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The Distraction Club 2nd Anniversary Show: Matt Berry + David Arnold + Pierre Hollins + The Segue Sisters + Alison Thea-Skot + Matt Blair + Tiernan Douieb + Mitch Benn
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Having worked with the likes of Reeves & Mortimer, the Mighty Boosh, and Steve Coogan, comedian Matt Berry followed in their footsteps by also pursuing a musical career, albeit one with less comedic intentions.
Matt Berry is of course also an actor and writer of award winning comedy, but places his music high up on a pedestal. Expect songs from his early career (including the 'theme from Snuffbox'), a host of familiar Witchazel classics and select slices of the new album. Matt has been known to throw in an unusual cover from time to time (the last being Ordinary Joe in tribute to the late Terry Callier, who passed away the day before Matt's last show). This in not a comedy show but an uplifting musical experience. In the words of the Guardian, take from their extraordinarily enthusiastic Witchazel review - "Matt Berry, Brilliant - yes. Funny - no!"
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One of Britain's most successful film and television composers, known for his soundtracks to blockbuster movies such as The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, and collaborations with Massive Attack, Bjork, Chris Cornell, Shirley Manson and The Cardigans, amongst others.
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A veteran of the comedy circuit and a regular at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store, described variously as 'far-fetched and semi-dangerous' and 'silly and daft'. Watch out for his bizarre mixture of stand up and song, including his one string electric squash racquet! His 'songs' are jokes that rhyme, set to a guitar backbeat and cover topics from love and hate, to sex and politics. With a totally original voice he delivers his material with charm and irrelevance.
'... the amiable Pierre Hollins with his compelling chatty style and absurd guitar posturing... With a totally original voice he delivers his material with charm and irrelevance...' (Funhouse Comedy).
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A female vocal trio who sing a wide variety of material - from 1940's popular songs to Alice Cooper - all with a comic twist.
“The funniest and most honest comic singers of their generation” - The List.
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Comedy opera vocal coach, character comedieene and improviser.
'Fun, demented character comedy... a terrific new comic creation' (The Telegraph)
'An absolute tour-de-force' (BBC Comedy).
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Tiernan Douieb is a natural compere. He's like a big tickling stick... and that's a good thing. But don't take our word for it, here are a few reviews from his 2009 Edinburgh Show:
'An endearing and good natured performer (The Stage)
'This densely packed set is delivered by a comic with charm and a sweetly boyish perspective….Douieb has an accomplished and charming manner and some genuinely funny material' (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
'Douieb has more than enough energy to go round, and he's a hugely engaging onstage presence...' (British Comedy Guide)
'... gets the juxtaposition between heavy context and winning punchlines right’ (Festmag)
'With this fresh style and material he blows so many other Fringe comedians out of the water' (Three Weeks)
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Previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Travels the UK with his guitar, creating laughter wherever he goes, and is also a writer, performer and the resident musician on Radio 4's 'The Now Show'.
'The country's leading musical satirist' (The Times)
'Well crafted, well sung, his songs are just plain funny' (The Guardian)
'Less of him could really turn out to be more than he ever was' (The Scotsman)
'Mitch is a highly intelligent comic who fires out funny material at the speed of a machine gun. You really do have to pay attention to him, but do so because the content does deserve to be heard and appreciated' (One4Review)
'Mitch Benn has the audience mesmerised. Song after song of ingenious satire hits the spot with pinpoint accuracy' (Three Weeks).
Mitch Benn was named in Ents24's top 20 hardest-working comedians of 2016.
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