Short circuit news

Friday, July 06 2012

This week's parish notices are on Eddie Murphy's brother, indie popsters Summer Camp, the end of Comedy Gold, and a night of French stand-up

Charlie Murphy

• Eddie Murphy's brother is coming to the UK. Eddie Murphy's brother is a stand-up in his own right and well-known in the US for appearing in Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central TV show in the mid 00s. Eddie Murphy's brother, 52, is performing his Acid Trip show at the IndigO2 on October 11, click here for tickets.

• Remember when Marlyebone was all fields? When you could breathe in fresh air, and getting from Camden to Hyde Park involved wellies, compass and a cattle prod? Nup me neither. So in a nod to the old Marylebone Pleasure Gardens of the 18th century, Theatre Delicatessen has taken the BBC offices and turned it into an indoor garden bar and performance "space". Its residency is called the Revival Festival and cabaret is its main offering, although there is comedy on July 12 and 28, when you can see comics such as Helen Arney and Gemma Arrowsmith.

Comedy Gold is shutting up shop! The four-year-old monthly night at the Old Queen's Head, Angel, has its final show on Wednesday July 18, with Benny Boot, Ellie Taylor and Celia Pacquola among the guests. Bit of a shame as it's a gorgeous old room and LiF has enjoyed some cracking nights there including seeing Stephen Merchant headline – a night that promoter Bethan Gorman recalls as her fondest Comedy Gold memory as there was "a queue going down the stairs, through the pub, out the door and down the road".

• Indie kids look this way! Dreamy 80s popsters Summer Camp and Emmy the Great are performing at Storytellers' Club on July 18. Lead singer Elizabeth Sankey and Emmy will be performing as Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield (from Sweet Valley High), a character/musical comedy act they've taken to various festivals over the past year. SC guitarist Jeremy Warmsley will accompany. Tony Law and John Robins are also on the bill. Here are "the Wakefield Twins" in action at the Nave in Islington last year". Swoonathon.

Guffaw Comedy Club in Walthamstow has a week of Edinburgh previews starting next Monday, with some top acts including the rarely-seen-in-London Silky, Simon Munnery and Phil Nichol. There's also a Save Leyton Marshes gig at the same venue on July 31 with Bob Mills and Shazia Mirza.

• The Comedy Store is putting on a night of French stand-up on Monday August 6. Bof.


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