Reginald D. Hunter is coming to Cardiff’s Glee Club in April

One of the biggest names in comedy, Reginald D. Hunter, is bringing his tour to the Glee Club this year.

His preview tour Some People V. Reginald D. Hunter comes to the Glee on Wednesday 19th April 2017.

Hunter has just completed a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland and has performed across Europe.

According to Glee’s website, “during the 15 years in which [he] has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fanbase that spans the generations.”

The Times have referred to him amongst the “top rank” of comedians touring the world today, and The Telegraph say he’s “stand-up’s coolest customer”.

You can buy tickets for Hunter’s April Glee show now through their website.

Watch more of Reginald D. Hunter being funny here:

Comedian buys entire Cardiff Glee Club audience donuts

They say the Christmas period is a time for giving. Well, one comic visiting Cardiff took that notion very seriously this week.

Mark Olver, who’s a comedian based in Bristol, made Cardiff Glee Club history on Thursday’s ‘Comedy Carousel’ night when he provided each and every audience member – 300 of them – with their very own donut.

He then played a sex-based postcode lottery game with both the audience and the donuts.

The game involved Mark shouting out the name of a postcode and getting people to cheer if they’d had sex in that postcode.

He told Cardiff Comedy Hub that “combining it with the donuts came to [him] earlier in the day”.

Mark said: “The donut thing was just that it was the last Carousel, I love Clint [Edwards] and Robin [Morgan] and the last time I did it I performed holding two flaming candelabras and needed to top that”.

However, Mark didn’t quite plan to buy that many donuts: “I thought there would only be about 50 people in so I thought a big fun stupid gesture would be funny and appropriate. I then found out there were 300 people in but by then I’d already decided and so I bought 300 donuts.”

 

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A couple in the audience enjoying their holy treats. Photo credit: Robin Morgan @robinjaymorgan

Mark doesn’t just buy donuts for everyone. He just has a real thing for Cardiff Glee: “It’s a great club, ace staff, great sound and lights – just made for comedy. The gigs I’ve ran have always had an informal air where anything can happen. This was just something silly to do at the Glee because I like it so much there.”

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Mark Olver describes the sexy-donut-postcode-lottery game to the Cardiff Glee audience. Photo credit: Robin Morgan @robinjaymorgan

Of course, ’tis the season to stuff one’s face, so the donuts went down a treat. The stunt received a raucous reception. Cardiff Glee’s manager James Allen even said the words: “Won’t ever forget that!”

So there you have it folks, if your New Year’s Resolution is to see more comedy then what bigger incentive do you need?!

Cardiff Glee Club are saying goodbye to their Thursday ‘Comedy Carousel’ night. New plans for the night will be decided on in the new year. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Happy New Year Cardiff laughter-lovers!

 

A Christmas message from Santa’s standby Sarah Breese

Sarah Breese bloody loves Christmas. She also bloody loves Cardiff comedy. As well as regularly co-hosting at Comedy Carousel at Cardiff’s Glee Club, she runs Odd Night Out which produces and promotes nights across South Wales. Sarah also recently performed stand-up for Made in Cardiff TV for Comedy Sheep and joked about how archeologists from the future would see her “as an 11-year-old boy from Primark”. It’s very funny.

As the above suggests, she is a very jolly lady. Therefore it seemed only right to grant her a festive message on Cardiff Comedy Hub this festive season:

“I bloody LOVE Christmas!

It’s not necessarily the presents. Because if you’re a comedian, surviving December is usually reward enough. But it’s been a hell of a year.

We’ve all seen gigs go well, gigs go badly. Unplayable rooms. Badly timed buffets. The dreaded raffle. Jokes going wrong, and brilliant comics turning it around. Jokes going right, and brilliant comics ignored anyway.

Car shares. Controversies. Cancellations. Competitions (because apparently we weren’t shitting it enough before gigs already). Solo shows with local acts smashing it on a whole new level, and familiar faces getting some (much deserved) national recognition.

Promoters running gigs for no money, no thanks, and sometimes, no audiences, but putting in the hours anyway because they’re legends.

And those lovely stupid bastards who come out in all weathers just to watch us tell jokes, whether we’ve finished writing them or not.

So, thanks, 2016. Cardiff comedy, you did great.

The rest of the world, on the other hand…

Merry Christmas you comedy fucks. xx”

If regular TV just isn’t doing it for you this festive season, you can catch up on Comedy Sheep’s stand-up here. It features Sarah as well as a handful of other brilliant Cardiff comics.

Merry Christmas to all you laughter-loving Cardiffians from Cardiff Comedy Hub! Have an alcohol-induced day of joy!

Glee Club criticised for not booking enough women

The Glee Club has come under fire for the number of female acts it books.

A Twitter spat has broken out between Glee, one of the UK’s most popular comedy brands, and two Twitter users criticising the lack of female comics it books.

The criticism was mainly levelled at the Birmingham Glee Club but general attacks were made on all Glee venues – which also include Cardiff, Oxford and Nottingham – for their lack of support for female comics.

The Glee account, which is run by Head Office in Birmingham, responded asking ‘Plashing Vole’ if they could suggest some female comics to book.

Then ‘What The Frock Comedy’, an account that promotes “brilliantly funny women”, got involved.

Glee defended themselves by saying more men than women go on comedy tours.

What The Frock Comedy said that’s because women “find it harder to break through”.

Glee said that they book women regularly, even from What The Frock Comedy.

After being contacted by Cardiff Comedy Hub for comment, James Allen, Manager of Cardiff’s Glee Club, said: “The disagreement was specifically about the touring shows we book. Those shows depend a lot on the availability of acts and their willingness to play our venue.

“This differs greatly to the way we book our weekend shows, where we’re happy to say we are able to book more female acts. Local act Sarah Breese is the co-host of our regular Comedy Carousel shows.”

He added: “This last year in Cardiff, we’ve managed to secure the touring shows of Luisa Omeilan, Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe, Isy Suttie.

“There are nowhere near as many professional female acts as male acts at all levels of the industry but in the next 3 months we’re excited to have Jen Brister, JoJo Smith, Allyson June Smith, Angela Barnes and Bethany Black performing at our weekend, Christmas, and New Year shows. “

Cardiff writer publishes new book on women in comedy

Cardiff-based writer Gwenno Dafydd spent two decades researching and writing about female comedy and can now finally see her book Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister on shelves.

Gwenno, who lives in Pontconna, started thinking about the book when she studied a Masters degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Cardiff in 1994.

Published by Parthian Books, Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister asks “why women chose comedy and what they have to sacrifice to make it.”

It “looks at the genesis of female comedy from the time of music hall and supper clubs through to the excitement and challenge of the international world of stand-up from Edinburgh to Cape Town to Mumbai to New York and Los Angeles before finally returning to the comedy clubs of London.”

Gwenno has interviewed over seventy comics for the book, including Joan Rivers and Amy Schumer, who she’s pictured with below.

You can buy Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister for £11.99 via Parthian or pick it up in Waterstones.

Keep an eye on Cardiff Comedy Hub for a longer interview with Gwenno soon.

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