SABOTAGE is a fresh and exciting show. Line up for Wednesday 29th April is; Ivo Graham, Phil Wang, Twins, Al Lubel & Glenn Wool!
Wednesday 29 April
A comedy show for comedy fans!
After two successful series for BBC Radio 4 Extra we are now continuing the fun as a live comedy night every month at Back Yard Comedy club in Bethnal Green.
Developed from the live comedy night of the same name, Sabotage is a night that started life in a Masonic Temple and prides itself on being a comedy show for comedy fans; a unique event where the acts love coming to perform, and the fans seek out something special: the perfect foundations for this thrilling radio comedy show.
Produced by Hat Trick Productions the ‘Sabotage’ live night has given Hat Trick a mainline into the live British comedy scene that is thriving with new and exciting comedy talent.
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In recent years Glenn has hit the International circuit in a big way, performing to huge crowds in Singapore, Holland, Dubai, New York and Los Angeles where he is currently living. He's also a popular addition to many of the great Summer music Festivals in the UK, including Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Bestival, Download and of course Glastonbury.
Glenn is a regular TV face having made appearances on John Olivers New York COmedy Show (USA), 7DAYS (NZ), Melbourne Comedy Gala (AUS), Funny as Hell (HBO/CAN) Russell Howards Good News (UK), Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The BBC Stand Up Show, The Live Floor Show, 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and The Comic side of Seven Days for the BBC. The World Stands Up, Comedy Blue and Edinburgh and Beyond for Comedy Central, He continues to be a regular in Comedy Cuts, the comedy show from ITV2. Glenn also wrote and starred in What's The Story?' broadcast on Channel 4 as part of the Comedy Lab season.
Podcasts are familiar to Glenn too having recently been on Marc Marons WTF?, Richard Herrings As It Occurs To Me, Graham Clark & Dave Chumka's STOP PODCASTING YOURSELF and for Radio Political Animal and 28 Acts in 28 Minutesfor BBC Radio 4 as well as headlining 4 at the Store (R4) and The Late Night Comedy Show for Radio 1.
In 2010 Phil won the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award, and in 2011 he won Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Award.
He's gone on to appear as the stand up guest on ‘The Rob Brydon Show’ (BBC 2), and was featured on ‘BBC Three at the Fringe’ in 2011.
Annie McGrath and Jack Barry are completely identical twins.
In Annie McGrath – every bit the cherubic churl – Twins have a unique and curiously endearing half. Never shy of dodging a predictable punch-line, she is a fearless navigator of the off-beat. Beside her, Jack Barry takes ‘gormlessness’ into new territory. Fuelled by flights of fancy, constant deviation, and spontaneous drollery, Barry is very much the natural humourist.
Together, they form one of the most unique, curious, and exciting new double-acts around. Twins is their attempted sketch show, a divergent mish-mash of sketches, concerns, and discussions that concern those sketches.
"The off-the-cuff, laidback and inclusive appeal that is the real strength of Twins.”
★★★★ THE LIST
'There’s an unadulterated randomness to [Twins'] deviations, a feeling that what you’re actually witnessing is a peculiar mash-up of anti-comedy and quasi-jazz. It’s this innate willingness to avoid predictable rhythms that make them such a unique and exciting prospect... The sketches and characters are genuinely brilliant.”
★★★★ WHATS ON LONDON
'...brilliantly outlandish, and left the audience with a clear
indication of the pair’s remarkable talent.'
'Original and funny... Ones to watch.'
“Jack Barry and Annie McGrath have undeniable comic chemistry, bouncing off each other with a genuine ease and charm that many double-acts will struggle to emulate… unfeasibly good fun”
Apologetic Eton and Oxford alumnus Ivo started stand-up in 2009 at the age of eighteen and eight months later became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award for new acts at the Edinburgh Fringe. This led the following year to nominations for Chortle Best Newcomer and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, and performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival and the Hollywood Fringe. Since leaving university in 2012 he has become a regular fixture in the clubs and theatres of the UK comedy circuit, with a gauche charm and crafty, self-aware wit which has proved a hit with audiences of all ages, and led to appearances on BBC3’s Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Comedy Central’s Live at the Comedy Store, and various shows on BBC Radio 4, Five Live, and XFM. His two solo hours, 2013’s Binoculars and 2014’s Bow Ties & Johnnies, had sold out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre, and received a clutch of four and five star reviews, the latter described by the Evening Standard as ‘a joyous show… if you like your comedy with long words and beautiful linguistic flourishes, buy a ticket immediately.’
In 2015, Ivo will be returning to perform his third show at Edinburgh and around the UK.
Al Lubel is a “terrifically funny comedian” according to David Letterman, and Jerry Seinfeld has stated that Al has one of the best jokes he has ever heard.
Al started off as a lawyer (to please his mum) and became a comedian to please himself (which did not please his mum). After graduating from law school in Florida, Al moved to Los Angeles, passed the California Bar Exam but chose to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian rather than a lawyer.
After quitting law, within a year he won the $100,000 Grand Prize for comedy on Star Search. Doing the The Tonight Show was a childhood fantasy, so when Al heard that Johnny Carson was retiring; he auditioned and became one of the last comics to appear with Johnny. Al has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman five times.
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