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What’s On London’s Edinburgh Fringe Preview

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest arts event – officially starting today, we decided to follow the Highland herd and put together a list of the comedy shows we’re most looking forward to seeing this month and then subsequently in London.

Given the vast number of acts performing over the next month in this seventieth year of the Fringe, we can’t pretend our list is completely comprehensive, and apologise to the many worthy artists unmentioned below.  It reiterates just how spoilt for choice fans of live comedy currently are.  But we guarantee this: if you choose to see our suggested stand-up, character, storytelling, musical and sketch comedians, you won’t go far wrong.

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What’s On London Comedy Awards 2016

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Now the sun has firmly set on this year’s season of comedy festivals, it’s time for What’s On London to announce our 2016 Comedy Award Winners and alert you to where you can catch these acts over the next couple of months.  

The field is stronger than ever before.  Londoners are privileged to have such a talented generation of performers available to entertain them across the city on each and every night of the week, in every conceivable style.  Whether you’re after stand-up, music, sketches, improv or something else entirely, the list of winners below contains something for everyone.

So follow our advice: make this the season of good cheer, book some tickets, get out of the house and keep yourself warm with the roar of laughter.

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Nick Helm: Nobody Likes Me, Edinburgh Preview

In our fifth Edinburgh Fringe preview, Ian Cater rejoices at news that Nick Helm is putting in an appearance at The Pleasance Courtyard for one-night-only on Saturday 20th August. 

The work in progress show called Nobody Likes Me – which Helm feared wouldn’t happen until recently – caps off a fantastic year in which he’s been nominated for a BAFTA, released a second studio album (reviewed here), performed a packed-out music gig at the Kentish Town Forum and – only this month – filmed a third series of the hit BBC Three comedy, Uncle.

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Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans, Edinburgh Preview

In the first of our Edinburgh Fringe previews, Ian Cater meets comedian, actress and musician Rachel Parris to chat about her new show, Best Laid Plans, which she is performing daily at The Pleasance Dome.

“Sorry, I’m so distracted by this stupid fringe,” Rachel Parris apologises with a soft East Midlands lilt.  She’s not talking about the annual Edinburgh cultural orgy – where she appears next week in her third solo show – but the blonde strands that keep dropping into her eye line.  “I got this haircut six months ago after a breakup and now I’m aggressively trying to grow it out.”

That breakup forms part of her new show, Best Laid Plans, reflecting the fact she expected by now to have settled down and grown up, whatever that means.

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Nick Helm Is F*cking Amazing – Album Out Now

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

As we revealed in February, alongside writing new stand-up material and reading through scripts for the next series of Uncle, Nick Helm’s been busy working on his second studio album, titled Nick Helm Is F*cking Amazing.  The album’s out now and fans of Helm, and rock music in particular, are in for a treat.

While not as consistent as his 2013 album, Hot ‘n’ Heavy, the best tracks expertly fuse Helm’s humour with musical authenticity, perfectly treading that fine line between originality and pastiche.  And it’s great to hear him occasionally move outside his rock safe ground with homages to the great and good of twentieth century music, including Elton John, Queen and The Beatles.

Some of the others tracks deliberately deliver more to music, than to comedy, fans, leaving you waiting for a punchline that never comes.  Still enjoyable, these are likely to work better live, where Helm’s stage presence will bring their lyrics to life.

To test this, you can still get tickets for this Thursday’s All Killer Some Filler at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, where Helm will perform his hits and five jokes in what he’s billed as the “greatest live event ever attempted”.

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Nick Helm – All Killer

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Nick Helm is everywhere right now and everywhere should be grateful.  A third run of the comedian’s hit BBC Three series Uncle has been commissioned.  The short film Elephant – which Helm directed, co-wrote and co-starred in with Esther Smith – was nominated for a BAFTA.  And his second studio album, Nick Helm Is F*cking Amazing, is released next month.

To celebrate the album launch, Helm is performing a show called All Killer Some Filler at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on 14 April 2016.  It will feature all of his musical hits and is billed as the “greatest live event ever attempted”.

What’s On London will be covering the show and reviewing the album that’s released on the same day.  In the build-up, Ian Cater met this multi-talented artist to discuss the roots of his success and what fans can hope for in the future.

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