News: Soho Theatre and NextUp Announce Partnership

News: Comedian Jen Brister Longlisted for Book Prize

Soho Theatre, one of the UK’s leading comedy producers and presenters, joins trail-blazing streaming platform NextUp in a new partnership to film and distribute a series of live comedy specials. 

This marks the first time in the UK that a major comedy venue and an online service have teamed up to record and showcase full length stand-up shows. 

The initial tranche of shows to be filmed are:

Jen Brister: Meaningless

Rising star Jen Brister is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor. She is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits and has written and performed five solo shows to date. Jen has been seen on Live at the Apollo, Frankie Boyle’s New Order and Hypothetical.  She recently supported Frankie Boyle in London and will soon be supporting Romesh Ranganathan on tour. Her debut book “The Other Mother" was released on 5th September 2019. 

Shappi Khorsandi: Live in Soho  

Shappi Khorsandi is one of the most recognisable faces of British comedy, performing all over the world and appearing on TV programmes and panel shows such as Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and Live At The Apollo.

She established herself as one of the finest UK comics in 2006 with her sell out show Asylum Speaker. This show lead to the publication of her childhood memoirs, the bestselling “A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English“. Her first novel, “Nina’s Not Ok” was a critically acclaimed bestseller.

Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother

Sketch duo and award nominated comedy double act Lazy Susan is made up of Celeste Dring and Freya Parker. Their debut Edinburgh show Extreme Humans was nominated for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards and their 2018 show Forgive Me, Mother was a huge critical success and enjoyed sell out runs at Soho Theatre, as well as Leicester Square Theatre. Their Comedy Short can currently be seen on BBC iPlayer. 

Aditi Mittal: Mother of Invention

Aditi Mittal is a comedian, writer and actress from Mumbai, India. As one of the biggest names to come out of India, Aditi has two Netflix Specials under her belt and could also be heard on her own BBC Radio 4 show “A Beginner’s Guide to India.” She has performed at comedy festivals all over the world including Scotland, Australia and Switzerland.

On the partnership, Steve Lock, Soho Theatre’s Head of Comedy says – “NextUp are a dynamic team who have an exceptional ability to record and capture the essence of the live comedy environment for audiences to enjoy on demand. Together we share a genuine passion for comedy and getting it out to the widest possible audience. We are delighted to be working together on this very promising partnership featuring these incredible acts who have performed on our stages many times.”  

Dan Berg, CEO of NextUp says - "Soho Theatre is an incredible place for comedy that goes beyond the physical venue – they’re dedicated to quality curation and showcasing new talent which we’re couldn’t be more on-board with. It feels like a really natural fit and we can’t wait to film such unique shows in such a respected venue.” 

Tickets can be purchased now for the recordings on September 13th (Aditi Mittal) and September 22nd (Jen Brister, Shappi Khorsandi and Lazy Susan) - click on titles above.

Jen Brister picture by Idil Sukan.



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