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Three Half Pints: Edinburgh 2017

The Three Half Pints are a slapstick comedy trio, as Seen on CBeebies' Spot Bots. They are a rising force in family-friendly entertainment, recently touring with their own show, Bad Guys, to over 80 venues across the UK . They can also be seen on CBeebies alongside Justin Fletcher in the current series of Justin’s House. The Three Half Pints are Callum Donnelly (Derek), Richard Franks (Dick) and Robin Hatcher (Ernie)

At this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Gag Reflex is pleased to announce we will be producing The Three Half Pints & their show 'The Three Musketeers'. The trio will be swashbuckling their way through a hilarious new adventure of chivalry, swordplay and falling over. Chaos, mayhem and stupidity reign supreme in the trio’s most ridiculous adventure yet.

The show runs for the full season, 2nd to 27th August 2017 (no shows 21st & 23rd Aug) at the prestigious Gilded Balloon

"The Three Half Pints dazzle with well executed Monty Python-esque humour...this show is sure to captivate you" – ★★★★★ Three Weeks

 

"Exuberant slapstick, silliness and great fun.. The funniest thing I have ever seen" – ★★★★★ Mumsnet

 

"The Three Half Pints never miss a beat...your cheeks will hurt from smiling so much" – ★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

Grab your tickets today!

Three Half Pints: Edinburgh 2017

News story posted on 23-03-2017 11:00

Chortle Awards 2017: Regional venues

The regional winners of the venue and club categories of the Chortle Awards have been announced today – Winners were picked from an online poll of 6,000 comedy fans.

We are very proud to announce that two Gag Reflex programmed venues have this year scooped top prizes;

North of England:

Best Club: Manchester XS Malarkey

XS Malarkey is the multi-award winning comedy night, at The Pub/Zoo, Grosvenor Street, Manchester dedicated to maintaining grassroots comedy, top notch headline acts, and a not-for-profit ethos.

Their combination of low entry fee and popularity with quality acts, means they’ve now won the Chortle Award for Best Comedy Club numerous times. MC and XS Malarkey Founder, Toby Hadoke works hard with a small team to encourage new talent, lure big names, and showcase an eclectic variety of styles.

 

Best Venue: Frog & Bucket, Manchester

The Frog and Bucket comedy club sits on the far edge of the Northern Quarter in Manchester city centre and was one of the first venues to open in the now creatively bustling district. Comedians who are now household names were honing their art at the only dedicated comedy club in the city at the time. To this day the weekend bills have remained as strong as ever, with Tour shows, and one off events keeping the venue busy throughout the week, meaning the crowds have remained loyal to this fantastic club.

Chortle Awards 2017: Regional venues Chortle Awards 2017: Regional venues

News story posted on 20-03-2017 12:00

Mat Ricardo’s London Varieties

Originally, a desire to bring an exciting, new style variety show to a West-End theatre fuelled Mat Ricardo's "London Varieties" project. For two, six-month seasons, the shows mixed the stars of the new variety world, with some of the biggest names in comedy and cabaret, and delivered unique nights, packed with one-off moments, collaborations, show-stopping performances and heartfelt interviews.

Mat's guests included Al Murray, Paul Daniels, Eddie Izzard, Dave Gorman, Omid Djalili, Jenny Eclair, Abandoman, Tape Face, and many many more. He also led a chorus line of tap dancers, risked his life, and got a pie in the face. Fun was had!

Season three returns to London's West End for three shows in the second half of 2017.

The charming, skilled and very funny ‘Gentleman Juggler’ Mat Ricardo promises a season of shows packed with the hottest comedy, circus, magic, music and variety acts – plus very special surprise guest stars in every show. London Varieties puts the hottest stars of the cabaret scene into the mix with heroes and inspirational characters from the world of light entertainment

 Every show is different, and every show is different to anything you might have seen before!


Watch the promo video here

“In terms of pure entertainment value, Mat Ricardo's London Varieties simply cannot fail" – The Stage

 

“A tour de force...more talent on offer than anything Simon Cowell's produced in years " – Broadway Baby

 

“Breathtaking" – Evening Standard

 

“Dazzling" – Metro

 

Book your tickets, here

Mat Ricardo’s London Varieties Mat Ricardo’s London Varieties

News story posted on 08-03-2017 13:00

Edinburgh Festival: Juliette Burton now on sale

Fresh from a successful run at Adelaide Fringe, and a complete sell out at Edinburgh Festival in 2015 & 2016, Juliette Burton returns to the Gilded Balloon, to gather yet more 5 star reviews, critical and audience acclaim.

Juliette brings her new show ‘Butterfly Effect’ to the Fringe in 2017.

This award-winning performer investigates the power of kindness in a brand new docu-comedy. At a time when most of us find it hard enough being kind to ourselves – let alone others – is being nice outdated? Or can we still connect and change lives for the better? Join Juliette for her one-woman revolution! Would you #DareToBeKind?

Juliette Burton is an actress, writer, performer, presenter and ex-BBC broadcast journalist, with a lifelong history of mental health problems, which she discusses in an informative and light hearted manner on stage.

“Clever and very funny; surprisingly romantic. Highly recommended.” ★★★★★  Female Arts

 “A crisp comedy cutlet” ★★★★★ Reviewpegs

“Very funny, well-written, occasionally soul-bearing…delivered by a very amiable comedian”

★★★★ One4Review

“Engaging, interesting and leaves you with a warm glow” Chortle

“Burton has been wowing the Fringe for some time now with her excellent comedy shows, which often tackle kind-of-serious subjects with an extremely light touch.” Three Weeks

Book your tickets now for her show, which runs from the 2nd to the 27th August, at 4.30pm, at the Gilded Balloon

Find out about the other Gag Reflex produced shows on sale so far, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 here

Edinburgh Festival: Juliette Burton now on sale

News story posted on 02-03-2017 11:00

AFVS takes Cardiff

Mistress of ceremonies Lili la Scala and some of her most beloved reprobates will be entertaining visitors to the Wales Millenium Centre on the 18th March, with their rollicking late night show.

This cabaret spectacular is an evening to warm the heart and boggle the mind, guests are encouraged to feast their eyes upon a veritable variety smorgasbord: comedy, magic, burlesque, music and more…

The centre has opened a fabulous new cabaret venue, hosting performances each Friday and Saturday night. It’s a sophisticated supper and entertainment club in the Spirit of the great Soho and New York cabaret venues.

Performing alongside Hostess Lili la Scala will be;

 

Kiki DeVille

DeVille is one of the most sought after and beloved acts on the Burlesque & Cabaret circuit. Dubbed the Grand Duchess of Cabaret, Kiki brings a wealth of experience, an incredible set of lungs, along with internationally renowned "assets." Vintage Personality of the Year, Finalist on The Voice UK and all round Mama, Kiki DeVille enters the stage an enigma and leaves as your new best friend.

CeCe Sinclair

This sassy starlet is a dynamic and passionate performer. Inspired by the golden era, she blends vintage glamour of classic striptease with diverse influences creating truly magnetic, exciting burlesque. Cece has been bump and grinding her way across the UK and Europe, and has also  featured in  21st Century Burlesque Magazine as one of the UK's top 20 Burlesque performers

Rod Laver

A World Record breaking gentleman juggler and oral exhibitionist, described by Derren Brown as “Breathtaking and truly unique."  Rod has performed all over the world in Cabaret, Variety and on TV and recently produced his own sell out show Cabaret Paradiso.

Tom Crosbie

What if your superpowers were setting Rubik's cube record, lightning fast mathematics and memory skills? What if your kryptonite was human contact, nightclubs and the memory of Lotty rejecting you in the playground age 10? Join Tom Crosbie on the scenic route to self improvement, as he masters the talents nobody knew he needed. 

The performance begins at 9pm

Click here for tickets

AFVS takes Cardiff