Swansea does not have a chain comedy venue like The Glee club or other main chains, the city has been left out of the main comedy circle for far too long.
Following in the world famous steps of the Edinburgh fringe festival, our city’s very own Dylan Thomas fringe will host the biggest comedy experience that Swansea has ever seen.
Brilliant Canadian comic Craig Campbell will headline the evening on the 27th October 2009 during the Fringe festival running 24th Oct -8th Nov 09.
Craig Campbell was back at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Locks shorn and chin blasting through sharpened sideburns his humour remains as sharp as his ever punchable nose. After sell out runs in the past with solo shows and with The Dinks, he is back with more fabulous tales. It's an unabashed hour of stand-up.
Support acts include the following
Taylor Glenn is an American comedienne based in Cardiff. She got her start at New York’s Gotham City Improv theatre 8 years ago, regularly performing improv as well as writing and performing sketch comedy. Since moving to the UK, Taylor performs with the all-female improv comedy group Slow Genius and heads up the sketch comedy group Token Yank, both of which made their successful Edinburgh Fringe debuts this year. Taylor has been doing stand up in Cardiff for the past year and made appearances as compare, supporting act, and headliner for Sowerby and Luff’s All Stars in Edinburgh as well.
Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up.
After years of friends and family telling me to "get off my backside" and do something about my fixation with making people laugh, in 2005 I did a course for beginners at stand-up with no intention of ever performing again once the showcase was over. I was adamant I just wanted to write, but the mix of adrenalin and sheer terror was strangely addictive and I found myself doing occasional gigs in tiny rooms in pubs in London and Cardiff. So occasional that I'm still very much the beginner, learning the ropes.
It's great that Swansea is now developing its own comedy circuit. This September I was the surprised, but thrilled, winner of the inaugural "Beat the Mic" competition held by Mad Dog Comedy. My material is very personal, all based on truth to a greater or lesser degree, but thankfully other people seem to find it funny (so far!) even if they have no first hand experience of the situations involved.
Paul Dennis started being a pain in the butt pretty much as soon as he could talk. But decades of wandering in the wilderness have changed him not a jot. It was 1999 when he finally came out as "stand-up" and in the 10 years since he has consistently underachieved. His messages are direct and offer very little in terms of empathy, but if you like it messy he won't leave your dry cleaner disappointed.
Tickets for the event on the 27th October are £8 and available at Townhill theatre Swansea Metropolitan University
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