Stand up for comedy at Fringe40

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release May 21st 2019

Fringe40’s bumper Comedy crop includes a host of fantastic stand ups from all over the world.

Moscow’s top stand up Oleg Denisov arrives at Underground with his show Russian Troll, an hour of magical realism disguised as satire. British Canadian comic storyteller and winner of a Buxton Fringe Award in 2018 is back with two shows, A Tension to Detail and, the show that won the award, Attention Seeker. In the intimate setting of the Hydro Restaurant and Bar, Ollie Horn reflects on being an unlikely Japanese TV star in his show Pig In Japan.

Established stars include Rob Rouse (Bottom in TV’s Upstart Crow) who is celebrating 21 Years in Showbusiness! Plus Radio 4’s favourite cop turned comic Alfie Moore in Fair Cop Unleashed. The quality continues with multi-award-winning Alasdair Beckett-King’s imaginative show The Interdimensional ABK and BBC New Comedy Award finalist Isa Bonachera taking us on a tour of the cosmos in The Great Emptiness. So You Think You’re Funny Winner 2017, Maisie Adam brings us her latest Work In Progress. Fringe Award winning Nathan Cassidy also has a new show Observational in which he will update us on the year where nothing happened until it very much did.

A confessional streak runs through several shows. Sasha Ellen’s Pickle shares her disastrous dates while Robyn Perkins relives the experience of participating in a dating show in front of a live audience in Mating Selection. Jim Campbell delves into his fiery Scottish ancestry in Beef while Andy Gilbert disguises his midlife crisis as a poetry masterclass in How to Be a World Class Poet in Under an Hour. James McNicholas, one-third of the critically acclaimed sketch outfit BEASTS, makes his solo debut in The Boxer, an autobiographical show about boxing.

Plenty of comics are keen to help us escape reality from likeable Nav Chima in Reality Sucks! to

Daniel Nils Roberts with his absurd, multi-media History of the World in 1 Hour or the award-winning Amadeus Martin going retro with a game show just for us in Retro Fit. Master of fantastic word play, Richard Pulsford is back for Roll Up for the Smirking Break. Darren Walsh is another acclaimed punster returning to the Fringe with Punimal Farm. Unlike any other performer on the Fringe, Twonkey brings his tenth show creating a weird and wacky offering about a cake shop that makes fake weather.

Others want to make us think. Political comedian Alex Kealy invites us to consider the emotional roots of our rational thoughts in Rationale while Steve Vertigo considers our data-drenched world in Murmuration: Word on the Tweet. Comedian and unlicensed celebrant Tom Crowley takes a fresh and frivolous look at the religious mass in Tom Crowley’s Mass

Character shows are always popular. Charmian Hughes, beloved by Bridget Christie, returns with What-Not, while character comedian Raphael Wakefield, renowned for his impressions, salutes his idol Arsene Wenger in Wengerball.

There are plenty more Comedy treats at Fringe40. For further information see the printed programme, 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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