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There Will Be Cake - All Star Improv: Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Pippa Evans, Paul Foxcroft
Four of the best improvisers in the country come together to play with ideas coming from the audience. Tonight will be a brilliant, one-off, never-to-be-repeated, dazzling, hilarious, silly, exciting, dangerous, innovative show featuring real fire (candles).
And there will be cake. Actual cake.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Marcus began his comedy career in Bristol whilst studying drama at University and soon won the BBC New Comedian of 1996 at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences both on tour and on the well trodden comedy circuit. The master of satirical comedy, Marcus has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics.
'If you haven't seen him live, then you haven't seen him at his very best' (The Daily Mirror)
'Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it' (The Daily Telegraph).
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Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian and standup who has appeared in The IT Crowd, Murder In Successville, The Mash Report and Austentatious.
Her songs shave been heard on BBC Radio 4 (The Now Show), BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 6 Music. Her solo shows have found critical acclaim, and have earned her a Chortle Award nomination, a Funny Women Best Show nomination and a win for What’s On London’s Best Musical Comedy Show.
“It’s startling quite how talented Parris is...hilarious” - Shortcom ****
“Very easy to relate to and naturally funny” - Three Weeks ****
"Tears of laughter, endearingly frank and funny" - Guardian
"A gifted performer - her songs really score" - Times
"Brutally funny" - Skinny
"Classy, clever comedy...uproarious" - Scotsman
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British comedienne and one of the founding members of the touring improv team behind Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Pippa first emerged on the comedy scene with an incredibly successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival where her debut solo
show, Pippa Evans And Other Lonely People, was nominated for the if.comedy Best Newcomer Award 2008.
In 2009 she unleashed her alter-ego, psychotic American country and western singer Loretta Maine.
'Delightfully deranged' (Metro)
'Truly impressive one-liners...inspired, quotable pearls of wisdom. Fine comic writing underpins her flawless, perfectly timed performance. She’s a relative newcomer, but has certainly got the talent for a sustained and stellar career in comedy' (Chortle).
'... probably one of the most talented performers at Edinburgh this year' (The Independent, 2009).
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