The Backyard Comedy Club presents:
Pre Edinburgh shows Sunday 14th July with John Williams, Steve Hughes, Lee Alderton
16.30 John Williams: My Son’s Not Rainman
John is a comedian and a single dad. His son is eleven years old and autistic … he isn’t a genius. His only special power is making his dad laugh. A lot. This is their true story of Lego, magic trains, the number 75 bus and life in a chaotic world neither of them will ever truly understand.
Directed by Anna Crilly.
Based on the award-winning blog
www.mysonsnotrainman.com/blog as featured on BBC News and BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
18.30 Steve Hughes – While It’s Still Legal
Direct from sell-out shows at the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand Comedy Festivals, the sublime Australian comic and ex heavy-metal drummer returns to UK shores to embark upon his second solo tour.
He stormed the UK last year with his sell-out debut tour, with extra dates added due to phenomenal demand. On TV, he’s recently performed stellar sets on Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), Stand Up For The Week (CH4) & One Night Stand (Dave).
This brand new show features more thoughtful, outspoken social commentary courtesy of a masterful, erudite and provocative performer. Laid-back, effortless charm and caustic anti-establishment humour from a truly unique, world class performer.
“OUTSTANDING. HUGHES IS GOLD” Metro
“HARD-EDGED SOCIAL COMMENTARY AT IT’S BEST” Times
“MAKES ARMAGEDDON SOUND LIKE A PROPER LAUGH RIOT” Rolling Stone
20.45 Terry Alderton – Season 4
Arguably one of the most intriguingly twisted comedians of our generation and total Fringe sell-out 2009/10/11/12, Terry Alderton returns to this year’s Fringe with yet another hyper-hour of warped wit and contorted comedy. A performer of uninhibited extremes and sheer unconventionality, be prepared for a brand new show of a spellbinding amalgamation of noises, voices, incredible physicality and a mind-blowing insight into the inner workings of a fantastic comedy mind as you’ve never seen it before.
Having enjoyed a succession of acclaimed national tours, live shows and television appearances, Terry is quite simply the most exciting live act working in comedy today. He has always had to contend with voices and demons in his head which ultimately inspired his ever-present conflicting ego / conscience on stage, a hugely original and ground-breaking technique that often leads him into unpredictable routines so that no two shows are ever the same.
A former Southend United goalie, Terry began his extensive career in comedy when at 18 his first ever open spot lead him to audition for ‘new channel’ Sky’s talent show Sky Star Search. Terry won the competition (beating the likes of outstanding talents such as revered pop-star Chesnee Hawkes) and the comedy industry was never the same again.
Terry has performed in countless TV shows, from Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) to Let’s Dance For Sport Relief (BBC), The Royal Variety Performance to Dave’s One Night Stand, as well as a regular role in ITV’s much-loved drama London’s Burning. He has hosted the National Lottery Red Alterwith Lulu (BBC1) and his own radio show on London’s Capital Radio. He’s appeared in feature films such as Guy Richie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Mel Smith’s Black Ball and is known and loved internationally from Melbourne to Mumbai.
Tickets from £5 – £8