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Facilitators of Mirth

Radio 4 Commissions Series from Jamie MacDonald

We are completely thrilled for new addition to the Gag roster, Comedian Jamie MacDonald, who has been commissioned to write a brand new comedy series for BBC Radio 4.

The series will be produced by Richard Melvin for Dabster Productions whose Radio 4 credits include Rosie Jones - Box Ticker, Suggs Love Letters To London, Fred At The Stand and Terry Alderton’s Whole Half Hour.

The series, provisionally entitled Life On The Blink, consists of four 15 minute shows, and will be recorded in front of a live audience. In his typically forthright and honest style, Jamie will reveal his experience of losing his sight as a teenager, and how he has finally embraced his blindness and the, sometimes hilarious, effects it has had on his life. 

From utter denial to enthusiastic acceptance, this comedic take on Jamie’s remarkable journey offers an inspiring perspective on life and the things that many of us take for granted. The series is pencilled to transmit in the popular 11.00pm slot in Spring 2021.

"I've loved BBC Radio 4 comedy all my life. The station has been a launch pad for some of my favourite comedians and I can't believe I've now been given my own series! The only time I've been this excited and terrified was when my mate let me drive his car!”
– Jamie MacDonald

 

Richard Melvin of Dabster Productions: "We’ve worked with Jamie on many TV and radio projects over the years and are delighted that we’ve finally managed to get his own series commissioned.  Jamie has developed into a very classy comedian and I hope this series will be the first of many.  It’s also a pleasure to be working with Andrew, who’s got a keen eye for a great comedian and a knack for finding good stories.  Roll on 2021.” 

Jamie MacDonald is a Scottish comedian, writer and voiceover artist. In 2017 Jamie was named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist as well as reaching the semi-final of the BBC New Comedy Award. His credits include Breaking The News (BBC Scotland), The Comedy Underground (BBC Scotland), Fred At The Stand (BBC Radio 4), Rosie Jones: Box Ticker (BBC Radio 4) and Scot Squad (BBC Scotland).

Jamie has performed six solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as performing at comedy clubs all around the UK including Glee, The Stand and The Comedy Store (Manchester). Jamie successfully toured Scotland with his show, Designated Driver, in 2019.

As well as Life On The Blink Jamie also appeared in the BBC Scotland pilot, The Scotts, which has since been commissioned as a series. He has also been invited to speak at the Oxford Student Union.

Jamie started to lose his sight in his early teens due to a progressive degenerative retinal disease. Despite this, Jamie studied Ancient History at St Andrews University and Law at Aberdeen before working as a corporate banker in London. Read more about Jamie, here

Radio 4 Commissions Series from Jamie MacDonald Radio 4 Commissions Series from Jamie MacDonald

News story posted on 13-08-2020 09:00

We may not be in Edinburgh - but the entertainment continues

In what felt like a bad April Fools Day prank, on April 1st 2020, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was officially cancelled.

The idea of a year without the Fringe, or indeed of an Edinburgh without a Fringe in August, is not something any of us imagined. Its the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom, after all. However, the decision had to be made for the health and safety of Fringe participants, staff, residents and audiences. The global pandemic has meant that, like so many other aspects of our day-to-day lives, we must pause and take stock in the face of something far bigger. 

At 12.30pm on Wednesday 5th August, our very first show would have opened: Mat Ricardo's 'Extraordinary Gentleman', at the Gilded Balloon - followed by a whopping 17 other incredible performances every day, from Matt Stellingwerf, Jonny Awsum, SK Shlomo, Lou Conran, Tom Crosbie, Aaron Simmonds, Morgan & West, John Robertson, Dom Chambers, Chortle, Massaoke, Ben Hart, Alice Fraser, John Robertson and Rob Deering. This year, the theatres remain empty. 

Gag Reflex were excited to be bringing Morgan and West's incredible show 'Unbelievable Science' to the Fringe once again, a hugely popular family science extravaganza. "Today would have been the first day at Underbelly, working with the Gag Reflex team again. I am more than a little sad that we're not able to do that. Stay safe all x"

"It feels very strange to not be in Edinburgh this year, for the first time in almost 20 years for me. But I am very proud of all of our talent, and the incredible work they’ve been doing whilst we all stay safe. Do check out their online content, and the actual real life shows we have coming up! Cannot wait to be back in Edinburgh next year, for Gag’s biggest season yet.”
– Lee Martin, Director & Founder, Gag Reflex Ltd

 

Our acts have been working tirelessly to entertain during lockdown - check out some of their efforts;

Mat Ricardo - live shows, weekly YouTube videos, blogs and online shows / Barbara Nice - Zoom shows / Jonny Awsum - The 4 o Clock Club, online gigs & showsAaron Simmonds - online shows / Ada Campe - socially distanced performances & online shows / Adam Kay - new book launch, corporate zoom shows and distanced live shows / Alice Fraser - new amazon prime show, podcasts & online shows / Barry Dodds - weekly podcasts / Ben Hart - launched his new book, online shows & live shows / Bowjangles - online content / Colin Cloud - online virtual shows / John Robertson - streaming online shows throughout each dayLost Voice Guy - NextUp Comedy show, online shows / Paul Pirie - online shows / Rosco McClelland - online shows & daily Twitch broadcasts / Steve Shanyaski - new youtube channel, online shows / Tape Face - rated #7 in AGT's top viral performances of the last 15 years / Toby Hadoke - twice weekly shows for XS Malarkey

Gag Reflex have responded to the 'new normal' and offer both Outdoor Performances (info) and Live Online Shows (info) 

There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we have many Tour shows booked in for next year, once things have returned to normal, find all the dates and details here: Current Tours

We may not be in Edinburgh - but the entertainment continues We may not be in Edinburgh - but the entertainment continues

News story posted on 05-08-2020 12:00

Tape Face features on AGT Anniversary Show

Fifteen years ago, one show transformed summer television, and reinvented the talent contest in America: America's Got Talent. It has since expanded all over the globe, to showcase the widest range of dangerous, funny, heart-warming, stomach-churning and incredible auditions imaginable. NBC commemorated the 15th anniversary of the show, with a very special episode last night

AGT judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara, and Howie Mandel appeared, and took a look back at the most notable acts in the show's history. The episode featured some of the most beloved acts of Got Talent history, including Grace Vanderwaal, V. Unbeatable, Kodi Lee, and many more. The judges shared their memories and perspectives on the acts, while also recalling stories about their experiences on the show.

To commemorate its 15-year milestone, AGT took us back through some of the most epic performances throughout the years and unveiled its Top 15 Most Viral Moments.

Most Viral Moment #7 was a familiar face; Tape Face, with a whopping 242 million views since 2016. He never had to say a word, but Tape Face remains one of Simon’s favourite acts. His miming and ventriloquism using oven mitts singing a Lionel Richie song to each other was “so simple, yet so clever” according to Heidi Klum, but it was the act of dancing with an imaginary woman, using his own arms as the woman, that led Howie and Simon to call him “brilliant.”“I think your life has changed tonight” - Howie Mandel

Tape Face features on AGT Anniversary Show

News story posted on 05-08-2020 14:00

Jamie MacDonald joins the Roster

This week we welcome fantastic Glaswegian comedian, Jamie MacDonald.

MacDonald’s blindness flavours his comedy but doesn’t define it. That said, he has found that his disability allows him to extract comedy from lesser explored areas; like the jealousy he feels towards laboratory mice with 20/20 vision and the humiliating range of clothing and accessories sold by the RNIB.

"Pure wit and confidence”
– ★★★★The Skinny

 

Jamie became a corporate banker for Bank of Scotland in London, and whilst there succumbed to the pull of the stage, giving his first performance at an open mic night at the Comedy Café in Shoreditch - he soon took up comedy full-time.

He debuted his first one man show That Funny Blind Guy at the Laughing Horse at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Assembly then picked him up and he’s performed with them ever since, for a further five years. Jamie can be seen on stage at comedy clubs all around the UK, including The Glee, The Stand and The Comedy Store. Jamie has also successfully toured Scotland with his fringe show, Designated Driver, in 2019.

"Consistently hilarious.. MacDonald has an informal and easygoing charm that makes even the most edgy of jokes seem like lighthearted banter, managing to take the edge off his more risky lines.. a consistently hilarious show from a performer who has the audience in the palm of his hand”
– Ed Fest Magazine

 
Jamie MacDonald joins the Roster

News story posted on 21-07-2020 11:00

Colin Cloud: Remarkable Virtual Events

Now available to book for your next private online event: Colin Cloud - the pioneer of cyber mentalism.

Cloud's mind-blowing demonstrations and incredible insights will astound and mesmerise your audience, embedding the show in your guests memory, quite probably forever.

He has already been featured in Forbes Magazine for his forward thinking approach to hosting and presenting digital events. While he’s used to astounding audiences in theatres around the world, he is now bringing his expertise to the newest stage of them all — the screen in your home.

His presentation style and delivery have been turning online business and private events into engaging and interactive experiences for all.

What happens in the show? Colin takes all the best bits from his live theatre tours and TV appearances and builds them into a mind-blowing experience, fulfilling your needs on a grand scale.

It’s exceptionally visual; via a mixture of psychology, suggestion and humour, Colin will share with your guests the closest thing to authentic mind reading they will ever see. Everyone will feel involved throughout.

The end result? Your audience will spark with excitement. They’ll laugh, they’ll gasp and they’ll be amazed.

Colin’s material is written and devised by him personally. What you see cannot be replicated: not by anyone, anywhere. He is, quite simply, one of a kind.

Colin Cloud is the Sherlock Holmes of entertainment if Holmes had a flair for comedy, the Great Detective of live events performing everywhere from Broadway, New York, to the Royal Variety performance in London’s West End.

"Utterly mind blowing" – HRH Prince William

"charisma and comedy.. spectacular stage presence.. There are so many elements to this show that it becomes a full experience. Colin Cloud knows how to put on a show and thoroughly succeeds" –★★★★★Edinburgh Festivals

"Cloud is easily the biggest act of his genre at the Fringe… disarmingly charming and funny, and the audience warm to him instantly… manages to endear himself instantly, although everyone is shocked and stunned by his insight." – ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

Colin Cloud is the best and maybe even the wisest man you’ve ever known. He's performed for professional sceptics like Penn and Teller, has wowed the hard-to-please Simon Cowell, and has left people convinced that he has mystical skills of reading minds and influencing outcomes. Performer, after dinner keynote speaker, consultant, coach, comedian: the entertaining and endearing Colin Cloud is THE forensic mind reader.

"Cloud is a showman, involving as many audience members as possible, spreading the bafflement and maximising the enjoyment. His finale – in fact, his whole show – is cracking entertainment. Guaranteed to have you walking home with a smile on your face" – ★★★★ The Skinny

"Amazing.. Loved your act.. such a delight" – Derren Brown

Complete sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 to 2019 and Semi Finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and chosen to appear on smash hit talent series ‘America's Got Talent: The Champions’ which aired in the US at the start of 2019, Colin’s astounding deductions and outrageous stunts have stunned audiences and intrigued sceptics from New York to Australia; from London’s West End to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. 

His Edinburgh Fringe shows sell out annually and have been voted in the top three of over 4000 acts. In 2017, Cloud appeared on the Royal Variety Performance and toured the U.S. in The Illusionists Live from Broadway.

Hailed as one of the most exciting alliances in the history of modern magic, Shin Lim (Winner of AGT season 13 and AGT The Champions 2019) and Colin are currently headlining the Mirage in Las Vegas, USA, where Colin is now based.

The show lasts for 45 minutes, ensuring guests attention is held. To ensure Colin gives all guests his undivided attention, a group 30 to 50 guests is ideal, using Zoom.

Collectively our team has over 30 years of experience at running events, clubs and comedy nights worldwide, and we have the technology to bring an event such as this to homes across the country.  We would love to discuss individual requirements to make an event, which is a perfect and uplifting, to boost staff morale.

Email today to discuss: beth@gagreflex.co.uk