MAY 2015: Comedy Updates! - A round-up of comedy adventures and things to come...


What have I been up to?

May has been a whirlwind of comedy madness and it is odd to comprehend we are entering the last week of the month. It's gone by very quickly. It's been brilliant and it has been busy - from Paris, Berlin, Comic-Con, Camden Comedy Club to obscure late night parties in abandoned warehouses involving women in gimp-masks***.

Below are a few highlights of the month alongside an update of cool things to come....

Highlights of May.....

International Gigs.....

At the beginning of the month I gigged at the delicious cinematic venue SO Gymnasse in Paris - performing at both The New York Comedy Night on Friday 8th May and the Great British American Comedy Night on the 9th. Hosted upstairs in the historical parisian venue Théâtre du Gymnase in the theatre district this venue is packed full of English-speaking comedy lovers who either live in Paris or are visiting the city. On the nights I performed the feeling was happy and the line-up was international and high-quality. There seems to be a very strong collective of English speaking comedians who live in Paris, who all work together to get eachother gigs and perform across the city together. It was a very supportive atmosphere. If you are visiting Paris, either as a comic or as a tourist, I highly recommend it.

Alongside Paris, I stopped by Berlin with fellow comic and best friend Sam Dodgin. We performed at Adorable Creatures at KussKuss in Neukolln. From what I gaged whilst I was in Berlin, the comedy scene in the capital city of Germany is a diverse and distinctive beast. There are fewer gigs than there are in London and Paris but each night is PACKED with a keen and enthusiastic audience, which is great for the comedians who live there. In the cosy back room of KussKuss, a hippy vegan cafe, the tiered seats of the venue were rammed with a very fashionable young audience - many of whom were regular supporters of the local comedy scene. Again, the line-up was very international - with acts from Norway, Italy, Amsterdam, England and Germany - and a mixture of pros, semi-pros and first timers. This diversity meant it was the perfect room to play about with new ideas. The local comedians Sam and I met were incredibly welcoming too which was a bonus.

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Barbarella costume designs with Hayley Cherkas...

Alongside jet-setting I've been getting all the design elements in place for Being Barbarella. Hayley Cherkas is a second year Womenswear student at Central Saint Martins. Her tailoring and simple eccentric futuristic designs really caught my eye and I've been very lucky to get her on board with my show. We are working collectively to design an innovative space- outift for the Edinburgh run of Being Barbarella - a costume which both pays homage to the original film and it's sixties textures and shapes whilst also standing on its own as a distinctive costume for my show, with unique tailored references to the show's jokes and themes.