The first work-in-progress shows of the year are set in motion at the Bath Brew House with Saddlegoose Comedy presenting the double header night of George Rigden and Frank Foucault on the 26th of February. Rigden is a musical comedian with an intense, abrasive stage presence with a wonderfully dark wit about him, while Frank Foucault produces gleefully absurd moments within a very strong character act. This is a promising combination of shows that are in the early stages of their progress to larger stages up and down the country, and you do not want to miss out on seeing both for a fiver while you have the chance. They will be supported by fantastic local acts Sal Drummond and Ros Beeson.
February is the start of touring season proper in Bath and the surrounding area, with exciting acts heading to some of our favourite venues this month.
First up on Saturday the 3rd you can catch Stephen Bailey with his show ‘Can’t Think Straight‘ at the Rondo or alternatively pop down to the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham to see Andy Zaltzman’s ‘Satirist for Hire’ (which welcomes suggestions for satirising in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org – include the date
of the show plus details of the issuepersonconceptthing you would like addressed by Zaltzman on the night).
Later, on the 16th of February you can return to the Pound Arts Centre to see Robin Ince’s joyous ‘Pragmatic Insanity’, a show that’s largely about art and how it can be accessible to us all, but bounces from topic to topic with sheer enthusiasm and unbridled comic fury all in one delightfully funny package. We saw this show at the Rondo recently and it should absolutely not be missed.
On the same night Joe Lycett performs his sold-out show ‘I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett’ at Komedia. If you still hold out hope for attending it’s best to keep your eye on Komedia’s social media for any returns – but be quick if you get the chance as tickets will be snapped up in a heartbeat!
That same weekend sees fascinating character act John Kearns at the Rondo performing his show ‘Don’t Worry They’re Here‘. Kearns is the only ever double Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner (2013 as a newcomer and again in 2014), and his latest show is potentially as strong if not more so than his earlier work. His Friar Tuck-style wig and costume teeth hide behind them a powerful comedic sense of whimsy, with moments of striking profoundness paired with absurdity in the most mundane of circumstances. This was one of our favourite Edinburgh shows of 2017, and we look forward to attending again here in Bath.
Now, we probably won’t be the first to point out this month is a bit of a sausage-fest in terms of tour shows, but we’re confident that the regular nights in Bath and the surrounding area will be championing a more diverse range of new local talent.
Komedia’s much loved monthly New Act Night is back on the 5th! The night consists of three sections, featuring a lineup of local legends bringing their newest material to the stage for the first time as well as some acts who may have never performed before this. As the compere Fitz always points out, this room has a wonderful reputation for being a supportive place to perform in, and that is in no small part due to the lovely receptive audience that attends each show. We popped down to see Fitz host his other night down in Bradford-on-Avon in January, which you can read all about in our Circled in the Diary feature.
Down the road in Radstock, Tom Glover hosts the monthly Comedy Club at Victoria Hall on the 3rd. This month’s headliner is Gareth Richards, who is a delightfully understated musical comedian who’s past work includes ‘Gareth Richards Lonely Hearts Podcast‘ with the ever-furious David Trent, and supporting Frank Skinner ontour.
The weekly comedy night at the Westgate continues under a new name (Saddlegoose Comedy presents: West Gate New Comedy Night) with the same ‘charismatic’* compere Pete Jones and a host of increasingly impressive acts trying out new material as well as those with less experience honing their craft in the welcoming atmosphere of the upstairs bar in the Westgate.
Finally the biggest of the regular nights in Bath, Krater comedy club at Komedia,powers on with acts including Nick Doody, Jen Brister, Rhys James, Sally-Anne Hayward and Jarred Christmas stepping up on stage in the main room this month.
*according to a random student, apparently.