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Adam Riches x 4
What's better than three Adam Riches shows? Four Adam Riches shows! The high-energy, faux-macho, brilliantly silly character comic is performing four of his critically acclaimed solo hours – including his Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning 'Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches' – over four dates in April. Riches is a masterful character act, coercing audience members to take part in his strange challenges. But the joke's always on him, and what he'll go through for the sake of the audience's entertainment. It's totally stupid. On April 8, it's 2009 'Rogue Males', his second show, featuring four characters all teetering on the brink. On April 15 you can catch 2010's 'Adam Riches Rides', which includes the ridiculously funny 'Yakult's Anonymous' skit featuring recurring Riches character, Victor Legit. On April 23, he revives 2011's Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning hour, 'Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches'. The swingball coach, the monster hunter, the Daniel Day Lewis – a must see. Finally, on April 30, it's his 2014 offering 'Adam of the Riches'. More big, bold, stupid characters and audience interaction. Another treat.
Rachel Parris – Live in Vegas
Talented musical comic Rachel Parris – who's also a member of the Austentatious impro troupe and a panellist on the 'Thronecast' – goes all-out in her latest solo show. 'Live in Vegas' is an ambitious offering: a glitzy Vegas showcase of musical stars, all played by Parris herself. In the show we meet rockstar Crispin Prentice, country singer Gracie-Lou Steinberg and Sin City diva Felice. It's an impressive hour: musically rich, frequently funny and wonderfully performed.
Mark Thomas – Cuckooed
Following his mischievous '100 Acts of Minor Dissent' show, superb campaigning comic Mark Thomas goes a little more theatrical for his latest show, 'Cuckooed'. He's roped in director Emma Callander to help him tell a remarkable true story: Thomas discovered that a close friend of his was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer. We're certainly intrigued.
Monkey Business Special
A one-off special from the Monkey Business gang as they take over Proud Camden for a bill headlined by the mighty Harry Hill. Joining the absurdist comedy hero are Sol Bernstein, Hari Sriskantha, James Veitch, The Odd Bods and MC Martin Besserman.
Vikki Stone – Instrumental
Talented musical comic Vikki Stone brings her brand new solo show 'Instrumental' to the Pleasance following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. For the show, she's blagged, bought and borrowed 20 different instruments – including a piano, flute, accordion, bassoon and glockenspiel – which she plays to provide a live soundtrack to her touching stories about her childhood and family relationships. It's full of heart and showcases Stone's wry wit. Plus, if you play (or used to play) a musical instrument, there's a chance to join in with a big old jam session, so start re-learning you major fifths and minor sevenths.
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