Metaphorically, if our afternoon Comedy Club 4 Kids shows are Doctor Who, then this is the Torchwood spin-off. Darker. Grittier. Based on a time rift. Our 'really funny' ***** (Fest) family shows are open to everyone aged 6+, and the rudest word you'll hear there is 'bum'. Not tonight. This one-off gig is grown-ups only. Adults will be our giddy audience of children, watching the circuit's finest sketch acts and stand-ups doing their specially honed kids sets, and telling tales of times when performing for the under-10s has gone, ahem, somewhat awry.
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Ordinarily, we run mixed-bill comedy shows that are open to audience members from six and above, letting kids younger than 'Wall-E' watch something wonderful... that isn't a Pixar movie. The best acts of the Fringe, but swear-free, and for audience members who'd never be allowed into a late-night gig. We've done it for ten years. We are GOOD at it. And now, there's this...
Metaphorically, if our afternoon Comedy Club 4 Kids shows are Doctor Who, then this gig is the Torchwood spin-off. Darker. Grittier. Based on a time rift.
Comedy Club 4 Kids 4 Grown-Ups is a one-off show for adults only. They will be our giddy audience of 'children', watching the circuit's finest performers doing their specially honed kids sets, and telling tales of times when performing for the under-10s has gone, ahem, somewhat awry.
David O'Doherty once got asked, at a kids book reading, "does this get good soon?" Our acts have suffered still greater psychological torment, by the children in certain audiences. Here they can reveal all. Someone might even say a worse word than "bum", which would never happen in the afternoon.
Our acts will include the darkly hilarious Nick Doody, cartoon-wrangler Howard Read, the ever-charming Stu Goldsmith and sassy fire-eater Abigoliah Schamaun, plus actual teenager Harry Nowell. All hosted by our regular MC Tiernan Douieb, who adult audiences know as a political comedian but who children think of as a kindly Ewok whose hair/beard combination make his face look as it would if upside-down.
As we've never done a gig like this before, and by way of proving the assertion of how GOOD the daytime shows are, here are some ways Comedy Club 4 Kids has been reviewed in the last year:
"All U rated of course, and all absolutely hilarious." - The Yorkshire Times
"Stand-up sets from grown-up, high-quality acts." - The Independent
"Lots of fun for everyone in the room." - Three Weeks
This is our tenth year at the Fringe. We are hoping to get a couple of audience members who saw us as kids in 2005, and are now old enough to see the late-night version. Ridiculous! Huzzah!