To welcome in the New Year, The Civic welcomes a few comedy favourites to help us all recover from the madness of the Christmas season.
And in February Lee Hurst, known throughout the comedy business as someone who can pull laughs out of thin air, with his razor sharp ability to improvise and ad lib comedy on the spot is followed by quiet and slightly nerdish John Shuttleworth, who returns to The Civic with his Yamaha PSS portable keyboard.
After 25 years of semi-retirement, playing nursing homes, Russian-born Sol Bernstein is back where he belongs, in Toby Foster’s Last Laugh Comedy Club! The World’s first all-round entertainer is a song and dance man, a comedian, a magician, an actor, and an amazing a Jazz musician. His charisma, his walking stick, his catch phrase “why don’t you put on a tie” his chutzpah, put it all together and you see the magic that is Sol Bernstein. He’s got so much to say and so little time to say it. Catch this legend and genius while you still have the chance.
Leeds based comedian Peter Brush drops in to showcase why he’s being recognised as a future star. Silly and excellent one liners make him possibly the UK’s answer to Woody Allen. An unassuming presence, with his small bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, which belies a highly distinctive act of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion – what he lacks in charisma he more than makes up for with original writing talent! “His best lines are inspired” (Chortle).
Anecdotal, observational and refreshingly honest in style, Gerry’s comedy is enriched by a somewhat unique perspective: Starting in comedy as the result of a dare, his rise to headline act was a quick one; Gerry is fast becoming one of the most talked about comics in the business and is breaking some taboos on the way. With his energetic and likeable personality, infectious joie de vivre and a beaming smile that warms up the coldest of nights, Gerry K is a truly feel-good act. As Gerry says: “I love nothing better than – just for a little while, anyway – being at the centre of people’s worlds and making them laugh. It’s a lovely feeling.”
Lee Hurst is back on the road with his show Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!!! Lee will be travelling throughout Britain to find out what really winds you up. Mostly people get on with living their lives, but everyone has at least one thing that pushes their button and sends them over the edge. What’s yours? Come along for a night of laughter and letting off some steam. There’s only one way to prove how good Lee Hurst is live, and that’s to go and see him for yourself. This is backed up by the fantastic comments he gets on Facebook and Twitter, from audience members after they’ve been to one of Lee’s shows. He doesn’t just perform a stand up show, it’s an event that changes from night to night. Book now, you will not be disappointed!
The Civic is also proud to present the hilarious new show by “Sheffield’s funniest man” (The Times), versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth. The Perrier Award nominated comic returns to the stage to explore the illustrious past of his sole agent, (last on ‘New Faces’ in 73!) Ken Worthington. In examining Ken’s life, John can’t help but reflect on his own past endeavors. But what startling tales will resurface and why is dinnerlady wife, Mary, so grumpy? With a clutch of brand new songs performed on his Yamaha keyboard, “The finest lyrics known to man” (The Independent). A Wee Ken To Remember is the latest stroke of comical genius from “The king of retro and old-school England” (This Is Cornwall).
And finally, following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, the Reduced Shakespeare Company are setting out to reduce the UK to tears of laughter in Spring 2015. Yes that’s right, the bad boys of abridgement will finally tackle the subject they were born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin. Far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, you’ll still come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and everything in-between, the Company leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes. “This show proves (the Reduced Shakespeare Company) have not lost their touch – or their remarkable energy.” (The Stage, 2014)
Toby Foster’s Last Laugh Comedy Club is at The Civic on Saturday 31 January at 8pm. Tickets are £12. Recommended for ages 18+. May contain strong and explicit language.
Lee Hurst’s Things that Make you go Aaarggh!!! is at The Civic on Friday 6 February at 8pm. Tickets are £16. May contain strong language.
John Shuttleworth’s A Wee Ken to Remember is at The Civic on Saturday 14 February at 8pm. Tickets are £16.
Reduced Shakespeare Company with The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is on Thursday 19 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 full price and £12 concessions. Recommended for ages 8+.
For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.