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Wed 9th Jan at 7:30pm
Free Fringe Benefit 2013
@ Bloomsbury Theatre, London
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Free Fringe Benefit 2013: Robin Ince, Phill Jupitus, Norman Lovett, John Otway, Howard Read, Guest Comedians
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This versatile comedy veteran delivers a highly improvised set which can cover a vast range of subjects and material. As seen on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.
Chortle Award Winner 2009 and Winner of the Time Out Outstanding Comedy Achievement Award.
'Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny' (The Times)
'When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince' (The Guardian).
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This popular stand-up and TV comedian is well-known for his appearances on the pop music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His career as a performer began in 1984 when he quit his job as a civil servant to follow a new direction as a performance poet on the alternative comedy circuit and supporting bands such as The Style Council and The Housemartins. During the late '80s he worked with Billy Bragg, directing videos for both Bragg and Kirsty MacColl. Phill has an abiding love and in-depth knowledge of popular music, particularly ska, bluebeat and rhythm & blues. His hugely successful standup tours have included Jedi, Steady, Go and Quadrophobia, and he has worked extensively on radio, variously as a contributor, panellist and presenter. He has also toured as part of The Blockheads line-up.
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'Kachansky's dead Dave, Peterson's dead Dave, they're all dead Dave. Dave, they're all dead, Dave'. Norman Lovett AKA Holly from 'Red Dwarf' and, mercifully, not dead...Dave. Norman's wry humour is so deadpan it makes Jack Dee look like Ken Dodd.
'Few comedians inhabit their stage persona as completely as Lovett does his… the man really is funny' (The Scotsman)
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John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite Otway's ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage.
His autobiography 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner'. For John 'Two Hits' Otway, 'the future's bright; the future's Otway!
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Explosive comedian from London who is very tall and very silly, with his homages to lesser known fruit and vegetables and snippets of subverted classic hits.
He is also an award-winning animator and often uses his talents to great effect in his comedy performances, performing as the Big Howard Little Howard Show for kids.
'... one of the highlights of the show... the embodiment of variety in
the 21st Century' (The Stage)
' Delivering his material with appeal and modesty he keeps the audiences under his charm...' (Funhouse Comedy).
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Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon Street
WC1H 0AH 51.525322, -0.132986
Enquiries: 0207 388 8822
Seating Plan: View the Seating Plan
→ Euston (London) 7 min walk
→ Euston 7 min walk
→ Euston Square 3 min walk