Welcome to the Funny Looking Fringe at The Liverpool Comedy Festival!
The Funny Looking Fringe is bringing some of the best and brightest one hour shows & Long Form comedy to 81 Renshaw St for the The Liverpool Comedy Festival in 2016.
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A brief word of welcome from our patron, Mr Arthur Smith:
As patron of this noble venture I am extremely important so you must listen when I say you have a brilliant eclectic range of comedies waiting for you that are funny but also original and interesting.
Go to a show and then another one…
A show for all the family
ComedySportz UK is the North West’s top improvised comedy troupe. ComedySportz is a fast-paced improv comedy show where two teams battle it out for the biggest laughs. The players create quick witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience to create a show that’s fast, feelgood and always unpredictably funny . There’s a referee on hand to steer the entertainment, call any fouls, and help the audience decide the winner.
Fast, funny & totally unpredictable, join us for a supersonic night of improvised comedy sketches. It’s the latest craze all the way from the ’90s where every gag is made up on the spot.
This award-winning idiot is back to talk about what he’s been up to. Par for the course for most Edinburgh shows but this year he’s encountered love and death, so what he’s saying might have some emotional heft. Probably not, though. He’s been inventing things this year, and at least one of them is genuinely brilliant. He met a werewolf too.
‘An absolute idiot… Simple, silly and screamingly funny.’ (Fest).
‘A potentially massive future comedy star’ (Herald).
‘A born entertainer and a great comedy writer’ (Chortle.co.uk).
Member of award-nominated collectives Weirdos and Comedian’s Cinema Club.
Lancaster’s Kriss Foster returns from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his show The Very Small Museum. With songs about taxidermy, the Pencil Museum and the man who feeds other people’s cats, he shares a show full of stories, interesting instruments, and a very small museum. For fans of Flight of the Conchords, Frank Sidebottom and John Shuttleworth.
‘Dead Good’ (NME).
‘Very funny’ (Scotsman)
‘A great disappointment’ (his Gran).
Live Podcast: In 2015 Sam became a dad to twins and started writing a blog. In 2016 it was shortlisted for 3 awards included MAD Blog of the Year.
Then he started a podcast because the twins, blogs and stand up don’t take up that much time really…
In this special live version of the show Sam will interview two of his favourite special guests and get YOUR feedback
‘An existentialist waiter, a grindr dater, a guy who once tried a prune juice diet that ended badly in Superstar Boudoir, after risking a fart. Come watch him and pre op Henry the Hoover talk about life, money, Pretty Woman and Glen Close’
Quotes ‘Average at best’ ‘the ex’
‘The reason I take poppers’ Splash sauna owner.
An hour of fun left field interactive stand up. This will make up an combination of one liners, surreal and dark material, interactive games and challenges, all performed by an innocent, twisted stand up persona, that has once been described as ‘Borderline Psychotic’.
From the Jumper Game to the Elimination Process, via one-liners and surreal longer bits. Imagine if Tim Burton made a stand-up game show and it might be like this… ‘Inventive… should have a future in comedy.’ (Chortle.co.uk).
- Nominated – Best Alternative Act in the Midlands Comedy Awards (2016)
- Nominated – Best Show in the Midlands Comedy Awards (2016)
- Nominated – Best Newcomer in the Greater Manchester Fringe (2015)
- Nominated – Best Comedy Show in the Greater Manchester Fringe (2015)
- Nominated – Best Festival Debut in Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival (2015)
- Runner Up – Best Breakthrough Act Midlands Comedy Awards (2014)
- Short listed for the BBC New Comedy Award (2013).
‘His writing displays a sharp, obtuse wit across all his disjointed one-liners…Someone as inventive as this should have a future in comedy.’ – Steve Bennett, Chortle.
‘Immensely brave use of Pinter-esque silences…a dangerous comedian who keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next outrageous non sequitur.’ – The Western Gazette
‘His creativity is remarkable.‘ – Broadway Baby
‘A very talented man who can craft a story with ease and grace.’ – Bunbury Magazine
School days are the best days of your life, if you die at 16 and can’t remember before 4.
Blending the everyday with the surreal , comedian Hannah Jones remembers surviving school in the 90s as a dyslexic ginger.
“Whimsical” and “lovely” comedy, this is group therapy for those who were never cool enough to sit on the back seat of the bus.
Alastair is an idiot with grand dreams. He doesn’t really know what he’s doing to be honest… Then again, do you? Come and spend an hour with him and his ideas. Why not? We’ll all be dead one day. Comedy’s daft nihilist brings an hour of irreverent whimsy straight to your mind (provided you turn up).
A Man Gathering Fish is the debut hour show from comedian Will Duggan that he took to the Edinburgh Festival this year. It went brilliantly, (or terribly, dunno, I’m writing this in May, but it was definitely at one end of the spectrum. No middle ground for me)
Will is certain you want to hear all his grubby little opinions, so he has collected them all into a neat little hour and is presenting them thusly. Lucky, lucky you.
You may be aware of Will from BBC3, Radio 4, or titting about in a dog costume in Fosters Award Winning Funz and Gamez.
“Superb Stand up” The Skinny
“Go and see Will Duggan if you get the chance” Gigglebeats
If you got your idea of adulthood from F.R.I.E.N.D.S. but reality hasn’t lived up to the expectation, if you live more in your head than in the moment and if you feel connected online and profoundly disconnected from people offline, then this is the show for you.
Kate McCabe is affable as hell. She used to live in America. Now she lives here. Watch a creeping British cynicism try to get the best of her tireless American optimism. Which will win? Or will both traits kill each other halfway across the Atlantic? Come and find out.
Introducing “JOHNFOOLERY” starring Merseyside’s very own “King of the Bungle” JOHN WILSON. Come witness ONE SOLID HOUR of comedy that promises to have you straddling the furniture and chasing complete strangers in a bizarre mass hysteria that only a performer of John’s caliber can provide.
This will be John’s 3rd time performing at the Liverpool Comedy Festival but already his SECOND hour-long show (he missed the first year due to smallpox) so don’t miss out on the chance to see one of comedies future star up close and in person for the low low price of £6.00 #Bargain
Wait, what? HOW MUCH?! Sweet Jesus he’ll never afford a car at this rate
Hayley Ellis has Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO to the kids).
Join award-winning Ellis (tour support for Rob Delaney and regular contributor for BBC Two’s Russell Howard’s Good News) for her follow-up hour to find out how neurotic we all really are.
‘Engaging’ – Scotsman ‘Destined for comedy greatness’ (XFM).
‘Ellis made everybody laugh’ – The Independent
‘An engaging and quick witted performer’ – Fest
‘Hayley Ellis is fast becoming Manchester’s funniest female’ (Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2).
As featured in the top Fringe jokes of all time in the – Scotsman and the Independent.
Saturday October 1st
Affable young funny man Rory O’Keeffe doesn’t know any foreign languages. This apparently makes him a monoglot, which may or may not be a word. Join the ‘Intelligent youngster’ (Time Out) for his debut, as he tries to learn a new tongue, explores why we never say what we mean, and asks whether men and women really do speak different languages (spoiler alert: they don’t).
‘Comedy for a post-recession graduate generation’ **** (Fest).
‘Utterly hilarious’ ***** (ThreeWeeks).
‘His amicable charm and vigour makes for a highly enjoyable performance… a tightly composed and expertly delivered romp’ **** (EdFringeReview.com).
”This guy is going places” Cabbie…4 stars!
”This guy has definitely got it…let’s hope it’s not infectious” concerned GP
Ben’s great charm and energy combined with spot on voices and characters make for a brilliant package.- Chris Head
Day and Date
Just over two years ago this troublesome threesome were banished to online chokey. Since then they have tried to cope the best they can, helped around the place, snitched on inmates and podcast weekly.
Lord of the internet manor has allowed these plucky warriors day release for good behaviour this September and they are choosing to spend it with you.
Consider this a conjugal visit but rather than any mucky business we’re bringing sketches, daftness and most importantly a quiz.
Holly’s special, she knows it… but when will everyone else catch on?! The loud voice of Generation Y wants it all, without doing anything to get it.
“A proper mad comedian” Stewart Lee’s Fringe Recommendation 2015
A gloriously silly woman with a warped mind and a cheerful disregard for shame.★★★★ (Chortle)
“Hilarious… Burn is an irresistible performer …. her writing is strong too, packed with deliciously surreal details…
James Acaster’s Top Comedy Picks 2015 -The Guardian : “One of my favourite acts to watch ever.”
Sunday Oct 2nd
Award-winning comedian Freddy Quinne present a Work In Progress show about the disconnection between what you do all day, and who you feel you really are.
“uncompromising…a natural comic with near perfect timing” – Manchester Wire
“uniquely Northern observational humor” – Lancashire Evening Post
Liverpool’s greatest poet & truth bomber is back la. Join Terry, with his unique brand of Shouten WordTM, for the launch of his new poetry anthology Terry Across the Mersey. It’s the first full collection of his work (bout time) so expect it to be peppered with such classics as: United Through Unity, Puppy Love Meet Coma & Get Some Perspective you Bell. Come, sit back and have some art installed in your mind. (Starring Sketchfest finalist Lee Hithersay, formerly of the Legion of Doom.)
9pm – John O’Sullivan: Come On My Sofa
It’s been six years since comedian John O’Sullivan’s could be arsed to do any comedy and he’s finally back with his new and slightly naughty comedy chat show with added oddity…
Come celebrate the end of the Funny Looking Fringe at the Liverpool Comedy Festival with the naughtiest man we know…