Find out what’s happening with the society and with the Sheffield comedy scene for the month of February 2018.
Hey folks, and welcome once again to another Monthly Update. Hope you’re all doing well. We’ll just get right to it. This going to be a leaner & more scaled-back version for this month, exams and such mean that most of our contingent are still off duty. But we’re back up and running for February, so expect more articles, podcasts, videos, and live shows than you’ve ever seen before. Then temper that expectation back to a reasonable amount of articles, podcasts, and live shows, which still quite a bit to be fair. Anyway, on with the info!
You haven’t missed anything. Don’t worry. As stated earlier, we’ve actually been on a break for the past month. People have had exams, people just wanted some time off from the comedy writing thing for a bit. But we’re back and up and running again now. We were napping for a mere month. Can you let us live? We’re human beings for christ’s sake. You haven’t missed anything. Moving on. I don’t know what just happened there. Let’s move on.
Shrimps + Revue Comedy Night (Friday 9th February, Uni Arms, 7:30, £3/£2 Members): Our first show of the year is a big one, we’re teaming with our friends at The Shrimps to bring you a bumper night of stand-up, sketch, and improv. All in the same show, but very importantly, not at the same time, that would be sensory overload for even the most keen eyed and patient of audience members. Cap off your Refreshers week in style with a of a end to end belter of a student comedy night. not one to be missed.
Return of Workshops: Normal service has been resumed which means workshops are back up and running. If you’re interested in writing and performing with us, it’s never too late! Join us for our writing workshops (Tuesdays, 6-8pm, meet at activities zone), performance workshops (Thursdays, 6-8pm, meet at activities zone) every week.
Kelham Comedy Club (Thursday 1st February, Urban Social, 8pm, Free/P.W.Y.W): After a break over the holidays, Kelham Comedy Club returns with a new line up of up and coming stand up talent. Hosted by Aaron Jones and Ellie Pollard.
FILM NITE presents Jurassic Park (Friday 2nd February, Regather, 7:30pm, £5): Cult hit FLIM NITE comes to Sheffield for the first time to spread its unique brand of mischief after three years of sowing highly-acclaimed chaos in Manchester. What would ‘Jurassic Park’ look like chewed up and spat out by comedians, theatremakers, writers and musicians? Watch as acts from all over the creative spectrum distort a friendly Spielberg dino-romp into something silly, beautiful or unrecognizable for your viewing pleasure. Each person has been entrusted each one of them with a chunk of the film to re-enact, riff around, mash up or explode. There’s no way of telling what will happen.
Mr Pandas Comedy Night: (Wednesday 7th February, Hagglers Corner, 7:30pm, Free/P.W.Y.W): Charlie Gascoyne and her sidekick Mr Panda returns with another night of hot, fresh stand up acts. With this months line-up featuring Ingrid Johnson, Thom Williams, Pip Mason, Jack Shanik ,William Stone, and Hannah Platt.
Regather Comedy Club (Friday 9th February, Regather, 7:30pm, £8.50/£7.50 Students): Sean Morley’s eclectic monthly night of stand-up comedy returns for another month. This months edition is headlined by the absurdist comedy veteran Phil Kay. Winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 1989, Kay embodies the vision of a bohemian performer; speaking enthusiasm and candour about such brilliant and unlikely tales of a life only he could lead.
Square Hole Comedy (Sunday 11th February, Red Deer, 7:30pm, £10): Square Hole returns with another eclectic selection of acts ethically sauced and hand-picked for hilariousness, with this months edition featuring Eleanor Tiernan & Rachel Fairburn. Make sure to sign up to their mailing list or follow them on social media for any updates because last months event sold out way before the day of the show.
Sheffield Improv Jam (Thursday 22th January, DINA, 7:30pm, P.W.Y.W): Once again, the last Thursday of the month brings about Sheffield’s leading improv gathering. Have fun playing short form games and get to know Sheffield’s wide reaching improv community.
Broomhill Comedy Club (Wednesday 28th February, Blues, 7:30pm, Free/P.W.Y.W): A brand new monthly stand-up night! Join some of the finest comedians on the circuit for Yorkshire’s newest Comedy Night in Broomhill! Every Last Wednesday, with your host Dan Tiernan, bringing his humour to Broomhill.
Bobby Mair – Loudly Insecure (Friday 2nd February, Leadmill, 7pm, £12.50): 30 years ago, Bobby was put up for adoption and now he’s tracking down his birth family one by one. Saying his search has hit a couple of snags would be an understatement and he still has relatives out there who continue to elude him – except for Justin Bieber. Loudly Insecure gives Bobby a chance to fill you in on the wildly dramatic twists and turns of his quest, the accidental broadening of his search for next of kin, plus he’ll fill you in on a couple of other musings along the way; like his love of strangers, techniques to impress his personal trainer and if remembering virginity loss is inappropriate.
Some People V. Reginald D Hunter – Preview (Thursday 8th February, Leadmill, 7pm, £15): During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fanbase that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of the UK and Ireland, a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe season and has performed across Europe. His appearances on television have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Have I Got News for You and the hugely popular three-part BBC2 series Reginald D Hunter’s Songs Of The South which documented Reginald’s epic road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans through 150 years of American popular song.
Bill Bailey – Larks In Transit (Friday 9th/Saturday 10th February, City Hall, 8pm, £30.80): Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, he tackles politics, philosophy, the pursuit of happiness, death metal, ringtones… and an excruciating encounter with Paul McCartney. Two decades of life as a comic filtered through what the Daily Telegraph calls ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.
Paul Chowdhry – Live Innit (Sunday 11th February, City Hall, 8pm, £22.40): In October 2017 comedy powerhouse and star of ‘Taskmaster’, ‘Live at The Apollo’ and ‘Stand Up for the Week’, Paul Chowdhry, brought his brand new highly anticipated new stand-up show to venues nationwide, including an evening in our Memorial Hall. Now Paul returns to Sheffield for another performance of ‘Live Innit’, this time in the bigger setting of our Oval Hall.
Jason Manford – Muddle Class (Saturday 17th February, City Hall, 7:30pm, £30.80): He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ – causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.
John Robins – The Darkness of Robins (Wednesday 21st February, City Hall, 8pm, £16.25): The stand-up, vibe magnet and London’s saddest DJ ™ would love to promise The Darkness of Robins won’t be an hour-long yell of a show, but he can’t. He’ll shout, snarl and sneer in his attempts to grapple with life’s fall-outs in what promises to be a pivotal moment in his being. Powerful, angst-ridden comedy at its finest, this is a must-see from one of the UK’s brightest talents.
John Kearns – Don’t Worry, They’re Here (Thursday 22nd February, DINA, 7:30pm, £10/£9 Students): The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Comedy Awards embarks on his debut regional tour with his latest stand-up hour – following acclaimed, sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre. Join John as he dons his false teeth and monk wig for an hour of ‘richly idiosyncratic comedy’
Tom Allen – Absolutely (Friday 23rd February, Leadmill, 7pm, £14): The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen brings his debut solo tour to Sheffield. As seen on Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute and News Quiz.
The Antics (Saturday 24th February, The Montgomery, 7:30pm, £6): Following several sold out shows in 2017, The Antics return to The Montgomery Studio for another night jam packed full of fast paced scenes and songs based entirely on you, the audience’s suggestions, in a show where anything can happen the only limitation is your imagination.
Andrew O’Neill – A History Of Heavy Metal (Sunday 25th February, Leadmill, 7pm, £12): Award-winning comedian and life-long heavy metal obsessive Andrew O’Neill has performed his History of Heavy Metal comedy show to a huge range of audiences, from the teenage metalheads of Download festival to the broadsheet-reading theatre-goers of the Edinburgh Fringe. It is the story of a worldwide network of rabid fans escaping everyday mundanity through music, of cut-throat corporate arseholes ripping off those fans and the bands they worship to line their pockets. The expansive pantheon of heavy metal musicians includes junkies, Satanists and murderers, born-again Christians and teetotallers, stadium-touring billionaires and toilet-circuit journeymen.
Josie Long/Grace Petrie/Jonny & the Baptists – Lefty Scum (Monday 26th February, City Hall, 7:30pm, £13.44): Music! Comedy! Revolutionary socialism! Enjoy a riotous evening with three of the UK’s most joyfully rabble-rousing acts. Following a limited sell-out run in 2017, Lefty Scum returns for a second UK tour with a stop at Sheffield City Hall. Featuring three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long, British Comedy Award and Musical Comedy Award nominees Jonny & the Baptists, and acclaimed protest musician Grace Petrie.
Stephen Bailey – Cant Think Straight (Wednesday 28th February, Leadmill, 7pm, £12.50): Meet your new potty-mouthed best friend. Stephen Bailey’s friendly, open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the most enjoyable acts on the UK comedy circuit today, and has lead him to supporting Katherine Ryan and Jenny Éclair on their recent sell-out UK tours. As well as being a working-class, ginger, gay, northern comic, Stephen is also a black belt in Tae Kwon-Do, has a degree in Languages AND loves a conspiracy theory (preferably involving a celebrity and a cucumber).
Again, nothing this month. The last thing our members want to hear during exam season is person trying to ask them more questions. This part should be back to normal next month. Until then, just imagine a combination of sincere responses to the question “What would be your perfect date?” and a splattering of witty & insightful comments about tinder or chocolates or whatever.
As it’s valentines season, here’s some advice about what to do on a first date. See you next month.