RT & Follow for a chance to win a pair of tickets to join Erich McElroy and Friends celebrate 4th July

Erich McElroy and Friends ‘celebrate’ the 4th of July on THE 2ND of JULY

2 Northdown Street, London N1 9BG


Join comedian and pundit, Erich McElroy, and a brilliant trio of US talent – Rich HallDave Fulton and broadcaster Katie Puckrik – for a night of comedy, debate and chat about the State of the Union.

“The 4th of July is a celebration of America declaring its independence, of course, but in practical terms it’s a chance to have too much to drink and blow things up. The drinking we learned from our British founders, the blowing up we figured all on our own,” says McElroy.

“This year, it’s the first independence celebration under President Trump. Trump’s had about six months to ‘Make America Great Again’ – join us as we figure out if he’s done it!”

More information on Erich and his guests:

Erich McElroy

Erich has been in demand as a comedian and as a pundit, and has written for The Independent, The Herald, The Huffington Post and Saga. Erich’s broadcasting credits include BBC NewsBBC BreakfastGood Morning BritainNewsnight, BBC Radio 5 live, TalkRadio, Sky SunriseMurnaghan, STV and SomeNews Live on Fubar Radio.

‘Smart, sharp, endearing comic’
The List

Rich Hall

Rich Hall, the grouchy, deadpan, comic genius quit his job as a hurricane namer for the United States Meteorological Service eighteen years ago and has never looked back. Since then he has won an Emmy for writing on The David Letterman Show, won the Perrier Award (the comedy equivalent to a Oscar) with his excellent character Otis Lee Crenshaw, and won the Edinburgh Critics Award twice! Looking like a Pearl Jam roadie, Rich is a master of absurdist irony while eschewing the human condition. He particularly likes to lay it on Americans and life across the Pond at every opportunity. The world is a donkey ride to hell and Rich is your tour guide. Rich is well known in the States for his numerous appearances on The Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live. In the UK, Rich has appeared on Have I Got News For YouJack Dee’s Sunday Service, and a host of other shows.

‘Belly laughs and aching sides…..whimsical and splenetic. The man is and extempore powerhouse.’
The Times

Katie Pukrik

Katie Puckrik is a broadcaster, writer, and performer – and with the success of her YouTube channel and blog, Katie Puckrik Smells, a globally renowned authority on perfume. On TV she’s best known for The WordThe Sunday Show, and Pyjama Party,and is a presenter and contributor across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Music! She began her career as a singer and dancer, and has performed with Pet Shop Boys, Michael Clark Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, and Sparks. She writes for the Guardian and the Sunday Times, among others. Reviewers called her memoir, Shooting From the Lip, ‘Gonzette journalism…an ammunition-packed bad girl’s guide to life.’

Dave Fulton

Whoever it was who decided that Americans don’t have any sense of irony, they forgot to tell Dave Fulton. This wry Seattle wag is positively brimming over with ironic invective. He even fronted an amusing and perceptive report – for Newsnight, no less – begging Brits to celebrate their own heritage, rather than aping American pop culture. He’s been seen on the BBC series The Stand Up Show, and The Comedy Store series where he took the roof off the prestigious club with his highly inventive perspective on life.

‘Whiplash delivery and relentless pace’
The List

Title: Erich McElroy and Friends ‘celebrate’ the 4th of July on the 2nd of July
Venue: 2 Northdown Street, London N1 9BG (nearest tube: King’s Cross)
Venue website: http://www.2northdown.com/
Ticket link: https://www.tickettext.co.uk/erich-mcelroy/erich-mcelroys-us-indepedence-celebration-02072017/
Tel: 020 8549 9790
Date: Sunday 2nd July
Time: 8pm (Doors 7.00pm)
Age: 18+
Duration: 150 minutes
Entry:  £13 plus booking fee, or £15 on the doorAll proceeds go to Velindre Cancer Centre in Wales.

Terms and Conditions
1. The promoter is Textual Healing PR
2. Employees of Textual Healing PR and The Sweet London Life or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are stated above
5. Closing date for entry will be Wednesday 28th June 2017 . After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: Two tickets to see Erich McElroy and Friend’s Celebrate the 4th of July on 2nd July at 2Northdown on 2nd July.
8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
11. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Sweet London Life.
12. The winner will be notified by social media within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the promotor  textualhealingpr@gmail.com
19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to The Sweet London Life and not to any other party.

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Review: “An abundance of silliness” ★★★ Tape Face, Garrick Theatre

Fresh from a stint on America’s Got Talent, Sam Wills brings his Tape Face to the West End and with a programme filled with some of his most famous sketches, fans will be thrilled by the two-hour mime marathon.

The modern-day clown – who reached the finals of the stateside competition – presents a show filled with audience interaction and moderate humiliation, which includes an abundance of silliness.

Hip thrusting Grandads, puppetry using old shoes and games with Ping-Pong balls and bubbles are all part of the fun, but the unsophisticated nature of the comedy does have a tendency to become a little repetitive.

Despite a large piece of gaffer obstructing his mouth for the whole show, Wills is extremely expressive and he’s at his best when shooting disparaging looks at his volunteers/victims, when things don’t quite go to plan.

Lovers of slapstick and physical comedy will have a whale of a time, but those who prefer their humour on a more sophisticated level will tire quickly.

Tape Face is at the Garrick Theatre until 23 July 

We talk to comedian Tom Green ahead of his first Shepherd’s Bush Empire gig

Londoners will get a rare chance to see the internationally acclaimed funny man, Tom Green later this month, when he brings his latest stand-up show to the Islington O2 Academy, writes Nicky Sweetland.

The Canadian comedian is performing at the venue for the first time as part of his tour entitled European Comedy Road Trip and is looking forward to the challenge of tickling the ribs of one of the most notoriously critical audiences in the world.

Tom said: “I’m very excited to be here; it’s my first tour of the full UK ever.”

Tom rose to fame via his MTV series The Tom Green Show, but has enjoyed a varied career as a performer with roles in the films Road Trip, Charlie’s Angels and Shred and a hugely successful career as a rap music star.

Stand-up is Tom’s first love however and he told me, “I started doing stand-up when I was a teenager and I always wanted to return to it. I was doing this Internet television show about 10 years ago that people all over the world were watching online. I realised I had fans in different countries so I thought it might be fun to bring the show to them.”

Tom now spends most of his time touring and he finds he gets a very different response from audiences around the world.

“I like all different kinds of crowds; that’s what I like about touring. I don’t mind when it gets really crazy and raucous but I also like it when people are listening to what I have to say.” Tom explains, “That’s what’s exciting about it; you really don’t know what you’re walking in to. It gives you an adrenaline rush, that’s for sure”

I ask Tom where he gets the inspiration for his material.

“Sometimes it’s things that anger me. Definitely it’s things that seem absurd and ridiculous to me. I’m always taking notes and sometimes, if things seem strange, I jot them down on my phone and try to remember them later. I talk about it on stage and over time it gets formed into a joke. That’s, kind of, the process.”

Tom said: “I’ve started to do a lot of improv. I like to pull comedy out of the crowd and create some spontaneous energy in the room.”

Tom found further fruitful content from when he endured a stint on the US version of the Apprentice, which was hosted by a certain resident of the White House.

“I talk a lot about my old boss Donald Trump. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of him, but he’s now the president of the United States of America. I had an interesting experience with him and so I found some stories and jokes that I can tell.”

Tom is currently touring the UK, whilst filming a behind the scenes exposé of the tour, which will be released later this year.

Tom Green will perform two shows at the Islington O2 Academy on 17 June at 6pm and 8pm.

RT and Follow to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to see Erich McElroy and Friends ‘celebrate’ The Best General Election (so far) THIS Year

Erich McElroy and Friends ‘celebrate’ the ‘BEST’ General Election (so far) THIS YEAR!
2 Northdown Street, London N1 9BG @ 8pm (doors 7pm)

Join comedians Erich McElroy, Grainne Maguire, Steve N Allen – and more to be confirmed – for a night to celebrate the end of the ‘best’ (and so far only) General Election of 2017!

Expect a night of the strongest and stablest comedy you can imagine. The laughs will be coming more frequently than the leaks of the Labour manifesto and there will be free tuition for all (please note, promise of free tuition will be broken).
 
It might be that we are getting close to voting fatigue, but that doesn’t mean we’re tired of laughing at the whole mess. 
 
The night is also a fundraiser for Velindre Cancer Centre in Wales. 

Terms and Conditions
1. The promoter is Textual Healing PR
2. Employees of Textual Healing PR and The Sweet London Life or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are stated above
5. Closing date for entry will be Monday 5th June 2017 . After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: Two tickets to see Erich McElroy and Friend’s ‘celebrate’ The Best General Election (so far) this year at 2Northdown on 8th June.
8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
11. Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by the Sweet London Life.
12. The winner will be notified by social media within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
18. The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the promotor  textualhealingpr@gmail.com
19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to The Sweet London Life and not to any other party.

Angel Comedy at The Bill Murray is the place to go for a night of laughter in June

Angel Comedy at The Bill Murray is fast becoming the place to go for a night of comedy.

The club in Islington, which won the 2017 Chortle Award for Best Small Venue, offers multiple comedy shows every night of the week, with many just £5 or even free to enjoy.

Next months highlight include Tony Law and Friends, who will provide a magical read through of something funny that will turn into a bigger and definitely more dangerous thing at a later date. The friends are to be confirmed but hairy comedian Adam Larter might be involved.

You can also join Andrew Maxwell for his Edinburgh preview. Renowned for his cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary, Andrew is also the recognisable voice of MTV’s hit show Ex On The Beach, which is now in its sixth series.

June’s programme also includes star of hit shows ‘What Would Beyonce Do?!’ and ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ Luisa Omielan and “The King of Edinburgh” (the List) Richard Herring.

You can find full listings on the website 

Adam Kay brings his Fingering a Minor on the Piano show to the Soho Theatre

Following a critically acclaimed total sell-out season in April, Adam Kay will make his highly anticipated return to London’s Soho Theatre when he performs his Fingering a Minor on the Piano show to the venue next week.

In this brand new collection of wonderfully off-kilter music and stand-up, Adam is in reflective mood – taking a look back at his former job as a hospital doctor. At a time when junior doctors have rarely been out of the papers, the man who brought the world the iconic London Underground Song tells personal and painfully funny stories about his career and his decision to hang up his white coat six years ago.

Amateur Transplants frontman Adam has built up a fan base the size of which most comedians would happily sell their kidneys for. With sell-out tours and nine sell-out Edinburgh Fringe seasons, his cutting-edge, darkly humorous re-imaginings of modern day pop and rock classics have gained him a cult following throughout the UK.

Adam Kay is a versatile comedy writer and performer, whose work spans narrative and sketch for TV, stage and radio including BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, Radio 4 and Channel 4. He also works as a script editor and gag writer and collaborates with a number of well-known comedy acts. Recent credits include his original comedy series, Crims, co-written with Dan Swimer, for the BBC, Very British Problems, Flat TV, The Now Show and Mongrels and is also a regular voice on The Now Show. Adam started out life as a doctor but after a brief medical career, he swapped his white coat for a microphone. He fronted the popular musical comedy act Amateur Transplants, whose iconic London Underground Song had over 10 million hits on iTunes. Amateur Transplants have produced four number one albums in the iTunes comedy charts and won a 2014 London Cabaret Award.

Adam Kay will bring his Fingering a Minor on the Piano show to Soho Theatre from 18 – 20 May.

Scott Gibson brings his sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Life After Death, to Soho Theatre

Following a sell-out season earlier this year, Award-winning Scottish comic Scott Gibson brings his critically-lauded, sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, Life After Death, to Soho Theatre this Month.

Scott Gibson’s Life After Death tells the tale of the three weeks that changed his life forever. One summer, he returned from his friend’s stag weekend in Blackpool and his brain exploded – he had suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. So, Scott did what any self-respecting Glaswegian man would do: he went back to bed and slept for 4 days.

A darkly hysterical show about overcoming insurmountable odds, Gibson’s Edinburgh Fringe debut has drawn plaudits from audiences and critics alike.

In recent years Scott has successfully established himself as one of the best Scottish Comedians of his generation, a title that was cemented when he received the Edinburgh Comedy Awards’ Best Newcomer trophy at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. He is also known as Resident MC for BBC Introduces in Scotland, as a host of The Hashtag Show, and has supported some of the biggest names in comedy on their national tours, from Des Clarke and Daniel Sloss, to Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle, who describes Scott as a “natural, gifted, and unapologetic storyteller”.

Scott and comedian Richard Gadd made history at the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Awards when they became the first Scottish winners to scoop both of the main prizes – Best Newcomer and Best Show – in the same year.

Scott Gibson will Life After Death to Soho Theatre from 22 until 27 May 2017

Acclaimed one-man cartoon comedy, Goose returns to Soho Theatre

Following a critically acclaimed total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe season in 2016,  one-man cartoon comedy show, Goose will explode once again onto the Soho Theatre stage later this month.

In 2013 Adam Drake and Ben Rowse joined forces to co-write a one-man farce, Robin, in which Adam also performed under Ben’s direction. The show garnered a host of four and five star reviews and they went on to form Goose in 2014 on which they were co-writers with Adam once again performing under Ben’s direction. The show was a huge success and confirmed Goose as one of the leading lights in the new generation of Comedy protagonists. Kablamo was one of the best reviewed shows at last year’s Fringe and has since run for a sell-out season at the Soho Theatre, an arts centre tour of the UK and has been booked for Latitude.

They recently filmed a taster for Hat Trick and are currently developing scripted projects with both Hat Trick and Tiger Aspect.

Goose will be perfuming at Soho Theatre from 16 – 20th May

Improvised crossover cabaret, Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium, comes to Wilton’s Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall is preparing for a rather interesting new show later this month, as master puppeteer Henry Maynard brings his new adult show to the east London venue.

Best known for creating the spectacular puppets used in the National Theatre production of War Horse, Henry Maynard has collaborated with a highly skilled team of expert puppeteers, who have been working together in sweaty and physically compromising conditions since 2010. Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium is an improvised crossover cabaret featuring tabletop puppetry and character comedy for discerningly twisted adult audiences.

Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes and gathering three awards, 10 five star reviews (and counting), puppetry’s Balkan bad boys Boris & Sergey; simply the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage, are back in London with freak show cabaret like no other.

Starring a variety of puppet characters, Boris & Sergey follow the tragic story of Pierre le Petit Tête Gustav and his wildly deranged tap dancing companion Juan Tamino. Audiences must hold on to their hats as they delve into a titillation filled world of the macabre. Boris & Sergey recreate traditional scenes of geeking, feats of incredible fortitude, endeavours of unimaginable physical endurance with formidable artistry, all whilst beguiling with their roughish wit and erudite jocularity.

Boris faces El Pollo Diablo (or ‘Betsy’, as he likes to call her) in a live onstage cock fight; and there is ample opportunity for audience interaction, improvisation and comedy banter between the two brothers in ‘super spooky storytime’.

Performed by the man behind puppetry’s Balkan bad boys Amused Moose Finalist, Henry Maynard presents a one man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime where audiences are invited to join our hero for a silent expedition as they witness one man’s quest for a friend.

Boris & Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium will be at Wilton’s Music Hall from 9 – 13 May

The Black Cat Cabaret set to take Underbelly Festival by storm this summer

Parisian-inspired cabaret spectacular, The Black Cat Cabaret, has announced an exciting new summer season at Underbelly Festival, taking place from Friday 20th May until the end of September at London’s Southbank.

London’s favourite purrrveyors of dark and daring cabaret entertainment return with a spectacular show, breathing new life into the decadent world of vintage Montmartre.

Upon entering the glorious, mirrored surroundings of the Underbelly spiegeltent, guests can expect to encounter at close quarters a merry band of high-kicking showgirls, jaw-dropping acrobats, comic street singers, a fire-breathing siren and daredevil aerialists – all bound together with a belle epoque sense of giddy abandonment.

The Black Cat has made a name for itself as the place to experience modern cabaret in all of its wondrous forms – from the sacred to the profane, the lyrical to the downright louche. Returning to the Southbank for a 4th summer season, these shows take place in a stunning setting that combines theatre-style seating with the thrill of the big top. The 2017 summer run will feature Black Cat Cabaret’s original, “after-hours Montmartre” show, which is returning for the first time since 2014.

Inspired by the heyday of Parisian cabaret culture, yet with a timeless quality all of its own, the show is a veritable who’s who of the London scene. Step over the threshold and encounter absinthe-addled artistes, flame-haired courtesans and bittersweet comic chanteuses, all presided over by The Black Cat’s “compère beyond compare” Dusty Limits. The BCC’s trademark combination of cabaret and comic acts with high skills circus, original music and choreography makes it a night out like no other.

Having appeared at many of London’s most revered night spots, from Café de Paris and Hotel Café Royal, to the former Pigalle Club in salubrious St James’, the past year has seen The Black Cat Cabaret go from strength to strength. While taking over the iconic Hippodrome Casino for a couple of sell-out dates this Spring, Black Cat Cabaret is also making regular appearances at Zédel with an intimate, opulent “Salon des Artistes” dinner & show. With these ongoing residencies as well as the new season at Southbank, Black Cat Cabaret is the perfect choice for a thrilling night out this summer.

Confirmed dates at Underbelly Festival includeSaturday 20th May – 21:15 Friday 2nd June – 21:30 Saturday 8th July – 21:15 Saturday 5th August – 21:15 Friday 22nd Sept – 21:30