We Love Comedy @ The Balham Bowls Club

Nearest Tube: Balham (Balham Bowls Club is less than a two minute walk away!) Headline Act/s: ABANDOMAN, BRIAN GITTINS, LUKE TOULSON, FELICITY WARD, BEN TARGET and SEAN BRIGHTMAN (MC). Ok, we seem to have got five acts on one night who technically should be headlining the club. This will possibly be the strongest line-up you'll see at any comedy event this year. Which is quite good. We have wonderful, weird and experimental all covered. If you're curious, here's what you missed last time: http://www.ourlittleb... And tickets are £10 on the door, but for the Meetup group, it will be £6 on the door or in advance from: http://welovecomedyba... Now, on to the blurbs! -- ABANDOMAN Winner of Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, the Musical Comedy Awards and the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival’s Best Comedy Newcomer Award, Abandoman creates hilarious freestyle songs at lightening speed based on audience suggestions. 2012 saw Abandoman support multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK, culminating in two nights at London’s Brixton Academy. They have recently appeared at festivals such as Bestival, Latitude, Altitude, Rockness, Hop Farm and V Festival. In fact, the day after this, they are taking the full band to Glastonbury. THIS is their warm up for freakin' GLASTONBURY people! You won't want to miss this... “Killer punchlines. Note-perfect, lyrically mind-blowing hip-hop improv. Genius!” - The Stage BRIAN GITTINS After 6 years on the circuit, Brian Gittins has yet to make any waves in the comedy world and continually struggles to find an audience that like him. A Nick Ferrari enthusiast and a nasal spray addict, Brian has given himself 25 years to reach the London Palladium. We've had him over at We Love Comedy in Brixton not too long ago and after a 'performance' described by many punters as 'a train wreck'; to be honest, we're really not sure why we're bringing him back. Well, a deal is a deal and we can only apologise for his behaviour in advance. “From greasy spoon owner to the London Palladium in five years. That's Brian Gittins' ambition, and he's well on the way" - The Guardian ‘One of the best comedy characters of the decade.’ - Ricky Gervais ‘Very funny and horrifically distressing.’ - Independent ‘Mundane, ineffectual and misconceived-to-the-point-of-disturbing.’ - Guardian FELICITY WARD According to Wikipedia: 'Felicity Ward is an Australian comedian, best known for her TV appearances on Spicks and Specks, Thank God You're Here, Good News Week and as a writer/performer in the Channel 10 Network television programme The Ronnie Johns Half Hour. She is a part of The 3rd Degree, who made and starred in the The Ronnie Johns Half Hour.' According to us, Felicity rocks as a comedian and is currently at the Soho Theatre performing her brilliant new show. We are lucky to have her here with us tonight, to share her comedy with you. "Extremely animated and compelling" - The Skinny BEN TARGET The words 'genius', 'unique' and ‘the best’ are often misused. Ben Target is a comedian. He will be with you for around 15 minutes. Ben is one of the most original comedians on the UK comedy scene. Known for his unique, inventive style, Ben’s first solo-show “Discover Ben Target” was the underground hit of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. Nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2012. Winner: Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2011 “Staggeringly inventive and sometimes unnerving, this highly physical performer is a true original and a legend in the making” - Guardian "Impressively funny" - Scotsman LUKE TOULSON In 2005, I and a drama school friend called Stephen Harvey, took a show to the Edinburgh Fringe, which was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. In 2007, Luke won the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Award. Since then he has performed 4 solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, featured on BBC Radio 4 & 5 Live, Russell Howard's Good News, written for comics appearing on Mock The Week and Live at the Apollo, and directed a Best Newcomer nominated show. He will be premiering his brand new show, LUKE TOULSON: I DON'T KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT MY KIDS, at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe. For free, if you can get to Edinburgh. If not, catch him here, or his preview with us on the 9th of July! "Toulson is clearly a gifted comic" – Sunday Times And your host for the evening is Sean Brightman Sean was also a semi-finalist in 2010's So You Think You're Funny Competition. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Awards but was knocked out, quite rightly, by Angela Barnes. He's not bitter. Then in 2012 he reached the final of the Piccadilly Comedy Club competition where Chortle reviewed him as "Happy", one of the more positive words used in that particular review. He regularly performs and hosts comedy shows all over. He doesn't like competitions, aside from spot the ball. "A very funny man" - Stephen. K. Amos "Happy" - Chortle Hope to Meetup with you there! Best, Sean, Renata and Lea tickets are £10 on the door, but for the Meetup group, it will be £6 on the door or inadvance from: http://welovecomedyba... *The We Love Comedy Guarantee: If you don't laugh during the show, we will joyfully give you your money back!

This meetup group has a no-show policy: In order to provide a place for all interested members & to be fair to the hosts & to the venues, there is a no show rule for our meetups: - if you have RSVP'd yes and don't show up or - if you change your RSVP from yes to no within 12 hours before the meetup takes place you get 1 no-show point. Once you have reached 3 points within one year the meetup organisers have the right to exclude you from the group, should they choose to do so. Also, if you are a no-show to an event then the host of that event has the choice to exclude you from their future events if they wish; hosts are not paid for their time, they give up their own time to organise & hosts events so it is extremely frustrating when there are no shows. This rule is here so everyone can enjoy the events - you and the hosts - it's common courtesy to let hosts know if you can't make an event - so please ensure you keep your RSVP up to date.

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  • Sean B.

    Hey all, if you're interested, Luke Toulson (the second act on) appeared on Russell Howards Good News last week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b036f3cs/Russell_Howards_Good_News_Extra_Series_8_Episode_11/

    Watch it while you can!

    He'll be with us tonight in East London, but as it's the South London social, I probably shouldn't even mention it. ;)

    July 9, 2013

  • Jan

    Hi
    I arrived and lots of people around but no one obviousto approach so have gone home

    June 27, 2013

    • Jan

      Sadly no but will know better next time.

      June 29, 2013

    • Jan

      OK, I am deffo in for the next one and will be a little more assertive. x

      July 5, 2013

  • Sean B.

    So much fun to host, hope you enjoyed it! Brian Gittins was absolutely bonkers as ever. We booked him to give the show a weird kind of false start and he delivered. Luke Toulson worked hard and brought the laughs. Matt Highton was surreal with material from his new show and had some stand out lines. Felicity Ward was fantastic and we saw just why she's a star. Then Abandoman. What can I say? The encore says it all... :) Am just finalising a few things, but will get next month up very soon. Scott Capurro and Aisling Bea is a great start though!

    June 28, 2013

    • Sean B.

      Haha.

      July 5, 2013

    • Sean B.

      It's fascinating to me that over a week later, out of all the acts on, the one we're still talking about is Brian Gittins! :) Will be posting the next one up later today. There are no character acts on that one. You are safe.

      July 5, 2013

  • debbie A.

    yes i enjoyed it except the first one, glad when he finished..the last two was good.

    2 · June 28, 2013

    • Sean B.

      Hi Debbie! Brian Gittins is a weird character to be sure. If you get a chance, see him in Cemetary Junction (the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant movie. David Earl, who plays him is also in Gervais' C4 sitcom, 'Derek'). And check out his podcast: https://itunes.apple.c...­ – he's an interesting character for sure! Thank you for coming down and being part of the Meetup.

      June 28, 2013

    • debbie A.

      No sorry I DONT think he's funny, he's weird. He was on for too long as well.! But will come again to see others.

      July 5, 2013

  • Shereena

    Felicity and Luke were good as of course was Abandoman (didn't enjoy the other two - never again please Brian!). Good location, good turnout from the various meetup groups & a nice mix of regulars & newbies - was a relaxed evening of laughs and banter. Thx Paul & Sean

    July 4, 2013

  • Jan

    Stop it.. Getting right fed up now and so disappointed as was really looking forward to it!!

    June 29, 2013

  • Rob C

    What can you not like about comedy? ( Brian Gittins! You are something else! ). Thanks to Shereena and Paul for organising and hosting a good night.

    2 · June 28, 2013

  • Steff

    It was my first ever Comedy @ The Balham Bowls Club and I had a blast! The venue, the acts and the Meet Up members were all top rate! Highly recommend it and will definately go to the next one! Thanks

    2 · June 28, 2013

  • Shereena

    I may not be able to stay until the end as I have a busy/long day booked tomorrow - will see how I go! See you later!

    1 · June 27, 2013

    • Sean B.

      We'll try and keep you there! You won't want to miss abandoman. But maybe miss the encore! ;)

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • Shereena

      I definitely don't want to miss Abandoman - intrigued to see him; I can always sleep next week lol ;) Looking forward to meeting you, finally, Sean!

      1 · June 27, 2013

  • Rita

    I need 2 check the diary more often (sounds great)

    June 27, 2013

  • debbie A.

    hello what time do uhave to be there? and does it finishlate

    June 23, 2013

    • debbie A.

      Ok thanks I will see u there. ,is it near the school. Chestnut grove?

      June 24, 2013

    • Sean B.

      Quite near I think. If you're on the main road, look for the Sainsbury's and it's opposite there! Looking forward to meeting you on Thursday...

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • Sean B.

    Just to let you know, this show is Time Out Critics' Choice next week!

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Shereena

    Missed Abandoman at Brixton last time, hope to make it on Thurs!

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Steff

    Looking forward to my second Meet Up with this group; love socialising around the Balham area.

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really sorry I can't make this. Abandoman are excellent. But thanks to some very kind generosity from Sheila Thornton I have tickets for a band I love.

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Shereena

    Great, thx again for hosting Paul

    2 · June 18, 2013

  • Jan

    My first meet up but appropriate as love comedy and only live around the corner. Yeahhh

    1 · June 18, 2013

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