Preview: Edinburgh Fringe Previews… Preview
By Adam Clery on June 29, 2012 in Stage
The countdown on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has now officially reached the “wow, really, that soon!?” stage. But before we can swan up north to check out the sights, scenes and smells of the single greatest thing ever to happen to humanity, there’s the small matter ofthe acts involved testing out their routines.
So, for those of you who simply can’t wait, or won’t get the chance to get up there at all, we’ve compiled some of the highlights from the regions Fringe preview shows. In chronological order!
Saturday 7th July – Nick Doody and Andrew Ryan, St Mary’s Parish Hall, Barnard Castle
Comedy veteran and writer for TV’s 8 out of 10 cats, Nick Doody comes to County Durham to try out his latest batch of smart one-liners. There’s also Irishman Andrew Ryan, who I once saw at The Comedy Store being hilarious. Plus, comedy in Durham! Bonus.
Monday 9th July – Andrew Lawrence and Chris Stokes, The Hub, Darlington
The Hub’s a cracking little venue, not least of all because it’s right next to a Domino’s Pizza. So you can have a slice of ham and pineapple while you watch Andrew Lawrence, who recently had a ten week residency on Channel 4′s Stand Up For The Week. Chris Strokes, on the other hand, shares his name with a porn star. So I’ve been told.
Monday 16th July – Carl Hutchinson and Joe Lycett, ‘Seen’, Darlington
Carl Hutchinson was the winner of the Frog & Bucket’s Beat The Frog World Series New Act Competition in Manchester in 2007. I have absolutely no idea if that’s any good or not but it sounds impressive. Joe Lycett was once Chortle’s Student Comedian of the Year as well, and
We did an interview with the man putting this gig on a wee while back, and he was genuinely buzzed to have these two coming to town. Not even in a “oh, they’re brilliant, you’ll love ‘em bbz, honest” promoter way either. Seymour is the Jarrow-born master of silliness, and Patrick Monahan you’ll recognise from ITV’s Show Me The Funny.
Saturday 21st July – Paul Sinha/James Dowdeswell – Live Theatre, Newcastle.
Paul Sinha has his own Radio 4 show, guest appearances on 5 Live, and is one of the swotty blokes on ITV’s hilariously awful faux-excitement inducing game show The Chase. His tales of globetrotting misadventure are brilliant to, so his Live Theatre show with Extras’ Extra James Dowedeswell is one of the highlights of the NGCF.
Monday 23rd July – Martin Mor/Dan Nightingale, Newcastle Stand.
I have to confess, I know absolutely nothing about these two. But the fact that they’re on at The Stand should be all the endorsement you need. Plus, the below picture of Martin Mor is pretty convincing.
Lost Voice Guy, or Lee Ridley as he’s also known, is fast becoming one of the best things about the NE comedy scene. Swerving gracefully around the obstacle of having no actual voice, his iPad orchestrated routine has won over anyone who’s taken the time to see him. Steve Day, on the other hand, is deaf. So a truly uplifting night and unique night of comedy awaits.
Thursday 26th July – The Ginge, The Geordie and the Geek/Celia Pacquola, Inside Out, Darlington.
As if getting their own BBC show wasn’t enough, The Ginge, The Geordie, and The Geek have been picked out as one of the top 10 shows to see at this year’s Fringe. Australian Celia Pacquola’s also worth checking out, not least of all because I fancy her a bit.
Many thanks to our good pal Andrew Dipper over at www.gigglebeats.co.uk for helping us put this together.