Monday, August 2, 2010


And so, as the 2500+ performers at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival deal with venues without seats, toilets, or ceilings, and prepare for their tech runs, only to realize they’ve forgotten to hire a someone to work the sound and lights, we at 404 Funny turn our attention to last year’s Fringe experience, when we were hiding behind the curtain at Comedy 365’s show in the cosy back room of The White Horse pub in Canongate. Sadly, landlords Rab and Kath decided not to renew their lease on the pub and it closed in November of last year.

But there’ll always be the comedy…

On today’s show, in order of appearance:

Paul’s 2010 Edinburgh show is Kiss the Badge, Fly the Flag (Just the Tonic @ The Caves, 22.40, Aug 5th-29th, not 13th or 16th).

Dan is appearing in Great Yarmouth Social Club (Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 20.30, Aug 7th-29th, not 9th, 16th, or 23rd).

John remains the co-founder (along with Dan Willis) and one of the resident MCs of the Grinning Idiot Comedy Club, which runs nights at no fewer than seven venues in the north east of England.

The ladies (Arabella Butler, Serena Lewis, Taylor Glenn, Dominique Fester, Rachael Nicholson) are still recovering from their 2009 experience in Edinburgh, but are sure to return to the stage in Cardiff and elsewhere with their regular nights at some point soon. In the meantime, Rachael has been running about in the open air dressed as a nun, all for the love of Shakespeare, and Taylor won the 2010 Welsh Unsigned Stand-up Award, despite being American.

If you’re in New York City, you can catch Carolyn this Friday (August 6th) hosting her monthly show Splurge! at Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street (Forsyth/Eldridge). The show starts at 7pm and promises “amazing stand-ups, killer music, and a video premiere”. Lots more videos and future gig news can be found on Carolyn’s blog.

Again, choosing to stay in the Big Apple Strudel rather than the wet and windy capital of Scotland this August, Ben is keeping himself busy nonetheless, opening for Claudia Cogan at Creek and the Cave in Long Island City this coming Sunday (August 8th, 6.30pm) and they’ll also be appearing together on next Monday’s Keith and the Girl podcast. Other forthcoming dates include the Brooklyn Underground Comedy Festival at Public Assembly, Brooklyn (August 16th, 7.45pm), a guest spot on Jessica Delfino’s Show at White Slab Palace (August 28th, 8pm), and an appearance at next month’s Splurge! (September 10th, 7pm, see Carolyn Castiglia for venue details). By the way, you may like to know that Ben and his spoonerism namesake Len Berman have met in the 12 months since his performance was recorded, and thankfully the world didn’t end as a result. Click here to visit Ben's website.

All acts recorded live at Sowerby & Luff’s All Stars, which was part of PBH’s Free Fringe programme in 2009.

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