Pay What You Want Comedy: Burning Duck's Summer of Laughs

21st July 2016

Lee Kyle and his gunge

Lee Kyle and his gunge

The Burning Duck Comedy Club are very excited this year to be presenting no less than 26 free/pay what you want shows at this year’s Great Yorkshire Fringe.

"Last year we booked a handful of free compilation shows which were very successful and this year we are looking to build on that success and really take this opportunity to continue to showcase a selection of the weirdest, wisest and most wonderful local and national ‘up-and-coming’ musical, character, sketch, spoken word and stand up comedy performers, some of whom you may have already seen at the clubs regular night" Says Al Greaves, founder of Burning Duck (which takes place every 2nd Tuesday in the month upstairs in the Black Swan Inn).

11 shows will be presented at the main sites Teapot stage, with a further 15 shows over the weekend of 22/23/24 July, where we will once again be presenting our “Woodsduck” Comedy Festival at The Black Swan.

“Our current venue of The Black Swan holds 50, while the maximum capacity of the Teapot venue is 200, so it’s exciting to see some of our regular acts step to performing on a bigger stage” says Al

On Thursday 21st we present “Fast Duck”, a showcase featuring acts performing at Woodsduck which kicks off on Friday 22nd featuring up and coming acts Kiri Pritchard Maclean (also of Geins Family Giftshop) and Stephanie Laing. Followed by Harriet Dyers “Barking Tales” which gives fellow comics a platform to speak openly about mental health issues – with humour.

Saturday the clowns return including newcomers Joey Page (as seen on Never Mind The Buzzcocks!) & Cheekyquita described by Manchester Wire as "One of the strangest acts you’re ever likely to see. But see her you must, because it’s very difficult to describe exactly why she’s a genius". As well as Duck fave Seymour Mace, who also performed at the festival last year and was nominated for Best Show at last years Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The night will be closed by cult Leeds sensations “Not The Late Show with Ross and Josh”

Sunday highlights include improv from Discount Comedy Checkout, the return of the hilariously deadpan Peter Brush and a show from Bruce Edhouse about a Dr Who recipe book called “The Jon Pertwee Recipe Book and Me”.

Then on Monday 25th July we return to the Teapot stage with a variety of shows incorporating the maverick Geordie Lee Kyle described by BBC Radio Tees as “One of the regions best up and coming performers.”

“I’ve been wanting book the versatile Lee for ages, along with Sammy Dobson and Hal Branson who also have lots of experience of presenting comedy for kids and will be performing in 3 childrens shows on the Monday. 2 compilation shows, and one that WILL feature gunge!”

We are also looking forwards to Lee’s solo show in the evening entitled “I Came Here to Burn This Place to the Ground and Build a Table and I’m All Out of Table Making Equipment and Matches”. “In fact it’s difficult to pick any highlights as I’m genuinely looking forwards to watching all the shows!” says Al.

“It’s also great to be able to offer additional shows to our regular acts, and give them the chance to perform longer sets and really develop and unravel themes which interest them” – “As long as they remember to write some jokes as well!” adds Al

Tickets to guarantee a seat for all shows can be purchased in advance for £5 from the Box Office Bus on parliament square or at the link below OR simply turn up and (if there are any seats left) Pay What You Want on exit.

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