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Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model

Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model

15th October 2014

Last night 2008 Funny Women Awards winner Katherine Ryan was at the Komedia, one of our favourite haunts in Brighton, performing her new stand up show 'Glam Role Model'. 

The Canadian comedian has a knack for discussing serious and important subjects through the medium of celebrity. She tackles the UK's class system and our adherence to it using the example of our treatment of the singer Tulisa, who Katherine had a run in with on a panel show and current American Sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence

Katherine talks a lot about her English flatmate - her five year old daughter - and their relationship in a single parent family. Katherine is particularly concerned ri…

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Feel the sexual tension with Eastend Cabaret

Feel the sexual tension with Eastend Cabaret

12th October 2014

We’ve all felt it; experienced it; known it…right? That feeling you get when your eyes meet across a crowded room. The tingle on the back of the neck when someone gets a little to close. Sexual tension. Well now EastEnd Cabaret have transferred those feelings on to the Soho Theatre stage and want to make you the object of their affections.

Bovarian diva, Bernadette Byrne and her genderly confused sidekick, Victor Victoria bring you an evening of unashamedly filthy musical comedy that aims to relieve you of any sexual tension, but in fact creates more. Thinking you’re safe sitting in a darkened auditorium is pointless as Bernie will literally climb through the audien…

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An Audience with the Awards

An Audience with the Awards

24th September 2014

My face hurts.

I spent last night at the finals for this year’s Funny Women Awards, and my poor face is still aching from all that giggling. And I wasn’t alone, as from the sound of it the rest of the audience had just as great a time.

The comedy just kept on going, with 10 women contesting the Stage award, three shortlisted shorts, a special performance from previous winners Twisted Loaf and host (and other former winner, sheesh) Katherine Ryan. When I say it kept on going, I really mean it – true to form, the show overran just a tad. I even had one man fall awkwardly into my lap in his rush to catch a train, which might have been welcome at a different time but…

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Mercedes Benson Presents…The Pleasure is Yours

Mercedes Benson Presents…The Pleasure is Yours

8th September 2014

From the poster, you could be forgiven for thinking that Mercedes Benson is your run of the mill chav character, a la Catherine Tate’s ‘Am I Bovvered’. But, within minutes of ‘The Pleasure is Yours’, you realize that the material is much cleverer than one catchphrase.

Gemma Layton as Mercedes, talks us through the benefits of improving herself on her literacy course and her first experiences of ‘culture’ with her visit to see Macbeth (“about a man who sees daggers in front of him wherever he goes – I think it was set in Peckham”). Her poems are a particular delight (one of which is a ‘sonic’ – just like wot …

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Lynn-Ruth Miller - Not Dead Yet

Lynn-Ruth Miller - Not Dead Yet

27th August 2014

A fragile, diminutive figure totally belies the indomitable spirit which quickly becomes evident. Cowed by a food-obsessed mother and a father she adored but who appeared somewhat ambivalent to her, Lynn-Ruth toughened up and stood her ground.

Two failed marriages and a series of health and eating disorder issues, she resorted to her inner child to overcome some catastrophic happenings in her life. Her realisation that “angels never leave you” was her turning point.

And now at 80 she is enjoying the time of her life and still has so much to offer – not least in inspiration to others.

A moving and humorous life-story and lyrics delivered by a pint-sized troupe…

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