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Gag Reflex welcomes: Laurence Clark

We are very pleased to confirm the recent signing of internationally-acclaimed comedian Laurence Clark.

His observational, political stand-up, and filmed stunts, demonstrate the endearing naivety and ridiculousness of human behaviour by seeing the world through his eyes - with humour and warmth. He's also a screenwriter, playwright and actor. Laurence has performed everywhere from 10 Downing Street to a double-decker bus touring Sheffield.

"plenty of comic bang for your buck"
– ★★★★ Chortle

 

Laurence has just returned from a massively successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, where his show ‘An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting’ received huge critical acclaim, and packed audiences. Gag Reflex loved producing the show this summer, and are very happy to be working with Laurence on a full time basis.

Laurence starred in BBC1’s documentary 'We Won’t Drop the Baby' – and when the show was recently uploaded to YouTube, the response it received worldwide was at times inspirational and uplifting – at others, derogatory and incredibly personal. Laurence’s latest Fringe show explored these reactions, and questioned his role as a father, with the help of his two young sons, who undoubtedly steal the limelight with their charming and innocent view of their parents.

"Darkly funny"
– The Telegraph

 

"An engaging clown"
– The Sunday Times

 

Laurence has enjoyed television appearances on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, has been a presenter for BBC Newsnight and has recently appeared on The Wright Stuff and The One Show.

"slickly woven.. cracking one-liners.. Laurence Clark is firing on all cylinders"
– ★★★★Metro

 

"Close to the bone and very funny... makes Chris Morris look lightweight. Dangerously funny"
– ★★★★The Scotsman

 

He was awarded Shortlist magazine’s Funniest New Comedian and has been a finalist in the AmusedMoose Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has blogged for BBC Ouch, The Independent and The Guardian, and regularly performs with the comedy collective Abnormally Funny People.

 

Gag Reflex welcomes: Laurence Clark Gag Reflex welcomes: Laurence Clark

News story posted on 08-01-2019 12:00

Hollywood Soapbox interviews Colin Cloud

Hollywood Soapbox interviews Coin Cloud:

'Colin Cloud is one of the most successful comedians and mentalists to come from Scotland. He adopts the character of Sherlock Holmes for his stage shows, and audience members often find themselves laughing heartily while their minds are blown. His antics, which rely on a particular verbal flair, work well with a large crowd and impressive stage, so it’s no surprise his routine has landed on Broadway thanks to The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays.

The magic show, which plays through Dec. 30 at the Marquis Theatre in Midtown Manhattan, has been a holiday staple in New York City for four years running. This year’s incarnation stars Adam Trent, Chloé Crawford, Shin Lim, Darcy Oake and Cloud. The Light Balance dance company even turns up for a couple special appearances.

Cloud’s portion of The Illusionists focus on his traits as a deductionist, or if audience members prefer: a mind reader. He takes to the stage and offers many funny lines with participating theatergoers (some of them squirming after being picked), but then he gets down to business and amazes the crowd with acts of jaw-dropping and seemingly impossible mentalism.

As his website states, the forensic mind reader knows what people had for lunch, where they visited that day, what they do for a living and the car that drove them to the theater.

JOURNEY TO BROADWAY

Cloud’s journey to The Illusionists came after his buzzed-about shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“They heard about me from performing at the Edinburgh Festival over in Scotland,” Cloud said in a recent phone interview. “My solo shows have been getting bigger and bigger, and they found out who I was. They asked a couple of the Illusionists at the time who were already in the show if they knew much about me. The guys very graciously spoke very highly of me. We arranged a meeting in London, went down, met them, and they had me host their first West End run.”

The Illusionists franchise at this point is international. They have successfully set up shop on Broadway and London’s West End, and toured the world many times over. Cloud said that the producers respected his routines and let him choose the best acts for the expansive show, which highlights the illusions of many performers.

“Because I do so much of my own stuff anyway, I film everything,” he said. “I can just show them clips of what it is I want to do in the show and where I think it will work best. … Basically I say, ‘Look, I think this will work well here. That will work well there, and then maybe do it there.’ And then it’s up to them as directors to piece it together in a way that best complements everyone else. They’re pretty open to it. They’ll maybe ask for a few tweaks or changes. Certains jokes are more appropriate for the time slot that I perform in in Edinburgh where it’s not a family show; it’s more adult. I’ll take certain lines out, tweak certain lines and just make it more appropriate for this franchise.”

Growing up, Cloud — shockingly — did not like magic. He received a magic kit for Christmas one year, and his cousin learned all the tricks before he did. This naturally made him hate magic, but the character of Sherlock Holmes came onto his radar at about the same time. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary creation transfixed the young Cloud, and he became fixated on the character.

Read the ful interview, here

 

Hollywood Soapbox interviews Colin Cloud Hollywood Soapbox interviews Colin Cloud

News story posted on 19-12-2018 10:00

The Elvis Dead: Melbourne Int Comedy Festival

‘The Elvis Dead’ is an audio/visual mash-up concert show, telling the story of Evil Dead 2 through the classic songs of Elvis Presley, and a love letter to both. It’s a multi award winning Edinburgh Fringe cult hit.

In March & April 2019, the show travels to Australia, to perform at the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

“Twisted Genius” ★★★★ Sunday Times

“very funny” ★★★★★ Beyond The Joke

“Instant Fringe cult classic" ★★★★ The List

Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. A tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror… and the King of Rock‘n’Roll is such an idea; incredibly original, brilliantly executed, and encapsulating the spirit that permeates Fringe Festivals around the world. The Elvis Dead enthralled Deadheads and Gracelanders alike, winning over lovers of one, and haters of both. It was the late-night CULT HIT of the Edinburgh Fringe, with punters queuing round the block to nab a seat at the midnight show.

"like a one-man Rocky Horror Show"
– The Telegraph

 

The multi-award winning comedy musical is the brain child of comedian Rob Kemp; where Cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 is reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis, in tribute to the terror filled sequel and the king of rock'n'roll himself.

Rev up the Delta Australia, and grab those tickets! Limited dates available

The Elvis Dead: Melbourne Int Comedy Festival The Elvis Dead: Melbourne Int Comedy Festival

News story posted on 18-12-2018 11:00

Lost Voice Guy - The Royal Variety Performance

Britain’s Got Talent Winner Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice Guy left viewers in hysterics, as he fulfilled his dream to perform at the Royal Variety Performance last week

The comedian took to the stage in front of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, after being introduced by BGT boss Simon Cowell, where the telly mogul expressed his pride over Lee's achievements.

Ridley was the first comedy act to take the top Britain’s Got Talent prize, winning £250,000, huge exposure and his spot at the Royal Variety Performance.

After winning the show, he told ITV’s Lorraine, “A comedian has never won Britain’s Got Talent before so I wasn’t sure how well my act would go down with the audience. I was surprised when I made the final and I certainly never expected to win, so it turned out perfectly. “I’m definitely going to get a Geordie accent for my iPad, because I’m sick of sounding like a posh version of Robocop.”

After the performance, Lee said it made his day to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after making them laugh during the show. The comedian has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak, but poked fun at his disability, as well his talent show win during last Monday night’s charity gala at the London Palladium.

“Now that I’ve hit the big time, nothing will shut me up,” he said in an electronic voice through a speech app on his tablet. “Unless there is a power cut.”

He continued: “Your Royal Highnesses, what a truly incredible honour it has been … for you both to come face to face with me.”

After the Royal Variety Performance, he said it was “amazing” to meet Harry and Meghan, recalling his chat with the duchess.“She just congratulated me on my win and said how much she enjoyed my performance, which made my day,” he said after typing his response.

Royal Variety Charity chairman Giles Cooper said the show had one of the best line-ups in recent years. “It’s a great mix of speciality performers, comedy and music” Mr Giles said. The event raises money for the Royal Variety Charity, of which the Queen is patron, and in particular helps support the residents of Brinsworth House.

Lost Voice Guy - The Royal Variety Performance Lost Voice Guy - The Royal Variety Performance

News story posted on 17-12-2018 12:00

Barry Dodds: Best MC Winner

The results of the Midlands Comedy Awards 2018 were announced this week, with our very own Barry Dodds scooping the Best MC prize for an incredible Fourth year in a row!

His calm, inclusive persona has ensured that Barry has also proven himself to be a popular and amiable MC nationwide, garnering a reputation as a strong and reliable choice to hold a quality line up together. Barry has been awarded Best MC at the Awards for four consecutive years.

Barry has also enjoyed continued success with The ParaPod podcast. A cult hit since it began, and based on the supernatural, Ian Boldsworth and Barry debate the paranormal, explore hauntings, and delve headfirst into the unknown. With over 1.5 million downloads to date, a huge, growing fanbase and a movie in production, which will premiere in 2019, we'll be seeing a lot more of Barry Dodds.