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Gag Reflex welcomes Brendon Burns

Gag Reflex are very happy to announce a new inclusion to our live roster; the imitable Brendon Burns.

This is not your everyday comic. Older, wiser, calmer, Brendon’s energy is still enticing. His turn of phrase is coarse yet oddly eloquent, whilst remaining fully accessible and intensely loveable. Never pompous and ever self-deprecating he just somehow seems to get away with murder. Not so much an “edgy truth-sayer” but a traditionally harmless and inclusive warm-hearted court jester. Brendons influence is ubiquitous throughout the stand up world.

Australian stand-up comedian Burns television career began alongside Sacha Baron Cohen & Ricky Gervais as a performer on The 11 O’Clock Show (Channel 4), and he is probably best known for his fearsome live solo shows, with six live CDs to his name.

Brendon has a long history at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, starting in 1996, and in 2007 won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show So I Suppose This Is Offensive Now.

Learn more about Brendon on his client page

“Sure to delight… Burns is in mischievous form” – Fest Magazine

 

“Not only has he been pushing back the boundaries of taste for years, I’m quite certain he has no idea where they are” – Jimmy Carr

 

“The single most jaw-dropping, awkward, yet ultimately rewarding bit of stand up we have ever seen” – ****** (An unprecedented six stars) Time Out, London

 

Gag Reflex will be looking after Brendon's Live work throughout the UK. Get in touch today to book him for your next Club night, event or Festival.

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Adam Kay: Book optioned for TV

Sister Pictures has optioned the TV rights to medic-turned-comic Adam Kay’s memoir; This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, which was published by Picador today is Adam’s first-hand account of working for the NHS from 2004 and 2010.

It draws on material originally performed in his show ‘Fingering A Minor on a Piano’, which couples 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, with a stark and deeply moving climax. With sell-out tours and sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, darkly humorous re-imaginings of modern day pop and rock classics have gained him a cult following throughout the UK.

Kay will pen the series, which is being developed by Katie Carpenter and Sister Pictures EP Naomi De Pear. He is no stranger to writing for television, his work spans narrative and sketch for TV, stage and radio including BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, Radio 4 and Channel 4.

He also works as a script editor and gag writer, and collaborates with a number of well-known comedy acts. Recent credits include his original comedy series, Crims, co-written with Dan Swimer, for the BBC, Very British Problems, Flat TV, Up The Women and Mongrels and is also a regular voice on The Now Show.

The deal was closed by De Pear and Curtis Brown’s Cathryn Summerhayes, Amanda Davis, Jessica Cooper and Kat Buckle following an extensive bidding war.

De Pear said: “Adam’s book is a visceral and hilarious reminder of how brave, ridiculous, beautiful and stupid human beings and the systems they create are. I snorted with laughter on every page and was left completely heartbroken. We are honoured to be able to work with Adam on adapting his vision for television. The NHS is a magnificent beast and it’s imperative that this story be told now.”

Adam is currently undertaking a book tour, visiting bookshops nationwide – where he will discuss ‘This is Going to Hurt’. Dates and details here

Adam Kay: Book optioned for TV

News story posted on 07-09-2017 13:00

Jonny Awsum on Tour

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?  Thousands of people visiting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August were lucky enough to find out for themselves, at his show 'Honey I Promised the Kid' - where Jonny played to sold out rooms daily, and received fantastic press reviews;

"A feelgood, crowd-pleasing show.. very good indeed" – ★★★★ Chortle
Read the full review here

 

"funny and heartwarming stuff" –★★★★ Bouquets and Brickbats
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"excellent story telling, big laughs" – ★★★★★ Dark Chat
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"mix of music and comedy…. A fun experience" – ★★★★ Black Diamond
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The show did so well, with demand so high, that Jonny will be embarking on a short tour of the UK this Autumn. Come along and find out in a true tale packed with celebrity encounters, numerous dignity-sapping incidents and an incredible final twist…

Full dates and ticket links, here

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.

"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

Jonny Awsum on Tour

News story posted on 06-09-2017 15:00

Colin Cloud: Semi Finalist on AGT

In a night filled with suspense, tears, heartbreak, five acts were sent home in the latest of the ‘America’s Got Talent’ live quarter finals, with the competition getting tougher and tougher, as more talented performers are sent home

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. When told to plunge the knife into the impresario’s chest, she found that it had a rubber blade.

Cloud has been selling out the Pleasance Grand every single night, and is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow variety acts such as Tape Face and Paul Zerdin, who have increased their profile in the US, following their appearances on the NBC show. Colin is already known there for his role in the hugely successful touring show The Illusionists.

The current season of America’s Got Talent has been topping 13million viewers in the ratings, with Colin’s latest ‘audition’ having been watched more than 3 million times on You Tube. Cloud has had a phenomenal response in the NBC talent competition, which first  aired in early June. Experienced in criminal profiling, he was able to correctly guess the professions of people sitting in the audience just by looking at them, and amazed further by rightly predicting what animal, color and name the crowd would pick. For the Judge Cuts, Cloud continued to shock when he involved Mel B and Howie Mandel in his act. As part of the stunt, he and Mandel broke the passcode on a phone and, he somehow knew the secret Mel was thinking. He also had signs in the audience that spelled out a word she was thinking.

Colin is now through to the Semi Finals – no doubt supported by the thousands of people who have seen him in action live around the world. View his latest audition here.

Colin Cloud: Semi Finalist on AGT Colin Cloud: Semi Finalist on AGT

News story posted on 05-09-2017 18:00

This Is Going To Hurt

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay is also a writer for TV and film, including Mitchell & Webb and Very British Problems. He previously worked as a junior doctor, and wrote a smash hit show ‘Fingering a Minor on the Piano’ which sold out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 & 2017 and during an extended run at the Soho Theatre.

The show couples 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, with a stark and deeply moving climax. With sell-out tours and sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, darkly humorous re-imaginings of modern day pop and rock classics have gained him a cult following throughout the UK.

Picador approached him about turning the show into a book, to detail his funny and sad experiences, and so his first tome was born; This Is Going To Hurt, which will be published this Thursday, 7th September. The book has already reached Number 13 on the Amazon Book list in pre-sales alone, and caught the attention of press far and wide.

Imagine if David Sedaris had spent six years training as a junior doctor or if Do No Harm was turned into stand-up comedy...

“Laugh out loud funny, and heartbreakingly sad” – Jonathan Ross

 

“Painfully funny. The pain and the funniness somehow add up to something entirely good, entirely noble and entirely loveable”” – Stephen Fry

 

‘Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships . . .  Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor 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 by turns, these diaries are everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.’

Adam will also be undertaking a book tour, visiting bookshops nationwide – where he will discuss the funniest book ever written on the subject of the NHS: This is Going to Hurt. Dates and details here