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Josh Widdicombe: If This Show Saves One Life

Josh Widdicombe: If This Show Saves One Life. Josh Widdicombe. Copyright: BBC / Open University Productions.

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Stand-up starring Josh Widdicombe that will be performed at Pleasance Courtyard at 7:15pm for 1 hour, on the following days in August 2011.


Hotly anticipated debut show from one of comedy's fastest rising stars. Winner FHM Stand Up Hero 2010, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2010, Chortle Best Breakthrough Act nominee 2011. 'Excellent' (The Guardian), 'Packed with quirky observations, bundled up in an assured performance' (Chortle), 'Josh Widdicombe has the sort of gentle confidence, low-key charisma and one for all the family charm which could see him selling out enormous stadiums in a couple of years' (The Times).

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FHM Stand-Up Hero 2010 and Chortle Best Breakthrough Act nominee 2011, Josh Widdicombe is bringing his hotly anticipated debut show, If This Show Saves One Life..., to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Summer. Josh will be playing to audiences daily from 3rd - 28th August (excluding Monday 15th August) at the Pleasance Hut.

Josh opens the doors to how his upbringing in a tiny village in rural Devon didn't prepare him for the realities of life and relationships. From his hankering to move to the bright lights but on the other hand terrified of the rest of the world, to struggling to adapt to his twenties, not knowing whether to embrace being an adult or hold on to his youth. If This Show Saves One Life... is a hilarious insight into the daily foibles of one of comedy's fastest rising stars with observations and dilemmas we can all relate to.

Since his first gig in January 2008 Josh has had a remarkable impact on the comedy circuit. In just three years he has been named FHM Stand Up Hero 2010 (ITV4), Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2010, Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2011 and after just a handful of gigs made it to the final of the prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny' final at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008.

Now regarded as one of the best up-and-coming acts on the UK circuit Josh is in constant demand at clubs and theatres across Britain. Josh is fast establishing himself on the live circuit regularly supporting huge comic talent such as Alan Carr, Kevin Bridges and Michael McIntyre.

Outside the realms of stand-up Josh has been busy taking part in Channel 4's Stand Up For The Week, BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends, Arthur Smith's Balham Bash, BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk, Absolute Radio's Rock n' Roll Football, Sky One's Soccer AM, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC 3) and ITV4's Mark Watson Kick's Off. Also an accomplished writer, Josh has written regularly for Guardian Sports online plus TV show's such as Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Josh is also a regular on BBC's Radio Five Live's Back End Of Next Week.