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Comedian Mark Forward joins Gag Reflex

Gag Reflex are very happy to announce UK representation for the hugely talented comedian, Mark Forward.

This gifted and often surreal act has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central, is a multi Canadian Comedy Award Winner, and has made multiple appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

He is an accomplished actor with an impressive resume, and can currently be seen on the latest season of cult hit Fargo, as well as Crave TV’s new series Letterkenny, and on the History Channel’s Join or Die with Craig Ferguson.

“a throwback to a more confrontational era of comedy and refreshingly so” – ★★★★★ Daily Mirror

 

Mark is one of Canada’s finest comic exports, with a genuinely off-the-wall approach to his comedy - Forward returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August, with a new show filled with everything that will help him win all the awards. Death, bees, death, puppets, death and bears in heaven, (who are dead). The show is odd and fun, but also has those serious moments that are only in the show to help a performer win all the awards. You wouldn’t want to miss it. Tickets are available here

“Nobody else could do this material, sign of a great comic” – ★★★★★ NOW Magazine (Toronto) 

 

Mark is a festival stronghold having performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is coming off his 8th appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal (where his festival debut won the Homegrown Comic Competition) as well as the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and many others in North America.

His material is sometimes silly but fresh, patiently executed with solid punch lines. He has a wildly unique style of stand-up with a genuinely off-the-wall approach to his comedy, that if you had to label it, would fall in to the category of Alternative Comedy. Forward appears to have a fondness for the undersell followed with a sensory overload of comedic ability, making him one of Canada’s finest comic exports.

“Forward’s humour is infectious, and succeeds in leaving the audience in a giddy, satisfied frame of mind” – ★★★★★ EdFest Mag 

 

“Trying to describe this bear of a man can’t really convey how good he is” – ★★★★ The Scotsman 

 
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News story posted on 23-06-2017 11:00

Tape Face: Further USA Tour Dates added

Following the most outstanding eighteeen months of his career to date, and massively successful tour dates in May, TAPE FACE will return to the USA for further regional dates this October.

Tape Face brings fans his unique show, his appeal having transcended boundaries of age, language and culture.

Tape Face accesses the inner child in everyone. Through simple, clever and charming humour, he has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen. Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, he is a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend – or plaything.

Since the creation of Tape Face, his shows have sold out around the world, during which time he has become a critically acclaimed silent sensation, with Simon Cowell comparing him to a modern Charlie Chaplin.

Following four sold-out UK tours and critical acclaim around the world, don’t miss the chance to be part of the phenomenon in 2017.

"Fantastic! Made me laugh" – Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show

 

"Endlessly inventive, hysterically funny" – Time Out ★★★★★

 

"Simply Joyous" - The Times ★★★★★

 

Full dates and ticket links available here

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News story posted on 20-06-2017 12:00

Jonny Awsum - Catch him live

Happy to announce Jonny Awsum with be bringing his eagerly anticipated Edinburgh Festival Fringe show 'Honey, I Promised The Kid' to a venue near you, this Autumn.

Jonny Awsum promised his daughter he’d play live on stage at the O2.  It wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped.  Did he do it?  Come along and find out in a true tale packed with celebrity encounters, numerous dignity-sapping incidents and an incredible final twist…

A hilarious and heart-warming tale” – Jason Manford

Guaranteed to lift your spirits” – ★★★★★Daily Mirror

"Filled with sharp wit and incredible warmth" ★★★★★ Three Weeks

Jonny Awsum’s feel-good brand of musical-comedy has seen him rise to be one of the most sought after headline acts on the UK circuit. Jonny is a comedic whirlwind, the gag slinging guitar hero - audience members don’t just leave entertained, they leave as fans.

Jonny was a huge hit on the UK’s biggest television talent competition Britain’s Got Talent this season, after roping in Ant and Dec for his musical extravaganza audition. After his performance, Jonny Awsum received a standing ovation from all four judges, under a shower of silver confetti and praise, which propelled him to the next round. He was chosen to proceed to the Semi Finals, which saw an incredible performance with David Walliams. Jonny loved the whole experience, and his profile received a well earned boost.

"Jonny supported me on tour this week, going on stage in front of hundreds of people expecting me, and not only winning them round, but absolutely nailing it and even making me have to raise my game! Unbelievable.. brilliant comic who has definitely got big things ahead for him." – Jason Manford

"His exuberance is infectious, pumping out into the crowd and lifting everyone's spirits… totally frivolous” – The List

"so smart, it really works for you because it makes you stand out. I like you a lot” – Simon Cowell


Full details of Jonnys live club and Preview dates can be found here. 

Jonnys full Edinburgh show will be happening:

Manchester- Sun 24th September - The Frog and Bucket

London - Mon 25th September - The Leicester Square Theatre

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News story posted on 03-06-2017 19:00

Gag Reflex welcomes Dean Feasby

Gag Reflex is thrilled to welcome Dean Feasby to the team this week! 

After 7 years writing and editing for Teletext and Ceefax (for all the teenagers out there: the 80s/90s version of the Internet) Dean Feasby spent 10 years in theatre, marketing shows at Alsager Arts Centre, Crewe Lyceum, York Grand Opera House, Manchester Palace, Manchester Opera House, and Manchester O2 Ritz, as well as a stint heading-up marketing for Legoland Discovery Centre and Sea Life Manchester.

Dean first visited the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 for his 30th birthday and has been hooked ever since, which led to him taking up the role of Marketing Manager at Edinburgh Playhouse for two years.

Career highlights include leading on campaigns for £1million+ grossing pantos, launching The Lion King, Ghost The Musical and Wicked in Manchester, leading on a co-promotion between DisneyPixar and Sea Life for the release of Finding Dory, stage managing bands at the Ritz, and sitting between Boycie and Jonathan Creek in the BBC Green Room.

Dean will be heading our Live Department, focusing on live work for our roster, and programming our Venues and Festivals.

"It’s an honour be on board at Gag Reflex. The reputation of Lee and the team is well-known in venues around the UK and the acts we are working with are all at the top of their game. I’m very proud to offer these acts to promoters and venues as these guys reflect the healthy place that British comedy is currently at" – Dean Feasby

 
Gag Reflex welcomes Dean Feasby

News story posted on 03-06-2017 18:00

Awsum smashes his Semi Final

Jonny Awsum has had a wonderful experience this Summer, auditioning for hugely popular talent show ‘Britains Got Talent’ on ITV. In his first audition, Jonny brought Geordie duo Ant and Dec on stage, and spontaneously burst into song.

"one of the more memorable contestants appearing on episode two" – Radio Times

 

Here is the full clip of his audition

After his performance, Jonny received a standing ovation from all four judges, under a shower of silver confetti and praise. David Walliams thought it was a "brilliantly inventive routine" while Amanda Holden loved the "full scale show" adding: "It was absolutely brilliant"

"It was so smart, it really works for you because it makes you stand out. "I like you a lot " – Simon Cowell

 

 

Jonny has appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and 'Good Morning Britain' to promote the show.

Last night was the Live Semi Final, and Jonny had fought hard against some fantastic competition to be selected. He sang a hip-hop track called the Triangle Song, inviting David Williams on stage to provide the percussion as he rapped about his home town of Croydon. Watch his performance here

Walliams said: ‘It was brilliantly funny, especially seeing Simon's stony face and how much it was annoying him (referring to Simon Cowell)."

Amanda Holden added: ‘I loved it. We have never seen anything like that before. I can't think of any person who's similar to you. You made me laugh, the whole concept is yours and it was brilliantly staged – well done.’

Jonny wasn’t selected by public vote to continue to the final, but had so much public support, and loved the whole experience:

“Nothing but love for BGT - an amazing experience working with super-talented, helpful people. Thanks to the production team, the judges for giving me the platform and for so many positive comments and of course to Ant and Dec and David for being such good sports and joining in with my act. Thanks to all the many comedians and comedy clubs who sent me support and wished me well, that really meant a lot. And of course big thanks to everyone who's supported me, voted for me and put up with me banging on about this on social media for months.

I’m launching a brand new Edinburgh show in August which I'm really excited about.”

Jonny has an extremely busy 2017, the show has given him a well deserved profile boost, and opened the door to many opportunities.