Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Musician, Leicester: February highlights (Part 1)...

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Sat 4
Mitch Benn & The Distractions
£10adv £12door

“Is it a gig or a comedy show? So musically adept are Mitch Benn and the Distractions, and so droll their parodies, you get the best of both worlds. From U2 to Guns N' Roses to Lloyd Webber, each transformation is funnier to than the last. The set divides between original comic songs and direct send-ups and when the spoof tunes begin, the audience are in his thrall. There's something liberating about seeing icons toppled, about seeing their styles so blithely replicated. And the exactitude of the imitations is sublime. Best of all is Eminem's Macbeth, in which Malcolm "comes back to attack the Mac with a pack of Sassenachs". Benn is neither slim nor shady, but as this showstopper proves, he's the real deal.” - The Guardian.

Sun 5
Jason John Whitehead: Letters From Mindy
£10adult £8con

They say there is a downward spiral, they say there are five steps to recovering from heartbreak. They say a lot of things, but one thing they can definitely say is that award-winning Canadian comic Jason John Whitehead has returned with another uncompromising stand-up show. The past year has really sucked for JJ, so this should be funny.

"A genuine gift for saying the most outrageous things in the most disarmingly charming fashion" - The Sun

"Few late-night comics look this good" - The Scotsman ****

Tue 7
Andrew O'Neill
£7adult £5con!/destructo9000

Funny comedy show by long-haired man (includes short play about gravy). All styles of comedy covered, guaranteed (some twice). As seen on Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, heard hijacking the Radio One Rock Show and satirising on Radio 5 Live, and read in Terroriser magazine.

"a winning blend of polemic and off-beat whimsy" - The Guardian
"a comedian with his own, unique voice... O'Neill is particularly admirable" - The Scotsman
"some of the best one-liners in the country" - Chortle
"a perfect antidote to conventional comedy" - Remote Goat
"a really rewarding piece of stand-up comedy" - British Comedy Guide
"Andrew O'Neill is like comedy ball-lightning; fast, electrifying and even funnier than the misfortunes of others" - Alan Moore (Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

Sat 11
James Sherwood
£5adult £4con (7:00pm til 8:30pm)

James Sherwood returns to Leicester with an hour of his award-winning best bits from a decade on the stand-up circuit. As heard on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. CD 'At the Piano!' available now!

"fresh, contemporary and pin-sharp original" - The Guardian
"non-stop invention... brilliant comic craft" - The Scotsman
"pure comedy gold" - Edinburgh Guide

Sun 12
Loretta Maine: I'm Not Drunk, I Just Need To Talk To You
£5adult £4con

Loretta Maine returns to the Leicester Comedy Festival after touring her hit musical extravaganza "I'm not drunk I just need to talk to you" and a couple of stints in rehab. She brings some new stuff and some old stuff. See if you can tell which is which.

Tue 14
Valentine's Kiss Me Burlesque
£8adv £10door
starring Missy Malone, Talulah Blue, Mama Jenufa with live music from Mellow Baku

This Valentine's, Talulah Blue brings to the stage the mind blowing Missy Malone. If there is one performer you want to see, this is your girl! With her impeccable style and old school bump and grind burlesque, this lady owns the stage!

In line with comedy week in Leicester, the brilliant Mama Jenufa will have you howling out loud with laughter.

Talulah, as known from Britains Got Talent 2011, will take to the stage, with graceful style. All eyes are on her!

As always we have a live band, a burlesque stall and a warm and welcome atmosphere.

There will also be a 'kissing booth' for a chance to have a professional photo with one of the performers!

Wed 15
Ronnie Golden: First A Fender - A Beginner's Guide To Rock
£7adv £8door

After quarter of a century of working with others - Barry Cryer, Arthur Smith, Rich Hall et al - Ronnie finally finds a reason to do his first solo musical comedy show. Part rock 'n' roll guitar masterclass, part autobiography, and part complete bollocks. This show will put you on the first rung of the rock 'n' roll ladder. Put the hard work in now and the chicks, the booze and the drugs will come later!

Sun 19
Ian Stone: Stoney Baloney
£10adult £8con

Topical and "Seriously Funny" - The Guardian. "One of the top ten comedians in the country" - The Independent. Member of The Cutting Edge team at Comedy Store. Credits include Tuesday Club - top rated podcast with Alan Davies, regular on Rock 'n' Roll Football on Absolute Radio with Ian Wright and Fighting Talk on Radio 5.

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