Dian Cathal’s Deadnamed is easily the most fun you’ll ever have at a funeral – it’s heart-wrenching and profound and you’ll leave with a fun fact

CW: Transphobia, ableism, death Deadnamed begins with Dian Cathal bursting out of a real coffin looking stunning wearing a top hat and a shiny waistcoat. He announces that he is a trans man whose new name is still in the post. This is the funeral for the person his loved ones once knew as “Lily”.Continue reading “Dian Cathal’s Deadnamed is easily the most fun you’ll ever have at a funeral – it’s heart-wrenching and profound and you’ll leave with a fun fact”

“We’ve realised it’s not a kids’ show. Yes, there is still clowns.” | We Missed You is a profound and heartfelt reflection on the year 2020 has been

Constructed, curated and performed by award-winning artists Julia Masli and Viggo Venn, We Missed You presents the impact of the pandemic on the world through the eyes of clowns. The forty-minute film is a collage of sound and video. It features recordings of people talking about their experience of the past year – what theyContinue reading ““We’ve realised it’s not a kids’ show. Yes, there is still clowns.” | We Missed You is a profound and heartfelt reflection on the year 2020 has been”

Umby Winters and Khalid Winter v Siân Davies and Ash Preston || Blizzard Comedy’s Broadcast Avalanche, Episode 10

As long as live entertainment is still restricted and we can’t take our best game to the stage, we’ll be continuing with Blizzard Comedy’s Broadcast Avalanche. If you’ve missed the episodes we’ve streamed so far, you can find them all on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz8rtSwsjVr-L8FgLCJ0VOQ Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss out onContinue reading “Umby Winters and Khalid Winter v Siân Davies and Ash Preston || Blizzard Comedy’s Broadcast Avalanche, Episode 10”

A love letter to common sense, Laura Lexx’s Klopp Actually is a wholesome and hilarious escape to a peaceful normality

A Tweet that became a thread that has snowballed into a book, Klopp Actually expands on Laura Lexx’s fantasy marriage to football manager Jurgen Klopp. Inspired by Klopp’s statement that his opinion about COVID-19 isn’t important compared to the advice of knowledgeable experts, it imagines what a relationship would be like with someone whose approachContinue reading “A love letter to common sense, Laura Lexx’s Klopp Actually is a wholesome and hilarious escape to a peaceful normality”

Introducing the teams for Blizzard Comedy’s Broadcast Avalanche Episode 4: Aaron Simmons and Dian Cathal vs Edy Hurst and Cerys Bradley

As long as live entertainment is still restricted and we can’t take our best game to the stage, we’ll be continuing with Blizzard Comedy’s Broadcast Avalanche. If you’ve missed the episodes we’ve streamed so far, you can find them all on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz8rtSwsjVr-L8FgLCJ0VOQ Subscribe to make sure you don’t miss out onContinue reading “Introducing the teams for Blizzard Comedy’s Broadcast Avalanche Episode 4: Aaron Simmons and Dian Cathal vs Edy Hurst and Cerys Bradley”

“Odd boots and broken things” | You Build The Thing You Think You Are is the weird existential gong bath the world needs

Comedy has taken some unexpected turns over the past few months, with performers turning to Twitch, YouTube and Zoom to replace the live shows axed by lockdown. For all the ingenious methods people have managed to move into a digital sphere, it’s hard to argue that the experience is quite the same as live stand-up.Continue reading ““Odd boots and broken things” | You Build The Thing You Think You Are is the weird existential gong bath the world needs”

Anna KareniNaNaNa isn’t the most accurate retelling of Tolstoy’s epic, but it has singing, spitting and snowball fights to make up for it

Leo Tolstoy’s 1878 novel Anna Karenina has been adapted into countless forms over the decades since it was first published. A tale of betrayal, faith and family in Imperial Russian society, it has been portrayed in theatre, opera, film, ballet and now an hour-long comedy musical by The Pushkinettes. While not strictly the most accurateContinue reading “Anna KareniNaNaNa isn’t the most accurate retelling of Tolstoy’s epic, but it has singing, spitting and snowball fights to make up for it”

“What’s there two of but it’s not arms?” | Legs must be experienced to fully comprehend, but it’s an experience you can’t miss

It would be fruitless to try to describe quite what happens in the show Legs. It doesn’t have a narrative. It is a collection of skits all centred around the concept and appreciation of legs. Writing down exactly what you’ll see won’t come close to conveying the experience of watching it. The sketches contain aContinue reading ““What’s there two of but it’s not arms?” | Legs must be experienced to fully comprehend, but it’s an experience you can’t miss”

The Little Town of Marrowville is the bloodthirsty, heartfelt romp your brutal inner child craves

If you wanted to get political about The Little Town of Marrowville, it would be easy to read an anti-establishment message into this children’s book. From the creator of The Dark Room, the show that spawned an international cult of Darrens, now comes this children’s book, which is no less bizarre and magnificent than JohnContinue reading “The Little Town of Marrowville is the bloodthirsty, heartfelt romp your brutal inner child craves”

Mae Martin makes discussing sexuality smart, funny and wholesome in Can Everyone Please Calm Down?

Much like her comedy, Mae Martin’s book Can Everyone Please Calm Down? is honest, straightforward and leaves you feeling warm inside. This is particularly impressive given she discusses some of society’s less palatable attitudes when it comes to sexuality and relationships. Can Everyone Please Calm Down? is a dissection of the way that people viewContinue reading “Mae Martin makes discussing sexuality smart, funny and wholesome in Can Everyone Please Calm Down?”