New three-day comedy festival brings rising star stand-ups to York

Best newcomer nominee… Lucy Pearman
19 Jun 2018 @ 9.24 pm
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Some of the funniest rising stars around are taking part in a brand new comedy festival in York.

Big Egg Comedy Festival
  • Fri Jun 29-Sun Jul 1
  • Basement, Coney Street
  • £5 per show/ £35.50 for all shows
  • More details

There will be three days of laughs at the Big Egg Comedy Festival, which begins on Friday, June 29.

Organised by York’s Burning Duck Comedy Club, it will showcase “the best local, up-and-coming and international musical, character, sketch, spoken word and stand-up comedy performers”.

An innovative pricing scheme sees all shows at £5 to guarantee entry, or pay what you want afterwards.

“Expect to see more established and new favourite acts, some of whom you might have already seen performing at previous Burning Duck comedy nights or on TV, or heard on the radio or winning awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,” said promoter Al Greaves.

Among them are…

Lucy Pearman

Lucy took her debut full-hour show, Maid Of Cabbage, to the 2017 Edinburgh Festival and was nominated for the Award for Best Newcomer. The show has since had two sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre in London this year.

Rob Kemp

Rob’s mash up show The Elvis Dead told the story of Evil Dead 2 through the classic songs of Elvis Presley and was the “huge kill-for-a-ticket Fringe hit” in the words of Chortle.

Ben Target

The winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2011, Ben’s new show Splosh is “a gala of comedy troves and live art aquabatics”.

‘It’s big and small at the same time’

Al Greaves
Here, Burning Duck and Big Egg promoter Al Greaves answers all your pressing questions.

Why are you doing this?
I love comedy festivals and increasingly watch lots of amazing performers delivering incredible shows, frequently featuring elements of theatre, poetry, character comedy, audience interaction, live music and homemade props. Often with acts talking about more personal subjects which might not always be appropriate for a weekend comedy club, which I would like to present in York, so that’s what we are doing.

Do you have a favourite show?
I’m honestly looking forwards to watching all of the shows, some of which I have already seen at a preliminary stage at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Including Tom Burgess character piece Peter Fleming: Have You Seen? which already won the Leicester Comedy Festival award for ‘Best Debut Show’.

Why the ‘Big Egg Comedy Festival’?
We were inspired by the Armando Iannucci sketch where he asks somebody ‘What’s small and big at the same time? A big egg’. Because we wanted to do a festival which is big and small at the same time.

Are all the shows family friendly?
Because we like our artists to have creative freedom, unfortunately we cannot guarantee all shows will suitable for all ages, but we will clearly identify suitable age limits for each show. We do however have ‘Dinosaur Life-Drawing Classes’ every day at 11am which is aimed at any child aged four-plus who loves to draw and has a good attention span.

What next for the Burning Duck Comedy Club?
After this festival, we will be presenting showcase shows every day as part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe who this year will be presenting shows at the Basement from 21st July – 29th July. So this is an opportunity for us to warm up for that.

We also have lots more shows lined up in the autumn including Jamali Maddix (at The Crescent) Ray Bradshaw, Phil Nichol (Edinburgh Fringe Best Show Winner 2006), Jen Brister, Justin Moorhouse and Carl Hutchinson. As well as more mixed bill compilation shows!