Whistling a different tune: comedy at Fringe40

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 21st 2019

Fringe40’s burgeoning Comedy category finds many of its performers offering music as an integral part of the show.

Queen of musical comedy, the Fringe Award winning Harriet Braine returns with her new show about rebellious women from history, Les Admirables. New to Buxton is Naomi Paul with Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits featuring her songs, topical stories and Jewish wit.

Award-winning drag act Kate Butch is back to introduce us to her new musical, Wuthering Shites. Character comic Jay Bennett also makes a welcome return with An Audience with Yasmine Day, failed Eighties’ diva and Dorking pub singing sensation.

In Nobody Likes You When You’re 33, Thom Bee and Andrew Marsh explore how pop punk is keeping them young. Banging hip-hop and music videos meanwhile feature in Nick Horseman’s confessional show The Rhyme Scheme. Similarly up to date, Andy Quirk and Anna J bring rap, europop, grime, funk and more to their show, 99 (First World) Problems and Vince Atta creates live on-the-spot hip-hop-reggae-techno as part of his heart-felt stand up show Massive Attack.

For something altogether less contemporary, Lucky Dog’s hugely acclaimed The Laurel & Hardy Cabaret celebrates the timeless comic duo in a song and dance-filled show featuring some rarely seen material. And a few minutes’ drive from Buxton at High Peak Bookstore, Accomplished Ladies present Work In Progress, a period drama comedy sketch show complete with songs.

For an hour of multi-instrumental, multimedia madness, try Archie Henderson’s Jazz Emu, a hit in Brighton in 2018. Alternatively Tom Parry is an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee who says there could be karaoke in his life-affirming show Parryoke

There are plenty more Comedy treats at Fringe40. For further information see the printed programme, www.buxtonfringe.org.uk or the new Buxton Fringe App.

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

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