Greenhorn Shorts: Laughter Live
13th November at 8.30pm
The Proud Archivist
Prepare for a night of dark comedy and surreal humour with this programme of funny shorts followed by live stand from Beth Vyse & Adam Hess at The Proud Archivist. From primal scream therapy to unlikely super-villains this is a line up sure to get you giggling.
Beth Vyse is a critically acclaimed comedy performer and actor from Stoke – On – Trent (although her Mum says to say they’re from Cheshire).
After treading the boards across the globe with the RSC, working at numerous national theaters, on TV and Radio, Beth moved into comedy, creating a surreal, sublime and completely ridiculous take on the world, underpinned with a brilliant and unique acting style.
Having performed with others at the Edinburgh Fringe for a number of years, Beth decided to go it alone in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Her shows ‘Going Dark!’ and ‘Get Up With Hands’ are now reaching cult status. She is also one of the key members of Weirdos Comedy Club. “The closet thing to a modern day comic strip we have” Chortle. You can catch her on the circuit at The Soho Theatre, The Pleasance, The Invisible Dot, Knock 2 Bag, ACMS and as part of the Weirdos alongside Fosters Award Winner, John Kearns, Pat Cahiil and Luke McQueen.
“It’s a trip into Vyse’s insane, chaotic and stupidly funny mind. She’s a superb comic actress. Allow yourself to be swept up in her weirdness and you’ll have a blast.” – Time Out
“Excellent… tremendous comic effect” – Evening Standard
Fosters Best Newcomer Nominee 2015 Adam Hess started performing stand up in 2011, when he won the Chortle Student Comedy Award and quickly made a name for himself on the comedy circuit. Adam was initially known for his impeccably written surreal one-liners, before later proving himself as an accomplished story-teller and sketch-writer.
Since then Adam has written for lots of big TV shows (including BBC Two’s Russell Howard’s Good News on which he was a staff writer), appeared in BBC One’s Count Arthur Strong and regularly contributed to the award winning Dave podcast. He has also supported David Baddiel on tour and is one of the creators of underground cult hit The Bearpit Podcast Podcast alongside John Kearns.
In 2013 Adam was nominated for Leicester Mercury New Act of the Year and Best Newcomer at the Chortle Awards.
“For good quality gags per minute, there is no better comedian” – The Independent
“Relentlessly entertaining, full of beautiful imagery” – Time Out
PIERRE NOVELLIE (MC)
Pierre Novellie was born in Johannesburg in South Africa but moved to the Isle of Man when he was a boy. He is one of the best up-and-coming comedians in the United Kingdom – you may recognise him from BBC Three’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live or 4OD’s comedy series Taxi Gags. Pierre has also been a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Rest is History hosted by Frank Skinner; he was a guest on the‘Joke Thieves’ pilot for BBC Two; and recently starred in a music video for the band Walking Aida. He opened for Gary Delaney on his latest tour, and has written for television on Adam Buxton’s Shed of Christmas.
Pierre’s 2015 Edinburgh show, Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter was received well by audiences and critics alike, with The Scotsman, Chortle, The List and Broadway Baby (among others) all giving it 4 stars.
“Wry, confident observational comedy…well crafted, hilarious.” – The Sunday Times
“The dawn of a major talent” – The Guardian
|The Devil’s in the Detail
Directed by Tomasz Aleksander
When two unsuspecting burglars realise they aren’t as prepared as they thought, they have to deal with their problem quickly and efficiently. The last thing they need is a disturbance…
Directed by Rick Limentani
John is a socially awkward man in a downward spiral of debt, until a lucky accident propels him into a new career as a black-market pet exterminator. In these difficult times, some families can no longer afford a pet. John has some inventive ways to help them.
Directed by Simon Cartwright
Glen is barely a man. In a desperate attempt to tap into his masculinity he attends a primal scream therapy session. Surrounded by wailing men he cannot even make a sound. When another member of the class pushes Glen too far he finally lets something out – a miniature version of himself which does whatever it wants, regardless of the consequences.
Directed by Jack Wormell
A window. A wall. A road. A glimpse. A chance encounter. No answers.
Directed by Kasia Nalewajka
Pineapple Calamari dreams of being a horse racing champion. He lives with two inseparable women who share a very special connection. But when tragedy befalls this happy family, their social dynamic takes a drastic turn to the unexpected.