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Rich Batsford

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National Comedy Stars in Birmingham this week
« on: July 23, 2007, 12:33:58 PM »
Hi Folks

More great shows coming up at the lovely Old Joint Stock Theatre
(above the Old Joint Stock pub opposite the main door of Birmingham

This week's shows are real gems, I'm looking forward to them both

Tuesday 24th July

Robin Ince - still best known to many for his frequent support slots
to his friend Ricky Gervaise, Robin has been one of the more
intriguiging and quirky acts on the circuit for some years. Lately he
has been furthering his name amongst the comedic and literary
cognescenti with his own unique addition to the comedy club format,
the Book Club. Robin Ince Knew This Would Happen is about how
evolutionary advantages become disadvantages the creature with sugar
lust has enough energy to outrun that big scary bear but a few million
years down the line that's also why it now has to be cut out of its
bed by fireman when it needs to go to the toilet. "A brilliant comic
with a genius for improvisation" Time Out

Milton Jones - a slight cheat as Milton isn't actually appearing at
Edinburgh, rather is warming up for his Autumn tour, but its a real
joy to book a comic who I rate as a true master of wordplay. Few other
comics can sustain a full length show using gags that are mostly one
or two liners, but then most comics don't have Milton's genius for
surreal, mind-twisting comic marvels. Fans of his previous award
wininng live shows, or his Radio 4 or BBC 7 series will know exactly
what I mean. "King of the surreal one-liners" The Times

Wednesday 25th July

Toby Hadoke - this show actually appeared at last year's Edinburgh,
but such was its popularity that its coming back again this year as
part of a national tour. Needless to say fans of Doctor Who are going
to absolutely love this show, but it goes way beyond a trip through
time charting the rise, fall and subsequent rise of a television
legend to movingly explore a personal, satirical and razor sharp comic
odyssey from child to man, through obsession, joy and disappointment.
This show is so good it's just been broadcast on BBC 7 and released as
an audio book - you know it'll be ten times better live tho.
"poignant, heartfelt and heroic" - The Guardian

Steve Hughes - an Aussie comic who started out onstage as the drummer
in a heavy metal band - and still looks the part today. His demeanour
might be laid back, but his comedy is ascerbic and razor sharp,
brilliantly deconstructing stereotypes and blowing away
misconceptions. He has a freedom loving, almost anarchic view of life
with opinions underpinned by a really sharp comic and political mind.
You want to hear some refresingly honest and direct points of view on
topics like religion, war, politics, drugs and metal, and laugh your
ass off in the process, this is absolutely the gig for you.
"Hard-edged social commentary at it's best." The Times

Both shows cost 8 and start at 8pm - book online at or reserve tickets by calling 0121 200 0946
or turn up and pay on the night.