Friday Night Comedy with Dave Fulton
Headliners DAVE FULTON, BARRY CASTAGNOLA, CAROLINE MABEY(MC) plus funny guests!
£8 in advance, £10 on the door
***If you are booking for your birthday the birthday person will receive free entry and a welcome cocktail if they produce photo ID on arrival. The birthday must fall within 7 days of the night you wish to attend. Please state in your bookings notes if it is a birthday group and tell us the name of the person celebrating. Do not purchase a ticket in advance for the birthday person, only purchase tickets for the rest of the group. Mistakes will not be refunded.
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.
Yet you'd never know from the look of him. With his stringy beard, straggly long hair and rock 'n' roll black leather jacket, Fulton looks more like a refugee from a defunct British heavy metal band than an all-American stand-up... there's a salty flavour to his live club set that you'd scarcely describe as feminist. It's these contradictions that make Fulton so fascinating, and fun to watch, especially when he's riffing with British punters half a world away from home.
Dave Fulton is opinionated, isn't afraid to pull punches in his observations, yet has a deceptively laid back stage manner that disguises a raw aggression. A varied melting pot of issues that sometimes even he doesn't want to explore. This is un-missable comedy from one of the most dynamic and innovative comedians breaking on the comedy circuit at the moment. His mother would never have thought it possible from someone who holds a Masters in Music Composition.
Recently he's been seen on the BBC series The Stand Up Show, and Channel 5's The Comedy Store series where he took the roof off the prestigious club with his highly inventive perspective on life. Dave has also presented a feature for Newsnight on American culture to tie in with an exhibition at The Barbican.
"Whiplash delivery and relentless pace" - The List
"Compelling... a real breath of fresh air" - The Independent
Comedian, actor and writer Barry Castagnola has firmly established himself as an accomplished comic performer. He has been performing stand-up in the UK and internationally for over 6 years since blagging his way onto the stage at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His easy-going (yet very physical) style, mixing personal anecdotes with some sharp topical and political comment, enthuses audiences at most of the major comedy clubs in the UK. As well as being a popular compere, Barry regularly headlines gigs around the country. He has performed in New York, Ireland, The Melbourne Comedy Festival, Glastonbury and The Reading Festival. TV stand up includes The Stand Up Show (BBC1) and Net.Comedy (Carlton)
'Castagnola has crafted a delightfully enjoyable portrait of himself as a young man...well constructed...so enjoyable' ****Chorlte
'Such fun... an appealing hour of biographical stand up' The Guardian - Todays Pick
'Perfect' ***** Three Weeks
'A confident, likeable comic ... it's his self deprecating bemusement at his own diary entries, overblown song lyrics, home videos and vintage possessions that holds this show together and provides the most hilarity' Metro
'A genial performer, he has a gift for self mockery and his youthful indescretions chime easily with an audience' The Scotsman 'So confident in the delivery of his material...you've got to admire his no-frills approach' The Stage
'A hugely talented performer Scotsgay
'A natural anecdote teller... his enjoyable show marks him out as one to watch.' The List
Caroline Mabey as MC
The slightly deranged offspring of a menage a trois between Vic Reeves, Harry Hill and Floella Benjamin” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“Fabulous off the wall lines… will endure in the memory long after you’ve forgotten every word from the big-name stand-ups.” – Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Kooky, quirky and delicious” – Time Out
TV and Radio:
'The One Show’ BBC1
'Funny Business' BBC2
'The Culture Show' BBC2
'Noble and Silver: getOffme' Channel 4
'The Graham Penthouse Show' Resonance FM (as Helen Heels and other characters)
“An absolute delight to watch. Fantastically ditzy and spectacularly absurd… A joy to behold.” -The Skinny
“Highly Recommended”-Times Festivals
“Brilliantly Funny… Wonderfully silly… Genuinely inspired” -Fringe Guru
“Real comedy bite… silly, poignant and twisted gaggery" - The Scotsman
"Bloody Brilliant"- Three Weeks