it’s like to be a junior doctor. And I think people are genuinely interested in looking under that particular bonnet: on television the vast majority of dramas are crime, medicine or sex. So that’s one side of it. On the other side, the book’s very much a love letter to the NHS. I think we’re rightly proud of the NHS, and I think it’s in peril.

Both your memoirs are drawn from notes you made while working as a junior doctor. Are your original clinical notes funny?

Yes, it was my pressure release valve. In the absence of a culture that taught you how to cope – which it doesn’t – this was my strategy. It was going up to my hospital on-call room and writing down the silly things, the disgusting things, the funny things. And I didn’t really know this was why I was doing it, but in retrospect it’s totally clear: I was looking for the shards of light among the dark.

The memoirs are both hilarious and heartbreaking... That’s what the job is. I’ve not invented the genre of the medical memoir, but I think medical books either become a drama or a sitcom, and I don’t think either of those is true.

What has been the response of junior doctors to the book?

Simply overwhelming. The messages that really move me are the ones from healthcare professionals telling me they thought they were the only one who was struggling like this, in the same way that I thought I was the only one who couldn’t cope, the only person who ever cried in the toilet. We need to recognise that doctors are humans. And that’s really what my books are about. Doctors aren’t robots, they’re people who get sick and who make mistakes and who get sad.

Do you miss being a doctor?

I miss it hugely. I miss helping people. Even though I was frequently home late, still wearing my scrubs, still with the blood that I didn’t have the time to wipe off, and winding the window down in the car just so I stay awake: you still have a smile on your face because there is nothing like that feeling of saving a life. I miss that, and I miss being useful.

Read Adam's full interview, here

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay is published today by Pan Macmillan, and is available to purchase at your local bookshop or online!

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News story posted on 17-10-2019 18:00

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions 2019

Britain's Got Talent returned to our screens this summer, but this time presented a supercharged version, featuring carefully selected, past champions from around the world.

Homegrown BGT acts took on successful performers from other series of Got Talent Woldwide, in the ultimate battle of the Champions. Regular judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams were all back on the panel, with the series showing off a varied selection of International acts. Ant & Dec returned to present the show.

Previous UK contestants taking part included impressionist Paul Zerdin, dance duo Stavros Flatley, singer Connie Talbot, sword-swallower Alex Magala and dance act Merseygirls.

Britain's Got Talent: The Champions came to the UK following the success of the American version, which aired in the US earlier this year. The series, which was recorded at Wembley Arena, aired over six weeks, with two acts each week going through to the grand finale, for the chance to win a cash prize and trophy. The eventual winners were dance act Twist & Pulse.

Competing on the show from the Gag Reflex roster; 2019 Finalist Ben Hart, 2018 Winner Lost Voice Guy and Finalist in America’s Got Talent 2016 – Tape Face.

Ben came third in the 13th series of Britain's Got Talent in 2019, he is now on a Nationwide tour, with his show “Wonder” – many dates of which sold out within the first few days of going on sale. He continues to perform, write and invent magic, creating special effects and impossible illusions for theatre, film and television. He is also extremely busy entertaining private parties and corporate events, across the world.

Watch his Champions performance here

Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy was the first comedian to win the show in 2018. Lee has become a familiar face on UK television, appearing on frequently The One Show, Live at the Apollo, The Royal Variety Performance, Last Leg, America’s Got Talent: ‘The Champions’ on NBC in the US, Breakfast on BBC1, This Morning , Lorraine, and many more. Since he came to the public’s attention, Lee has completed a huge Nationwide Tour, which sold out immediately, has sold out two Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs, recorded the second series of his radio sitcom ‘Ability’, published a book, and is currently back on Tour in the UK.

Watch his Champions performance here

Tape Face reached the Finals of season 11 of America’s Got Talent, in 2016. He became a viral sensation as one of the most viewed videos in AGT history, and went on to complete a sold-out 52 date UK tour, a season in London’s West End, a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a tour of the USA, Norway, Germany, and China. Tape Face performs a multi-year residency in a bespoke theatre in Las Vegas, and has many many exciting projects in the pipeline for 2020.

Watch his Champions performance here