Flash mob stuns Liverpool shoppers
A surprise Laugh Mob announced the launch of Liverpool Comedy Festival this year on Church Street’s busy thoroughfare. The unlikely GAGGLE of mature gigglers was made up of Liverpool’s Royal Court Choir and their master Jay McWinen.
The group stood in small groups, but formed a much larger circle unbeknownst to the busy shoppers moving distractedly through the crowd. Once the laughter started passers-by were left agog, aghast and finally full of giggles. Which is just want we want here at The Comedy Trust!
It soon became clear the Laugh Mob had been up to something! With placards, red noses and lots of cheer the whole group came laughing together to form one big group. From there they sang Ken Dodd’s Happiness in a protest for joy, wellbeing and some seriously funny comedy shows. Beware Liverpool! This Laugh Mob of OAPs is growing and it will be back, bigger and louder in 2020.
Liverpool to get the last laugh this weekend
As we chortle our way to the end of the Liverpool Comedy Festival season, we want to ensure that the people of Liverpool get the last laugh. After all, we have been voted the UK’s funniest city. As such we are showcasing some of the best comedy this weekend.
Top shows and venues we recommend are:
Hot Water Comedy Club – 27th – 28th September – tickets from £12
Hot Water Comedy Club continues it incredibly popular headline nights on the 27th and 28th with the much loved Paul Smith and Markus Birdman, Mark Nelson and Tom Stade.
Laughterhouse - 27th & 28th September – tickets from £10
Enjoy the finest stand-up comedy acts with Laughterhouse triple headline shows. One of the very best MCs in the business will guide you through a selection of the UK’s top headline acts including some very special TV names. MC Neil Fitzmaurice introduces Tom Wrigglesworth, Chris Cairns and a Special Guest Comedian.
Liverpool’s Royal Court – 28th September - £12 or £10 concessions
Laurence Clark – An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting
The response Laurence’s show has received worldwide has been inspirational and uplifting; at other times it has been derogatory and incredibly personal. It explores these reactions and questions his role as a father with cerebral palsy – with the help of his two young sons. This show has been receiving five star reviews and is described as ‘Wickedly funny’, ‘Intelligent and incredibly mischievous’.
Liverpool Mums are Feeling Funny at Liverpool’s Royal Court!
The Comedy Trust’s own Feeling Funny Mum’s Showcase is now sold out! The workshops that led up to this show used humour and laughter in a sensitive and supportive way to improve the confidence and wellbeing of mums. At this free event, audiences enjoy the comedy stylings of mums that have participated in our recent comedy workshops.
Outpost – 81 Renshaw Street – 29th September, Free
Come and lose your mind for Mind. Comedy, live music, raffle and even a pre gig quiz all in aid of raising funds for the mental health charity Mind with a (loose) wrestling theme. Hosed by Che Burnley, featuring Harriet Dyer who runs the award winning ‘Barking Tales’ in Manchester and guest comedians with bands.
In case you missed it!
Post festival Justin Moorhouse (winner of Chortle Best Compere Award) is at the Playhouse with his show Northern Joker. In late October the Playhouse also welcomes the ‘Podfather’ and four-time winner of the Chortle Internet Award, Richard Herring to the stage as he entertains the cool kids with RHLSTP.
Wellbeing festival fuses comedy and holistic therapy
This year the International Weekend of Wellbeing knew just how to raise a smile from Liverpool.
The Comedy Trust invited the imposing and incredible Gav Cross to MC. Gav is a children’s storyteller. He was on hand to make the day’s announcements and to tell some Twisted Tales to Terrible Children at the Royal Court Studio.
Gav Cross also made an appearance at our pop up forest – a surprisingly chilled mirrored booth complete with specially chosen trees from landscape architects bcal and Mersey Forest. Here festival goers could practice Shinrin-Yoku, otherwise known as the Japanese art of Forest Bathing. You will be forgiven if at first you consider the idea of Forest Bathing to be a bit of a joke! That is until you try the undeniable effects of being mindful amongst this cooling and powerful installation of nature.
If the World’s Smallest Comedy Club, Danny Bradley’s Comedy Hypnosis video, VR meditation headsets, and the free bicycle powered smoothies weren’t enough to get our festival goers feeling good we also put on some free comedy. After all, laughter is the best medicine. This year The Comedy Trust combined the power of comedy with the calming and caring approach of holistic therapy.
Rebecca Scarlet-Davies of Change Vibration Movement appeared at Liverpool Royal Court’s art deco Studio with Himalayan Singing Bowls and a gong to guide the audience on a healing and relaxing meditation to great popularity. Rebecca’s performance came straight after Top Joe’s comedic Spiritual Conference and there was a strange compliment of modalities for wellbeing and fringe comedy taking place.
Top Joe or Chris Jenkins is a previous winner of the Liverpool Echo Stand Up of the Year competition, and his request for the audience to listen to Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’ on a cassette recorder through to completion was the perfect pre-meditation for taking the world a little less seriously.
The Comedy Trust Artistic Director, Sam Avery, talked on his work to support wellbeing through comedy. Sam is currently working with businesses and community groups to help people use humour for health and wellbeing, build confidence, self-esteem, personal resilience and connections with others. Ultimately his aim is to help people feel happier and better about themselves.
The International Weekend of Wellbeing will be back in 2020. In the meantime, The Comedy Trust are hosting their regular Comedy Course for Beginners, as well as our Feeling Funny courses to help improve the confidence and mental wellbeing of youth groups, mums and men!
Find out more at thecomedytrust.com
The Comedy Trust – additional info
The Comedy Trust was set up in 2002 to develop comedy audiences and performers. The Trust is the organisation responsible for delivering the annual Liverpool Comedy festival. In addition The Comedy Trust deliver a wide range of comedy and humour based community, education and health projects with young people, adults, people in recovery and with mental health issues.
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