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Facilitators of Mirth

Tape Face On the Road

The Tape Face USA Tour has finally begun!! For the first time, Tape Face is able to perform live to cities across the US - but for a limited run till the end of May - so dont delay if you want tickets, many venues are close to capacity already.

Following the most outstanding year of his career to date, TAPE FACE has bowed to enormous public pressure and returns to the USA for a limited regional tour. Tape Face will perform in LA, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Omaha, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, Concord, New York, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston this month.

He is fresh from his brilliantly successful residency at the Flamingo, Las Vegas, bringing fans his unique show, his appeal having transcended boundaries of age, language and culture.

Tape Face accesses the inner child in everyone. Through simple, clever and charming humour, he has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen. Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, Motown and the films of Patrick Swayze, he is a pensive, curious soul approaching every object and audience member as a potential friend – or plaything.

Since the creation of Tape Face, his shows have sold out around the world, during which time he has become a critically acclaimed silent sensation, with Simon Cowell comparing him to a modern Charlie Chaplin.

Following four sold-out UK tours and critical acclaim around the world, don’t miss the chance to be part of the phenomenon in 2017.

"Fantastic! Made me laugh" – Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show

 

"Endlessly inventive, hysterically funny" – Time Out ★★★★★

 

"Simply Joyous" - The Times ★★★★★

 

Full dates and ticket links available here

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News story posted on 11-05-2017 17:00

Further #edfringe17 shows

Just announced as taking part in this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Dylan Gott, and Adam Kay, with two shows.

Adam Kay reprises his acclaimed 2016 show ‘Fingering A Minor on the Piano’ for two weeks only, singing 'bracingly intelligent, enormously funny songs' (Times) in the key of A minor.

Kay is Amateur Transplants' frontman (20M YouTube hits) and a prolific sitcom writer (BBC, Channel 4). But, before that, he was a doctor and he'd like to tell you all about it. In September, Picador published Kay's This Is Going To Hurt, inspired by this show. 'Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs. Blissfully brilliant' ***** (Mail on Sunday).

The show performs at Gilded Balloon, from the 14th to the 28th, at 8.30pm. Tickets available here

At 1.30pm at the Gilded Balloon, ‘The Remains of Tom Lehrer’ (Performed by Adam Kay) runs 14th Aug to the 28th.

Following sell-out shows in London's West End and at Fringe 2016, award-winning musical comedian Adam Kay presents his take on the legendary songbook of Tom Lehrer. Lehrer's satirical songs have delighted and horrified audiences for decades, including Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, The Masochism Tango and The Elements. Classics are revisited from a contemporary perspective, as well as unearthing songs never before performed. Kay writes comedy for the BBC and Channel 4, and is a regular on The Now Show. 'Inspired updates to classic material' **** (Times). 'Blissfully brilliant' ***** (DailyMail.co.uk).

Tickets can be booked here

Dylan Gott brings ‘Cool Guy, Lots of Friends’ to the Laughing Hourse venue Cabaret Voltaire, for a full run from the 3rd Aug. World traveled Canadian comedian Dylan Gott performs an hour of stand-up comedy about being stupid, annoying friends, Jason Statham and several other awesome subjects. **** (Now Magazine). **** (Torontoist.com). 'Delightfully Bizarre' (AVClub.com). 'Dylan Gott is Awesome' (BlogTO.com). 'Entertaining loser' (Chortle).

Tickets available here 

Gag Reflex are producing 12 incredible shows during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, all of which are now on sale. Read all about them, and book tickets, here

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News story posted on 11-05-2017 16:00

Adam Kay: Extra Dates added

In his smash hit show 'Fingering A Minor on the Piano', Adam Kay sits at a grand piano and sings ‘bracingly intelligent, enormously funny songs’ (Times). In the key of A minor.

In this brand new collection of wonderfully off-kilter music and stand-up, Adam Kay is in reflective mood – taking a look back at his former job as a hospital doctor. 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.

He is the frontman of Amateur Transplants, with over 20 million YouTube hits (including the iconic London Underground Song). He has sold out seven years at Edinburgh, is a regular voice on Radio 4’s Now Show, and a prolific sitcom writer (BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, C4).

But before all that he was a doctor, and he’d like to tell you all about it.

The show has seen huge success, most recently at the Soho Theatre, where the run has been extended twice, to meet demand for tickets. The show was a huge hit in 2016  at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, and now in London, with brilliant reviews. Graham Norton thought it was “a brilliant hour of comedy and song, with an unexpected punch in the heart"

★★★★ from Bruce Dessau in the London Evening Standard

"Grand guignol meets Carry On Nurse"

★★★★★ from London Theatre 1

"fun-filled hour of hysterical anecdotes"

★★★★ from The Guardian

"stirring stuff; Jeremy Hunt should be fed this show on a drip. As well as diagnosing the entertaining eccentricities of patients, musical comic Kay issues an electrifying clarion call on behalf of NHS staff"

After the strong April run, Kay now performs the show May 18/19/20  and 1/6/7 June 2017.

There are very limited tickets left for the Soho performances - don't delay, buy your ticket here!

 

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News story posted on 09-05-2017 15:00

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