The Pin

The Pin. Image shows from L to R: Alexander Owen, Ben Ashenden.

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Sketch show starring Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen performed on the following days in August 2013...

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The Pin return to the Fringe, following last year's total sell-out run, with their best sketches yet. This is going to be big. As seen on BBC3 and ITV. Book now. 'Heavily tipped for future stardom' (Guardian). ***** (Skinny, ThreeWeeks). **** (List,,

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The Pin return to Edinburgh with their unique brand of razor sharp sketches and double-act nonsense. Having been refined to a two-man act, Ben Ashenden and Alexander Owen are back, armed with a 'Best Show' award from London's inaugural Sketch Festival (judges included The Scotsman's Kate Copstick, Julian Hall from The Independent and Paul Fleckney from London is Funny).

The show is driven by the onstage relationship and chemistry of the two members, who present a variety of sketches, set-pieces, lectures and powerpoint presentations over the course of a finely-honed hour. The fractious relationship of their personas escalates to a wildly silly and anarchic finale, in which a business proposal Alex has placed all The Pin's hopes on goes disastrously wrong.

Ben Ashenden has recently filmed a lead role in the pilot episode of studio sitcom Mummy's Boys for Comedy Central. Earlier this year he also performed in the BBC Three pilot of Kerry Howard's sketch show The Kerry Howard Show, and has previously appeared in the pilot episode of sitcom Tom and Jenny for BBC Three.

Alexander Owen has recently appeared in feature film Molly Moon-the Incredible Hypnotist, for Amber Entertainment, and short film The Brain Hack for Matador Pictures. Previously he has performed in ITV drama series The Last Weekend, alongside Shaun Evans and Rupert Penry-Jones, and Midsomer Murders.

The Pin have performed extensively at a wide variety of venues around London, including regular slots at The Invisible Dot in Kings Cross, hosting their own night at the Leicester Square Theatre, Up the Creek in Greenwich, and festivals such as Lounge on the Farm in Canterbury.


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Alexander Owen Self