Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Nick Helm’s Xmas F*ck Fest 5: Pleasance Theatre, Islington, London, 2019
#SaveLiveComedy: (Show 1): The Clapham Grand, London: Online: 2020
AJ Bell’s Fringe on Friday: In Support of The Edinburgh Fringe: Online: 2020
Scottish comedian Fern Brady played Always Be Comedy in London September 2018 and then again as a guest at Nick Helm’s Xmas F*ck Fest 5 in London in December 2019. When I watched her from my front seat, she had a very easy rapport with the audience, and she encouraged both laughter and understanding in her sets which focused on her self-depreciating life.
In August 2020, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe should have been taking place for three and half weeks. Because of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Fringe was cancelled for the first time in its seventy-three-year history and the creative arts industry, including comedians, suffered badly as a result. Undeterred, the EdFringe website featured several projects to provide support for Fringe acts and to keep the spirit of the Fringe alive. One such project throughout August was Fringe on Friday – an online show featuring Fringe acts and sponsored by innovative investment platforms and stockbroker, AJ Bell. Please go to www.edfringe.com for further information about donating to the fund. One of the acts was Brady, who also appeared at the #SaveLiveComedy Show 1 streamed from The Clapham Grand, London online also in August 2020. Her set about her coping with the strange world was delivered with a wickedly dry sense of humour and Brady looks set to go a long way.
I hope that my blog reflects my love and respect of live stand up-comedy as its future appears to be extremely fragile because of the worldwide pandemic of 2020. It would be an extremely sad day to see the genre completely disappear. Stand-up comedy is one of the most positive things in life and it gives confidence and joy to those taking part and watching. If you like what you read in this blog, please support the #SaveLiveComedy campaign and if you can, please donate with thanks to help save live comedy at: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/helpsavelivecomedy.