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!

Comedian’s Corner: Chris Chopping

Who are you?

I’m Chris Chopping, things go well for me when I remember that.

Describe your humour in three words.

Playful, wordy and self-deprecating.

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

My most embarrassing moment on stage was dying on my arse for 10 minutes at a gig in Southampton. The guy who booked me was sat at the front and he was the only one laughing. I couldn’t tell if he was enjoying my jokes or my discomfort.

Best compliment you’ve been given from an audience member?

An audience member once told me I look like Harry Potter if he was in the Rolling Stones, is that a compliment?

Worst job you’ve ever had?

The worst job I ever had was working in a call centre. Then they fired me. I don’t want to sound bitter buy I still talk about it most nights on stage. Apparently I’m not good at letting things go.

Snog, marry, avoid: Macaulay Culkin (the drug addict version), Nigella Lawson (the drug addict version), Honey G 

I would snog Macaulay Culkin for the story, marry Nigela for the food and avoid Honey G. I had to google who she was but I’m not keen on sunglasses indoors.

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Favourite Cardiff venue?

My favourite Cardiff venue is Drones Comedy Club at Chapter Arts Centre. It’s where I had my first gig and still my favourite place to try new material.

Why do you do comedy? (Oooh philosphical)

I do comedy because I’ve always loved making people laugh one on one or in a group, making a room full of people is even better. Plus if I have a microphone it’s harder for them to interrupt. Let’s not overanalyse what that answer says about me.

What’s your tipple?

I like red wine, good cider(not strongbow for starters) or rum and coke.

Where can we watch you be funny?

You can see me being funny as my various alter egos at Face 11 this money, Smoke and Mirrors Christmas Party in Bristol on the 19th and on Gwerthu Allan live from The Richard Burton Theatre on S4C, 9.30 5th January or catch up after on the S4C Website.

You can follow Chris on Twitter @MrChrisChopping