Edinburgh is coming and the comedians are channelling their creative energies to produce their best work yet. To grow as artists. To hone that bit that will make someone snot out of their nose. To leave the audience feeling entertained, enriched and less alone. And so, the preview; the opportunity to witness the rendering of their muse as the labour of their love is wrought before your very eyes, without you even having to go to Edinburgh. Join us for this evening of hilarious darlings making it. (Also be advised that our regularly scheduled show in June sold out some time ago, so this may be the Square Hole fix you need).
Ross Brierley: Accumulator
We often dream of landing the big one, where we can give the middle finger to the man and say we’re going it alone. In 2010, after betting £10 on a horse racing accumulator, Ross Brierley hit the jackpot and decided to quit his job to become a professional gambler. What followed was a year of the inevitable high stakes and crushing lows. In the space of twelve months he’d lost most of his money and some of his mind. Holed-up in a portakabin with a bizarre cast of fellow professional gamblers (including an Olympian Badminton champion and a Welsh football international), the long climb back up the ladder began, fending off money laundering investigations, ADHD diagnoses and Ray Winstone’s Disembodied Head along the way. If there’s an odds-on certainty this year, it’s that Accumulator is set to be one of the funniest, most surreal shows of the Fringe; an energetic dive into what it takes to survive the puzzling, obsessive world of high stakes betting, told by a surging comedic talent in his debut solo show. Ross Brierley started his comedy path in 2012 and was a finalist in the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year competition after only four months of performing. He went on to win the Hot Water Comedy Club Comedian Of The Year in 2014. He is also professional gambler, sports broadcaster, co-creator of the viral hit UK Garage Horse Racing (‘The funniest thing in the world’ – Comedy Central) and host of the supremely daft Not So Late Show with fellow comedian Joshua Sadler, a live comedy chat show which made it’s Fringe debut at the The Pleasance in 2017.
“Setting a high benchmark for alternative comedy” — ★★★★ Yorkshire Post
“Manic energy and plenty of fun” — The New European
“Potential brilliance” — The Skinny
Sam & Tom: Interview
Award-winning comedy-duo and Sketch Off 2018 Finalists are hiring!
Are you a resourceful individual who can work well to time limits?
Do you have excellent non-verbal communication skills?
Can you demonstrate previous experience in a live appraisal environment?
Then vibrant up-start company Sam & Tom want you to join their dynamic new team of Mystery Shoppers!
As a company, Sam & Tom went public last year, delivering Unrectifiable , a high-quality “mind-swapping” product that experts heralded as displaying, “A depth of oddity that’s utterly unique” (londonpubtheatres.com). Now, after successful mock interviews at Mach Fest and Komedia Bath, they return to hold open interviews throughout the month in search of a new BAWEH [Best Audience We’ve Ever Had] to join their team on a permanent basis — and they need high-quality mystery shoppers like you to review their rigorous application process. Par Exemple: “Sharp and witty – I loved it” (Chortle).
Sam Nicoresti, Head of Sam – Brighton Rocks Film Festival Finalist 2018, Panel Prize Core Contributor 2016.
Tom Burgess, Head of Tom – Leicester Comedy Festival Best Debut Show 2018, heard on BBC Radio Wales.
Adam Larter, Company Director – Chortle Award Winner 2018
Doors open at 7.15pm, show starts at 7.45pm.
Tickets are £5 when you buy online, £6 if you pay on the door.
Advanced booking is recommended.