The Giggle Beats Comedy Roundup
By Mark Grainger on May 1, 2012 in Stage
Right you lot, it’s time for the Giggle Beats comedy round up, or ‘Shits and Giggles’ as only I like to call it, so stop crying into your bottle of cider, pull yourself out of the sweaty embrace of your chair and scrape the grease off of your t-shirt because it’s time to step out into the the night and give your funny bone a polish. If you thought that sounded a bit dirty then you’re already half way there so let’s roll.
Starting once more from our traditional jumping off point, next week sees joyous improv group, The Suggestibles return to The Stand. The Suggestibles’ have been thriving recently, gaining rave reviews and new fans left right and centre through their effortless knack of creating a whole routine of sketches, songs, dance and more based around audience interaction and this time around they’re apparently promising a wholly improvised west end musical. What’s not to love?
Next up we’re jumping ahead just a little bit to Saturday 12th and moving further up north than we’re usually comfortable with to Berwick Upon Tweed. That’s practically touching Scotland so have your passports at the ready and head to The Maltings Theatre where Peep Show star Isy Suttie (Dobbie to fans of the show) will be delivering her one woman show, Pearl And Dave whilst (presumably) being all nerdy and lovely.
Meanwhile, back down south of the border in our beloved Newcastle and Simon Amstell, he of acid tongue and mahogany acting range, is bringing his new show, Numb, to The Mill Volvo Tyne theatre on Tuesday 15th. Amstell rescued Never Mind the Buzzcocks after Mark Lamarr started wearing himself as a hat but wisely jumped ship as soon as Noel Fielding started twatting up the place and since then he’s carved out a niche as a brutally honest stand up, so it should be interesting to see what he brings to this new tour.
Staying at the Tyne theatre until the weekend and Saturday sees the inimitable Paul Merton step away from his desk at Have I Got News For You. An accomplished surrealist and improv artist as well as being part of a TV institution, a tour by Merton is sure to sell well and have its moments but we’d be lying if the tagline promise of ‘music, magic and, variety’ didn’t smell slightly worryingly of self-indulgence.
If you’re after a more traditional stand up to entertain you on the 19th however, then the TV’s go-to-grump, the laconic Rich Hall, is at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Truly, you are being spoilt so far this month.
That’s it for now, but as always if you have any further comedic cravings that need to be sated then please come and see us at Giggle Beats.
- Improv Club – The Suggestibles And Special Guestibles