Walthamstow Comedy Festival

May 15, 2011 1:17 pm

Walthamstow now has a comedy festival running in July! Adding to the regular Guffaw Comedy nights and Glee 17,  a range of comedians will appear over four nights during the festival at the Rose & Crown pub on Hoe Street.

Susan Murray (comedian, E17er and friend of Walthamstow Scene) is helping to organise the festival. Susan is involved in the regular Guffaw night (as well as acting as compere), which is a top night out in the ‘Stow. She’s got this to say:

We have a WALTHAMSTOW COMEDY FESTIVAL in July. How excited are you?

Basically what happens in August is comedians damage their livers, develop scurvy, remortgage their homes and waste thousands of pounds doing the Edinburgh festival where the big acts like John Bishop and Jimmy Carr clean up and leave the rest of us starving in the gutter eating flyers for sustenance. But in the run up we all have to practice our shows as they are an hour long which is a lot different from just whacking out 20 mins of gags in a comedy club setting. These shows are called Previews and are basically a work in progress. And we’ve secured some great acts to come and do the Rose and Crown. There will be two shows per night and it will be £12 for both shows.

Tickets can be purchased from here, and it’s probably a good idea to get them in advance. Shows start at 8.30pm each night. Here’s some more information about what’s on each night:

Tuesday 5 July

Richard Herring – Does anybody love anybody anyway?


Photo of Richard Herring

Richard Herring

So asked Welsh poet philosopher Howard Jones in 1983.  Finally someone dares answer. Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock),  AIOTM star seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again. Twentieth Fringe.

“Stimulating, Exhilarating….Utterly Hilarious” ***** Chortle


Jigsaw – Sketch show

Dan Antopolski (Triple Perrier Nominee, Dave Award Winner 2009 “Hilarious, imaginative and wonderfully cheap” Independent) joins forces with Tom Craine (Times Top Five 2010 “Wise, funny and lyrical” Observer) and Nat Luurtsema (Chortle Newcomer Nominee 2008 “Disgustingly talented” Guardian) to culture an hour of smart, stupid sketches that fit together like, well, lego. FAQ: Are you better/worse than other sketch shows? Maybe better. Are you risk-averse? I’d rather not answer that. How long are your sketches? As long as a brisk piece of string.



Wednesday 6 July

Matt Kirshen – Wide-eyed

Young people are idiots. Kirshen (Last Comic Standing, Rude Tube, The Late Late Show) is 31 now, so he’s as smart as it’s possible to be.

“Hugely Impressive” The Scotsman ***** Edinburgh Evening News

Matt Kirshen’s website

Susan Murray – Photo booth


Poster for Susan Murray's Photo Booth

Susan Murray's Photo Booth

Reprobate, procrastinator extraordinaire will be attempting to cobble together her new show based on her collection of photos.

Every Passport Picture tells a story. Susan’s definitely do, accidental riot, setting her home town on fire, Hitler scab. This rouges gallery is a hilarious snapshot of life, lovers, family, killers.

“Uniquely funny” Fest ****



Thursday 7 July

Shazia Mirza – Busybody

My business is boring, I much prefer other people’s.

I have poked my nose into people’s marriages, deaths, divorces,

and even snooped through 10 Downing Street .

I’ve been twitching at my lace curtains for years, now I’m telling all.

Shazia is an award winning British Asian Muslim stand-up comedian from Birmingham England. Shazia is a columnist for The New Statesman. Currently on at the Soho Theatre, she works all over the world and has toured the US, Sweden, Denmark, France Holland and Germany. She has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Have I got News for You (BBC).


Simon Donald – Him off the viz

Simon Donald opens the beef curtains of his Dirty Great Fringepiece, revealing a deep wet otter’s pocket of fishy material. A whole new hour of character comedy interspersed with anecdotes from a life spent writing synonyms for genitals. The show title bears little relation to its content; a shameless ploy to get theatre-goers to plunge their fists deep into their furry purses.

“a joy…thoroughly entertaining” Chortle

More information on Simon Donald


Friday 8 July

Isy Suttie – Pearl and Dave

Photo of Isy Suttie

Isy Suttie

Acclaimed musical comic Isy Suttie previews her new show for 2011. Pearl and Dave is the story of a couple who meet online, told through their emails and webchats. When they finally bite the bullet and meet up, will it be like they’ve imagined? Pearl and Dave is interspersed with stories and songs from Isy’s own love life. Simultaneously funny and heartbreaking, Pearl and Dave is a one-woman musical odyssey through cyberlove. Best known as Dobby in Channel 4’s Peep Show, Isy is a regular on TV and radio including Kiki in BBC2’s Whites and Radio 4’s The Now Show.

“A voice you want to swim in” – The Independent  “Comedy with heart and soul” – Chortle

More information on Isy Suttie

Elis James – Do you remember the first time?

Nobody ever thought combining their first kiss, meeting famous sports presenters, buying cycling helmets or wearing tap shoes to a wedding could be funny until they watched Elis James’ third Edinburgh show. Then they realised that context, order, and being in the company of a masterful storyteller is all important.

Rising star of the circuit, and fresh from supporting Rhod Gilbert on tour for the third consecutive time.

‘A complete joy’ -Time Out ‘Hugely appealing’ – The Guardian

‘Getting the sort of word-of-mouth recommendations that much more experienced comics would kill their mothers for…charming, impish, excruciatingly funny’ The Scotsman

Elis James’ website

Tickets for all the shows are available here.


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  • This looks great! I’ve been a fan of Richard Herring for a while so will definitely be booking tickets to see him on the 5th July

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