The Good Ship Comedy Club presents:
+ PHILIP SIMON + SOOZ KEMPNER + FRANCESCO DI CARLO + SOPHIE DUKER + BEN VAN DER VELDE
Entry Requirements: 18+
CHORTLE AWARD NOMINEE 2012 – BEST CLUB COMIC
With a dark and honest approach to some of life’s more touchy subjects Fabbri manages to effortlessly slip between some harsh, controversial topics to light-hearted silliness to make for a refreshingly eclectic and brilliantly funny act.
Michael Fabbri quickly stamped his mark on the UK circuit appearing in the 2003 final of Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ and rapidly earned a reputation as one of the most promising up and coming comedians on the circuit; A reputation that he is living up to, regularly performing for the best clubs in the country.
“Fabbri’s distinctively off-kilter views and easy shifting of gears between bewilderment and acute perception is effective…An entertaining hour.” Chortle
“He is an amiable and engaging storyteller and his tales from various points in his life are liberally peppered with excellent punchlines.” **** The List
As well as working as a freelance comedy writer, including writing sketches for BBC Radio 4 Xtra’s topical comedy show Newsjack, Philip graduated from the Stand Up Comedy course at The Comedy School in March 2011. Since then he has performed comedy throughout the UK and New York, Tel Aviv and Auckland. He has also recently been working on BBC’s Mock The Week.
Sooz did her very first stand-up gig in 2009. She thought, "what have I got to lose?". It turned out doing stand-up means you lose an awful lot of money. Seriously, it's expensive doing comedy for free 4 times a week. Jesus. But it started paying off eventually.
In April 2010 she entered the Musical Comedy Awards and was named Best Newcomer. 2010 also marked her graduation from the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2012 Sooz won the Variety Award at the Funny Women Awards. Sooz made her Edinburgh debut in August 2014 with her new show, Defying Gravity. and 2015 saw Sooz's characters take to the fringe in Character Activist. In 2016 Sooz decided to be certifiably insane and take not one but two new solo shows to the fringe - Queen and A Bit Of A Character. 2017 sees her fifth solo show, Sooz On Film, going to the fringe and it's her most ambitious hour yet!
"Clearly a born performer, Kempner is instantly engaging, delightfully quirky and bubbling over with energy." **** Chortle
FRANCESCO DI CARLO
Francesco made his Edinburgh debut in 2014 with Italians Do It Later and recorded the International Showcase for Comedy Central in Montreal in July 2015, which was the first stand up comedy show in English to be broadcast in Italy. High profile in his native Italy as the former host of the biggest show on Radio Globo in Rome, as well as multiple series of Stand Up Comedy for Comedy Central Italy and two further series this year as writer and performer, in 2015-2016 his English speaking comedy career took him to the UK, South Korea, Slovenia, Canada, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland! Now splitting his time between Rome and London, last Autumn saw Francesco become the European correspondent on Unspun with Matt Forde on Dave, and support Tommy Tiernan on his U.K. tour.
“If I was an Italian comedian performing in English, I would want to be as funny as Francesco De Carlo.” Eddie Izzard
Sophie Duker is a wickedly funny new comedian with banter and braids for days.
She reached the finals of the prestigious Funny Women Awards a few months after her first stand-up gig, and is a co-host of the cult comedy show MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRLS.
She has written for BBC Radio Comedy on programmes such as The Now Show, It’s Jocelyn and Newsjack, and is a comedy contributor to The Huffington Post.
“A sparky proposition... intelligent jokes” The Independent
BEN VAN DER VELDE
Standing a statutesque five foot five inches high (not in heels) and weighing in at eleven stone (on a good day) Ben is the current light-middleweight contender for compering champion of Kilburn.
“Sharp and crafty gagsmith.” Chortle
“Wonderfully improvised riffs showcasing his impressive spontaneity and sharp tongue.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine