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Issue #18 - Tuesday 23rd August - FREE

Colin Hoult Interviews

DAVID REED

Come to the cabaret

Vive at the voodoo rooms

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If That’s All There Is Fascinating Aïda extra show

The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit

THE EVENT

Your chance to see Pleasance’s biggest and best comedy acts comes tonight in Pleasance Grand. The hottest ticket in town, for The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit, will provide you the chance to see a stunning line-up:

Tim Fitzhigham, Ian D. Montford, Benny Boot, Steve Hall, Hannibal Buress, Idiots of Ants & Holly Walsh

Many of tonight’s headline acts have received support from Pleasance during their career. Benny Boot, whose show Set Up, Punchline, Pause for Laughter has been produced by Pleasance, says “I’m hugely glad for Pleasance’s support with this year’s show. I was so excited to be asked to perform at the benefit tonight, a double pleasure both in playing to a massive crowd and also supporting a fantastic cause.” The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit is your annual chance to support a great cause while enjoying a stunning night of comedy.

Centre Photo, Tim Fitzhigham

The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit, Pleasance Courtyard (Grand), 23 Aug 23:00

THE CAUSE

Pleasance, as a charity, continually supports the creation of new artistic work, particularly by young talent. The Charlie Hartill Special Reserve is one such specific institution, acting as a rolling fund for assisting young people to create comedy and theatre.

“we provide the support necessary for them to perform at the Festival. It is a vastly important scheme.” Christopher Richardson, Founder

Tonight’s Special Reserve Comedy Benefit aids the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve, which has provided a platform for Pleasance shows here in 2011, as well as those past and those yet to come. “Instead of giving a grant” Christopher explains, “we provide the support necessary for companies and individuals to perform at the Festival. It is a vastly important scheme.” The fund supports both comedy and theatre, this year including the daily Comedy Reserve and Catherine O’Shea’s play Fit For Purpose. Each receives financial support to cover a portion of production costs, along with the opportunity to perform at Pleasance. Christopher Richardson is proud that the fund is not merely altruistic, since successful acts and companies have a history of returning to Pleasance. “We’ve had almost enough come back to keep the investment running.” However, since the Special Reserve began in 2004, £65,000 has been raised, much of which is generated by the annual comedy benefit, taking place tonight.


COLIN HOULT INTERVIEWS DAVID REED Colin: David, your show’s going swimmingly. ‘Swimmingly’ of course connects, segues, to your poster of you in the rain. Sexy. David: Thank you. The photoshoot itself was certainly not sexy. I didn’t want to ruin a suit I owned, so I bought one in a charity shop (which almost guarantees that somebody died wearing it.) Then I’m stood in a paddling pool in my producer’s Mum’s garden while my technician perches up a ladder holding a hose. It took about four hours. Really cold. Colin: The effort paid off. What’s the idea behind using rain as a theme not just for your poster but within the show? David: It sprang from a combination of factors; artistic and also commercial. I wanted an image that was simple and striking, but didn’t commit to anything before I’d written the actual show! I wanted something that other comedians wouldn’t do, and I decided that what most comedians won’t do is immense physical discomfort. Colin: Do you think that’s also gone into your show? The pain, the rain, the shambles? David: Exactly, it’s all about loneliness. All the characters are lonely or haunted by something, either literally or figuratively. The idea of being left out in the rain is quite a visceral image really.

Colin: Our shows are actually fairly similar. We do characters, mostly men, and go for the pain. David: Or at least not shying away from the pain. It’s very easy to make a fluff character who’s all noise and bluster and silly walks, but I like to look deeper. Colin: I find difficulty in showing, not telling. It’s easy to perform a character who walks on and says “Hi my name is Bob and I’m funny because I’ve got a big nose…” David: …and then do three jokes about having a big nose. Sure. When you’re struggling for a whole audience to grasp your concept, sometimes you write the character simpler and simpler until it has no substance at all. But on the flipside of that, my problem is making the writing too subtle. I feel the subtlety is screaming at my audience, but perhaps they haven’t even noticed my brief mention of it in sentence four! I like to be able to imagine that characters could exist outside of each sketch, but there’s also a need to communicate them as quickly and as simply as possible. Colin: Well, that’s the show. But, David Reed, you have countless other skills. Can you list five? David: I’m a drummer, for Karaoke Circus this week. A trained rescue diver… really. Grade two recorder. Graphic design, I’ve made a few

ONE OFF SPECIAL:

FASCINATING AïDA Enjoying, as they are, such a fine time at the Edinburgh

Festival Fringe, Fascinating Aïda are thrilled to announce an extra show at Pleasance Grand this Wednesday. Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Sarah-Louise Young have developed their seven million YouTube hits into a loving live following. Fans of their vintage comedy cabaret will surely glean an extra thrill at Wednesday’s special gig, providing the icing on their cupcake of a Fringe. Fascinating Aïda, Pleasance Courtyard (Grand), 24 Aug 20:15

David Reed, Photograph: Idil Sukan

professional posters. Four… Colin: And of course games master. You’re an inventor of games. David: I am indeed, I’m kind of obsessed. I enjoy inventing games more than actually playing them; board games, card games. I played lots of Scrabble last year and eventually lost sleep thinking of ideas for modifications. Colin: So you’re a mad genius? David: I honestly couldn’t sleep until I’d solved it. David Reed, Pleasance Courtyard, 3-29 Aug 20:30 / Colin Hoult’s Inferno,


@ThePleasance #pleztimes RT @Sarsbars89: 8 more shows left for @SoldPlayEdFest that’s 8 more discos, 8 more big issues and 8 more chances to book. Don’t miss out! #pleztimes RT @dwinkcom: Thinking Drinking Guide to Alcohol presents the best orgasm martini faces @edfest ‘edfringe @thepleasance. http://t. co/4rGI2a4 Pictured above in Edinburgh’s legendary Voodoo Rooms, the Vive le Cabaret cast spent an afternoon shaking back the cocktails and stirring up a storm. This year’s Edinburgh extravaganza welcomes Fringe-goers at Pleasance Forth and then on to dance the night away at White Mink, the celebrated electro-swing club night, thanks to complimentary taxi cabs courtesy of Courvoisier. Vive Le Cabaret, Pleasance Courtyard, 3-29 Aug 22:30

IF THAT’s ALL THERE IS

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Presented by one of our comedy acts and featuring their special guests, including:

Joe Lycett, Matthew Crosby from Pappy’s, Jeff Leach, Katherine Ryan, Tom Price, Dan Clark, Kate Copstick and a regular daily message from Angelos Epithemiou. TODAY (Tues)

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TUESDAY 23rd ARTHUR SMITH’S PISSED-UP CHAT SHOW Pleasance Dome 21:40 Stewart Lee Dusty Limits THE SPECIAL RESERVE COMEDY BENEFIT Pleasance Courtyard 23:00 Tim Fitzhigham Benny Boot Ian D Montford Idiots of Ants Steve Hall Holly Walsh Hannibal Buress

CHORTLE PRESENTS: FAST FRINGE Pleasance Dome 18:40 JIMMY MCGHIE MC ROB DEERING MARK OLVER IAIN STIRLING JAMES DOWDESWELL MORGAN & WEST JEN BRISTER BEARDYMAN R ERNIE SILVA RIA LINA TOM CRAINE THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE LILI LA SCALA KARAOKE CIRCUS Pleasance Dome 23:00 (1am) Richard Herring Phill Jupitus Robin Ince Isy Suttie Margaret Cabourn-Smith Pappy’s Tim Vine With Dan Tetsell & The Baron judging

THE SHOWCASE SHOW Pleasance Courtyard 13:10 Mc GORDON SOUTHERN, DANNY WARD, CAROLINE MABEY, HANNIBAL BURESS, TOM BINNS VIVE LE CABARET Pleasance Courtyard 22:30 Des O’Connor Mark Winmill Rayguns Look Real Enough Ria Lina Bridget Christie Edd Muir - Frayed Knot Circus Hustle Gypsy Charms Viva Misadventure Mat Ricardo

Please note that all line-ups are subject to change. Check the Box Office for the latest information.

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The Pleasance Times - Issue #18 -Tuesday 23rd August 2011  

The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit, tim fitzhigham, colin hoult, david reed, fascinating aida, vive le cabaret, 2 for 1 if that's all there...