Well, this all makes it a little bit rather real doesn’t it? Tickets are now on sale for my very first ever solo stand-up show, Angela Barnes: You Can’t Take It With You, at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Do come along. I promise I’ve worked hard and done my bestest.
You can buy tickets here
Hope to see you there
So, in August, I’ll be off to that there Edinburgh Festival with my very first solo show. Gulp. It’s called “You Can’t Take It With You”. I hope you like it.
In the meantime, I am hunting for willing guinea pigs for me to test the show out on. Thought you might be up for it, if I’m coming to a town near you.
Below are the previews that I have booked in so far and booking details can be found here. But do keep an eye out as they may well get added to. You will also find all my circuit gigs listed there.
21st April 2014 – Crumblin’ Cookie, Leicester
3rd May 2014 – Machynlleth Comedy Festival
20th May 2014 – Hill Station, Brockley, London
26th May 2014 – Amersham Arms, New Cross, London
3rd June – The Library, Islington
19th June – Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton
22nd June, The Alex, Southend
3rd July, The Tommyfield, Kennington, London
5th July – Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton
6th July – The Borough, Dalton Sq, Lancaster
9th July – Komedia, Bath
21 July – Komedia, Brighton
More dates will probably be added – but if you fancy popping along one of these, I would love to see your face there.
Take care now
PS – If you know of a venue near you that is putting on previews, do let me know, am always on lookout for more!
Here’s the show blurb:
Ch4′s Stand Up For The Week team member and winner of the BBC New Comedy Award (2011) Angela Barnes is warming up her hotly-anticipated debut hour show ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe.
It is about, y’know, life and stuff and that.
Angela has featured on BBC3′s Russell Howard’s Good News, Eddie Izzard’s Laughs in the Park for BBC2 and BBC Radio 4′s Now Show.
‘Hers is a world-weary and devastatingly matter-of-fact outlook on the world that really makes her stand out’ The Guardian
‘A beautifully paced performance that was aided by the consistent quality of her jokes, many of which showed a great skill with self-deprecation.’ Chortle
Did you know, that if you are not in Edinburgh and are in London or thereabouts, there is a bloody brilliant alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe right on your doorstep? There are some amazing acts doing the inaugral Phoenix Fringe this year, and I am very honoured to be amongst them.
My solo show will be on Wednesday 7th August. Tickets are just £8. Or, for a mere £20, you can get a day pass and see me, Katherine Ryan (her from off the telly) and the legendary Bob Mills!
If you want to come along, booking in advance is strongly advised. I would really love to see you there, as without an audience of lovely, friendly faces, I will just be a mad lady wittering alone in a room. Please don’t let that happen to me. Not yet.
Hope to see you there!
Despite feeling like I only said goodbye to Auld Reekie a fortnight ago, due to some obvious mistake in the space time continuum (Prof Brian Cox and his CERN chums almost certainly to blame), here I am again in sunny (not even being sarcastic, at this particular time the sun is shining) Edinburgh for the annual festival of “I know you’ve seen 47 shows already today, but please, please force your face to smile at mine”.
I am VERY excited to be doing 2 shows this year:
Late Night Laughs at 22.45 at Gilded Balloon
This is a showcase of 6 up and coming comics, including moi, and it’s exciting because they are all ace.
Angela Barnes and Matt Richardson at 14.30 at Espionage
This is a FREE show where my comedy baby brother Matt and I will be doing about half hour each of some old, some new, none borrowed but possibly some (a little bit) blue.
I’ll also be popping up here and there on mixed bill shows across the festival. Am VERY much looking forward to this baby tomorrow night, Super Serious Show (2 Aug, 8.55 Bosco tent) where I will be hosting Tiffany Stevenson, Drennon Davis and one of my comedy heroes Hannibal Buress *bow bow scrape scrape*
Right, plugs over – do come along to a show if you can
Now, in important other news, I have been in Edinburgh 4 days, and I have so far consumed just one deep fried product. I call that a win. It was haggis if you must know, so I was just having a rich cultural experience.
Oh, and I bought a lilac anorak yesterday. So if you see a woman on the royal mile with a red bob who looks like a Mum on the school run, that’ll be me. Hug me, because I think I might be heading towards a breakdown. An anorak for goodness sake. It’ll be driving gloves next. Can’t even drive. I entirely blame comedian Michael Fabbri whose parting words to me were as I set off up north “Get yourself an anorak. Once you anorak, you won’t go back…”
I’ll leave you with that dear reader
‘Til next time
So, here it is – 2012, the year of Olympics and Armageddon, not sure which I’m less excited about…
Again, I begin this post with an apology for not updating sooner, admin never was my strong point. However, I have discovered a way to make it more bearable: Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you… BEDMIN (TM). Admin a lot less painful in pyjamas with a duvet… and afterwards you can treat yourself to a BEDNIC (TM) (a bed based picninc) or a BEDISCO (TM) … you get the point.
Laziness aside, lots of exciting things coming up this year, so watch this space, and I resolve to be more prolific here
Now… where can I buy a teasmaid…? (not even joking).
Been a while since my last update here – been a bit manic in Barnsey World ™ . Just a couple of things to tell you about, so here goes (I’ll be brief and try not to bore you…)
BBC Children in Need – A Night of Spectacular Comedy, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Mon 14 November
Tickets are available for this event, for a wonderful cause here and the lineup also includes: Miles Jupp, Doc Brown, Josh Widdicombe, Joe Lycett, The Horne Section, Gareth Richards, 2 Episodes of Mash and Jason Cook. I am VERY excited.
Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to appear on Weekend Wogan, also in aid of Children in Need, live from the Savoy Theatre. The guest list was stellar, including Lee Mead, Joss Stone, Englebert Humperdinck and Gary bloomin’ Barlow (yes, he IS that hot in the flesh…). It was a great experience, and very surreal being interviewed by Sir Terry himself. The show is available to listen to for a couple more days on BBC iPlayer here.
In this busy week, I also made my TV stand-up debut. Back in July, I took part in the Laughs in the Park festival which was headlined by Ross Noble, Eddie Izzard and Tommy Tiernan. It was broadcast last weekend on BBC2, and you can watch it on iPlayer here
That’ll do for now I think, keep well
Hello folks. A lovely gig landed on my lap this week, please do pop it in your diaries. On Thursday 8 December, the Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton will be having a screening of The Trip. This specially edited feature brings together all the best bits of the six-part TV series in ninety minutes. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan will be taking part in a Q and A session after the screening, and yours truly is going to be hosting the event. I can’t wait! Tickets are on sale now, and are going like hot-cakes, so if you fancy coming along, get in there quick, you can buy them online here. I look forward to seeing you there, I am brushing up my Michael Caine impression for the occassion.
Hello. Well, this is a bit exciting. I have been invited to take part in this year’s BBC Radio 2 Children in Need Gala. On Sunday 30th October, Terry Wogan’s Weekend Wogan show will be broadcast live from the Savoy Theatre from 11am to 1pm. Sir Terry will be hosting the event that features guests including Gary Barlow (who, might I add is looking pretty hot these days, when did that happen?), Michael Ball, Englebert Humperdinck, Joss Stone, Lee Mead and little me (bonkers eh?). I will be doing some stand-up and then having a chat with Sir Terry himself. I will be taking my Mum with me, so I should probably give Michael Ball’s people some warning, I’m not convinced she will behave herself. I have threatened to pretend not to know her and have her removed if she shows me up. Tickets and more details about the show are available here. It’s for a brilliant cause, and I am massively excited about it. Do come along if you can, or tune in and have a listen.
I recently did a spot at The Quarterhouse in Folkestone for the BBC R2 series Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour. We had loads of fun recording it, and it also features the amazing talents of my friends Nick Helm, Matt Richardson and Tom Deacon. You can listen live or catch it on iPlayer here.
Well, somehow or other, I managed to go and win a thing.
Sorry it has taken so long to update here, but last Saturday 18 June, I was voted BBC New Comedy Award Winner 2011 in a live final broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
It has been a bit of a bonkers week following, I have been to Radio 2 and had a chat with Steve Wright and I also went and had a chat with the delightful Rufus Hound on his Radio 4 Extra show, What’s So Funny?
Here’s a clip from the final night, and that butt clenching moment when I tripped over Patrick Kielty’s mic cable as I collected my award…
The Final of the BBC New Comedy Award 2011