Sunday 24th September

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JamesAcaster

James Acaster. Recognise.

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James Acaster is a stand-up comedian from Kettering. Weetabix, a whole grain wheat breakfast cereal, is also from Kettering. Acaster’s comedy combines the dryness of a bowl of Weetabix, pre-milk-dousing, with the enjoyable flavour of Weetabix, post-milk-dousing. His delivery, which is deliberately downbeat and playfully awkward, is a joyful thing to consume.

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Category: Comedy
The Noise Next Door: The Noise Are Back In Town.

The Noise Next Door. Soho Theatre.

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Making things up is easy. Look, spludgefunkle. I just made up a word. The word, in case you missed it, is spludgefunkle.

  1. What does spludgefunkle mean?
  2. How do you pronounce spludgefunkle?
  3. Use spludgefunkle in a sentence.

 

  1. It’s funny and therefore it doesn’t necessarily need to mean anything.
  2. You can pronounce it however you want to pronounce it.
  3. This review is complete and utter spludgefunkle.

The point I’m trying to make, in a rather roundabout way, is that making things up can be fun. I guess what I’m also trying to say is that improvisation should be celebrated because, and not despite, of its total disregard for cohesion and logic. “Improv-comedy” is silly, and silly is good. A world without silliness is a world not worth living in.

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Category: Comedy
Villiers Quartet
Tamaki Higashi, James Dickenson, Nick Stringfellow, Carmen Flores

Villiers Quartet: New Works Competition

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As always, a treat to take in the gorgeous canal views from an outside sofa during a balmy Sunday at the wonderful King’s Place. The double whammy being the equal treat for chamber music enthusiasts of the Villiers Quartet New Works Competition. This only comes around once every couple of years and is not to be missed.

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Category: Music
The Axis of Awesome: Viva La VIda Loca Las Vegas

The Axis Of Awesome. Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas.

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If anyone is in Leicester Square this week and comes across human faces floating on the breeze like oversized autumn leaves, don’t be alarmed. The explanation is simple. On Saturday night, comedy-rock legends, The Axis Of Awesome, blew these faces clean off the skulls of their enthralled audience. The now faceless audience were there to see TAOA’s newest show ‘Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas’. I think it’s fair to say at this point that if comedy awards were ever given out for ‘Best Comedy Show Title’, then this show title would take the biscuit, the tin and the entire kitchen cupboard.

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Category: Comedy
Brian Charette

Brian Charette: Square One

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I was thrilled to get my hands on Brian Charette’s 2014 CD Square One. Having heard him play in ensemble at Jazz Club Soho earlier this year, he told me that he plays London too infrequently. His new recording is a treat for all Jazzers and a special offering for fans of Jazz organ. It may suffice until he returns to The Smoke.

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Category: Music
Tom Gamble at Jazz Club Soho, London.
Tom Gamble at Jazz Club Soho, London.

Tom Gamble: CD + London dates

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Classically-trained guitarist Tom Gamble recently played a solo set at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, going down a storm with the assembled literary crowd at the Playerist Comedy Night. He’s soon to leave these shores to further his studies abroad so catch him while you can. Meanwhile, music lovers will be more than satisfied with Mr Gamble’s fantastic début Jazz CD Rooftop Music. Recently graduating with a First from Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich, the maestro leads the Tom Gamble Ensemble at the South Bank Centre on August 8. He then departs with fitting flourish as Director of the Quiet Nights Orchestra at a very special gig at the National Portrait Gallery on August 22.

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Category: Culture
Mae Martin Experience

The Mae Martin Experience. The Invisible Dot Ltd.

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Thank you Canada. Thank you for Tokyo Police Club and “The Great Outdoors”. Thank you for William Shatner, Shania Twain, maple syrup, Tony Law, second helpings of maple syrup and Justin Bieber. Ok, maybe not Bieber. In fact, now that we’re on the subject, definitely not Bieber. Seriously, what the hell is that guy all about?   Don’t sweat it Canada, we still like you. Everyone makes mistakes now and then; just promise us that you won’t ever make this particular mistake again. PROMISE US. I’d like to go on record now and state that namedropping Bieber has in no way been a shameless attempt to boost web traffic. Bieber! Bieber! Bieber! Bieber-Fever!

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Category: Comedy
Kenesha
Photograph by Martin Slidel

Kenesha @ Alley Cat

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I rocked up at the great Alley Cat Club about eightish when unusually for live gigs the party had already started. In retrospect unsurprising as the popular Kenesha had not one but three top-level support acts. I made it in to the soulful yet gravely voice of Alex Bay for spot-on delivery of his David Gray-esque Love Never Dies. Next up was Blues singer Winston Skerritt whose gently styled speech-singing was matched by sensitive and rhythmic guitar. Terrific changes of tempo and dynamics included the slowed-down end of the hypnotic The One That Got AwayJoe Garvey’s clever and witty ramble Long Way to Fall boasted admirable articulation of otherwise tongue-twisting lyrics. This followed with what else but a down-and-dirty version of MJ’s Beat It.

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Category: Clubs