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Awsum through on BGT

Jonny Awsum burst onto our TV screens this weekend, auditioning for hugely popular talent show ‘Britains Got Talent’ on ITV.

The show turned into a massive singalong after Jonny got the whole crowd on their feet at The Lowry, Salford, and completely involved in his very own musical. After getting Geordie duo Ant and Dec on stage, Jonny spontaneously burst into song.

As yet, comedy is one of the few genres that have yet to triumph on BGT over more than 10 series, but could Jonny Awsum change that?

"one of the more memorable contestants appearing on episode two" – Radio Times

 

In a personal interview with The Sun this weekend, it was revealed that Jonny thinks Ant & Dec deserve their very own musical, after the pair helped him wow the Judges; "It was really exciting watching my performance back! They were awesome! I really like Ant & Dec - I grew up watching them on Byker Grove, and I’ve enjoyed watching their shows over the years. I had a good feeling they’d be good sports - because they come across to me like not only are they really professional, they’re really grounded, too. I personally think they’re national treasures! I’m gunning for ‘Ant & Dec: The Musical!'

Here is the full clip of his audition

After his performance, Jonny received a standing ovation from all four judges, under a shower of silver confetti and praise.

David Walliams praised the "brilliantly inventive routine" while Amanda Holden loved the "full scale show", adding: "It was absolutely brilliant."

"It was so smart, it really works for you because it makes you stand out. "I like you a lot " – Simon Cowell

 

Jonny left the stage with four yeses from the judges, seeing him through to the next round.

Jonny appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on the Monday preceding his audition, chatting to Holly and Phil about his performance – catch up on the ITV Hub, here

But can he make the live shows later this year? Time will tell...

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News story posted on 24-04-2017 15:00

Kendal Calling 2017

Gag Reflex are very proud to have programmed another incredible line up for the Soapbox Stage, at sell out festival Kendal Calling 2017.

FRIDAY 28th JULY

ROB DEERING’s ‘BEAT THIS’ – JOHN KEARNS

DANNY McLOUGHLIN – GARRET MILLERICK - MUSICAL BINGO

CHRIS WASHINGTON

 

SATURDAY 29th JULY

DANIEL SLOSS – TOM STADE

MARK OLVER – JEN BRISTER – JULIAN DEANE – LAST MAN STANDING

JAYDE ADAMS - KATIE MULGREW – ADAM ROWE

 GARETH WAUGH – PETE OTWAY - TOM TAYLOR

 

SUNDAY 30th JULY

TONY LAW – JAMES ACASTER -

DAVID MORGAN - PAUL McCAFFREY – DAN NIGHTINGALE

KIRI PRITCHARD-McLEAN - MARK NELSON – THOM FOOLE’S HOUSE PARTY

HARRIET DYER - ALLYSON JUNE SMITH – LOU CONRAN

 

A couple of the Highlights for the Festival include;

TONY LAW

Canadian surrealist and master story-teller Tony Law is a three-time Chortle Award winner, Amused Moose Best Show winner and Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. His extensive TV and radio credits include: Have I Got News For You (BBC One), The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC One), Celebrity Squares (ITV) Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two), Heading Out (BBC Two), The Culture Show (BBC Two), Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe (BBC Two), Edinburgh Nights (BBC Two), Tony Law’s Surreal Guide To Surreal Comedy (Radio 4 Extra), Loose Ends and Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio 4).

After completing the current tour, Tony will be heading back to the Edinburgh Festival for an afternoon show at The Stand, his festival spiritual home.

The King of post-modern nonsense” - Telegraph, Autumn’s Hot 100 2016

DANIEL SLOSS

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Scottish comedian, Daniel Sloss has appeared on UK television shows including Sunday Night at the PalladiumThe John Bishop ShowMichael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow8 Out of 10 CatsThe Rob Brydon ShowComic Relief’s Mock The WeekThe Paul O’Grady Show (Daniel’s TV debut aged 18), the BBC’s Stand Up For Sport ReliefSet ListRussell Howard’s Good News (which has had well over a million views), as well as starring in his own BBC show, The Adventures Of Daniel (aged 19).

Charming, self-deprecating and genuinely funny” – Time Out, London

Kendal Calling 2017 Kendal Calling 2017

News story posted on 24-04-2017 14:00

Jonny Awsum on #BGT

Starring on the UK’s biggest television talent competition ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ this Saturday night is brilliant musical comedian Jonny Awsum. Jonny even ropes in Presenters Ant & Dec for his act!

Short preview available here

The Simon Cowell reality show is another huge hit for ITV. Singers, dance troupes, impressionists, performing dogs, magicians and other variety acts audition for the judges, hoping to beat the buzzer. The best acts go through to a week of live shows, with the winner performing at the Royal Variety Show.

Ant and Dec host the eleventh series of the show, as judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return to the panel for a sixth year. Anyone can audition for the show, where acts compete against each other in order to gain the audience support while trying to win the title of "The winner of Britain's Got Talent'

There have been ten winners to date, including opera singer Paul Potts, street dancer George Sampson, street dance troupe Diversity, gymnastic troupe Spellbound, singer Jai McDowall, and Magician Richard Jones.A significant show in British popular culture, BGT is the UK’s biggest television talent competition, regularly bringing in 15 to 17 million viewers.

Given the magnitude of last year’s contestants, 2017 looks set to be the competition’s biggest year yet. Past winners of BGT have gone on to great things, such as 2014’s winners Collabro, Diversity and Ashleigh and Pudsey, the show’s first dog winner. George Sampson has gone on to have a successful acting career off the back of Britain’s Got Talent, while Attraction now perform all over the world. It’s not just about the champions, though, and the talent show has helped make stars of many of its former contestants, most notably Susan Boyle, whose performance of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ at the auditions in series three catapulted her to a household name all over the world overnight.

A comedic whirlwind, Jonny has a special feel-good brand of musical comedy. He is the gag slinging guitar hero - audience members don’t just leave entertained, they leave as fans. Jonny exploded onto the professional comedy scene with a crowd-pleasing set that's seen him perform his special feel-good brand of musical comedy around the world.

Watch Jonny's full audition on ITV 22nd April at 8pm.

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News story posted on 21-04-2017 12:00

Final Edinburgh 2017 Shows on sale!

Last but certainly not least: our final Edinburgh Festival Fringe Announcements for August 2017. Gag Reflex are extremely proud to be producing these shows; we have chosen a fantastic selection, designed to excite & enthral, and all shows are now ONSALE. Full details here, quick summary below;

2.40pm at The Underbelly Cow Barn: Morgan & West ‘More Magic for Kids’

Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a brand new marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between!

"Hilarious and good for all ages" – Primary Times

 

5.15pm at The Underbelly Ermintrude: Morgan & West ‘Return of the Time-Travelling Magicians’

No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters gather all their best tricks for a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time!

"hugely talented" – ★★★★Daily Mirror

 

5.45pm at The Gilded Balloon Dining Room: Ben Hart ‘Belief?’

West End Star and Edinburgh Cabaret Award nominee Ben is a unique artist: teller of tall tales, mad inventor and sleight-of-hand master. Magic shows just aren’t supposed to be this… real.

"Makes sceptics become believers" – ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

6.15pm at the Gilded Balloon Billiard Room: James & Jamesy ‘2 For Tea’

Brimming with innocence and endearing chemistry, 2 for Tea is a vibrant celebration of friendship and imagination.

"A masterpiece of refined chaos... Note-for-note perfection" – ★★★★★ Theatre in London

 

6.40pm at Ace Dome, Pleasance Dome: ‘Chortle Fast Fringe’

So many comedians, so little time! Twelve top comedy and variety acts perform ridiculously short sets in one furiously fast-paced showcase. A different line-up every day, selected by leading comedy website Chortle.

"A brilliant concept... for variety and value for money… a no-brainer” – BroadwayBaby

 

8.15pm at The Gilded Balloon Dining Room: Mark Forward ‘Mark Forward Wins All The Awards’

Mark returns to the Edinburgh Festival with a new show filled with everything that will help him win all the awards. Death, bees, death, puppets, death and cows in heaven, (who are dead).

"Stand up of this quality ought to be a hot ticket" – Chortle

 

9.30pm at Pleasance Two, Pleasance Courtyard: Red Bastard ‘Lie With Me’

What kind of monster would have an affair?  You're about to find out...Every, single, one of you.  Red Bastard has come to Edinburgh to expose the lies we tell our lovers and those Bastards who made us lie in the first place!

"Jaw dropping" – ★★★★★The Scotsman

 

These seven superb shows join 5 already on sale;

12.45pm at The Gilded Balloon Dining Room: Three Half Pints ‘The Three Musketeers’

4.05pm at Up the Stairs, Just the Tonic Caves: Jonny Awsum ‘Honey, I Promised The Kid’

4.30pm at The Gilded Balloon Wee Room: Juliette Burton ‘Butterfly Effect’

8pm at The Pleasance Grand: Colin Cloud ‘DARE’

9.40pm at The Pleasance Grand: Tape Face

ALL shows are now ON SALE

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News story posted on 20-04-2017 11:00

Tape Face to tour Germany December '17

After his debut tour of Germany in February, TAPE FACE is back!

Fresh from sell out shows in Las Vegas, touring the USA, London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe, TAPE FACE brings a brand new box of toys back to Germany.

This work in progress show lets you see the magic in creation and in action. This is silence with noise, stand up with no words and drama with no acting.

Following an incredible last 18 months - during which he made his debut in Las Vegas, reached the Final of America’s Got Talent, completed a sold-out 52 date tour of some of the UK’s most iconic venues, and successfully persuaded Mel B to wear a toilet seat on her head, live on American TV in front of an audience of over 14 million! – Tape Face is pleased to confirm eight new dates in Germany, to round off 2017.

Visually stunning, heart-stopping, and sublime - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when it’s over you’ll be completely lost for words.

Catch this spectacular modern reimagining of silent comedy, from the artist formerly known as The Boy with Tape on His Face, finalist of America’s Got Talent 2016 and seen on the Royal Variety Performance and the John Bishop Show.

By the end, like Tape Face, you’ll be lost for words..

"Utterly spectacular! Fight for a ticket!" – Time Out London