The Oblong Show
This month’s Oblong Show is extra special, as we have a truly sublime international headliner (even Robin Williams thought so). In addition to that, Silly Billies, who have been putting on stellar shows of alternative comedy in Newcastle, are hosting the night. Double trouble! With additional guests to boot this will be an ace night of bonkers and brilliant comedy.
Armed with an explosive wit and a singular penchant for absurdism, comedy virtuoso Will Franken deluges audiences with a kaleidoscopic tsunami of mind-blowing character comedy so funny that people stop laughing only long enough to drop their jaws. Something of a one-man Monty Python, Franken has been featured on BBC America’s The World Stands Up and has performed his patented theatrical lunacy in festivals worldwide, including Just for Laughs in Montreal. He’s compiled a tome of praise from his work across America and from performing in the UK which he deeply enjoys given his deep love of the British comedic tradition.
‘Will Franken is a master of illusion, an id unchained. He is also very funny.’ – Robin Williams
‘Simply hilarious’ – The Times
‘What elevates Mr. Franken above your garden-variety comedian is an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd’ – The New York Times
‘San Francisco has nurtured many of comedy’s biggest names, and this guy is destined to be one of them.’ – San Francisco Chronicle
‘You can’t take your eyes off these inspired outpourings.’ – The Guardian
‘Franken has a bucketload of funny which he is spinning around without spilling a drop’ ★★★★★ – Kate Copstick
Silly Billies Comedy is an alternative comedy night that takes place across various venues in Newcastle upon Tyne. The night was set up as a way to create an opportunity for alternative acts to take risks, have fun and for audiences to see righteous, original nonsense. Jack Gardner has blessed our stage before now, and this time he’s bringing the gang with him and taking over the Oblong Show. It’ll be mad fun.
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Doors open at 7.00pm, show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 when you buy online, £6 if you pay on the door.