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Dec Mailing List – Sean Morley

241 and Freebies for Sean because I’m Krampus…
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Funny Looking Presents…

Sean Morley:
Earned Helplessness
Thursday 1st Dec
7.30pm

Followed by our usual Chat Show featuring:
Top Joe
Lee Hithersay
& Hot Spot
Farucchio Peru

More Details below…

Stop Press: Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club
3rd Dec – 2:30pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances we are having to cancel this gig.

We will return on Jan 6th with one of the most exciting gigs we all have been part of!
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It’s the final gig of the year and we want you to be part of that.
It’s only:
£5 full
£4 concession/badge wearer
£3 student special PLUS limited 241’s for advance booking.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL YOUR JUICY TICKET NEEDS!

Gav

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Get on board quick, they’ll all be doing it soon.

Sean Morley:
Earned Helplessness
(Work In Progress)
This is what Funny Looking Presents is about.
New Work
For the love of the Art form
For the challenge
For the difference
For the Fringes
For those that want push comedy forward
For the alternative
For the excitement
Funny Looking is born of a desire to see and champion the difference.
The Fringes become the mainstream over time. Why wait? See it now.Read what he is intending below. This is a performer already breaking new ground that wants to take a sledgehammer to that and see what’s beneath.
I couldn’t be more excited. And that is a solid.

This is a genuine grassroots adventure. We are reliant on you coming along and having the best of times.
All the shares and recommendations count and help.
There is an alternative.

Farucchio Peru is an enigma wrapped in an ego and surrounded by an unpronounceable name.
What does he want? What does he mean? Is there anything the extraordinary Farucchio Peru cannot do? He thinks not. But he is mistaken.Farruchio is our December ‘Hot Spot’

Sizzling…

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Latest Mailing List – Oct 2016

It’s almost November already? Don’t be glum chum. If you are super quick there is some freebies & limited offers… Because we love you.
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Funny Looking Presents…

For the Love of Alternative Comedy.
Curated with a Care.
Long Form Comedy for the Discerning.

So much good stuff to tell you guys! Soon to be legendary new shows. Kids Gigs & the almost instantaneous return of a Funny Looking Favourite.
Hidden Freebies in ticket links.
Limited 2-4-1’s

Exclusive £4 Tickets here for Jordan Brookes available for the Mailing List – if you add the code MAILING. 

Gav

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Get on board quick, they’ll all be doing it soon.

Jordan Brookes: The Making OfNov 3rd – 7:30pm – 81 Renshaw St

It’s this week! Oh my goodness. Just have a dig around to see how good this champ is.

I honestly believe Jordan will be one of those acts where you were able to say ‘ well I did get to see him in a beautiful back room space of a lovely cafe in Liverpool before you had heard of him…”

You’ll come to this gig and bring a friend and they will never stop thanking you, I can tell you.

Jordan currently features FL fave Kiri Pritchard McLean’s Comedy Short on Sky. It’s a brilliantly dark. Some details here.

Following this we have our Live Chat Show, featuring Liverpool Echo What’s On Comedian of the Year (Will he ever stop going on about it?) Top Joe, Lee Hithersay & Rob Bond.

Also debuting in the new feature – ‘The Hot Spot’ will be Rebecca E Clarke.

All of this for a bargain price if you buy in advance. And it’s still a stonker on the door!

Liverpool born Jordan talks about his triumphant return to his home town…
Funny Looking Presents:
The Stray Gods…
“Divinely daft comedy from Liverpool’s alternative ambrosia (not the custard).”

26th November

7:30pm

Do we have an early Christmas present for you?! Following the smash hit that was the first ever Funny Looking Fringe, come and join us for a special evening of collaboration, where the greatest comic minds in Liverpool’s alternative scene collide to bring you something incredible.

Uniting their comedy muscles to flex the bicep of laughter Travelling Wilburys style (or whichever supergroup you find applicable to your lives), Shaved Dog Comedy, Jim Alsbalstian’s Human Zo and Rebecca E Clarke join forces with all former members of the Legion of Doom.

It’s a show unlike any other – never before seen material, all new sketches and characters, and the scene’s most popular writers and performers in unprecedented combinations.
We can’t stress how great
this is going to be. Come and witness the birth of…

The Stray Gods.

Featuring:
Lee Hithersay (Terry Arlarse, formerly the Legion of Doom)
Rob Bond (Thaddeus Bent, formerly the Legion of Doom)
Michael Burton (Shaved Dog, Yolav)
Danny Bradley (Shaved Dog, Graham)
Liam Hale (Jim Alsbalstian’s Human Zoo, Greg Byke)
Rebecca E Clarke (Radio Rachel)

And the writing chops of:
Oliver Bond (Formerly the Legion of Doom)
Sean Stokes (Jim Alsbalstian’s Human Zoo

Tickets, Limited Offers & Maybe a Freebie Here

Sean Morley:
Earned Helplessness
(Work In Progress)
He has only just left us…

(by this I mean Sean is here on Oct the 30th running his workshop Scriptless Stand Up – you could still get there – depending on when you read this) 

But he is coming back with his Work in Progress show:

Earned HelplessnessThursday 1st Dec

81 Renshaw St

“Hi(!) & Wow! It’s me! Top lad Sean Morley.

Here I am with some of the biggest best jokes, really ready to smash the gig, raise the roof, raze the venue and salt the Earth. A show about divesting all your responsibilities.

As heard on BBC Radio 2, 4 & 4 Extra.

“Giddily hilarious. And he told not one joke” (Vibrations Magazine)

“Setting the bar for alternative comedy” (Our Favourite Places)

“Brilliant” (Broadway Baby)”

Get on this Ticket Link for treats aplenty – until they are gone…

Funny Looking Kids:
Comedy Club
Top nonsense. Guaranteed idiots. Definite Silliness.
Almost certainly a bonkers time.
Come to the comedy club in Liverpool especially for Funny Looking Kids!Rules:
No Swears
No Peanuts
No Uniform
Bring Jokes
Expect chaos and expert tomfoolery from some the best comic around.
(7+ suggested)
(Lovely cafe for the mums, dads, carers, aunties, uncles et al to sip tea and read the paper in…
Just saying…)
£3 for Kids!
(And Funny Looking Badge wearers! Sush! Mailing List exclusive!)
£5 for Grown Ups!

Nov 5th – 2.30pm to 4pm
Dec 3rd – 2.30pm to 4pm

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Finale Free!

We have made our last gig free! Come join us!
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Sunday 9pm – 81 Renshaw St
The Finale…

Sadly we have had to rearrange Sundays gig with John O’Sullivan. (We love him and we will be getting up here some time we know)

So we shall be bringing the live chat show Funny Looking Live. Don’t worry. We’ve done this before.

This Sunday will be the first chance for you to see the triumphant return to 81 Renshaw Street for officially the very best stand-up in Liverpool today. Top Joe.

Only the ‘very strange man’ who became winner of the Liverpool Echo What’s On Stand-Up of the year. Click Here.

With local poet Terry Arlarse & stand-up supremo Che Burnley confirmed as guests we need you to come down and join in the chat live. If you want a flavour of the potential madness you can look back to our other ‘Chat Show’ nights, HERE, HERE & HERE…

The  Funny Looking Fringe at the Liverpool Comedy Festival is coming to an end…

ALL YOUR TICKET NEEDS HERE

Funny Looking Fringe is a grass roots endevour entirely funded by ticket sales. Come down and support live comedy!

Gav

info@funnylooking.co.uk
 

Sat: AhhGee & Holly Burn

7pm – The Ahhgee Crow-Barred in Material Emporium Extravaganza.org
Consider this a conjugal visit but rather than any mucky business we’re bringing sketches, daftness and most importantly a quiz.
See a video HERE

9pm – Holly Burn: I AM SPECIAL
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)
James Acaster’s Top Comedy Picks 2015 -The Guardian : “One of my favourite acts to watch ever.”

Sun: Freddy Quinne, Terry Arlarse  & Fringe Finale!

5pm -Freddy Quinne – Entfremdung (Work in Progress)
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.

7pm – Terry Arlarse: Art in Your Mind
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 – Fringe Finale! See above…

Staying in touch

Find us at @funnylookingpod and HERE on Facebook


Youtube – A Playlist of Champions

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Funny Looking Fringe Week 1 Done!

A cut and paste from our Mailing List.

Forgive the scrappiness. We’ve got  big job on!

One week into the Funny Looking Fringe at the Liverpool Comedy Festival!
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Wow! What a week it has been!

The  Funny Looking Fringe at the Liverpool Comedy Festival has gone off like a lovely rocket!

Whizz! Boom!You have missed!

Thursday:
The Bido Lito Launch night! – Pictures Here
Doug Segal
Liam Pickford – Interview Here

Saturday:
The Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club – Liam Hale – Che Burnley
Top Joe’s Word Launch – Pictures Here

Sunday:
James Meehan – Kiri Pritchard Mclean
Gein’s Family GiftShop – Pictures Here

Monday:
Stephanie Laing – Video Here
AJ Hill – Video Here

Tuesday:
Adele & Tom
Shaved Dog – Video Here

Wednesday:
Thaddeus Bent

But we don’t want you to miss any more of this.

See below for some excellent 2 – 4 – 1 bargains and FREE treats!

Funny Looking Fringe is a grass roots endevour entirely funded by ticket sale. Come down and support live comedy!

Gav

info@funnylooking.co.uk

And a little chat with me

(Thank you Rob, Ged & Michael for your superb skills!)

 

Juliette Burton – Decision Time

Ed Aczel – Sat 9pm

Juliette sold out EVERY SINGLE gig at the Edinburgh Festival!
And we have the privilege of hosting her show here in Liverpool!The Liverpool Echo ran a brilliant article recommending hers and many of the shows that made a splash at the Edinburgh Festival 

Another one of those is the equally brilliant Ed Aczel – Saturday at 9pm.

As a little thank you if you are quick there are a couple of free tickets on their ticket links.

Find them HERE

Golden Ticket


After two long days at the LJMU welcome event!
A Golden Ticket winner was drawn on Periscope and has been contacted.
They must be shy as we haven’t heard back yet – We will draw another if we don’t hear back!

Kriss Foster – And The Very Small Museum – Sunday 9pm – FREE!

How lucky are we to have the very brilliant Kriss Foster here for Free this Sunday?Yes – Free!

9pm

Coming Up!

Friday:

Juliette Burton – Decision Time – 7pm

Odd>Bods – Hot Mess!

Saturday:

Jim Alsbalstian’s Human Zoo – 5pm (See Below for offers!)

Rasputin’s Lunchbox – Towers of Rasp – 7pm

Ed Aczel – Foreign Policy – 9pm

Sunday:

ComedySportz – 3pm Fun for ALL the family all ages welcome!

Bang Bang! – 5pm – Comedy Improv for Grown Ups!

Joz Norris  – Hello, Goodbye – 7pm (See below for offers!)

2-4-1 Ticket Offers!

Limited 2-4-1 Tickets for Mailing Listers

Go to:

The Funny Looking Fringe


For limited number 2-4-1 tickets for gigs that include:Odd>Bods
ComedySportz
Bang Bang
Joz Norris
Alastair Clarke
The Ahhgee Crow-Barred in Material Emporium Extravaganza.org
Freddy Quinne

And more!
Search for the 2-4-1’s but when they are gone they are gone!

Staying in touch

Find us at @funnylookingpod and HERE on Facebook


Finally we heard that Shaved Dog pair, Yolav and Graham plus fantastic comic Shall Byron were just brilliant at the Liverpool Echo Stand-up of the year final.
But Top Joe won it.
That’s gonna cause cramptamonium in the Liverpool Comedy Scene…

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Mailing List – Fringe Weekend 01

 

 

Did you win the Golden Ticket? Probably not… But there are free tickets for you still!
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This week. It all begins…

The Liverpool Comedy Festival starts this week and after months of planning, so lumbers the Funny Looking Fringe. Dedicated to bringing the best in Long For Comedy. One hour shows to delight, enthral, enchant, challenge, engage and mostly make you laugh.

This update will tell you:

  • Who won the Golden Ticket
    How you can get your hands on more Freebies!

  • Who is coming up
  • How you can get your hands on EXCLUSIVE Mailing List only limited bargains

Line Up & Tickets
 
With first time hours, master works in development and acres of finely honed comedy that is fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; we are a broad church of choice.
 
Comedy for kids, music, podcasts, impro, stories, sketch, magic, mayhem, chaos, jokes, japes, jumbles and a joint we will get jumping with laughter. There is something here for you and all your pals. Bring them.
 
Look out for special announcements on Facebook & Twitter. Lots of freebie tickets this week for shares are coming…

You can now buy your tickets from 81 Renshaw St itself – pop in take some flyers, buy a ticket and have some lovely treats…

Come along, take a punt, stay for a coffee, cake and a beer. Be entertained. Be enthralled. Be challenged. Be part of the Liverpool Comedy Fringe that is Funny Looking.

http://funnylooking.co.uk

We drew the winner for this years Golden Ticket at the Launch of the Festival.
As you can see we are above reproach – we asked a politician to make the draw!
Gemma supported the Liverpool Comedy Festival last year and is over the moon!
See below for details of how you can still get free tickets & keep an eye out this week for news of a new Student Only Golden Ticket Competition…
Launch Gala with Bido Lito!
In partnership with Bido Lito we are launching this Fringe in style this week.

With music and comedy combined, come get a taster of the acts to come for Free!

CLICK HERE

To book your free ticket.

Acts include:

A Lovely War
Top Joe
Alastair Clark
Hannah Jones
Kate McCabe
Thaddeus Bent and more!

Snippits and Tasters
Short Cuts and bite size joy injections.

Did you see the article they did on the Fringe? What corkers! – It’s onlineHERE.

This is a grassroots Fringe, unfunded & dependent on your help sharing the list, telling people about it retweets, shares and likes really do help. Get excited with me will you?

FRIDAY 16th Sept
Our true opening night couldn’t be better.

7pm – Doug Segal – I Can Make You Feel Good  £7/£6 (Further offers available)
Click the link for a taster of the show & a chance to read the superb reviews Doug snatched in Edinburgh this year.

9pm – Liam Pickford – “Your Love Is A Knackered Bus Stop I can No Longer Be Arsed To Vandalise.” £6/£5 (Further offers and combo tickets apply)

We are big fans of this up and coming comic with a assured sense and voice that only Ashton’s finest can produce.

EXCLUSIVE: Type the code MAILING into the Get Tickets link to access very limited £4 tickets – once they are gone they are gone!

Saturday 17th Sept
Super Saturday – with four shows and something for the whole family!

3pm – Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club
Family Friendly Chaos.
No swears.
No peanuts.
No Dairy.
Much Laughs

5pm – Liam Hale: Live in Limbo 
£6/£5 (Further offers and combo tickets apply)

Fresh from Ed Fringe – EXCLUSIVE: Type the code MAILING into the Get Tickets link to access very limited£3 tickets – once they are gone they are gone!

7pm – Che Burnley: The Big C (Work in Progress)

A new show from this funny and thoughtful comic. EXCLUSIVE: Type the code MAILING into the Get Tickets link to access very limited£3 tickets – once they are gone they are gone!

9pm – Top Joe’s Oxford English Dictionary 2017 Bid Launch

A whole hour with the new Liverpool Echo and Laughterhouse Stand-up of the year Finalist! EXCLUSIVE: Type the code MAILING into the Get Tickets link to access very limited£3 tickets – once they are gone they are gone!

Sunday 18th Sept
Super Saturday – Three gigs to rule them all. If you miss these dreamboats you will have missed one of my personal favourite days on the Fringe.

EXCLUSIVE: Type the code MAILING into the Get Tickets link to access very limited £10 tickets for all 3 gigs! – once they are gone they are gone!

5pm – James Meehan: Class Act
A debut hour from this Gein’s & Funz & Games award winner!

7pm – Kiri Pritchard McLean: Hysterical Woman
Kiri’s posters at Ed Fringe were covered in 4 star reviews – click the link to read them and see why this was a Guardian recommended must see!

9pm – Gein’s Family Giftshop: Work in Progress

What? you want a brand new show from this troupe of BBC Radio Waleslegends? Ok. EXCLUSIVE: Type the code MAILING into the Get Ticketslink to access very limited £10 tickets – once they are gone they are gone!

Student Golden Ticket Competition

Would you like to see almost every single funny looking fringe at the Liverpool comedy festival gig for free? Of course you would! Who wouldn’t?

Funny looking is going to give away a Student only Golden Ticket. Allowing you the ability to just swan into every gig and not have to hand over any of your sweet folding.

Click here and add your email address and enter the draw.

Drawn mid Sept 20th.
Not transferrable to anybody other then the winner.

(If you have already bought tickets for any of the gigs, and you really should do, I will ensure you are refunded and not out of pocket – Gav)

Merchandise
A Funny Looking badge for a minimum donation of £2 will get you a pound off every single Funny Looking gig for life (terms and conditions apply)

Just £8 will get you a Funny Looking mug and as you sip your cup of joe you will know that you have supported our endeavours to give new and alternative comedy a gloriously different at home in Liverpool.

Finally if you just have to have one of our logos printed on a T-shirt, pair of leggings, or even a cushion, you can go to our red bubble store and support as that way. (Though it’s a bit expensive and then they sting you for postage so look out for the days when there are discounts)
(Basically, by a mug)

Season 2 & Podcasts
PODCAST!

Funny Looking enters its 3rd year as the official podcast of the Liverpool Comedy Festival. Search iTunes or your pod catcher for Funny Looking.
(During the festival look out on Twitter for our guerilla Funny Looking Live podcasts and mayhem…)

Funny Looking Live has returned to Spreaker on a Sunday night.
Chat calls and topics. It’s either the best or the very worst way to start or finish your week.

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Funny Looking Presents… Update #06 Fringe 02!

Long Form Comedy for the discerning, that’s you!
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Summer is upon us. But Fringe Autumn is Coming…

It has been a while hasn’t it? I did say I wouldn’t bombard you.
But I have been thinking of you. Often.

There’s just too much to tell you and I am brimming with excitement.
Listen. Let’s grab that coffee sometime? And even if we don’t because of the pace of life that we lead, let’s just think fondly of each other now and again.
Maybe we will meet in the dark in the back room at the fringe event. Perhaps you will sidle up to me look at me and tell me and I am Funny Looking.

But in truth you are Funny Looking.

Gav

Line Up & Tickets

With first time hours, master works in development and acres of finely honed comedy that is fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; we are a broad church of choice.

Comedy for kids, music, podcasts, impro, stories, sketch, magic, mayhem, chaos, jokes, japes, jumbles and a joint we will get jumping with laughter. There is something here for you and all your pals. Bring them.

Look out for special announcements on Facebook & Twitter. Pop up Gigs. Late night surprises.

Come along, take a punt, stay for a coffee, cake and a beer. Be entertained. Be enthralled. Be challenged. Be part of the Liverpool Comedy Fringe that is Funny Looking.

http://funnylooking.co.uk

Our website is in development!

Oh My G…
It’s actually happening sooner than you imagine. The Funny Looking Fringe at the Liverpool Comedy Festival.
Over 40 gigs all at the mighty 81 Renshaw Street.
The old hands, newcomers, experimental, podcasts,  award-winning and nominated, sketch, character, top nonsense & bargains aplenty.

This is the Fringe. The Funny Looking Fringe.

Bringing you so much good comedy that you so bloody deserve.

Have a skip down the ticket listing here and tell me there is something for you?

Line Up & Tickets

It’s impossible that there isn’t. I did this for you. And your friends. And all their friends too.

This is a grassroots Fringe, unfunded & dependent on your help sharing the list, telling people about it retweets, shares and likes really do help. Get excited with me will you?

Sean Morley – Scriptless Standup
A Comedy Workshop

This is an exclusive. BBC New Comedian of the year semi finalist Sean Morley is bringing his workshop to Liverpool for us. Your chance to jump on board the Morley Train.

Tickets for this workshop will be £20 and limited in numbers but there are a few early bird tickets for £15 on the link right now. We do expect this to sell out quickly.

Golden Ticket Competition

Would you like to see every single funny looking fringe at the Liverpool comedy festival gig for free? Of course you would! Who wouldn’t?

Funny looking is going to give away a Golden Ticket. Allowing you the ability to just swan into every gig and not have to hand over any of your sweet folding.

Click here and add your email address and enter the draw.

Drawn mid Sept.
Not transferrable to anybody other then the winner.

(If you have already bought tickets for any of the gigs, and you really should do, I will ensure you are refunded and not out of pocket – Gav)

Arthur Smith at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Gig Report
Funny Looking Presents stretched its wings and promoted Arthur Smith at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. You can have a read of the gig report here:

http://funnylooking.co.uk/arthur-smith-vs-hebden-bridge-arts-festival/

Beware its features Americans, Lance +1 and a bottom.

Merchandise
A Funny Looking badge for a minimum donation of £2 will get you a pound off every single Funny Looking gig for life (terms and conditions apply)

Just £8 will get you a Funny Looking mug and as you sip your cup of joe you will know that you have supported our endeavours to give new and alternative comedy a gloriously different at home in Liverpool.

Finally if you just have to have one of our logos printed on a T-shirt, pair of leggings, or even a cushion, you can go to our red bubble store and support as that way. (Though it’s a bit expensive and then they sting you for postage so look out for the days when there are discounts)
(Basically, by a mug)

Shiny New Festival
@ The Lantern Theatre – Comedy
Pulse of the podcast and the Presents… Alastair Clark and Francis Greenfield has curated a beautiful set of preview gigs at the Lantern Theatre.
Have a butchers here but do it quick.
http://www.lanterntheatreliverpool.co.uk/#top
Volunteers & Help Needed
Funny Looking Fringe needs your help.
Want to be part of the first fringe of the Liverpool Comedy Festival?

We need people who will donate a few hours knowing that a lifetime of regard will be passed their way from myself.

We need-

  • Front of house and ticket support on the nights of the fringe gigs
  • Volunteer technicians to make sure the legends and champions of the fringe can be seen and heard
  • Marketing specialists with the uncanny ability of being able to hand a piece of paper to people on the street. (This is a really key one and just an hour or two of your time will really make a difference to all the acts)
  • Event & Admin support – do you want to be in at the sharp end of making a fringe happen? Are you interested in making events fly? Then we need your help. A few hours of your time getting the message out and helping with promotion online and beyond could be an excellent opportunity if this is something you’ve wanted to do for yourself.
  • Sponsorship – do you know a company, organisation or Internet millionaire who would like to help with this Fringe? As I say we are grassroots but with small amounts we can do a lot – we can get logos onto thousands of flyers and we can get sponsors names in front of readers of finest marketing outlets. This is a genuine request.
Season 2 & Podcasts
PODCAST!

Funny Looking enters its 3rd year as the official podcast of the Liverpool Comedy Festival. Search iTunes or your pod catcher for Funny Looking.
(During the festival look out on Twitter for our guerilla Funny Looking Live podcasts and mayhem…)

Funny Looking Live has returned to Spreaker on a Sunday night.
Chat calls and topics. It’s either the best or the very worst way to start or finish your week.

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Arthur Smith v’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

 

“You need chaos to give birth to a dancing star.”
Nietsche (& Arthur Smith)
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Arthur Smith: At Your Service
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
July 1, 2016.
What a fantastic venue the Picture House in Hebden Bridge is, freshly and beautifully refurbished after the devastating floods of last year. The very essence of the word plush. Deep burgundy and gold flake and a sense of history and place. Normally a fantastic cinema venue but for Friday night it played host to the stand-up legend and tenacious untortured artist that is, Arthur Smith.
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Bringing the very best of Alternative Comedy to the smartest of audience is the sole goal of Funny Looking Presents… And you can’t get more legendary under this banner then Arthur.
One quick glimpse of his history can tell you that the term legendary can sometimes be applied too lightly and too quickly. It is wholly appropriate in this case.
Helping to promote this gig for what seems to be a fantastic Festival; in one of the most beautiful towns north of Manchester; has been a treat here in Funny Looking Towers.
You know it’s going to be a great gig when the Director of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival themselves takes great care to ensure that gently suggested rider items might favour cheese and chocolate (Arthur is famously diabetic – I say famously as he does write a column in diabetics monthly or something) to assuage any possible hypo, is lovingly placed on the one dressing room open since the post flood refurbishment.
The gig was a joy and the chaos that follows this long-standing Lord of Misrule was evident throughout.
Arthur has long been a champion and supporter of new acts and Manchester-based comedian Kate McCabe 174_HBAF2016_July1_craigshawphotofully realised her opening spot for the gig. Fantastic that the audience  warmed to her take on British ways and errors, (it’s a post BREXIT apocalypse guys we need to try and laugh through our tears) and she left the stage triumphantly. Thankfully Kate was already on her way to the next gig so she missed the gentle savaging of the entire American way that followed her set. For one of the architects and champions of the more politically correct approach comedy in the early 80s, (and I’m a big fan of that by the way and if you’re not and you think it out dated then get some cleverer material) showed our American cousins some of the errors of their ways…
Now I’m not saying the audience were hostile, far from it in fact for IMG_121099% of the time. Some of the audience made requests for old Smith routines, such was their level of fandom. But let’s just say there was an edge of menace when Arthur somewhat failed the pronunciation of Todmorden and Mytholmryod. At one point I saw pitchforks twitching under the seats…
Now, I’m not saying the next two items are connected but there was only one presenter that BBC Radio Four turned too when they needed a narrator for a documentary on the life and history of tramps. That was of course Arthur Smith. Prior to the gig Arthur, a keen rambler made contact and swapped gags with a local character. Two free tickets were offered in payment for said jokes and that started the rollercoaster of directors commentary offered by the two relaxed audience members. The gentlemans +1 enthusiastically tried to follow Mr Smith’s on stage naked cameo artiste. All I shall say that as I stood preventing this relaxed young woman from getting backstage, she clearly had a robust grasp of  English invective vocabulary. The role of a promotor is a varied one.

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So there we have it Funny Looking Presents… takes itself out of Liverpool starting what is hopefully a continuing journey promoting the very best comedy to the most discerning of audience. And the audience were dreamy. Lots of laughs. Lots of love and frankly an over enthusiastic commitment to the singing of highly unique version of God save the Queen.
Viva La republic.
Viva Hebden Bridge.
Thank you the Festival Director, Helen Meller for hosting us.
The technical team Ben & Graham and the whole bloody gang at the Picture House.
Funny Looking Presents… would also like to thank Marissa Burgess, Kate McCabe, Lance +1 and of course the simply unique Mr Arthur Smith.
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The embarrassing enthusiasms of an ageing misanthrope

In the past couple of years that I have re-submerged myself in the world of live comedy and I have discovered the joy of preview shows. Works in Progress.

I love them and I actually feel grateful that I get the chance to see these sometimes half formed ideas, or robust structured hours that require some polish. It still amazes me that comedians do this.

Think about the painter that takes their sketches out and says “what’dya tink?” to an pompous RA over opinionated member. The composer that hums a nascent tune to a passing Classical Chill Out CD owner and then asks their opinion. The comedian that scribbles an idea into a Tesco version of a Moleskin and stands in front of a paying audience and speaks out loud for the first time, something they feel and hope is funny. Must be terrifying.

It is why I think that the art form of the comedian is one of the bravest, the rawest and the trickiest. Alright, alright. I know we are not talking about bomb disposal, a Paramedic on a Friday night, or a teacher with the future of our children in their wherewithal. But we are talking about artists. People that balance what they do with who they do it for. People that have to make what they want to make. Say what they want to say and then for pragmatic reasons, try to shape that into a vaguely commercial form. Something that we the public will fork out for, will support.

With the increase in awareness and availability comedy in so many delivery forms and outlets, lots of people have become ‘experts’ in comedy, very quickly. And then you can take that opinion and push it out to 30 people. Really easily. We do.

Funny Looking was never imagined as a review outlet. Sometimes I will say, out loud even, “all reviewers are cunts”. I don’t think I mean it. Some reviewers raise the form high and show a dignity in their writing, an honesty and more importantly a high degree of self awareness, that lets the reader know that this is what that performance means to them, personally. Bruce Dessau stands out to me as a reviewer that balances knowledge, honesty and opinion. And I certainly don’t agree with everything he says. But he says it compellingly well.

Two things stood out recently. One was the conversation I had with the three people I took to see David Trent at the “How The Light Gets In festival of ideas” in Hay on Wye. This was a preview show for This Is All I Have, his show for this years Edinburgh Festival and the follow up to the hugely brilliant Spontaneous Comedian. This was the second time I had seen the preview show, the first at Mach Fest. It is a testament to to what I think about the show so far that I returned to see it again and if I get to Ed Fest this year, I fully intend to see the final product.

Another testament to the show, as well as the rolling swell of laughter throughout, was the fact that three people who had known nothing of David Trent were discussing the show, how much they enjoyed it, how much they got from it, how clever and funny it was and how original they considered it. There. That is my review in this paragraph. I’m not going to talk about any content. It was a preview. Bits will change. Come in, go out. I will say, there was real progression and development since Mach and my very favourite bit, a video piece was still in it. But what right do I have to even offer this observation? I feel arrogant even committing that to Flog.

There was a point in the show, not even noticed by one of my party, where somebody left. The show wasn’t for them, they didn’t want to stay, they were not enjoying it. They left. (On a secondary note their stated reason for leaving was at massive misreading of a bit that nobody else in the room agreed with).

Great. I’m not enjoying this. I’m leaving. I get that. I respect that. (They were massively wrong in my opinion but they stuck to theirs)

What I struggle with is:

I’m not enjoying this.

It isn’t funny.

I’m staying to the end no matter how unfunny it is to me.

I’m going to make sure I enthusiastically tell you how unfunny it is.

Paid reviewers. Maybe I understand. But others. Leave. Forget it. Let it go. Why would you tell us why it isn’t funny? How can somebody be definitive?

This links to the second point I have been thinking about. It comes from a rare comment on the website. Very welcome but intriguing.

On the previous Flog, about the Brian Gittins Radio Show Archive we have going, (for shits and giggles), (you can see that here), somebody left a link at the bottom to a review of Gittins at Glastonbury from the prestigious local-to-Glastonbury website. The reviewer didn’t enjoy Gittins. So much that they would have left – but: ‘stayed to the end so I could write about it.’ swiftly followed by ‘If I’m honest, the hokey cokey segment at the end did actually have me crying with laughter’. So a bizarre, confusing, mixed bag of a review, left at my doorstep by somebody I do not know, wanting to let me know they don’t like Gittins.

It all seems like a lot of effort for something so meaningless.

A couple of recent podcasts have really resonated for me. (And I listen to a lot of podcasts) Tom Allen on the brilliant Comedians Comedian podcast and why comedians as artists deserve our support. It is so worth a listen to and moved me with it’s honesty. Also John Hodgman on the Nerdist podcast, talking about the schism between the world of being a nerd and the negativity of hipsters. Have a listen to them both. They are worth your time.

Then again my enthusiasm for them might move you to take the time, effort and consideration to find an obscure review, telling me something I like is disregardable and un liked by you. I’ll be alright with that. Or take the honest route and walk out. You might still be wrong though.

David Trent will be appearing at Group Therapy Comedy in Manchester on Saturday the 30th of June.

 

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Flog: Too Much Gittins?

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The Brian Gittins Radio Show Archive is here…

It has got unseemly. Hasn’t it? Our enthusiasm for this man.

It seems that at the same time this podcast and concept was born. In some dark corner of the south coast, Brian Gittins, a seemingly unsuccessful stand up, took to broadcasting.

Discovering his live Spreaker podcast only 2 or 3 in, it quickly became the must listen to event. Why? I have no idea.

Whole episodes where given over to testing an effective contact with Skype.

Terrible robots and their creators called in.

Super star callers were elevated to mythic levels and we dreamed they would call in. Then they disappeared.

David Edwards came into our lives.

Poppy & Titty Girl. Adam Warren & Charles Petrescu. We worried for Snotface but we hoped he would call.

And we called in. Initially burnt and rejected for being boring. I found my corner. Sometimes I sing to Brian.

I sing when I am worried for him. Happy for him. Sad for him.

It is the only place I sing. I have found a voice. Brian gave me that.

Brian Gittins might have left Spreaker forever.

It is harder to find the older shows. On Spreaker or on iTunes. So I have given them a home. An archive. A memorial.

I pledge to put every single episode in that archive. And keep it there. For you.

You can help me. Listen to an episode. Comment on it. Who called in? What was discussed? What went wrong? What was played? Lets make this the authoritative Brian Gittins archive on the Internet, way above all the rest.

Now you can go right back to the start. Come on that journey that some of us have been on. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll get angry. Bored. And annoyed.

It is what he would have wanted.

Gav (Jav)
Twitter @BGittinsArchive

Flog: Daniel Kitson Live – featuring moans, an existential crisis and why reviewers are dicks.

Lets start this by explaining just how excited I was to see Daniel Kitson at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. It was in my diary as “KITSON!” – birthdays get ‘mum’s birthday’, parties get ‘party?’ but for the best comedian in the world, I went all out with capitals and an explanation mark.

The show, as you would expect, was wonderful. Such a brilliant range of thoughts coupled with perfectly marauding sentences and a beautiful use of language. This was all backed up with smut…lots of smut.

It had been an enjoyable evening for my friends and I which was a bit of a relief. My girlfriend had been ill since the Mach Comedy fest after a badly judged twenty minutes sat in a tent. Book a B&B for Mach 2014, friends.

The ever consummate gentleman, I had packed a bottle of water which I discreetly offered to her during the 1hr40 minute performance. The words of her doctor ringing in my ears “keep hydrated, for the love of God, keep hydrated”

On leaving the theatre I noticed the couple behind me muttering about people talking near by. I hadn’t noticed anything and thought nothing more of it until I got home and did a quick search for #kitson on Twitter – the man himself searches for himself and I wanted to as well. I enjoy seeing people’s immediate reactions to such great performances.

As expected there were the usual lovely comments and then I stumbled across one from a familiar looking face. It was the girl from behind and she was moaning about the ‘idiots’ in front. Threatening a ‘campaign against people talking in performances’.

From a further perusal of her Twitter feed this individual reviews things for a couple of blogs. We at Funny Looking will never be reviewers. We want to celebrate and enthuse not write a ‘review’ that more often than not ruins punchlines. Nor do we take ourselves so seriously.

It didn’t detract from the point that I had impacted negatively on someone’s evening. I hate people talking at gigs – I’ve politely asked people in the past to quiet down a bit or move to the back. However the nitpicking of this evening was on a new level. Friends sat next to us had not even noticed us reach for a drink or give our smug knowing nods at lines we recognised from a warm up gig we had bagged tickets for months previously. Still it made me think, “Am I a dickhead?”

It spun me into something of an existential crisis. Am I a bad audience member? Well I’ve asked this question so I can’t be but isn’t that what a bad audience member would say?! The fact it paralleled an argument Kitson had made thirty minutes earlier made me realise just how far in advance he must plan his shows. He really is out to make you laugh and think in ways that no other comedian can. There is something for everyone (especially if you are a nervous, cardigan wearing liberal with an ill girlfriend)

I wasn’t going to take this slur on my character! I spun careful 140 character long rebukes subtly explaining how I clearly had learnt more from the show than she ever would but I was never happy enough to hit the send button.

In the end I took the route Kitson advised in his show. I read her Twitter feed, found something that I vehemently disagreed with, concluded SHE was the dickhead and went to bed.

One half of Funny Looking, Peter Jones had donated his fee for this column to the Campaign To Stop People Talking During Performances.

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Flog: Ste Price

http://www.sherby57.com

I’ve been performing comedy for nearly 2 years (or 102 gigs, depending on whether you prefer imperial or metric measurements).  In comedic terms, I’m still a toddler, but, I’m a toddler who has written extensively about his experiences in comedy (see my gig diary: www.poursomegravyonme.co.uk).  Think of me as some kind of weird precocious baby whose favourite toy is an abacus.  So when the Funny Looking Fellas asked me to write this piece about the original intentions I had for my my comedy writing and how they’ve changed, I knew it was time to drop the ridiculous childhood analogy and just write the bleeding thing.

 

After thinking about it for thirty seconds, I realised I could brilliantly answer the brief in one sentence: “My only intention was to try and be funny and that’s still true now.”  And while in some ways it is true, it’s also ’s also far from telling the whole story.

I’d never performed in any capacity, or even considered it as a possibility, until my friend Vic suggested in late 2010 that I should try stand up.  I’m a lifelong comedy fan and being funny has always been important to me, so the idea really appealed; I just didn’t know where to start.  I’d been expressing my humour online for a few years –  on my stupid blog “The World of Sherby” (www.sherby57.co.uk) and a sporadically released podcast “The Gravy Boat” (http://thegravyboat.podbean.com) –  so the idea of generating funny content wasn’t entirely foreign, but thinking of stand-up material was quite a different prospect.

Seriously.  Stop and think about it for a minute.  Where would you start?  Even if you knew what kind of comedy you’d like to do, or if you’re a naturally funny person in everyday life, what would you say if you were actually on stage?

Difficult, isn’t it?

My first gig would be in May 2011, so I knew I had a few months to generate material. I just needed to find a mechanism to do so.  As I wanted my material to reflect my sense of humour, the only method I could think of was to write down everything that I said, or thought of, that made me laugh. After a few months, this resulted in several notebooks full full of ideas which ranged from fully formed ‘Christmas cracker’ jokes (http://poursomegravyonme.co.uk/2013/01/29/i-dont-like-jokes-oh-no-i-love-them/) to weird little thoughts that made me laugh for no particular reason.  Although I still didn’t have any usable material, at least I had some building blocks.

OK.  So, I’m sat with a pile of (possibly) humourous lego, which I want to turn into a shiny, new car (comedy routine).  Surely I now needed to unfold some instructions (intentions) with which to achieve my goal. Well, yes and no.  When I looked to expand the daft thoughts in the notebook, I concentrated on trying to make them funny in a way that was funny to me.  This was a case of repeatedly saying them out loud and trying to add something funny to each subsequent iteration.  As the individual chunks of material took shape, I then had to work out how they’d be presented and linked together.  Fortunately, this also didn’t require a master plan.  Because my ideas were all essentially nonsense, and because I like acting daft, there was a natural way for me to perform the bits.   I was influenced by the sort of comedy that I didn’t want to do, and the things that I wouldn’t say.  Another factor was the compulsion to add a layer of self referential ‘jokes about jokes’.  Although it might seem self indulgent to introduce meta-comedy into your first set, it actually came from a need to be honest.  Having watched a lot of comedy (and being a good decade older than the average newbie comic), I had become acutely aware of how even the most honest stand-up set was actually a construct.  My knowing winks at the audience would be my way of saying “yes…yes…I know I’m lying, but it’s just for fun.”  In many ways, it felt almost inevitable what my routine would be.  In the subsequent couple of years, I’ve added a few methods for creating different types of material, and developed an increasing awareness for what does – or doesn’t –  work for me, but but this primarily remains the way I produce material.

Clearly, the idea of “just being funny” isn’t entirely true.  I don’t sit down with a blank page and write with a specific purpose in mind, but but I do have a clear idea of what I want to achieve with my comedy and the journey on which I want to take the audience.  A functioning piece of stand-up material rarely arrives fully formed.  The process of turning an idea into a bit, which then fits into a routine, which then fits into the structure of a set, is one that requires work.  It’s a process that is inherently filtered by your own likes, dislikes, taste and intent.

For someone who has only performed 100 gigs, this is all exceptionally grand talk.  At my level, the ultimate aim is still to just be funny on a consistent basis.

Ste Price will be appearing in Multi-Levelled Morons at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe (Jeykll & Hyde, 13:30 daily).  He would like to point out that he’s in character in the photo and so isn’t the pompous jackass that it makes him appear.

You can find out more about Ste at my web-site, here.

Please visit his blogs:

Pour Some Gravy On Me –  thoughts on random stuff, including the gig diary.

The World Of Sherby57 – lots of stupid stuff.  Very stupid stuff.

Flog – The Michael J Dolan Study Circle

http://michaeljdolan.co.ukHere at Funny Looking Podcast it is our aim to educate… entertain… and er…

Well.

As I am sure you are aware, this month, March 2013, we have a fantastic interview with Michael J. Dolan. Michael is a stand-up based here in the North West and is one of those annoying comedians that thinks and cares and strives to be both funny but also thoughtful and entertaining.

Because of this terrible affliction of being both self reflective and empathetic he recently came out as a misogynist.  Here, in this Flog post, we are going to give you all the component parts, put together in handy package, to allow you the informed Funny Looking listener the chance to see all the facets of the discussion and come up with your own response.

Could your discursive essays, finally squeezing all the fun out of comedy, be handed in next Monday. Alternatively leave us a comment below on how annoying we are.

Fit the 1st

Listen to the first part of our podcast, up to the first part of our interview with Michael. You can find it here. Of course!

Fit the 2nd

Go to Michael’s website order and buy is recording of the show in question. Alternatively listen to it free, on Spotify here. Shame on you.

Fit the 3rd

Now read the article that Michael wrote on the fantastic website The Skinny. Have a think about the things he says. Do you agree? Is Michael being too harsh upon himself? Should Michael go to jail? I’ll be at risk of being too flippant about this very thoughtful discussion?

Fit the 4th

Now listen to our special Spreaker podcast. Here I have put an extract of the Woman’s Hour discussion in question. Listen for yourself.

Fit the Final

Now listen to the remaining part of the interview with Michael J Dolan. (Remember the full interview you will be published as a Bonus podcast by the end of this month)

Extension Activities (for Spoffs)

I mentioned a very famous joke by Billy Connolly from the mythical 1970s, time almost forgotten by many people but not Gav. You can watch said joke here and perhaps compare and contrast.

Please hand in all essays with Harvard referencing as usual – much love and looking forward to parents evening.

Live Podcast with Arthur Smith

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Hello!

And welcome – especially if you are here as a result of the Radio Scotland BBC Comedy Cafe or the Brian Gittins Spreaker Radio Show. What lovely people you are!

We are very excited to announce the #AskArthur Live Podcast this week. Your chance to talk to the the man himself.

 

The Details

Who: www.arthursmith.co.uk

When: Thursday 24th Jan – 9pm

Where: http://www.spreaker.com/show/the_funny_looking_show

How: Skype in – funnylooking pod – leave Questions on our Twitter feed & Facebook with #AskArthur and we will find it and try to ask it.

Now what: Tell your pals!

Cheers

Gav & Pete

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Flogging Our Blog

 

Not content with waffling on about comedy for the past year, Funny Looking are now starting our own blog. We really are partying like it’s 2002.

The Flog (as it will be known and eventually chanted) is a place for you, me and any old Joe Sixpack to share some thoughts on comedy. This could be in the form of reviews, opinion pieces or whatever you see fit. We’re definitely hoping for some seedy Robin Ince fan fiction.

“Oh Robin, when you talk about science, it makes me feel things I’ve not felt in years”

The Flog is aiming to be a community of passionate people writing about things they love. Funny Looking is all about championing things that make you laugh, from the God-like Kitson and Lee to the utter glory of CBeebies. Our passion is to share these things with others and in turn find new stuff too. It’s as honest an endeavour as you are likely to ever find.

With little to no marketing effort, we are already getting a few hundred listens to every pod and the aim of 2013 is to push this even further. We already have chatted with some surprisingly amazing people including Arthur Smith, Andy Zaltzman, Simon Munnery and Pappy’s so trust us when we say, we’re a bit of a big deal. (Sarcasm)

So what now…

Getting in touch is definitely the first option. You can do that by all the usual means – twitter/facebook/email. Let us know what you want to say and we will hopefully be able to give you the platform to share it.

A few rules…

1. Needlessly controversial is boring. Smartly explaining your opinions and making people think is not.

2. “Women in comedy” comment pieces are boring. Celebrating someone/anyone who makes you smile is not.

3. If you waffle, we’ll probably edit it.

4. Don’t be a dick (this is a rule for life, not just the Flog)

Right, get going lovely reader.

All the best

Gav & Pete