Jen Brister

News: Jen Brister Stars In Awareness-Raising Comedy Night

In celebration of National Inclusion Week,  advertising agency Ogilvy curates its first-ever stand-up comedy night. 

#FunnyNotFunny will take place on Zoom at 6pm today (30 September), featuring five outstanding comedians to laugh in the face of exclusion. It will tackle so-called ‘awkward’ topics, de-stigmatise key issues and celebrate everyday inclusion with laughter.

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News: Buy Tickets For Save Live Comedy Gig With Ed Byrne, Jen Brister, Richard Herring And Many More

Yes, you read that right. Following the easing of lockdown restrictions to allow indoor performances that followed strict guidelines this online fundraiser allowed a hundred lucky comedy fans into the venue last Sunday. And following the success of that gig they will be letting a few more in this time on August 23. It's real comedy with a real audience inside a real venue. Almost like old times and certainly the best you can hope for at the moment. The line-up is pretty damn good too. 

Live Review: Mark Watson's Carpool Comedy With Sophie Duker, Lou Sanders, Tim Key, Jen Brister, Selhurst Park FC

By compere and intrepid organiser Mark Watson’s own admission, this is not the perfect way to experience comedy. Parked in your car in the car park of Crystal Palace Football Club on the hottest day of the year.

News: Comedian Jen Brister Longlisted for Book Prize

Comedian Jen Brister has made the longlist for the Polari Prize for LGBTQ+ literature for her book The Other Mother: A Wickedly Honest Parenting Tale for Every Kind of Family by Jen Brister (Square Peg).

The book is Brister's account of becoming a parent to twins with her partner and the stresses and joys that followed.

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News: Soho Theatre and NextUp Announce Partnership

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:

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Edinburgh Fringe Review 2019 – Round-Up Featuring Seann Walsh, Phil Wang, Jen Brister, George Egg, Tom Rosenthal, Carl Donnelly & More

So many shows, so little time. Well actually so many shows, quite a lot of time. But still not long enough to do more than scratch the surface of comedy at the Fringe. I was at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 for 23 days. And saw 91 shows. Not quite the most I’ve seen in a Fringe stint, but it may have been more. Some were free gigs with no tickets so I may not have made a note of them. 

Edinburgh Preview: The Women Set to Dominate The Edinburgh Fringe This Year

I got into an interesting discussion last week when I reviewed new magic show The Illusionists and pointed out that the seven magicians were all male. The producers got in touch to explain that they want to cast women but there weren’t enough high quality female illusionists available for all their worldwide shows.

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