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Cherry pops the question: ‘What’s the big deal about virginity?’

Cherry pops the question: ‘What’s the big deal about virginity?’

‘There are very few things that are universal. Everyone’s born, everyone dies, and at some point everyone, for whatever period of time, is a virgin.’ So says Elliot Brett, director of Cherry, a new verbatim theatre piece from Bristol’s Loose Cannon Theatre which paints a broad picture of virginity. Here, Brett and co-director Polly Wain open up about their inspiration, the verbatim process and their own experiences with the v-card. Continue Reading

Comedian Kae Kurd on Growing Up Kurdish and the Responsibility of Representation

Comedian Kae Kurd on Growing Up Kurdish and the Responsibility of Representation

Kae Kurd isn’t intimidated by the prospect of debuting his first hour-long stand-up show, Kurd Your Enthusiasm, in a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Partially, that’s because it’s not his first time to the rodeo: he’s been doing stand up for five years, and performed in Edinburgh last year as part of The Pleasance Comedy Reserve showcase. But there’s another reason as well: he can’t allow himself to be intimidated. ‘At my age,’ he reminds himself, ‘my father was running at tanks’. Continue Reading

Dominic Holland is Spider-man’s Dad

Dominic Holland is Spider-man’s Dad

By any account, Dominic Holland has had a successful career. As a stand-up comic, he’s won a best newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe, hosted a Radio 4 series, appeared on a number of television shows including Have I Got News For You, published four books and worked as a stand-up comic for 25 years. This year’s show, Eclipsed, is his sixth Fringe run. In most families, that would make him the local celebrity, the epicentre of any reunion. But Dominic Holland is the father of Tom Holland, who made his West End debut in Billy Elliott at the envy-inspiring age of 12, and can now be seen in cinemas around the world as the star of Spider-man: Homecoming. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Terry Alderton is All Crazy Now

#EdFringe17: Terry Alderton is All Crazy Now

Enjoy 10 minutes of chat with one of On the Mic’s comedy heroes, comedian and actor Terry Alderton. Terry chats about his friendship with Malcolm Hardee, the state of the current comedy circuit, appearing in EastEnders and his Edinburgh show with long-term collaborator Johnny Spurling. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Jenny Bede on Eggtime

#EdFringe17: Jenny Bede on Eggtime

Enjoy 15 minutes of music and chat with the brilliant Jenny Bede. Through a mixture of song, stand-up and sass, Jenny explores what it means to find yourself as a childless woman in your 30s.She tackles modern gender politics, love, sex and parents Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Ayesha Hazarika on the State of the Nation

#EdFringe17: Ayesha Hazarika on the State of the Nation

Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat with comedian, turned political spokesperson, turned comedian, Ayesha Hazarika. How does the former special adviser to Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman feel about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn? What’s Westminster really like on the inside? Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Elliot Steel’s Near Life Experience

#EdFringe17: Elliot Steel’s Near Life Experience

Elliot feels that he has changed enormously in the last twelve months and that his material is beginning to reflect that. But what’s his beef with Paul Fleckney of comedy industry website Chortle? Featuring stand up recorded live at the Comedy Store in 2016. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Suzi Ruffell is Keeping it Classy

#EdFringe17: Suzi Ruffell is Keeping it Classy

We present 15 minutes of stand up and chat with the newly single Suzi as she reflects back on the breakup with her girlfriend. How much of Suzi’s comedy is informed by her working-class background? Can she still relate to Brexit supporting family and friends? Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Phil Jerrod is Submerged

#EdFringe17: Phil Jerrod is Submerged

Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat with Phil, the completely honest stand up from Brighton. His new show, Submerged, sees Phil reflect on this quarterlife crisis. Is it time that he took a bit more responsibility for himself? Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Tez Ilyas is set to Teztify

#EdFringe17: Tez Ilyas is set to Teztify

Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat with Tez, who in many ways is your typical lefty liberal. However, Tez also holds some pretty unpopular opinions. For example, why does he hate dogs so much? And why is he so glad that Donald Trump won? Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Twayna Mayne in Black Girl

#EdFringe17: Twayna Mayne in Black Girl

A strong black woman with an extraordinary back story, Twayna is set to deliver a deeply personal Edinburgh show. She tells her story of being taken into the care system, being adopted and being a critical follower of Diane Abbott Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Sophie Willan is Branded

#EdFringe17: Sophie Willan is Branded

Enjoy 10 minutes of stand up and chat with Sophie, who is back in Edinburgh following her successful solo debut last year. “Bolton’s next Marilyn Monroe,” (according to her Gran!) has gone to extreme limits to make it as a performer. Her show, is her story. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Kae Kurd Can Kurd Your Enthusiasm

#EdFringe17: Kae Kurd Can Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat with proud South Londoner, Kae Kurd. Has Kae’s background as a refugee informed his comedy? What happens as he gets older, more middle class and successful? Interview recorded in June 2017, before the General Election result was known. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Joe Sutherland is a Model and Actress

#EdFringe17: Joe Sutherland is a Model and Actress

Enjoy 15 minutes with the comedian, actor, writer, waiter and model, as he brings his debut hour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As seen in the brilliant movie, Pride, he was selected for the Pleasance Comedy Reserve in Edinburgh in 2015. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Rachel Jackson is a Bunny Boiler

#EdFringe17: Rachel Jackson is a Bunny Boiler

Introducing Scottish rising star and ever-so-slightly unhinged comedian and actor, Rachel Jackson. She’s looking for love. She wants to find 'The One'… but she’ll settle for one of the one of the ones... Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat about an Edinburgh show that’s been 15 years in the making. Continue Reading

#EdFringe17: Lauren Pattison is Lady Muck

#EdFringe17: Lauren Pattison is Lady Muck

Enjoy 15 minutes of stand up and chat with one of Newcastle’s youngest and brightest up and coming comedians. Lauren is true to her roots and this proud Geordie doesn’t hold back on letting her background shine through. A millennial with a fresh voice to be reckoned with. Continue Reading

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