Find out what’s happening with the society and with the Sheffield comedy scene for the month of April 2018.
Happy Easter Everybody! Like the son of God himself we have finally risen. We hope you’re enjoying the festivities, and for you own sake we hope you’ve gotten rid of all of those eggs! Make sure you get rid of all those eggs in time folks, we all know what happens when there’s still eggs left after easter. Bad stuff.
We’re in the middle of an Easter break right now so things are noticeably less busy than in other months. But the Sheffield scene is as bustling as ever. With everyone making plans for the Edinburgh Fringe this August, expect more and more acts to be turning up in the city as we move towards summer.
On a personal note, this will most likely be the last Monthly Update I (Phil) do on this website before I pass web duties on to the new committee. It’s not exactly appropriate to get sentimental about a monthly comedy listing, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless. On with the info!
New Committee: We held a AGM before the easter break and voted in a new committee! And here they are.
- President – Luke Nolan
- Secretary & Tech Officer – Sam Wicks
- Treasurer & Artistic Director – Jess Sturgeon
- Inclusions Officer & Artistic Director – Saquib Idrees
- Social Secretary – Owen Jones
- Publicity Officer – Kate Lockyear
- Venues Manager – Angus Ross
We’ll be putting a proper post on here soon. But until then, congratulations to the new committee and best of luck for the year!
Loose Cannon: Just one episode last month, with us taking a break for easter. But oh boy what an episode this is. A personal favourite, if you’re going to listen to any Loose Cannon episode then make it this one.
Videos from March Shows: Good news for all you filmed comedy fans! We’ve put stand up sets (and due to technical issues, one sketch) from our march shows up on YouTube. We hold this clip from our march Looking Sketchy show close to our hearts.
Stand Up Showcase – April ’18 (Monday 16th April, University Arms, 7:30pm, £3/£2 Members): What’s the best way to kick off your time at uni after three weeks off. A stand up night of course! No, it is. No, we’re not having this argument with you it is, let us finish. You bet we’re bringing another monthly stand up event that you’ve just got to go to. Plus there may be special guests! There may not be, but there’s always that chance.
Looking Sketchy – April ’18 (Sunday 29th April, Blues, 7:30pm, £3/£2 Members): Falling on the end of April, the funniest month on the calendar, this months edition of Looking Sketchy looks, as always, to be a side splitting waste of time. Last time we had fracking based soda, Jerry Seinfeld as a beekeeper and Africa by Toto sung in its entireity, so let’s see what this one brings.
Mr Panda’s Comedy Night (Wednesday 4th April, Hagglers Corner, 7:45pm, FREE/P.W.Y.W): This month’s edition of Mr Panda showcase of stand up talent features a very special mystery guest host, which is enticing enough by itself. But it also features a jam packed line up, including Arron Jones, Dave Alnwick, Dean Coughlin, Jim McMaster, John Paul McQue, and Pete Selwood.
FLIM NITE – The Matrix (Friday 6th April, Regather, 7:30pm, £5): Simulations, coloured pills, mind bending action sequences, black leather. The Matrix changed the film industry back in 1999 with its forward thinking special effects and captivating & original story. So what happens when a group of comedians and performance artists try to interpret scenes from this classic. Another installment of FLIM NITE of course.
Square Hole Comedy (Sunday 8th April, Red Deer, 7pm, £6 Advance/£8 Door): Rich Milners comedy showcase is back with another reliably strong double header of cult favourites. This month’s show is headlined by Glenn Wool & Edy Hurst.
Broomhill Comedy Club (Wednesday 25th April, Blues, 7:30pm, FREE): Sheffield’s newest monthly comedy open mic is back again at Blues! Join host Dan Tiernan and a selection of top-notch acts for another killer comedy night.
Sheffield Improv Jam (Thursday 26th April, DINA, 7:30pm, FREE/P.W.Y.W): Have fun playing short form games and get to know Sheffield’s wide reaching improv community, and then do it again for a second time, all for the low low price of free! You already know this by now. What are you waiting for?
Dane Baptiste – G.O.D. (Thursday 5th April, Leadmill, 7pm, £12): Fresh from hosting Live at the Apollo and another total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dane Baptiste brings his third smash hit show on national tour. Original, provocative and exceptionally crafted, G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs) explores our worldwide pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure.
Grumpy Old Women (Sunday 8th April, City Hall, 7:30pm, £28): Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge making. Join the Grumpy Old Women for 90 mins of brand new ‘full-fat’, ‘batteries included’ comedy from the mistresses of grump.
The Antics (Friday 13th April, Dorothy Pax, 7:30pm, P.W.Y.W): Sheffield improvisers The Antics return to The Dorothy Pax for another fun filled night. Scenes, sketches and songs based entirely on audience suggestions.
Jessica Fostekew – Silence Of The Nans (Saturday 14th April, Regather, 7:30pm, £7/£6 Students): [In film-trailer voice] Last summer Jessica did two reasonably significant things. One, a story of pure joy. The other, a tale of entrapment, torment and gelato. This show tells the second story. The horrid one. This is an epic comedy-horror- story about a disaster at sea from which there was no escape.
S L U I C E (Sunday 15th April, Regather, 6:15pm, £5 deposit per show/£7 all shows/P.W.Y.W): Oh boy, oh boy. What a show this is. Sean Morley has lost his gosh darn mind. S.L.U.I.C.E is a show with 4 hour-long Edinburgh previews, back to back, over one night.
- 6:15pm – 7:05pm
Jordan Brookes: Wait Till The Guys Hear About This
A fourth hour on the trot from Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best show nominee 2017 Jordan Brookes. Here he presents a work-in-progress of a new hour of intricately ambitious stand-up full of silly faces and unnecessary confessions, mixing the philosophical and the physical, the observational and the absurd.
- 7:15pm – 8:05pm
Sam & Tom: Interview
Sam & Tom are a small up-start company specialising in audience-oriented comedy deliverance. They have won (one) industry award(s) and their assets have been featured on BBC radio, BBC television… and that’s it. After review of your recent application they would like to extend to you the opportunity to interview for the position of ‘Audience’. In this sophomore show, they will go over the basics of the job and tell you a little more about themselves.
- 8:15pm – 9:05pm
Top Bodybuilder Brian: Let Us Have A Go On Your Lanyard
Hardworking and extremely award-winning comedian and Twitter life-coach, guru, consultant and all-round harbinger of joy, Jayne Edwards is a big deal round these parts. But a good deal bigger round Denbighshire is Top Bodybuilder Brian. From his caravan in Rhyl, he takes you on a journey through his life, loves, and the surprising health benefits of taking whey protein intravenously. STRICTLY NO NERDS.
- 9:15pm – 10:05pm
Sean Morley: I Apologise For My Recent Behaviour
The latest genre-bending show from absurdist comedian Sean Morley.
Mo the Comedian (Thursday 19th April, City Hall, 8pm, £16.80): With his high-energy style and stunning physicality, Mo is one of the UK’s fastest rising social media stars with an online reach running into multiple millions. Combining music with perfectly pitched observational comedy, Mo Gilligan is fast becoming not just a heavyweight social media influencer but a voice of his generation, perfectly representing the very modern future of British comedy.
Tom Allen – Absolutely (Tuesday 24th April, Leadmill, 7pm, £14): The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn. 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.
Paul Sinha – Shout Out To My Ex (Thursday 26th April, Leadmill, 7pm, £12): In his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, comedian and doyen of daytime, Paul Sinha, weaved an intricate tale of happiness based on a combination of doing the two jobs he loved, enjoying parental approval, and, actually being in a proper, grown-up, long-term relationship. The day after he returned home, the illusion of happiness was shattered. Was this the end? The beginning of the end? Or the end of a beginning?
As I said above, this is my last Monthly Update of my tenure, and almost certainly the last one I’ll ever do. So to all those comedy fans whose lives were either slightly made more convenient or the people who just put the emails in the spam folder, thanks a lot for reading. See you next month, hopefully.