Jayde Adams wins Funny Women Award, Lauren Pattison third place

Jayde Adams collects the 2014 Funny Women Award

Free Fringer (in both 2013 and 2014, as host of late night Voodoo Rooms cabaret extravaganza The Painted Grin) Jayde Adams has won the UK’s Funny Women Award. Another Free Fringer – Lauren Pattison who appeared in Punky and Perky at the Opium venue on Cowgate was placed third in the competition.

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Richard Tyrone Jones ‘Crap Time Lord’

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Richard Tyrone Jones, Director of Spoken Word at the Edinburgh Free fringe, brings the Free Fringe concept to the Star of Kings pub in King’s Cross next Wednesday 17th September with his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Crap Time Lord’, the true story of how having two hearts and a cancelled BBC series makes him, well, a crap time lord.

Crap Time Lord’s two reviews at Edinburgh 2014, from Broadwaybaby and Sabotage, were both 4* and to celebrate Richard is bringing the show back to London at the on the Free fringe principle; pay what you think it’s worth. Manchester’s Jackie Hagan will also be performing her show about losing a limb, ‘Some people have too many legs’ for the first time in London – it sold out its run at Manchester’s Contact theatre.

On top of that there’s an open-to-all PAID GIG CONTEST where you simply sign up on the door, do three minutes, and the audience votes on who wins a PAID GIG worth £50 at the next ‘Utter!’ event!

So if you’d like to come along and take part you’re most welcome – and bring friends to vote for you! We’ll be filming Crap Time Lord with a view to getting the show commissioned as 15 minute slots for radio 4.

The facebook event link is http://bit.ly/ctlldn – mark yourself as attending or contact Richard on richardtyronejones@gmail.com or @rtjpoet.

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Sarah Campbell in Bad Bridesmaids

2014 Free Fringer Sarah Campbell will be appearing in a new ITV comedy series called Bad Bridesmaids, airing 9pm Thursday. She has also been writing for Radio 4′s Dead Ringers.

She also has a video in the running for the British Comedy Guide’s best video award.

Sarah Campbell

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John Kearns wins Fosters Comedy Award

John Kearns has won the 2014 Fosters Comedy Award for his Free Fringe show Shtick. John won the Best Newcomer award last year for his 2013 Free Fringe show in the same venue – The Voodoo Rooms.

John Kearns collects his award


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Two Free Fringe shows nominated for Sustainable Production Award

Two of the shows nominated for Creative Carbon Scotland’s Sustainable Production Award.

They are Elf Lyon’s children’s show Princess Taz and the Fearsome Forest and Kate Smurthwaite’s science/comedy show The Evolution Will Be Televised.



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Free Fringe shows in Birmingham

The Birmingham Comedy Festival will feature two shows from the Free Fringe in 2014…

…At Roughly Nine Years And Two Jokes Per Minute Incorporating The Hundred Years War As A Football Match And Of Course Scottish Independence Performed By Paul B. Edwards


An hour of highbrow political comedy.
ThreeWeek’s Editor’s Choice 2013 Award-winner and writer for Have I Got News For You and BBC3 BAFTA-winning series The Revolution Will Be Televised, Kate is an increasingly familiar face after appearing on Question Time in January.
Her new show, as you’d expect, is highbrow, left-wing, feminist, atheist and awesome.
‘The verve with which she articulates her view on our land is monumental … when it comes to political comedy The News At Kate really is the cream of the crop’ – BroadwayBaby.com
‘An important and inclusive narrative on our society’ – ScotsGay.
’Comedy that cuts through the crap’ – ThreeWeeks


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Stand Up Tragedy podcast available

2014 Free Fringers Stand Up Tragedy have a series of podcasts available online at SoundCloud.

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Rosie Wilby by the sea

2014 Free Fringe show Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman will be performed as part of Bournmouth Arts By The Sea Festival.

The show is also going to the Brighton Comedy Fringe.

Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman

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Three Weeks Award for Matt Panesh

Free Fringe regular Matt Panesh won a Three Weeks Editor’s award in his words “for doing 2 shows of high standard in two diff categories (spoken word – The Monkey Poet: Shit-Flinging and theatre: 300 to 1) as I have done for the last 5 years.”

Both shows can be seen back to back at the Oxford Playhouse on 2nd Oct.

Matt Panesh/Monkey Poet

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Newsflash: Raj Rage on tour!

Charmian Hughes: Raj Rage

Free Fringe 2014 show Charmian Hughes: Raj Rage is to be featured as part of the Face to Face Solo Theatre Festival on October 8th at the Lost Theatre, Wandsworth Road.

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