I’ll be performing my 2011 solo show Sex, Maths & Eric Clapton at the Camden Fringe Festival from Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th August @ 8pm. If you’re in London around those dates, please come along as this show won’t be making the rounds of all the festivals so it may be your only chance to see it. Full details are as follows:
Kent Valentine – Sex, Maths & Eric Clapton @ The Camden Fringe Kent tells stories that are full of jokes and he’s very good at it. In 2010 he won the Comedy Award & the LA Fringe Award for International performer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He was also nominated for best comedy at the Buxton Fringe & the Australian Comedy Review Critics Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He hates Eric Clapton.
If you’re in or around the ancient city of Londinium, you might like to know that I co-run an excellent monthly gig there called Glitter & Doom. It’s an experimental night where comedians perform their jokes and stories to a live musical score, written and performed by Sam Astley & Charlie Pyne.
The next gig is tomorrow night (Wednesday 2nd February) and features the awesome Nick Sun, the surreal Gerry Howell and the wonderful Julia Clark. If you’re free, you should come along. Here are the details: GLITTER & DOOM #5
Wednesday 2nd Feb, 8pm
@ Betsey Trotwood,
56 Farringdon Road,
London EC1R 3BL
Tickets are £5 via WeGotTickets.
If you’re not in London, then coming along to the night would be a massive pain in the arse, so lucky-for-you our good friend Steve Cross (who runs the excellent Bright Club), records the gigs so that we can turn them into podcasts.
The Glitter & Doom Podcast is a wonderful hour spent in the company of excellent friends and is available as a free download via our podcast page or iTunes.
Kent Valentine – Fablemonger
26 March 2010
Playing to a small but appreciative audience in the plush and frosty surrounds of Arthur’s Bar, Kent Valentine’s Fablemonger demonstrates an absolute mastery of long form storytelling comedy.
Kent welcomes the crowd with a couple of fast-paced observations, quickly relaxing the crowd and firmly planting a grin on each and every face before blending seamlessly into his prepared material. Telling tales of SatNav frustration, life in the UK and his newfound role as a father, Kent manages to turn seemingly mundane stories and fascinating tales of wonder and daring-do. Kent’s style has all the depth and ‘whimsy’ that one might want in a storytelling comic, but his fast paced delivery packs each and every tale with joke after joke and his clever and accessabile humour that leaves the audience laughing all the way.
There’s some moments of absolute brilliance that are sure to leave a lasting mark, including his fantastic childhood explanation of how gambling works. The highlight for me on the night (and obviously for Kent too) was a sudden interjection of outside noise that allowed him to break out into a fantasticly spontaneous improv rant that left the audience in stitches and almost threatened to derail Kent as well before he pulled seamlessly back into the show.
Try as I might, I can’t think of one bad thing to say about this show, nor of anybody to whom Kent would not appeal. I’m constantly asked ‘Who should I see at the festival?’, and normally that’s an incredibly hard question to answer without getting a good gauge on what other shows they’ve enjoyed. This show makes that easy – whoever you are, and whatever your tastes, you’re going to enjoy Kent Valentine.
My Melbourne comedy festival show Fablemonger opens tonight and my fliers haven’t arrived. Either they haven’t been printed yet, or they have been printed and they’re just sitting in a place that’s not here. Neither option is ideal since I’d like to perform to an audience when the show opens in 9 hours.
It’s frustrating when a key component of your operation falls apart. I feel like I’m going into a month-long burrito making session with no tortillas. I need the tortillas or these burritos are going to suck.
Without my fliers, I won’t have an audience; without an audience, this show is going to be less a comedy and more a one-man, word-wank.
If you see a box of fliers with my name on it (literally), please give me a call.
If you’re reading this and are in Melbourne, then come and see the show.
Kent Valentine: Fablemonger
March 25 – April 17, 20:15 (19:15 sundays)
91-93 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Tix comedyfestival.com.au or on the door