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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

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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.

Barry Dodds: Best MC Winner

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

'America's Got Talent: The Champions'

It's official: The smash hit talent series ‘America's Got Talent: The Champions’ is hitting televisions in early January, airing in the US on Monday nights on NBC.

AGT: The Champions will not just showcase the very best from the U.S version of the Got Talent franchise; it’ll also include the top acts from global versions of show, including Britain, Belgium, Portugal, Sri Lanka, and more, from around the world.

"I have always wanted to have a competition show for the very best of the best Got Talent acts from around the world. The variety and the talents of the acts who enter Got Talent globally are incredible and unbelievable " – Simon Cowell

 

The premise is to round up some of the winners and most notable contestants from seasons 1-13 and have them face off head-to-head to see who is the ultimate top act.

British Winner Lost Voice Guy, American Semi-Finalist Colin Cloud and Finalist Tape Face will make a triumphant return to the stage on the show.

Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy, won Britain’s Got Talent in 2018, becoming the first comedian to win the show. When he took to the stage, he delivered one of the most hilarious stand-up routines the show has ever seen

Lee has gone on to perform on Live at the Apollo and the Royal Variety Performance, has a huge UK Spring Tour planned, and has just announced his first book ‘I'm Only In It for the Parking: Life and Laughter from the priority seats’

In 2017, in the closest vote of the entire season, fresh from a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Colin Cloud was sent through to the semifinals by America’s support, after a performance involving Mel B, who gleefully stabbed Simon Cowell live on TV.

Colin is best known in the US for his role in the hugely successful touring show The Illusionists, and is performing with them on Broadway throughout the holiday season. He also appeared on the Royal Variety Performance in 2017.

Tape Face became an America's Got Talent finalist in 2016, his appeal transcending the boundaries of age, language & culture. He gained a huge following amongst AGT voters, who propelled him to the finale, aired on NBC, to more than 12 million viewers. This boosted his career immensely, leading to a huge US Tour and Las Vegas residency in a custom built venue

Lee, Colin and Sam will be performing for head judge Simon Cowell and the rest of the regular “AGT” panel, singer Mel B, model & presenter Heidi Klum and comedian Howie Mandel, with actor Terry Crews stepping in as host.

America's Got Talent: The Champions will premiere in the USA on NBC starting January 7, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET. Netflix in the UK will stream episodes within 48 hrs of the US broadcast.

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

Adam Kay fills the Hammersmith Apollo - twice!

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian, TV writer, and Sunday Times best-selling author.

With sell-out tours and Edinburgh Festival Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, dark humour has gained him a cult following throughout the UK. Picador approached Adam about turning his show 'Fingering A Minor On the Piano' - Adam’s darkly humorous re-imaginings of modern day pop and rock classics with a deeply confessional look back on his former life as an obstetrician and gynecologist, with a stark and deeply moving climax, into a book, to detail his experiences, and so his first tome was born, named 'This Is Going To Hurt'

The book is his “hilarious and heartbreaking” (Charlie Brooker), “blisteringly funny” (Jo Brand) memoirs from his former career as a junior doctor, was published by Picador in 2017.  It received across-the-board critical acclaim, entered the Sunday Times best-seller list at no. 3, and hasn’t left the list since, and has won ta plethora of prestigeous awards.

Adam gave two sold out performances of his retitled hit show 'This is Going to Hurt' at the Hammersmith Apollo earlier this month, reading extracts from the million copy selling tome. Tickets for NHS staff were half price, and the atmosphere electric, as Kay sang and spoke to his thousands of fans.

“Blissfully brilliant” ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday

“Left us with eyeliner streaming down our faces” ★★★★★ Cosmopolitan

“Electrifying” ★★★★ Guardian

The book will be turned into a major new comedy drama series for BBC Two in 2019.

The shows at the Apollo were supported by comedian Mark Watson, who played a key role in Kay’s success, introducing his own publisher to see Kay reading from his diaries in Edinburgh.

Adam continues to tour the show nationwide, with dates and ticket links available here