August: Soho Theatre
One of my favourite venues in London is hosting one of my favourite comics, and her husband. Natasha Leggero (Another Period, Burning Love, and lots more) and Moshe Kasher (Problematic, and lots more) are doing six nights in central London later this month, at a shockingly affordable price. You need to go.
Both are accomplished standups in their own right, but like a smart, funny Richard & Judy, they have teamed up for the (inevitable) podcast, “The Endless Honeymoon”, which solicits relationship questions from the public. They will be combining all of this on stage.
How long is this honeymoon going to continue? I’ve seen Natasha Leggero’s Instagram and unless they’ve hired the cutest toddler in LA, I wisely suspect they have a human baby, and they sound very happy. Well mazeltov, I say, long may the most realistically well-adjusted comedy couple continue. They have a Netflix special as well, so let’s see what they do with the crowds at the Soho, 12th August – 17th August.
Before the wise and witty twosome set up shop in London, there is more comedy and drama to be had at The Soho Theatre. This is always a spot for stand ups to do last minute tweaks to the act to take up to Scotland – this year the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival runs 2nd through 26th August, and if you’re not familiar – it is potentially star-making for comedy acts. Through 10th August, LA-based Fahim Anwar is making his Soho Theatre debut. As he will tell you, he was formerly an aerospace engineer at Boeing, so has a quirky perspective on stand-up, having had a real job. Apparently his family still plead with him to go back, even though he has been in Drunk History and an episode of Rizzoli & Isles, for godssake. The pinacle!
Anne Edmonds at the Soho Theatre
Call her Eddo, well, not you, but her friends do – the opinionated and comedy award-nominated Aussie Anne Edmonds makes a welcome return to Soho Theatre from 12th – 17th August. She wants to know… what’s wrong with you? Not just you, but the whole lot of you? That’s the name of the show, by the way. If you haven’t heard of Edmonds, she’s appreciated by her peers, the winner of the 2015 Piece of Wood Award, given to comics, by comics. She’s funny and, it should be noted, she could bring out a banjo at any point.
And in case you want more flavour, in the Upstairs Space is The Colours, the latest play written by Harriet Madeley and directed by Max Barton, a team who don’t shy away from real life drama. In The Colours, five people lie on a Welsh beach, moving through fantasy, memory and reality… okay we have all been there on wild weekends.. except these characters are collectively nearing the end of life. Oh. As they dig into their present experience and reflect on what the future has in store, we’re all taken to our own deep thoughts. Through 24thAugust.
Just a thought, if you want harsh reality, you have the option of relationship advice from Moshe and Natasha.
Ticket information at the Soho Theatre website
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A former ABC National, Dallas and Atlanta radio personality, Martina O'Boyle is now making movies and covering culture in London, Dublin, and as far in Europe as the cheapie flights will take her, for Pop Culture Beast.