Find out what’s happening with the society and with the Sheffield comedy scene for the month of October 2017.
Well, it’s October, and things are starting to change. The leaves are turning brown. Twitter has 280 characters for no discernable reason. We’re all obsessed with pumpkins now I guess. And the Halloween & Christmas decorations are engaged in a war for shopping aisle supremacy.
It’s the Sheffield Comedy Festival this month. That’s right, we’ve got our very own festival. It’s not as loud or as terrifying as Edinburgh, but that’s been going for 70 years while we’ve only had ours for 20. Baby steps, hopefully in a couple of decades we will have reached the point where West Street is lined from beginning to end with flyerers, drenched in sweat and pie crumbs. That’s the dream.
Thank you for everyone who turned up to any of our events during Intro Week. It’s normally a stressful time for any society, but the amount of people who came to see what we were all about was genuinely appreciated. Hopefully we see you all throughout the year. Anyway, on with the info.
Meet The Committee: New year, (mostly) new committee. Why not read a little bit about what exactly they were elected to do and why the hell they’re still here in the first place.
Inside The Comedian: TSR member and local favourite Phil approached the art of writing about comedy with typical subtlety & nuance by launching the first of a series of 3000+ word long-pieces about the creative comedic mind. In this instalment, lots of failure.
Exile On Lame Street: Our very own Ethan is in France right now, but before he went he left us this parting gift of an article, telling us how not to be a professional at a gig by recounting a night that will live on in his memory for all the wrong reasons.
Loose Cannon: Our weekly podcast (properly) kicked off this month with some good-uns, and hopefully we’ll be putting out an episode every week until the end of the year, or until the world evaporates in nuclear fire. Whatever happens first.
First Workshops (Tuesday 3rd & Thursday 5th October, 6-8pm, View Room 4): Well isn’t exciting? We’re actually starting off the year for real. On Tuesday it’s a writing workshop. Come and bring in your sketches, your stand up sets, anything! Then on Thursday we have a Performance Workshop, where we’ll be surely performing lot’s of stuff. This is where the magic happens, come and join us!
Stand Up Showcase – October ’17 (Sunday 15th October, Blues, 7:30pm, Pay What You Want): Our monthly stand up night is back and the concept of this could not be more simple if we tried. We bring our youngest, brightest, and best stand up talent. You bring a mouth through which laughter can pass through, and we all have a great time. What more could you ask for?
Looking Sketchy #2 – Halloween Special (Sunday 29th October, Blues, 7:30pm, Pay What You Want): Looking Sketchy returns and it’s back with a vengeance. It’s not actually vengeful, as a sketch comedy show isn’t sentient and has no concept of feelings or emotional connections with humans. If it was sentient, it would probably say that it was the Halloween Special of our regular sketch show, but for you not to worry, because the sketches will have no form of spooky Halloween theme. It’s not alive so it wont do that. Looking Sketchy is a sketch show with all it’s material written, directed, and performed by it’s members. It’s not a creature and it won’t hurt you in any way.
Mr Panda’s Comedy Night (Wednesday 4th October, Hagglers Corner, 7pm, Pay What You Want): MC Charlie Gascoyne returns with another selection of hot, fresh stand up acts, as well as her sidekick Mr Panda, who seems to be trying to hog the spotlight in our humble opinion. This month features Adam Tumber, Marshall B Anderson, Sean Morley, and Daniel Triscott.
Square Hole Comedy (Sunday 8th October, Red Deer, 7pm, £6 Online/£8 Door): Square Hole returns after a summer hiatus with another eclectic selection of acts ethically sauced and hand-picked for hilariousness, and some home-baked cake to seal the deal. This month features Will Duggan & the sketch group The Delightful Sausage.
Daft Chuffs (Tuesday 10th October, DINA, 8pm, Pay What You Want): Another smashing comedy night from Scott Liversidge & Tom King as Daft Chuffs celebrates it’s first birthday! Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival
Big No No (Thursday 19th October, Rutland Arms, 7:30pm, Pay What You Want): The alternative comedy night finally returns from its long excursion in the wilderness. Featuring an electrifying mix of alternative acts and acts from the circuit that are happy to get a little bit weird, as well as up and comers that have been collected along the way. Hosted by Thom Williams.
Sheffield Improv Jam (Wednesday 25th October, DINA, 7:30pm, Pay What You Want): Here is your monthly chance to dip your toes into the vast and incompressible world of Improv. Get to know the Sheffield Improv community! Play short form games! Generally have a great time! It’s all happening here.
The New Dukes – Work In Progress (Sunday 1st October, The Shakespeare, 7pm, Pay What You Want): Our very own Marcus, Luke, and Damian are performing their first show as the brand new sketch troupe The New Dukes. Featuring support from the Improv troupe Sturike Comedy.
Stan Skinny As Butcher Reality and Mark Hibbett – Storm House (Sunday 8th October, DINA, 8pm, £6/£5 concs): Captain Butcher Reality is a world heavyweight champion and poetry fan. Got a problem with that? Step into the square circle and see what he’s got in store for you. The first day in a new job usually involves meeting new people, health and safety and not being able to log in – not so in Mark Hibbett’s sci-fi adventure. An out-of-this-world night of surreal humour that packs a punch. Part of the Off The Shelf Festival.
Robert Webb – How Not To Be A Boy (Monday 9th October, Octagon Centre, 1pm, £10/£8 (concs): Star of TV, radio and stage Robert Webb takes a laugh-out-loud look at the absurd expectations thrust upon boys and men. From schoolboy crushes to discovering the power of making people laugh. And from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert deftly and hilariously examines a world of fighting, pointless posturing – and the insistence that he stop crying. Part of the Off The Shelf Festival.
ODDEON – Halloween Special (Thursday 26th October, Regather, 7pm, £4 Online/£7 Door): Sean Morley’s cult film night returns with a spooky Halloween edition. Featuring a screening of the now infamous 1989 movie Vampires Kiss, starring the ever enigmatic and alien like Nicholas Cage in a performance that will most likely be burned to your retinas for the rest of time. Marvel at the scenery, be flabbergasted by the dialogue, wonder how in the hell this movie was funded. With pre-show games and found footage mashups, this will be one ‘draining’ night. There, there’s your vampire reference. You happy?
SHEFFIELD COMEDY FESTIVAL
October marks the Sheffield Comedy Festival, and as a result a ton of acts are heading to the city this month, including Greg Davies, Lloyd Langford, Ed Gamble, Gary Delaney, Andy Parsons, and so many more. You can see the full line up here. Here is just a selection of what’s going on.
Phil Jupitus – Juplicity (Wednesday 4th October, City Hall, 7:30pm, £16.80): Join the stand-up comedian, poet, & improviser for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Harriet Dyer – Dyergnosis Murder (Friday 6th October, Lescar, 9:30pm, £6/£5 Students): A show that doubles as a surreal murder mystery. Expect a menagerie of tomfoolery and tentacles. So many tentacles. Open her door and flop yourselves in. Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Barking Tales (Friday 6th October, Lescar, 8pm, £6/£5 Students): A stand up comedy night where comics talk frankly about mental health. A small bid to try to break the stigma. Hosted by Harriet Dyer. Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Paul Chowdry – Live Innit (Wednesday 11th October, City Hall, 7:30pm, £22.40): Following his 2015 100 date sell-out tour, comedy powerhouse and star of ‘Taskmaster’, ‘Live at The Apollo’ and ‘Stand Up for the Week’, Paul Chowdhry brings his highly anticipated new stand-up show to Sheffield City Hall. Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Jon Richardson – Old Man (Wednesday 11th October, City Hall, 7:30pm, £22.96): The British Comedy Award nominee and star of ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ is here to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher? Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Jeremy Hardy – Live 2017 (Tuesday 17th October, City Hall, 7:30pm, £5.60): Entering his 4th decade of performing this year, the stand up veteran brings with him a formidable list of accomplishments. Including being a regular on Radio 4’s News Quiz and appearances on QI, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You and more. We’ve got a feeling that there may be some political leanings in his set. Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?! (Monday 23rd October, City Hall, 7:30pm, £15.68): After the smash hit ‘What Would Beyonce Do?’, The award winning stand up brings her latest show to Sheffield. With a promise of a night you’ll never forget, ‘A Party With Jokes In It’. Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Simon Amstell – What Is This? (Thursday 26th October, City Hall, 7:30pm, £25.76): After a series of international tours, the former ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ presenter finally returns to the UK. ‘What Is This?’ promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. Part of the Sheffield Comedy Festival.
Every month we ask members young & old the important questions of today, in comedy and beyond. Here are their answers for this month.
“What is the least scary horror film/show that you’ve seen?”
“I am genuinely shit scared of almost every horror film there is. I don’t like them. Not at the cinema. Not on TV. However, the film It Follows is fucking hilarious. Its a great Idea, a monster that’s passed on like an STD. But the acting is atrocious, and its just fucking hilarious.”
“It would have to be Scooby Doo and the Cyber Phantom, not scary at all.”
“The Babadook. Although most horror movies make me laugh, this one made me get aggressive at my friend who liked it.”
“How do you personally deal with nerves and worries both on stage and when it comes to writing?”
“As for nerves on stage, well they’re just good energy really, swallow them down and feel the gentle buzz of excitement that comes out the other side. Writing wise nerves are a lot more of a stealth predator, they wait hours for you to relax and find a good idea and then pounce and tear it apart. Meh, some nerves are good to help you self edit.”
“I don’t deal with nerves – I’ve learnt to ride them, like a competent surfboarder riding that gnarly wave over a giant shark that doesn’t care about the low calorie intake gained from human flesh. How have I learnt to do this? By just standing on stage since I was three years old. I’ve vomited, fainted and shaken myself silly over the years, but I’ve always come back for more. At this point, the nerves are just a part of what makes comedy fun – without them being there, I’d lack any feeling towards the audience and I’d noticeably not care about the performance.
While nerves never strike during the writing process, worries about the quality and whether or not I’m going to get a positive reaction are present as soon as I switch between the surreal method of automatic writing and the critical method of editing. How do I alleviate such worries? I don’t. They’re there even after I finish something.
I just don’t allow myself any perfectionism – nothing is allowed to be perfect, so I don’t get angry at tiny details. It means I tend to worry a lot less than some other writers.
I actually worry a lot more when writing posts for social media than comedy – you may actually notice me delete a post five to ten minutes after I’ve written it, just because my nerves kick in and I can’t stand getting only one like or death threat. But I assume that’s just fair because I’m incredibly over confident in my comedy writing. Gulp.”
“I don’t really have nerves when writing, or while on stage really. My nerves start and finish in the build up to going on. For the whole day before a show ill be nervous and do at least one of my famous “pre-show poos” TM. As soon as that first line is launched and the first laugh comes in, all nerves go. I should know better by now, but it still happens. The best way to deal with it is to just get on with it. And bring spare underwear to gigs.”
Something inspiring. Here’s a quote from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.