SATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2018
Pleasance One, Venue 33 - map
Out of the Blue
Music (a cappella)
Oxford's premier all-male a cappella sensation are back for their 15th year in a row! With over 16 million hits on YouTube, the Fringe's biggest selling student show is sure to bring smiles all around. Expect vocal acrobatics, an eclectic repertoire and ludicrous choreography which never fails to delight. Out of the Blue return bigger, better and bluer than ever! Out of the Blue are proud to announce that their show will again be supporting Helen and Douglas House, the world's first children's hospice, based in their Oxford home.
Steve Bugeja: Almost
Voted at school 'Most Likely to be Forgotten'. The reunion was in February, apparently. BBC New Comedy Award winner returns following three critically acclaimed shows. This year he’s on at 15:30 because he doesn’t like late nights. As seen on Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Love Island Aftersun (ITV2) and Comedy Up Late (ABC TV) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. ‘Drum tight, as if polished by a sitcom writers’ room to cram as many jokes in as humanly possible’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘An eye for comic detail that’s all his own’ (Guardian). ‘Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling’ (Scotsman).
Zach & Viggo and Thumpasaurus: Where Does the Love Go?
Comedy (absurdist, opera)
Following the first space war of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, a lone detective is contracted to find the love in this absurdist, avant-garde, funk opera. LA-based, intergalactic dance force, Thumpasaurus teams up with anarchic, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo for an hour of madness! Zach & Viggo sold out back-to-back seasons at Edinburgh Fringe, won best comedy awards in Brighton and Adelaide, are v good boys. Thumpasaurus: sold out The Troubadour in LA, collaborated with Super Deluxe, opened for Vulfpeck, Justin Jay and KNOWER.
Sleeping Trees: World Tour
Comedy (sketch show)
Sleeping Trees have been travelling around the world! They've been scuba-diving at the Great Barrier Reef, trekking the ancient Inca trails of Peru and gone dogging in Blackpool. But what starts as an innocent journey of discovery soon leads to an intricate series of events, culminating in the secret mission to end all missions. A story of love, revenge and friendship, and by friendship, we mean revenge. 'Love child of Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen' (Time Out). 'Phenomenal performers, brimming with verve and fizzing with invention' (Chortle.co.uk). Winners: Merv's Spirit of the Fringe 2017.
Build a Rocket
Theatre (drama, new writing)
'Scarborough is turning into Tenerife. This is global warming gone wrong. This isn't the story of Icarus and Daedalus. It's Yasmin and Jack. And we won't fly too close to the sun. We'll fly through the f*cker.' Yasmin is young, feisty and living on the edge in Scarborough. She's been dealt a rough hand and has to decide whether to give in or get smart. But can the thing which threatens to ruin her life be the one thing which saves her? A new play by Christopher York, directed by Paul Robinson.
Comedy (stand-up, compilation)
With a friendship that has endured numerous governments, several economic downturns and expanding waist sizes, these two stand-ups join together to bring you a one-hour show which will provide a craftsman-like masterclass in stand-up comedy. Anecdotes, jokes, routines and even a song at the end. Why not do an hour each? 'Well - people do an hour in the hope of getting noticed by a TV producer. We’ve decided not to do that for a very good reason... we’ve both lost hope' (Fred MacAulay). 'A masterclass' (John Moloney).
Jess Robinson: No Filter
Multi award-winning Jess Robinson returns with more spot on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics. Jess and her incredible live band take you on a dizzying journey through hilarious impressions - from Shakira to Streisand via Adele, Lady Gaga and even Kate Bush - serving up a feast of musical styles and genres. As seen on The Last Leg (Channel 4), Murder in Successville (BBC Three), Dead Ringers (BBC Two), Re-dub (Sky One), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4) and Britain’s Got Talent. 'Naturally funny. Pitch perfect' (Telegraph).
Mervyn has been in the entertainment industry since 1974. He started in theatre where he acted, wrote scripts, songs, and directed for around 14 years. In the 1980s, he became the 'regular topical song bloke' on the BBC TV's first ever daytime show, 'Open Air', fronted by a thin Irishman called Eamonn Holmes. Over the years he has performed weekly topical songs on many TV current affairs programmes and more of the same on radio. In the late 1980s, Merv took his comedy songs onto the Comedy Circuit and then touring theatres. Merv's first Edinburgh Fringe was in 1986 and he has been every year since. He started his 'Pick of the Fringe' in 1992 and he has hosted it ever since. More at About Mervyn.
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4th-26th Aug 2018
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