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Comedy the cutting edge of comedy talent tom bell: Begins

19 June 8pm A spoof Hollywood-style reboot from half of sketch favourites Tommy and the Weeks. “One of the full-on funniest

hours I can remember spending”

HHHH Scotsman.

Tickets £5

Nick Helm:

Dare to Dream

20 June, 3 July 8pm Professional dick-kicker Helm will sweat in a portacabin for an hour as he attempts to entertain you. Comedy, poetry, music, volume.

Tickets £5

Delete the Banjax: Pigs and Ponies

21 June, 5 July, 11 July 8pm Everyone’s favourite sketch comedy group, return to Edinburgh to do some stuff in a shed. What to expect: sketches, shed. What not to expect: pigs, ponies.

Tickets £5


Ian D Montford: Spirit Comedium 22 June 8pm

Tom Binns returns with an incredible new show for Ian D Montfort, a spookily skilful, wonderfully observed and hysterically funny spirit medium who contacts the dead with faintly inexplicable clairvoyant revelations, leaving the audience gasping.

Tickets £5

Humphrey Ker:

is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher! 23 June, 14 July 8pm

In 1943 Dymock Watson parachuted into Romania on a secret mission. In 2011 his grandson Humphrey Ker (The Penny Dreadfuls, BBC2’s ‘Fast & Loose’) gives his story hilarious life.

Tickets £5

Matthew Crosby: AdventureParty 25 June, 9 July 8pm

Matthew Crosby, one third of award-winning sketch team Pappy’s (short, glasses), presents his debut solo show. Is it an adventure? Is it a party? Is it neither? Come find out.

Tickets £5


Chris Cox:

Fatal Distraction

26 June, 10 July 8pm Fifth show from multi award-winning mind reader who can’t read minds. He’s been on TV, toured the world and is somehow still getting away with it.

‘One of the most exciting entertainers in Britain’ Guardian Tickets £5

Benny Boot:

Set Up, Punchline… Pause for Laughter 28 June 8pm

HHHHH Three Weeks.

‘Keen instinct for jokes’ Chortle. NBC’s Last Comic Standing Finalist previews his debut show ‘Set-up, Punchline…Pause for Laughter’. Just a fancy way of saying jokes, structured in an offbeat unconventional style.

Tickets £5

Josh Widdicombe: If This Show Saves One Life 29 June 8pm

Hotly anticipated debut show from one of comedy’s fastest rising stars. Winner FHM Stand Up Hero 2010, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2010, Chortle Best Breakthrough Act nominee 2011.

Tickets £5

Tom Price: Say When

30 June, 15 July 8pm Bruised, embarrassed and brilliantly funny, Tom Price (‘Torchwood’ BBC1, ‘Swinging’ C5, ‘Senseless’ MTV) brings you his debut Edinburgh show. Are the gods of sh*t happening ever going to say when?

Tickets £5


BetAMax DOUBLE BILL 1–2 July 8pm & 9pm

The Beta Males: The Train Job Critically acclaimed creators of ‘The Bunker’ welcome you aboard their new sketch-comedy thrillride. Calling at suspense, conspiracy and Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

Max and Ivan are Holmes and Watson History’s greatest detective tackles Chicago’s murky underworld in his final thrilling escapade, recently discovered by award winning comedy duo Max and Ivan (Time Out Critics choice). A prohibition-era tale of revenge, whiskey and javelins.

* Tickets £5 each or £8.50 for double bill

David Reed

Shamblehouse 4 July 8pm

David Reed’s much anticipated solo debut - a brilliant one-man sketch comedy show of new characters and stories. From one-third of Fringe favourites The Penny Dreadfuls (BBC2, BBC3 & Radio 4).

“Verbal silliness and deadly, tongue-in-cheek seriousness” The Guardian

Tickets £5

Henry Paker: Cabin Fever 6 July 8pm

A lovely mind sending out constructs of the gleefully absurd. ‘If you like Bill Bailey but can’t bear the thought of what’s living in that hair, try this one.’ HHHH The List, Fest, Three Weeks

Tickets £5


LADY GARDEN 8 July 8pm

You are cordially invited to (pay to) watch the (self-dubbed) World’s Greatest All-Female Five-Person Sketch Group perform their latest offering. RSVP so we know numbers for the buffet.* *Buffet not confirmed

Tickets £5

Idiots of Ants: Model citizens

23 June, 13 July 8pm Following appearances on BBC1 and Radio 4, the Ants (2010 Chortle Award Winners and 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominees) return to Edinburgh with their fourth show.

‘The smartest sketch -show in town’ Telegraph. Book now! Tickets £5

Steve Hall & Russell Kane double bill 16 July 8pm

Steve Hall’s Very Still Life We Are Klang man and Russell Howard tour support.

“The most intelligent stand-up you’ve never heard of” GQ “Wonderfully misanthropic” Sunday Times

“Deadpan brilliance” Time Out

Russell Kane: Manscaping Join Fosters Comedy Award Winner, and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane, as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. He shaves his chest fur; you watch and laugh.

Tickets £10


SEMINAR & jigsaw double bill 17 July 8pm

Seminar Stress Expert Kimberley Jane Feldhauser, author of ‘Relax! You May Only Have A Few Minutes Left!’, has all the answers. New solo show from Emily Watson Howes (BBC Radio 4’s The Ladies). ‘Note-perfect’ HHHH Chortle; ‘Brilliantly fresh’ HHHH Metro

Jigsaw Antopolski (Triple Perrier Nominee), Craine (Times Top Five 2010) and Luurtsema (Chortle Newcomer Nominee 2008) have created an hour of sketches. Smart? Yes. Punchable? No. Air-conditioned venue? Yeah baby.

Tickets £10

Naz Osmanoglu & THE BABY DIARY double bill 18 July 8pm

Naz Osmanoglu: 1000% Awesome Half English posh boy, half Turkish warlord, Naz Osmanoglu wields a sharp sense of humour and a claim to the Turkish throne. Behold, the Amused Moose Laugh-Off Winner and member of sketch group, WitTank. Join the coup.

Emily Watson-Howes: The Baby Diary Jenny is pregnant. Simon is quite lonely. Mike is a bit angry. Sandra is infertile. A new comic play by Emily Watson Howes (writer of BBC Radio 4’s The Ladies). First seen on BBC Comedy Online.

Tickets £10


Jimmy McGhie & Richard herring double bill 19 July 8pm

Jimmy Mcghie: Artificial Intelligence

A show about the quest for intelligence and the characters we play in life. Jimmy McGhie returns after two critically acclaimed shows.

“See him now before you have to queue round the 02” The Scotsman

Richard Herring: What is Love, Anyway?

Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock), AIOTM star seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again.

“Stimulating, Exhilarating…. Utterly Hilarious” HHHHH Chortle Tickets £10

Gareth Richards & jigsaw double bill 20 July 8pm

Gareth Richards: It’s Not the End of the World Join Gareth Richards, 2010 Fosters’ Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee and co-host of Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show, for his brand new show.

“Quirkily assured writing, from silly wordplay to melancholic self-evaluation.” Chortle

Jigsaw Antopolski (Triple Perrier Nominee), Craine (Times Top Five 2010) and Luurtsema (Chortle Newcomer Nominee 2008) have created an hour of sketches. Smart? Yes. Punchable? No. Air-conditioned venue? Yeah baby.

Tickets £10


COMEDY ZONE & SEMINAR double bill 21 July 8pm

Comedy Zone

The Fringe’s original, longest running and most prestigious stand-up showcase returns with Hari Kondabolu, Iain Stirling, Paul Currie and Phil Wang. Sell-out 1991-2010. Back for the 21st consecutive year. ‘

“Comedy’s finest new additionss” Observer.

Seminar

Stress Expert Kimberley Jane Feldhauser, author of ‘Relax! You May Only Have A Few Minutes Left!’, has all the answers. New solo show from Emily Watson Howes (BBC Radio 4’s The Ladies). ‘Note-perfect’ HHHH Chortle; ‘Brilliantly fresh’ HHHH Metro

Tickets £10

Peacock and Gamble & Russell kane double bill 22 July 8pm

Peacock and Gamble Emergency Broadcast When live performances go wrong, step forward Peacock & Gamble (Russell Howard’s Good News, Peacock & Gamble Podcast) with their ramshackle, seat-ofthe-pants, emergency comedy night. Chortle Award Nominees 2011.

“Unfettered roars of laughter” The Guardian

Russell Kane: Manscaping Join Fosters Comedy Award Winner, and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane, as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. He shaves his chest fur; you watch and laugh.

Tickets £10


Steve Hall & AHir shah double bill 23 July 8pm

Steve Hall’s Very Still Life We Are Klang man and Russell Howard tour support.

“The most intelligent stand-up you’ve never heard of” GQ “Wonderfully misanthropic” Sunday Times

“Deadpan brilliance” Time Out

Ahir Shah: Astrology

20 years ago, Alka and Vikram Shah commissioned a Vedic astrologer to predict how their new baby son would turn out when he grew up. Two decades on, Ahir is “fizzing with intelligence and energy” Chortle

Tickets £10

COMEDY ZONE & Gareth Richards double bill 24 July 8pm

Comedy Zone The Fringe’s original, longest running and most prestigious stand-up showcase returns with Hari Kondabolu, Iain Stirling, Paul Currie and Phil Wang. SELL-OUT 1991-2010. Back for the 21st consecutive year.

“Comedy’s finest new additions” The Observer

Gareth Richards: It’s Not the End of the World Join Gareth Richards, 2010 Fosters’ Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee and co-host of Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show, for his brand new show.

“Quirkily assured writing, from silly wordplay to melancholic self-evaluation.” Chortle Tickets £10


Naz Osmanoglu & JOE WILKINSON double bill 25 July 8pm

Naz Osmanoglu: 1000% Awesome Half English posh boy, half Turkish warlord, Naz Osmanoglu wields a sharp sense of humour and a claim to the Turkish throne. Behold, the Amused Moose Laugh-Off Winner and member of sketch group, WitTank. Join the coup.

Joe Wilkinson: My mum’s called Stella & my dad’s called Brian

Award winning stand-up comedian tells you in great detail that nothing ha really ever happened to him. Or has it? Not really. ”An absolute natural,

marrying Stewart Lee style joke deconstruction to the scathing one-liners worthy of Jack Dee” EVENING STANDARD

Tickets £10

Tom Deacon & Jimmy McGhie double bill 26 July 8pm

Tom Deacon: Can I Be Honest?

Radio 1’s Tom Deacon, whose stand-up has featured on The Rob Brydon Show and Dave’s One Night Stand, returns with a new show.

“Charm and great material… expect other comics to lynch him” Sunday Times

Jimmy McGhie: Artificial Intelligence

A show about the quest for intelligence and the characters we play in life. Jimmy returns after two critically acclaimed shows.

“See him now before you have to queue round the 02” The Scotsman Tickets £10


Peacock and Gamble & Roisin Conaty double bill 27 July 8pm

Peacock & Gamble Emergency Broadcast When live performances go wrong, step forward Peacock & Gamble (Russell Howard’s Good News, Peacock & Gamble Podcast) with their ramshackle, seat-ofthe-pants, emergency comedy night. Chortle Award Nominees 2011.

“Unfettered roars of laughter” The Guardian

Roisin Conaty: Destiny’s Dickhead

Fosters Comedy Best Newcomer Award Winner 2010; star of Russell Howard’s Good News and The Angina Monologues, Roisin Conaty returns to Edinburgh with her second solo show.

‘A rising star, divine, a seriously talent young lady’ Time Out Tickets £10

Ahir Shah & rob deering double bill 28 July 8pm

Ahir Shah: Astrology

20 years ago, Alka and Vikram Shah commissioned a Vedic astrologer to predict how their new baby son would turn out when he grew up. Two decades on, Ahir is “fizzing with intelligence and energy”. Chortle

The Rob Deering Experience

Rob Deering; not so much a one-manband as a one-man-comedy-Woodstock. Experience him.

‘As sharp and versatile as a Swiss Army knife, Rob Deering is one of the best performers currently on the circuit’ The Independent Tickets £10


Gareth Richards & Matt Forde double bill 29 July 8pm

Gareth Richards: It’s Not the End of the World Join Gareth Richards, 2010 Fosters’ Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee and co-host of Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show, for his brand new show.

“Quirkily assured writing, from silly wordplay to melancholic self-evaluation.” Chortle

Matt Forde: Dishonourable Member

Ever watched Prime Minister’s Questions with a 4 pack of lager? Matt has. After seeing this show you will probably want to as well. talkSPORT and former 6Music host’s debut solo show. As seen in Greggs.

Tickets £10

Matt Forde & roisin conaty double bill 30 July 8pm

Matt Forde: Dishonourable Member

Ever watched Prime Minister’s Questions with a 4 pack of lager? Matt has. After seeing this show you will probably want to as well. talkSPORT and former 6Music host’s debut solo show. As seen in Greggs.

Roisin Conaty: Destiny’s Dickhead

Fosters Comedy Best Newcomer Award Winner 2010; star of Russell Howard’s Good News and The Angina Monologues, Roisin Conaty returns to Edinburgh with her second solo show.

‘A rising star, divine, a seriously talent young lady’ Time Out Tickets £10


Theatre 17 June 8pm Tickets £5

Skittles A story about love. And sweets, which are more reliable. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, Skittles is the debut solo show from award-winning poet and critically acclaimed playwright Richard Marsh. ...................................... .........................

19 June 2pm Tickets £5

Tim and Light Playful physical storytelling, original folk/electronic music and memorablepuppets combine, telling a beautiful story of courage that will warm the hearts of young and old alike.

‘Tucked In are blessed with a fresh new vision’

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19 – 20 July 7.30pm Tickets £5

Fit For Purpose The mothers have stopped eating. They need to be heard. Listen to them. Aruna and her daughter are locked in Yarlswood Detention centre. Written by Catherine O’Shea.

‘Transient’ - ‘An Amazing Theatrical Experience’ HHHHH Three Weeks


25 July 7.30pm Tickets £5

Your Last Breath Trapped under ice after a skiing accident, Anna slowly freezes. Follow the tracks into Nordic mountains, maps, myths, motherhood and a miracle of modern science. Multimedia, live-score and explosive choreography.

‘A young company to watch’

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26 July 7.30pm Tickets £5

Cul De Sac This brilliant spin on Stepford Wives is an irresistibly twisted tale of ordinary men, women, and their dogs. An absurdly talented comic cast bring you spine-chilling, rib tickling, curtain-twitching delights.

‘There’s something rotten in the cul-de-sac. And you know it!’ ...................................... .........................

27 July 7.30pm Tickets £5

A Visit from Miss Prothero Nicholas Parsons, ‘Great’ Scotsman, A star of stage screen and radio he joins Suki Webster, ‘Hilarious’ Guardian actress/improviser, in this superb Alan Bennett Play. Thirty minutes of office gossip and fun.


28 – 29 July 7.30pm Tickets £5

Rose Award-winning film and theatre star Art Malik, leads this powerful new drama about one MiddleEastern immigrant’s struggle raising his English born daughter. From acclaimed writer Hywel John following celebrated debut ‘Pieces’. HHHHH Guardian

Gets under your skin and stays there for days. Daring, frightening and deeply human. Terrific... a contemporary fairytale whose psychological surety will leave you in pieces. HHHHGUARDIAN (ON ‘PIECES’)

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30 – 31 July 7.30pm Tickets £5

FRESHER the Musical Award winners return with their sharp witted, shamelessly truthful and touching musical comedy about university Freshers’ Week.

Excellent HHHHH ‘Hilarious’ Guardian ‘The audience lapped every second up!’ HHHHH BROADWAYWORLD.COM

‘A real Fringe hit!’ HHHH Scotsman

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Box Office Online | By Phone | In Person The play has been written The actors have been cast. The venue has been found. Now you just need an audience! Pleasance can provide you with a professional box office team and secure box office system, giving your customers access to booking tickets online, over the phone or in person at our theatre in Islington. In the past we have provided support for the the National Geographic Society, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, The National Youth Theatre, Suspense Puppetry Festival, drama schools and a number of smaller theatre companies throughout the country. You can check your ticket sales online, and edit your entry on the Pleasance website yourself. For more information then please contact us: boxoffice@pleasance.co.uk or call 020 7609 1800


Spaces Theatres | Rehearsal Rooms | Bar

  Did you know you can hire both theatre spaces at Pleasance,   as well as a myriad of different rehearsal spaces in our new building next door. Famed for its heritage in helping new and exciting comedy acts and theatre companies realise their potential, Pleasance has provided a springboard for many big names. Be part of that heritage by performing or rehearsing at Pleasance.

You can hire spaces for as little as half a day at a time, for more information visit www. pleasance.co.uk/islington/spaces Pleasance also provides a stimulating and original venue for   all manner of corporate events and private functions.   Our licenced bar and foyer area are available for hire,   visit www.pleasance.co.uk.


HOW TO BOOK

FIND US

By Phone

Pleasance Islington is located halfway along North Road in London N7. We can be easily reached by both public   transport and car.   There is metered on-street parking outside, 10am-4.30pm   Mon - Fri and parking is FREE thereafter and at weekends

Call Pleasance Box Office on   020 7609 1800 Open 10am – 8pm   Monday to Saturday and   12noon – 6pm Sunday 

Online

Visit www.pleasance.co.uk   for up to date listings and   to purchase tickets online.

BY TUBE

Caledonian Road station (Piccadilly Line, Zone 2) is an Drop into Pleasance box office   easy 5 minute walk. Simply turn left out of the station, walk at the Pleasance Theatre, over the bridge, and North Carpenters Mews, North Road, Road is the first street on the London N7 9EF. left. Pleasance is 200m along We are open 10am – 8pm   North Road . Monday to Saturday and   12noon – 6pm Sunday.

In Person

BY TRAIN

 

The details in this brochure were correct at the time of printing. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, Pleasance Theatre reserves the right to make changes to the published programme.

Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Overground service.   A 15 minute walk north up Caledonian Road from the   station, but buses 259, 17   and 91 all stop nearby. Kings Cross/St Pancras Mainline Intercity, International & local services: either take the Piccadilly Line northbound one stop to Caledonian Road station or buses 259, 17, 91 northbound outside Kings Cross station.

BY BUS

Bus 393 stops right outside the theatre, and buses 17, 91, 259, and N91 all stop outside Caledonian Road Tube Station, about a 5 minute walk away.

IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION All tickets are sold on a non-refundable, non-exchangeable basis. Tickets purchased over the phone are subject to a £1 fee per   transaction, and there is an additional 50p charge to have your tickets posted to you. Tickets purchased online are subject to a £1.50 fee per transaction. Please ensure you arrive at the theatre with enough time to collect your ticket and be seated as latecomers may not be admitted.


PREVIEW DIARY 17 June Skittles 8pm 19 June Tim and Light 2pm 19 June tom bell: Begins 8pm 20 June Nick Helm: Dare to Dream 8pm 21 June Delete the Banjax: Pigs and Ponies 8pm 22 June Ian D Montford: Spirit Comedium 8pm 23 June Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher! 8pm 8pm 23 June Idiots of Ants: Model citizens 25 June Matthew Crosby: AdventureParty 8pm 26 June Chris Cox: Fatal Distraction 8pm 28 June BENNY BOOT: 8pm Set Up, Punchline‌ Pause for Laughter 29 June Josh Widdicombe: If This Show Saves One Life 8pm 30 June TOM PRICE: Say When 8pm 1July BetaMax * 8pm & 9pm 2 July BetaMax * 8pm & 9pm 3 July Nick Helm: Dare to Dream 8pm 4 July David Reed: Shamblehouse 8pm 5 July Delete the Banjax: Pigs and Ponies 8pm 6 July Henry Paker: Cabin Fever 8pm 8 July LADY GARDEN 8pm 9 July Matthew Crosby: AdventureParty 8pm 10 July Chris Cox: Fatal Distraction 8pm 11 July Delete the Banjax: Pigs and Ponies 8pm 8pm 13 July Idiots of Ants: Model citizens 14 July Humphrey Ker is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher! 8pm 15 July TOM PRICE: Say When 8pm 16 July Steve Hall & Russell Kane * 8pm 17 July Seminar & jigsaw * 8pm 26 July Cul De Sac 7.30pm 18 July Naz Osmanoglu & The Baby Diary * 8pm 19 July Fit For Purpose 7.30pm 19 July Jimmy McGhie & Richard herring * 8pm 20 July Fit For Purpose 7.30pm 20 July Gareth Richards & jigsaw* 8pm 21 July COMEDY ZONE & Seminar * 8pm 22 July Peacock & Gamble & Russell kane * 8pm 23 July Steve Hall & AHir shah* 8pm 24 July COMEDY ZONE & Gareth Richards* 8pm 25 July Your Last Breath 7.30pm 25 July Naz Osmanoglu & JOE WILKINSON* 8pm 26 July Cul De Sac 7.30pm 26 July Tom Deacon & Jimmy McGhie* 8pm 27 July A Visit from Miss Prothero 7.30pm 27 July Peacock and Gamble & Roisin Conaty* 8pm 28 July Rose 7.30pm 28 July Ahir Shah & rob deering* 8pm 29 July Rose 7.30pm 29 July Gareth Richards & Matt Forde* 8pm 30 July Fresher the Musical 7.30pm 30 July Matt Forde & roisin conaty* 8pm 31 July Fresher the Musical 7.30pm *DOUBLE BILL n COMEDY n THEATRE


Pleasance London Preview Season