Sarah Bennetto's Storytellers' Club

This show is a little different from what the rest of the Festival has to offer. It is a chance to meet some excellent comedians from around the festival sharing personal anecdotes connected to the theme of the day. It’s often a chance to get to know the comedians a little better in a more relaxed environment, and to hear true stories from their everyday lives.

A personal, heart-warming and hilarious evening of entertainment.

On this particular evening the theme was ‘Meet your hero’. The story-tellers shared personal accounts of the people who inspired them and who they bumped into, sometimes in the most unlikely circumstances. Mark Burrows related an all too personal encounter he had with Boy George. Shappi Khorsandi was all aflutter on meeting feminist hero Germaine Greer. Caroline Mabey shared a blisteringly hilarious account of hunting down Lemonheads lead-singer Evan Dando. Jay Foreman conveyed through song the time as a child he met Sooty and had his world crushed. Charlie Partridge revealed a few hot secrets about members of the Royal Family that he could probably be paid to keep quiet. The stories are sometimes a little rough around the edges; this is not the polished and prepared material you’ll find in the shows people have been working on for 9 months before the Festival. And that makes it all the more real, personable and interesting.

The effervescent Bennetto hosts the evening; interspersing the guest appearances with tales from her own life. Focused mainly on Bennetto’s love of Brit Pop; she recounts her hilarious and committed antics to get herself into the hotly sought-after gigs. Bennetto also demonstrates just how to put your foot in your mouth when meeting musos for the first time. Sarah is a really world class storyteller; every tale uplifting, engaging, vivid and hilarious.

The show is a solid ninety minutes; and with all the guest appearance good value for the price of admission. A personal, heart-warming and hilarious evening of entertainment. An excellent addition to your Comedy Festival line up

Reviews by Alanta Colley

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The Blurb

It's back! Every Saturday and Sunday during Fringe a darkened corner of the Pleasance Courtyard plays host to some of the festival’s most beloved comedy stars telling hilarious true stories (and sometimes secrets). A different line-up each night, with one of the most convivial late show atmospheres. Hosted by comedian Sarah Bennetto. ‘A magical idea’ (Metro). ‘The perfect way to spend an early autumn night’ (Guardian). ‘Just go and see it’ (Time Out). ‘The general atmosphere is so warm and hospitable. There is liberal flirting, mic-swapping and impromptu dialogue’ **** (ThreeWeeks).