The Wrong Show is an independent and alternative comedy night in Leeds. This is our blog. Here you will find comedy reviews, features, and interviews. We were formally known as HOWL. Our home is The Fenton, Leeds.
On Monday 8th July we are very proud to present a wonderful Edinburgh festival preview show featuring:
Michael J. Dolan:
Dolan released his first CD ‘Dress to Depress’ in 2012 to rave reviews, and we’re proud to present a preview of his next show, ‘Nothing Will Be Alright Again, Ever’.
Such feverish misanthropy powers his dense invective like a dilithium crystal. This is a non-stop hour, free of padding and rich in imagery and ideas. **** Chortle
You can listen and buy Michael’s first album here: http://michaeljdolan.bandcamp.com/
This year award-winning Kiri Pritchard-McLean is teaming up with the wonderful Pete Otway for one brilliant Edinburgh Show. Kiri will be previewing her solo effort in preparation for the month long run later this year.
"Clearly at home sharing her most embarrassing secrets and stories – and not afraid to shock a few people" - Giggle Beats
"Quick witted and funny" - Leicester Mercury
Gein’s Family Giftshop:
Equal measures light and macabre and one of the best sketch groups I ever seen. They describe their show as 50% death, 20% bums, 30% misc. You do not want to miss them.
'Brilliant, original black humour' - StudioSalford.com
Upstairs @ The Fenton, Leeds.
Monday 8th July, 2013.
HOWL Alternative Comedy Night #9 is fast approaching and we have what might be one of our best line-ups yet, featuring Fern Brady and Michael Sterrett, with fantastic support from Robin Parmiter, and Mike Bentley. Hosted by Simon Finnigan.
Fern Brady - Fern was a So You Think You’re Funny? Finalist in 2011 and recently a finalist in the Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012 competition.
"Spirited…enjoyably sarcastic" - Chortle
"She has powers. Scary powers. Some say that she has the power to make baby girls grow beards and get astigmatisms in their eyes so they need spectacles." - A Sideways Look
"An effervescent bundle of raw comedic energy…For a performer still in her early twenties, Brady seems remarkably in control of her stagecraft, and on the strength of this performance, it is surely just a matter of time before mainstream success comes knocking." - Retford Guardian
"Fern Brady is a genius. I think she’ll become a massive, massive name one day. She’s dry, charismatic, very funny and right." - Some guy.
Michael Sterrett - Michael is one of the founders of HOWL, but he has also been quickly making a name for himself as a well respected comedian, having been a finalist in the Mr Bens Comedy Club New Act Competition earlier this year, and qualifying (again) for the next.
“On the surface, Michael’s material may seem bleak, harsh and dark, but to use words like that don’t give credit to the vulnerability that Michael portrays on stage. His set had the audience in stitches, but it felt like there was something more to his comedy, and that’s what sets him apart as a class act." Pigeon Hole Comedy Night.
Robin Parmiter - Yorkshire’s only subscriber to Oprah Magazine.
"Fantastic high-energy set filled with positivity and healing provided a fantastic start to the night" Pigeon Hole Comedy Night
Mike Bentley - Like Michael, Mike will be taking part in the next Mr Bens Comedy Club New Act Competition.
I like nothing more in comedy than honesty, and this is one of the most honest and raw comedy experiences I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. Hilarious and utterly heartfelt. That’s why we booked him.
Thursday 1st November.
1-3 Grand Arcade
By Michael Sterrett
During the Comedians of Comedy Live concert film no less than Patton Oswalt introduces Dana Gould as ‘the man who pretty much invented what we do’. High praise indeed. Gould has been working as a standup since the 1980s when he started performing in the clubs of his native Boston before moving to San Francisco. He is one of those great figures in modern American comedy who is perhaps not a household name, yet commands considerable respect from his peers and fans of the art.
Viewers of Seinfeld will remember him as ‘The Summer George’ and astute comedy nerds might know his work as a writer on The Simpsons. I’m delighted to say that Gould has had somewhat of a stand up renaissance since quitting his Simpsons job, releasing the fantastic Let Me Put My Thoughts In You and appearing on shows like Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel. But perhaps greatest of all was when Gould threw his hat into the pod casting ring this year with The Dana Gould Hour.
You know when you have a friend that is a really good cook and they invite you over for dinner? You just know it’s going to be a slap up feed and you look forward to it all week? That’s how I felt when I heard Dana Gould was starting a podcast and my expectations were exceeded beautifully. The Dana Gould Hour is a gorgeously presented hour long show that includes discussions and anecdotes from Gould himself and a host of brilliant minds like Eddie Pepitone, Jon Ennis and Blaine Capatch. There are also interludes where he explores topics as diverse and fascinating as the Manson murders, Murray Wilson, The Church of Satan, the Kennedy assassination, KISS, and Lon Chaney Junior’s portrayal of The Wolfman. And that’s not to mention his obsession with The Planet of the Apes films (an obsession I share).
What differentiates The Dana Gould Hour from many other podcasts is that it feels like a lot of love has been put into it. The editing is crisp and clear, every episode dealing with a particular theme from ‘the carny’ to conspiracy theories. The fact that Gould has been an industry player in Los Angeles for so long also lends a sense of peeking behind the showbiz curtain for a rubber necking rube like me.
There are many podcasts available to assail your ears with but The Dana Gould Hour is definitely a cut above and a worthy addition to your MP3 player every month.
Check it out the The Dana Gould Hour here.
Last Thursday was HOWL #8 and one of our lovely audience members decided to review the night. Here’s an excerpt:
"The amount of Alternative Comedy in Leeds at the moment in phenomenal. There is a new breed of comedian rising from the area that are paving their own way in the scene…This is without a doubt the strongest line up I’ve seen from this group and they’ve developed and grown so much in the time I’ve been attending their nights. It’s amazing to see members fresh from Edinburgh and winning local and national competitions."
You can read the rest of the review over at Lewis’ blog, PORTBORN.
By Thom Milson
Tomorrow it will be nine months since the first ever HOWL Alternative Comedy Night. A lot of things have changed in that time, especially the comedy scene in Leeds. When we started HOWL Leeds had two nights*: Comedy Cellar at the Verve, and Mr Bens Comedy Club Gong Show. Now there is HOWL, Pigeon Hole, Comedy Cellar at the Verve, Mr Bens Comedy Club Gong Show, Mr Bens RAW, Generic Comedy Night, Sh!ts and G!ggles, and Latent Mutant Comedy. There will probably be even more by Christmas.
At the moment Leeds is really coming alive. It feels like the beginning of something special (and something new). I was talking to an act I know in Manchester and he mentioned how much the scene seems to be diminishing there. It doesn’t have to be that way if the performers start taking responsibility and putting things on. That’s how it got so good in the first place. That’s what is happening here.
I have to be honest though, it isn’t perfect, but I think that’s refreshing. We live in a world in which people now expect things to be perfect all of the time. I find this boring: nothing is as exciting as something that feels like it’s going to keep getting better and better, and that’s what all this feels like to me.
Tomorrow we’re presenting a great selection of comedians at HOWL #8. We have Michael Sterrett hosting, Myself, Si Finnigan, John Briscoe, Liam Pickford, Jacob Rawcliffe, and Callum Scott all performing in what is going to be a very refreshing night of comedy. I can’t say too much without giving certain things away, but what I can say is that it will be different, and very very funny. It would be a shame to miss it.
*I don’t count nights like House of Fun Comedy, Whatever it is Oceana does, and Highlight.
HOWL Alternative Comedy Night takes place on the first Thursday of each month, upstairs at Santiago Bar in Leeds.
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