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Facilitators of Mirth

'This is Going to Hurt' celebrates its 2nd Birthday

Two years ago, Adam Kay's first book 'This is Going to Hurt' was released. Since then, it has been bought by precisely 1,537,607 people in the UK, translated into 36 languages, and won many, many awards. Adam is incredibly grateful, and cant quite believe the response, or the success its achieved.

‘Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable.' - Stephen Fry

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward.

'I’d prescribe this book to anyone and everyone. It's laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly sad and gives you the lowdown on what it’s like to be holding it together while serving on the front line of our beloved but beleaguered NHS. It’s wonderful' - Jonathan Ross

'So clinically funny and politically important for supporters of the NHS that it should be given out on prescription' - The Guardian

Book of the Year at National Book Awards - Winner of a record four National Book Awards (Book of the Year Non-Fiction Book of the Year, New Writer of the Year, Zoe Ball Book Club Book of the Year) - Sunday Times number one bestseller for a record-breaking 54 weeks - Best-selling non-fiction title of 2018 - International number one bestseller - Now being adapted as a major comedy-drama for BBC Two - Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year - Winner of Books Are My Bag Reader's Choice award - Winner of Books Are My Bag Non-fiction prize - Winner of Blackwell's debut book of the year - Winner of iBooks book of the year - Esquire book of the year - Bestselling e-book of all time - Book of the Year selection in The Times, Guardian, Spectator, Daily Express, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday

Following the success of This Is Going To Hurt, Picador announced a brand new book by bestselling author Adam, 'Twas The Nightshift before Christmas' - the hilarious, poignant and entertaining story of the life of a junior doctor at the most challenging time of the year. With twenty-five tales of intriguing, shocking and incredible Christmas incidents, the British public will finally appreciate the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by the unsung heroes of the NHS.

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas will be fully illustrated (as tastefully as possible) and will delight all of Adam’s fans throughout the festive period of Christmas 2019 and for many years to come.

Adam Kay said "Having caused potentially irreparable damage to the high-end nature of the Picador brand, I see it as something of a challenge to somehow lower the tone even further. I think I've managed to achieve this with Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas a kind of hideous medical advent calendar. An advent catheter, maybe. And there is no group of people in the world I'd rather share all these bodily fluids with than Francesca Main, Paul Baggaley and Anna Bond."

'This is Going to Hurt' celebrates its 2nd Birthday 'This is Going to Hurt' celebrates its 2nd Birthday

News story posted on 09-09-2019 13:00

The Tape Face Show scoops Award at Busan International Comedy Festival

The Tape Face Show headed to Korea in August, for the annual Busan International Comedy Festival – and walked away with the ‘Ocean of Laughter Prize (웃음바다상) - for the 'Best International Performer' Award. Tape Face was extremely honoured, and grateful, to recieve the award

The festival launched in 2013, and was the first of its kind in Asia, however its now grown into one of Korea’s major festive events, attracting fun-seeking visitors both from home and abroad. Now in its 6th year, the annual festival showcases a variety of high-quality performances by international comedy artists and many local legends. The festivals runs for just 10 days in late August.

The Tape Face show is a worldwide sensation, and is now a firm resident of the Las Vegas strip, in his uniquely customised theatre at Harrah's Casino. This silent sensation creates an eccentric, whimsical experience that can be enjoyed by all ages, background and languages. As seen on America’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent: The Champions, this is a comedy show with a difference. It’s utterly spectacular and endlessly inventive.

Demand for Tape Face is now so huge, that after a lot of hard work, training and many, many rolls of tape, the original Tape Face, Sam Wills, has trained up his very own 'T2', who appeared in Busan this Summer, and who performs in Las Vegas on occasion, to enable the ‘original,’ Sam, to continue to perform around the world to fans.

Tape Face has personally guaranteed the show quality as 100% Tape Face approved. T2 already has a huge number of performances under his belt, and is getting standing ovations, sold out crowds and amazing reviews – including this latest Award from Korea!

Pictured: As Tape Face had flown home, a Festival board member and a famous Korean comedian collected the award on his behalf.

The Tape Face Show scoops Award at Busan International Comedy Festival The Tape Face Show scoops Award at Busan International Comedy Festival

News story posted on 09-09-2019 12:00

On Demand Specials for Gag Reflex Edinburgh Fringe performers

Australian comedian Alice Fraser has announced she’s to record a stand-up special for Amazon Prime. She’ll be taping her 2015 show ‘Savage’ in Melbourne next week, and commented that she was ‘outrageously pleased and scared that I won’t be able to do it justice in the translation to screen but also excited to try.’

Alice Fraser's critically acclaimed solo show, Savage, is about life, death and paper towels. A hilarious and heartbreaking show that straddles the line between comedy and tragedy.

In 2015 Savage sold out seasons and earned astronomical critical acclaim at Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra Comedy Festivals, as well as getting glowing reviews from some of the hardest critics in the business during her debut Edinburgh Fringe Festival season.

such insight, tenderness and love, writing with the language and potency of a poet, that the poignancy hangs on your soul’ Chortle

Fraser, who splits her time between the UK and Australia, is a regular on The Bugle podcast with Andy Zaltzman, and has just completed another massively successful run in Edinburgh, at the Gilded Balloon. She has appeared on Radio 4 and her shows – including Savage – have previously been released as an acclaimed audio series by Australia’s ABC.

Comedy-focused UK streamer NextUp has also returned from the recent Edinburgh Fringe with 14 specials from up-and-coming comedians. NextUp filmed the shows in the Scottish capital, with the first set to be released from mid-September. The service releases two shows per week and was set up in 2016.

The comedians and shows filmed by NextUp this month include award-winning comedian and writer Juliette Burton, with her show Defined.

’Juliette is full of contradictions: pessimistic optimist? Introverted extrovert? Successful failure? Masculine or feminine? Happy or sad? Mentally ill or healthy? Why must we choose one or the other? After a year of huge change, Juliette had to redefine her life, labels and herself. Everything she thought was steadfast has vanished. Can she be everything at once? Or must we choose how we are defined?’

an assured performer, with an easy-going charm and a confident storytelling style.. Her championing of mental health is to be admiredThe List

The standard was insanely high this year and we’re really pleased with the fantastic acts we captured, giving our members a real feel of the fringe. NextUp is all about discovering incredible acts you may not have heard of before and this latest tranche won’t disappoint – there’s something for every taste.Kenny Cavey, Founder, NextUp

NextUp​ had their biggest year yet at The Edinburgh Festival, filming multiple specials per day, totalling​ 14 n​ew specials to hit the platform this autumn. The service champions the most exciting names in stand-up comedy and discovering, filming and showcasing their work is at the heart of what they do. The shows they filmed this year reflect the true breadth and depth of the live comedy circuit and showcasing rising stars against already big name acts.

We cant wait to watch these shows, from two of our favourite comedians, who were a delight to produce at Edinburgh Fringe this year!

On Demand Specials for Gag Reflex Edinburgh Fringe performers