Laugh While You Can! Election Night fundraiser for The Kettle

Louise Leigh at The Lazy Dog

I mean, what else are you going to do during those nervous hours after you’ve voted, but before any actual results have come in? Why not come out and support your local comedy scene?

We’re throwing a great election party, with a local showcase of some of the best comedians who call Bristol home.

It’s at the Lazy Dog Pub, where we’ve been invited to take over the regular Thursday comedy night slot. You can find all the details of the night and book tickets here.

So far we have a great bill, including Abi Clarke, Liam Pickford, Louise Leigh, James O’Donohugh and many more. There’s even an improv section featuring members from local troupe (do they use that word?) Jazz Police.

All proceeds go to support this very calendar, which you know and love. We’re hoping to cover most of our costs for the year ahead just by having one fun night, and a hot little raffle to boot.

Head on over to Wriggle to book tickets for only six quid. Plus your tickets get you into the raffle where you could win (you guessed it) even more tickets to comedy, some booze, wriggle credit, and some other great surprise prizes. (Thanks to Wriggle for donating the ticketing as well!)

Hob nob with the volunteers who make this thing go, and and enjoy a great showcase that will have you home in time to see what the heck just happened.

Can’t make it, but still want to chuck us a few quid? Yes please!

Let’s see if this whiz-bang works.

RIP Cogs

One day the world will be a better place, we will love each other and share things together. It wont be a something for nothing world or everything for some, but fair shares for all. We will live in a world where there is nothing to be gained from making people look small and putting others down, and when that day comes, I’m fucked.

Ian Cognito

This week Bristol lost a legend. Ian Cognito, a.k.a. Paul Barbieri, died as he’d predicted, on stage. He was a hugely influential and iconic member of the UK circuit for over 30 years.

There’s been an outpouring of memories and reflections on Twitter in the past couple days, from comics who’d known him, or punters who’d witnessed his act and never forgotten it. But for many Bristol-area comedians there was a connection with the man that makes this an especially difficult loss. He took new comics aside, out for a drink―more likely several―and he represented a commitment to the purity of the art and a refusal to compromise that will serve as a guide to those he inspired for a long, long time.

This quote from comedian Nick Page stood out:

A poet’s soul in the body of a stunt man, the comedy circuit’s Oliver Reed, our Autolycus, our Faust, our Falstaff. Our comic, not the public’s not television’s. Ours.

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