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Playerist Comedy Night // Thursday May 29 // Poetry Café

| Art, Comedy, Culture, Hidden London, Music, Special Events, Theatre, Things to do, Venues | 07/05/2014

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Playerist returns for another Comedy Night at the much-loved Poetry Café in Betterton Street, in the heart of Covent Garden, kicking-off at 7.30pm on Thursday May 29. A widely diverse range of talent promises a memorable occasion, at the attractive door price of £3. Playerist supports writers, musicians and artists, and offers a unique showcase of billed acts comprising a varied programme. The events offer further opportunities for chatting and drinking (or networking if you like) and this time around the venue has guaranteed a well-stocked fridge…

Playerist Comedy Night

Jillian Miller

Playerist Patron Jillian Miller FRSA will compère and it’s something that she’s thrilled about, and trills about “a potent reminder of the incredible range and depth of artistic talent that London has to offer…” Feminist writer Piroska Markus returns by popular demand to perform more of her ‘infamous rants’ – political and social commentaries on contemporary life to lift both mind and spirit.

Amy McAllister for Playerist Comedy Night

Amy McAllister

Playerist welcomes actor Amy McAllister, fresh from her role in the intriguing biopic Philomena. As a poet, Amy won London’s Antislam (2013), Farrago Zoo Award for Best Feature Début, Ireland’s Lucky Duck Comedy Award, and was poet-in-residence for Transport for London. She also works with another Amy, Ms Neilson Smith, who together are creating a fun and fabulous contribution to the evening. Amy Neilson Smith is a well-seasoned poet on the London circuit and this rates amongst countless literary attributes including her rib-tickling texts.

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Tom Gamble

Before and after the spoken word are two acoustic music sets. First, some sumptuous solos from guitarist Tom Gamble who previously accompanied the marvellous Melissa James at the Playerist event in March. It’s what the audience requested: a unique opportunity to listen to this highly gifted musician. To wrap things up, the stunning song-writing of folksy chanteuse Caroline Archer provides the perfect cool-down.

Playerist Comedy Night

Imogen Miller Porter

London-based actor and immersive theatre producer Imogen Miller Porter is another welcome return to the Playerist arena. Following her recent What’s On London interview, Imogen is busily penning a brand-new piece for the night. Rambunctious raconteur Denis Quilligan also returns with a double-dose of his hilarious monologues – concerning city characters we may or may not care to recognise!

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Chris and the Celeriac

Poet and screenwriter Peter Russell recently released an anthology Poems about Life, Love and Laughter. Drawing upon extensive experience as a performer and lecturer, it will be a rare treat to hear him orate these wondrous works. Peter fronts the Poet If You Know It website, and welcomes submissions from other authors. Who knows what we have in store from Playerist ‘regular’, the not-so-regular Chris Sav, and his side-kick the celeriac. Will their ‘attempted boy-band’ sate those funny-tummy hunger-pangs? (Meanwhile, read-up on Chris’ recent Philosofood book-launch.)

Playerist Comedy Night

Piroska Markus // Art installation by Mario Herran

Last time, a surprise guest read her memoir of working with a comedy great. If there’s any truth in rumour, she may reappear. What is certain is a second chance to view Mario Herran’s terrific art installation of ‘speaker creatures’. Like many of the best London venues, the Poetry Café – headquarters of the Poetry Society – is centrally-located but tucked-away in a hidden corner of Covent Garden. So why not arrive early for this busy event, and take time to savour the many and recommended culinary delights of the café which is open all afternoon. Just don’t drink all the beer…

Playerist Comedy Night

A hopefully not closing note

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