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20th Nov 2014

Hi all

Firstly if you haven't already seen, my t-shirts are now on sale on my website. Perfect Christmas/Winterval gifts for anyone who is tired of hearing people say they're not "comfortable" with the word "feminist". http://www. katesmurthwaite.co.uk/ merchandise.html (Or just get one for yourself, obvs).

Now on Saturday is it the awesome Reclaim The Night march in London. It's all about reclaiming the streets from those who think weak and timid women shouldn't go out on their own at night. There's a huge women's march. And (before you ask) a vigil for men who want to support the event. Then there's a huge (mixed) rally with comedy and poetry and music, including a set from me. http://www. reclaimthenight.co.uk

And I'll be back MCing in Chesham next week if you want to book in advance. http://www.ents24. com/chesham-events/the-chess- suite-at-chesham-united- football-club/david-whitney/ 4076120

I've been mentioned a couple of times in the press this week. A lovely write up in the East Anglian Daily Times for my workshop at The Apex at the weekend: http://www.eadt.co. uk/what-s-on/video_kate_ smurthwaite_hosts_comedy_ workshop_in_bury_st_edmunds_ ahead_of_apex_gig_1_3850208

Some quotes on the Julien Blanc case from me were used in Newsweek. http://www.newsweek. com/misogynistic-and-racist- pick-artist-julien-blanc- denied-entry-uk-285527

And GetBucks.co.uk is excited about the Chesham show. http://www.getbucks.co. uk/whats-on/comedy-news/feast- comedy-comes-chesham-8128242

You will also need to book soon if you want to come to the Philosophy Football event I'm performing at in December. It's a commemoration of the 1914 armistice and the infamous football match in no man's land. I'm doing something rather unique and special for it and there'll be more comedy from Simon Munnery and music, poetry, etc too. http://www. philosophyfootball.com/view_ item.php?pid=1039

Hope to see you soon.

Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

 

 

14th Nov 2014

Hi all

Firstly Bury St Edmunds people - last chance to buy tickets for my solo show at The Apex on Sunday night. I'm really excited about coming "home" to Bury and seeing everyone and doing my latest show. There's also a couple of spots left on my workshop in the daytime. Come and learn some comedy skills and you'll get to show them off the same day as my support acts at The Apex itself!

Show: https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1518/kate-smurthwaite
Workshop: https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1461/comedy-workshop-with-kate-smurthwaite

Then on Monday there's a chance to see my solo show in central London courtesy of the LSE Atheism, Humanism and Secularism Society. The event is free for members and due to the way these things are funded a limited number of tickets are available to the public here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leftie-cock-womble-with-kate-smurthwaite-at-lse-tickets-14149496525 book soon, the same event last year sold out quite quickly.

More dates in December and the new year will be added to the website later this week.

And my merchandising page is now LIVE. With the T-shirts from my show. Suitable for anyone in your life who has to deal with people who aren't COMFORTABLE with the word "feminism"!! http://www.katesmurthwaite.co.uk/merchandise.html

Plus loads of media and news appearances this week.

Lovely profile of me in the East Anglian Daily Times: http://www.eadt.co.uk/what-s-on/bury_comedian_kate_smurthwaite_comes_home_to_the_apex_1_3848205
And another piece in the Bury Free Press: http://www.buryfreepress.co.uk/what-s-on/what-s-on/kate-to-pass-on-comedy-skills-in-workshop-and-show-1-6388165

Sky News TV on Julien Blanc: http://news.sky.com/video/1372547/should-pick-up-coach-be-banned
BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour again on Julien Blanc (final section on "pick-up artists"): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nv6lz
BBC Scotland on the Glasgow Midwives abortion court case (from 40m): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nrkcp
BBC 5 live discussing Dapper Laughs (from 24m): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nvbyc

And I'm quoted in the Ealing Times on harassment outside abortion clinics in the area: http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/11587952.Ealing_pro_life_activists_accused_of_harassing_visitors_to_Stopes_centre__campaigners_say_they_are_merely_praying/

Finally the footage of my performance at the International Conference on the Religious-Right, Secularism and Civil Rights is now up on YouTube (and viewable world wide!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBw8l9GdMNM

Hope to see you at a show soon.


Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

6th Nov 2014

 

Hi all

Well to say I've been busy would be an understatement at the moment - I've been so busy I didn't even send out a mail-out last week, and this should be a bumper one but I may run out of time to get everything in it!

Firstly tonight I'm in Birmingham MCing a brilliant line-up at Bramall Hall. http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall/events/Bramall-Comedy-Night-Kate-Smurthwaite-Gary-Delaney-and-Stephen-Grant.aspx

Tomorrow afternoon if you're a member of SERTUC I'll be performing at the women's right committee seminar. http://www.gmb-southern.org.uk/events/sertuc-womens-rights-committee-seminar/

In the evening I'm at Buxton Buzz Club http://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/buzz-november

Saturday I'll be doing my latest solo show at an event at Lancaster University. http://lusu.co.uk/happening/assembly-for-change-2014/women/

And in the evening I'm at Sale Buzz Club http://www.whatsonstage.com/sale-theatre/shows/best-of-comedy-buzz_43906/

Next tuesday I'm headlining the Backyard Comedy Club in east London for their "War and Peace" theme night http://backyardbar.co.uk/event/rooftop-comedy-presents-themed-comedy-tuesdays-5/

And on Wednesday I'm in Guildford at The Stoke http://www.wegottickets.com/event/292523

And there are still tickets going for my show and for the workshop I'm doing in Bury St Edmunds. The workshop acts will be my warm-up for the evening show so if you've ever fancied going from zero to hero in one day...!! Complete beginners welcome and you'll be on at the gorgeous Apex venue that night. Or just come along and cheer the newbies and then relax and enjoy my latest solo show.

https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1461/comedy-workshop-with-kate-smurthwaite
https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1518/kate-smurthwaite

On Mon 17th I'm bringing my new solo show back to London courtesy of the LSE Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. Everyone is welcome though, tickets are a fiver to non-members. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leftie-cock-womble-with-kate-smurthwaite-at-lse-tickets-14149496525

So - articles and media appearances...

My new column in the latest edition of NUT magazine The Teacher came out this week. It's about sex ed... http://www.teachers.org.uk/teacher-online/

And I had a piece in the New Internationalist about rip-off culture http://newint.org/blog/2014/11/05/capitalism-competition/

There's been a lot of radio interviews too (but of course the "listen again" feature runs out after seven days which is why I really ought to do a mail out once a week...) including one this morning on BBC Newcastle about female drivers and pilots. It's quite a jokey one (as usual with Charlie and Alfie). From 2h19m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p029h5xv

Hope to see you at a show soon.


Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

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23rd Oct 2014

Hi All
 
So Feminism In London is just around the corner: this saturday! It's one of the highlights of my year. A whole day of workshops and amazing speakers on a huge range of subjects. It's very nearly sold out and some of the workshops are already full but fear not - the most popular workshops will be in the main auditorium so you'll be able to join those if you book now. And men are welcome to be a part of it too. I'm hosting the whole day right up to the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize at the end (AND I've been nominated for the prize, which is very lovely although I'm sure there are more deserving candidates!).
 
And even if you don't fancy the conference, or can't make it, there's a huge after party with feminist bands and poets and me doing feminist comedy too. Booking for both components online here: http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/
 
Before that I'm in sunny Northampton tomorrow. http://www.screamingbluemurdercomedy.com/northampton.html
 
And next week the BBC 100 Women conference is taking place. This year it's mostly online. I'll be hanging out with a rather famous bearded lady as part of it so I hope they include some of that and I may be popping up during the day shouting at people, etc. Stay tuned to the BBC news site and I'll post up any links as they come in. (I thought the details of this were still a secret but l see some Indian news channel has leaked it. Oh well. http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/bbc-world-service-to-launch-the-conversation-141022)
 
I'm hosting a night of new comedy talent on 5th November in Canary Wharf. The new acts have all done my comedy course too so they are certified brilliant. http://www.city-academy.com/shows-events/beginners-stand-up-comedy-course-showcase/itemid-153
 
I'm in Birmingham on 6th Nov with a great line-up at the university (open to everyone though) http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/bramall/events/Bramall-Comedy-Night-Kate-Smurthwaite-Gary-Delaney-and-Stephen-Grant.aspx
 
And then I'm off to Bury St Edmunds to teach a workshop in the daytime and do my new solo show in the evening - with support from the workshopees! Still time to book to see the show and I think still a couple of workshop places open for you to be part of the show! If you're not from Bury but fancy a weekend away with fun activities it is a lovely little historical town to visit. If you live there - you know!
 
Workshop: https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1461/comedy-workshop-with-kate-smurthwaite
Show: https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1518/kate-smurthwaite
 
I've done three BBC Ulster slots this week... 
One last Friday on Jamie Oliver's decision to hire a convicted child abuser to work in his restaurant, from 42m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04kfn7h 
 
One on the Good Morning Ulster show discussing Twitter trolling laws. From 2h10 here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l3wdw
 
An another rather less civilised one on the same subject with Katie Hopkins. https://audioboom.com/boos/2577603-jail-threat-for-internet-trolls-kate-smurthwaite-jim-gamble-kthopkins-discuss
 
And I think my latest column will be in the paper issue of New Internationalist out in bookshops, etc globally in the next few days so do watch out for that.
 
There should be a new YouTube video next week from the show I did at the Occupy Democracy camp in Parliament Square which will be viewable by all, wherever you are so fear not if you're nowhere near the places I've listed above.
 
So hope to see you soon.
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 
 

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16th Oct 2014

Hi all
 
Lots of TV and radio for you to catch up on this week. 
 
I was a guest on Sunday Morning Live on BBC1 at the weekend, discussing the Pope, Ebola and climate change with a panel including the utterly noxious Nick Ferrari from LBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04m0mxh/sunday-morning-live-series-5-episode-14
 
I was a guest on another BBC1 show on Wednesday night last week, but only in Northern Ireland. The Nolan Show discussed potential changes to the region's draconian abortion laws with a panel of me and some religious men (obviously). It's the first item.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04kp7px/the-nolan-show-series-8-episode-2
 
This morning I was on the radio with BBC Tees discussing the rather fluffier topic of mobile phones being used at theatre and comedy venues. From 49m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027tvzd
 
[Apologies if you are outside the UK where BBC shows usually can't be viewed. If I find YouTube clips I will share them. I'm reliably informed that there are ways to trick the system into thinking you are in the UK but I don't understand them so ask someone with IT experience.]
 
Gigs-wise I'm at Kick Back in Guildford on Saturday. http://kickbackcomedy.com/?gclid=CKql8oWA0MACFSTMtAodjiMAoQ
 
Lolitics (brilliant political comedy show in Camden, North London) on Monday: http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/lolitics-14
 
Northampton next week: http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whatson/2014-2015/Underground/24OCT14/?view=Standard&tab=#ui-tabs-6
 
And tickets are rapidly selling out for the always-amazing Feminism In London conference on the 25th. I'll be hosting the conference and performing at the afterparty too. Book online here: http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/
 
Tickets are also onsale for my solo show next month at The Apex in Bury St Edmundshttps://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1518/kate-smurthwaite
 
Not much in the press this week. My appearance at the launch night of the Manchester Women In Comedy festival got a mention here: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/comedy-news/women-take-centre-stage-manchester-7903257
 
Hope to see you soon.
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

 

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8th Oct 2014

Hi All

 
Firstly for those based in the north there is a chance to see my new rave-reviewed solo show on Sunday. I'm doing it in Todmorden which is just along from Hebden Bridge and easily reachable from Halifax, Rochdale, Bradford, Huddersfield or Burnley. Do book if you're coming and if you know anyone in the area who might enjoy a laugh about free speech and the portrayal of women in the media please let them know. http://www.womenincomedy.co.uk/2014/Kate_Smurthwaite.html
 
It's actually part of the Women In Comedy festival that's taking place in Manchester and I'll also be performing at the launch night for that which will surely sell out given the line up so Manchesterites who can't make it out to Todmorden might want to grab tickets asap. http://www.womenincomedy.co.uk/2014/Saturday11thOct.html
 
And tonight I'll be on the telly! I'm doing The Nolan Show discussing the proposals for changing (slightly) the law on abortion. It's BBC1 tonight at 10.40pm but only in the N. Ireland region. If you have a TV box it's probably down there in the high number of the channels. But it'll also be on iPlayer shortly afterwards so hang on for that if you're outside the region.
 
Next Monday I'm doing some new material at Camden Comedy Club. It's a small and friendly place and there's no need to book, you can just walk in - say my name and it's free. 8pm at The Cuban in Stables Market. 
 
Looking forward i'm really excited to be hosting the Feminism In London conference. I can't recommend coming to this enough if you're able. And the after party too.http://feminisminlondon.co.uk/
 
I'm also speaking at the Secularism Conference this weekend in London which will be fascinating too I think. http://www.secularconference.com/
 
And Bury St Edmunds-ites have the options of coming to see my show at The Apex on 16th Nov: https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1518/kate-smurthwaite or doing my workshop in the daytime before and then being a guest in the first half of the show! https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1461/comedy-workshop-with-kate-smurthwaite
 
Not much in the way of press this week but this misleadingly-titled piece from Chortle: http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2014/09/12/20918/i_didnt_give_him_a_rectal_exam_in_a_hotel_lobby
 
And Bridget Christie mentions me in the York Press: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/leisure/comedy/11518186.Comedian_Bridget_Christie_stands_up_for_feminism/ (and I recommend her shows if you're able to get to them, they're wonderful).
 
Lots more dates all across the UK on my website. Hope to see you there soon.
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 
 
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1st Oct 2014

Hi All
 
Firstly very excited that some of you around the UK will be getting the chance to see my new solo show from the Edinburgh Fringe. I would tell you about the great reviews it's had but I'm assuming you're on my mailing list for a reason and if you can get to it you'd want to come along.
 
Birmingham this Sunday 5th Oct 4.45pm at Cherry Reds. I hear this is selling well so please book and share with any other Birmingham-ers who might fancy it asap. http://www.bhamcomfest.co.uk/05oct_alldayer_cherry.htm
 
Todmorden the following Sunday 12th Oct at the Cricket Club. This is handy for Halifax or Hebden Bridge so if you know anyone in those places please let them know too. 
 
Tomorrow I'm hosting a big gala event for the campaign against FGM. It's a star-studded line-up and very glam evening in central London so if you can afford the £100 ticket price you'll be in for quite a treat (don't worry my solo shows above are only £5 and £6 respectively).
 
On Friday I'm lending my support to the Fire Brigade Union's "Ring Of Fire" tour protesting cuts to services and people being put in danger. That's in Bristol in the afternoon. http://www.fbu.org.uk/news/2014/09/firefighters-union-announce-ring-fire-uk-tour/
 
Next Saturday I'm one of the acts at the launch event for the Manchester Women In Comedy festival. This might have already sold out, if not it certainly will, so book if you're coming while you can.  http://www.womenincomedy.co.uk/2014/Saturday11thOct.html
 
There are lots more live dates coming up around the country (in case you can't tell I've relatively recently got a new agent and he's really been working hard filling my diary up, thanks Chaz!). Have a look here and if I'm not coming to your part of the the UK let me know what your local venues are and I'll chase them up - also you can contact them and ask for me, I'm always keen to visit new places. http://www.katesmurthwaite.co.uk/live.html  
 
[And if you're not UK based I appreciate your chances of getting to see me live are a fair bit less. I will be touring Sweden later this year and visiting Norway early next year. Elsewhere, hang on in there we are working on a US trip and various other plans. Also my shows usually make it to the internet eventually. Last year's is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uly0gZny2IY]
 
Another thing you can book for now is the Feminism In London conference. I'm hosting the whole shebang as usual and performing at the after party. If you've never been I can't recommend it enough. Men are welcome too, don't feel excluded - there's even a Pro-Feminist Mens Workshop run by the awesome White Ribbon Campaign for men wondering how they can get more involved in supporting women's rights. http://static.feminisminlondon.co.uk/
 
Links for this week (advance warning the BBC ones only work in the UK unless you know how to jimmy the system):
 
Me on BBC Ulster debating abortion. This is really a good 'un. The evangelical Christian guy tries to tell me that with an English accent I shouldn't be discussing abortion law in Ireland and I think I demand live on air that he "grow some ovaries"... Then a woman rings in to tell me that a feotus is a "living, breathing human" and you can hear me in the background asking if it breaths through a straw!! From 45m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hkvmh
 
Same subject but less excitement on BBC 5 live from 1h15m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04jj20n
 
Very lovely profile of me on Chime For Changehttp://www.chimeforchange.org/story/comedian-campaigner-and-leftie-cock-womble-kate-smurthwaite/
 
An my column for The Teacher (NUT magazine) came out this week. I haven't found it online yet and I wasn't a huge fan of the edit so I've sneakily put the full length version on my blog page for those who are interested: http://cruellablog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/full-length-version-of-my-column-for.html
 
I'm featured (talking about cross-dressing pirate Mary Read) in the historical podcast Z-List Dead List (episode 2) available free on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-z-list-dead-list/id915778702?mt=2
 
I'll also have a column about free speech in the next edition of New Internationalist magazine which is available worldwide and well worth a read wherever you are.
 
By the way, unlike all those automated mail-outs you might get, you CAN reply to this email and I will get it. I don't promise to respond but if you want to stop getting them or have emails of people you know who you are definitely sure would like to be added or want to share something interesting or let me know about a performing/speaking opportunity that might suit me - go ahead!
 
And hope to see you soon
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

 

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7th Sept 2014

Hi all
 
Well we are now back and recovering from Edinburgh. More about the fringe below - lovely to see so many of you there. Since getting back I'm starting to fill up my autumn schedule so here are some key gigs around the UK already lined up:

 

My political solo show Leftie Cock Womble is at the Birmingham Comedy all-dayer on 5th Oct. Tickets are onsale here: http://www.bhamcomfest.co.uk/05oct_alldayer_cherry.htm

 

On 2nd Oct I'm hosting a gala night raising money for the campaign to combat FGM in the UK and abroad. Its a stellar line-up of course if you can stretch to the ticket price for a good cause! http://www.thecruelcut.org/

 

I'm performing in Bristol on 3rd Oct in support of the Fire Brigade Union's anti-cuts tour: http://www.fbu.org.uk/news/2014/09/firefighters-union-announce-ring-fire-uk-tour/

 

On 11th Oct I'll be performing at the Secularism Conference being organised by the One Law For All team in central London: http://www.onelawforall.org.uk/2014-conference-religious-right-secularism-and-civil-rights/

 

And then dashing to Manchester to be part of the opening night gala for the Women In Comedy festival:http://www.womenincomedy.co.uk/2014/Saturday11thOct_Dancehouse.html

 

On the 12th Oct, still part of the Women In Comedy festival I'll be performing Leftie Cock Womble plus (i.e. my recent Edinburgh show over an hour and half slot so I'll also include some highlights of previous shows) at Todmorden Cricket Club http://www.womenincomedy.co.uk/2014/Kate_Smurthwaite.html

 

And some regular club gigs:

 

MCing in Northampton on 25th Sept:http://www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_northampton.htm

 

MCing in Basingstoke on 26th Septhttp://www.mirthcontrolcomedy.com/venues/basingstoke/the_tea_bar/

 

Set at Brooks Brothers (London) on 1st Oct:http://www.brookesbrothersbar.com/events

 

MCing at Kick Back in Guildford on 18th Oct:http://kickbackcomedy.com/?gclid=CKql8oWA0MACFSTMtAodjiMAoQ

 

I was also on BBC News 24, Sky News, BBC World Service and BBC Wales, all talking about the death of Joan Rivers. The only one I've found online is the BBC Wales one - it is the most in depth one so if you want to catch it it's here, from 2h20m in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04g16b9

 

And I had a piece on the New Internationalist website this week with the best title ever!http://newint.org/blog/2014/09/03/terrorist-suspects-confiscated-passports/

 

And I had a tweet of mine go a bit viral too - over 300 retweets and favourites...!https://twitter.com/Cruella1/status/507972700628090880

 

Fringe recap: Thanks very much to everyone who came to my shows, chipped in to my bucket, bought T-shirts, tweeted about me, brought their friends or relatives along, bought me a pint, or listened to me complaining about falling over or not getting reviewed (for the eleventh year running) by any national newspapers, not even the ones that complained in January when I was on Question Time that they had "never heard of me". Still here, still firing you press releases several times a year, still doing my thing, all you have to do is walk in the door...

 

The reviewers that did come loved my show though:

 

Five stars: http://one4review.co.uk/2014/08/news-kate-leftie-cock-womble-5/
Four stars: http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/the-news-at-kate-leftie-cock-womble/
Four stars: http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/the-news-at-kate-leftie-cock-womble/701884

 

And even though I didn't ask for reviews or press at all my evolution show also got five stars!http://one4review.co.uk/2014/08/the-evolution-will-be-televised-5/

 

That show was also nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award: http://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/greenfests-highlights-the-evolution-will-be-televised/

 

I wrote a couple of articles too:http://www.comedy.co.uk/fringe/2014/features/kate_smurthwaite_political_comedy/
http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/62849-opinion-comedians-at-the-edinburgh-festival-fringe-2014-please-actually-write-a-show/

 

And was interviewed a few times:

 

http://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2014/07/29/kate-smurthwaite-interview/

 

http://www.broadwaybaby.com/news/the-kate-smurthwaite-three-minute-interview/378

 

And you might notice the gigs on my listings don't start for a couple of weeks - that's because I am now taking a holiday. Hope to see you when I'm back!

 

 

Kate Smurthwaite

 

@Cruella1

 

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30th July 2014

Hi All

 

So all three of my fringe shows open on the 2nd Aug. If you're at the fringe at all I would love it if you came to see:

 

The News At Kate: Leftie C*ck Womble (without the asterisk but I don't want to set your spam filter off). My new solo political hour about free speech and the media. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, 5pm, Viva Mexico, venue 274, free non-ticketed (this means just show up and have a fab time and I'll have a collection bucket afterwards).

 

The Evolution Will Be Televised is my educational interactive super-geeky comedy science show about the origins of life and our nearest cousins. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, Ciao Roma, venue 283, free (as above).

 

Late With Kate is my late night compilation show. to give you a flavour of what it'll be like guests already confirmed include Chris Coltrane, Jayde Adams, Joe Wells, Njambi McGrath, Mzz Kimberley, David Mills, Luke Toulson, Jollyboat, Stuart Black, Evelyn Mok, Ada Campe, Ashley Storrie and so far I'm going with 100% different line up every night so if you've got a few days at the Fringe you can come drop by on your way home and get some ideas for what to see the next day! 2nd-23rd (not Sundays, guest host on 12th) Aug, Canon's Gait, venue 78, free (as above).

 

And I'm really excited about the guest spots I've been booked for too including the three shows I most MOST wanted to do SetList on Sat 9th Aug, Political Animal on Thurs 21st Aug and Spank! on Sat 16th Aug. Yippeee!!

 

In the run up there's already been some press about me:

 

Interview in New Internationalist: http://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2014/07/29/kate-smurthwaite-interview/

 

Column in The List: http://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/article/62849-opinion-comedians-at-the-edinburgh-festival-fringe-2014-please-actually-write-a-show/

 

My shows recommended in Three Weeks: http://www.threeweeks.co.uk/article/3-to-see-ed2014-threeweeks-approved-comedy/

 

I was on Sky News early yesterday morning talking about perceptions of the British with Eamonn Holmes. Can't find the clip though so far.

 

Also I did a piece for BBC Ulster about drug addiction during pregnancy with the most horrible guy. It was pre-recorded rather than live though so I don't know what time it was on and I'm too busy prepping for the fringe to go searching for it!

 

If you want to keep up with my news during the Fringe then Twitter (@Cruella1) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/comediankate) is your best bet. And if you are coming up and catching my shows then do come and say hi afterwards.

 

Looking forward to seeing you.

 

Kate Smurthwaite

 

@Cruella1

 

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17th July 2014

Hi All

 

So I'm busy getting ready for the Edinburgh Fringe. My main show this year is called The News At Kate: Leftie C*ck Womble (without the asterisk but I don't want to set your spam filter off). I'm really pleased with the show - it's about language, free speech and it's influence on the media. And of course it's about being on TV shows from Question Time to Revelation TV. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, 5pm, Viva Mexico, venue 274, free non-ticketed (this means just show up and have a fab time and I'll have a collection bucket afterwards).

 

Plus I'm doing an interactive educational comedy show about evolution and primatology and us human apes. It's a grown-up show but liberal parents with smart teenagers can come too. And timing-wise you could eat upstairs at the fab Italian restaurant first and then join me. It's called The Evolution Will Be Televised. 2nd-23rd (not 12th) Aug, Ciao Roma, venue 283, free (as above).

 

And then to round off the day the Free Fringe is very kindly allowing me to host and book their late night showcase. It's even been renamed Late With Kate (it used to be Midnight Hour) so everyone will know. I'm not aiming to book TV stars or big circuit acts (though I might), just acts that I really, really like and think you will too. Mostly comedy, but rules are there to be broken. 2nd-23rd (not Sundays, guest host on 12th) Aug, Canon's Gait, venue 78, free (as above). I'll be letting people know who the acts are on Twitter @Cruella1, but it'll be different every night and brilliant at all times.

 

I'll also be doing lots of guest spots at the Fringe including Political Animal with Andy Zaltsmann on 21st Aug which I'm very excited to have been booked for and Spank! on Sat 16th (will be Sunday by the time I'm on). More to be announced on Twitter as they come up.

 

I am previewing The News At Kate: Leftie C*ck Womble in Hitchin on Saturday (I'm on at 2.30pm)http://lastminutecomedy.wordpress.com/hitchin-comedy-festival/ and in Cradley Heath at what claims to be the world's smallest comedy festival on Sunday (I'm on at 7.20pm) https://www.facebook.com/events/629168717179254/. If you know any locals to those areas please let them know. And next week at Antwerp Mansion in Manchesterhttp://www.antwerpmansion.com/buy-tickets.asp?id=628.

 

I also have one other gig before the fringe - I'm MCing in Camberley on the 25th: http://www.mirthcontrolcomedy.com/venues/camberley/camberley_link_theatre/

 

My article in the New Internationalist is now available online (I'm very proud of this one - do give it a read!): http://newint.org/columns/2014/07/01/women-media/

 

And I was interviewed by Broadway Baby about my Edinburgh shows: http://www.broadwaybaby.com/news/the-kate-smurthwaite-three-minute-interview/378

 

I did two radio interviews yesterday - BBC Newcastle talking about the cabinet reshuffle, from 2h53: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0222c2l

 

And BBC Wales talking about shaving and my hairy legs! From 38m: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048w9v4

 

Hope to see you soon, especially if you're coming to the fringe! 

 

Kate Smurthwaite

 

@Cruella1

  

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4th July 2014

Hi All

 

So starting with the biggest news. I'm MCing on Monday at the Hammersmith Apollo. Biggest venue I've ever played so I'm dead excited about it. And an amazing line-up: Jason Manford, Mark Steel, Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Francesca Martinez, Jen Brister, etc. Tickets start at just a tenner. Tickets and a promo video featuring me are here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/standup

 

If you prefer your comedy intimate, read from notes and without a proper ending you could also come along to one of my two previews this week. I'll be practicing and working out my new Edinburgh show on Sunday at the Round Table with Tiernan Douieb: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/279708

 

And next Friday at the Museum of Comedy with Inder Manocha: http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873518158/

 

My regular column in the New Internationalist is published this week. It's in the printed edition and so not available online. It's their special "feminism" themed publication and - just to give you a taste - my column is called "Cupcakes can f*** off".

 

I also had a wildly controversial (based on the amount of angry hate mail I've had so far) column in the New Statesman suggesting that maybe we should put an end to violent sports like white collar boxing. (yes I know how to piss off the right people eh?!) http://www.newstatesman.com/sport/2014/07/it-time-ban-violent-sport

 

Two radio interviews this week. I was on LBC's Ian Collins show on Saturday night although I don't know if they still podcast this - I can't find it. 

 

And this morning I was on BBC Wales talking about crime and poverty. From 2h06m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0486xrg

 

Hope to see you soon

 

 

Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

 

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27th June 2014

Hi all
 
If you're London-based I've got two important gigs coming up: 
 
Firstly next Sunday I'm previewing my new Edinburgh show "The News At Kate: Leftie Cock Womble" It's a double bill with Tiernan Douieb's new solo show too. Both shows for just a fiver! http://www.wegottickets.com/event/279708 
 
Secondly I've been asked to MC a huge benefit at the Hammersmith Apollo. Which is pretty exciting, eh? Never played this huge prestigious venue before so I'd be delighted to have some friendly faces in. Plus awesome line-up: Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Marcus Brigstock, Stewart Lee. And all in aid of the People's Assembly - campaign against the government's austerity program! Tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/279708
 
Before then I'm in Plymouth next Wednesday: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/241542
 
And Swindon on Thursday: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/278333
 
I got a couple of media mentions after last week's People's Assembly march and rally. Here's my actual performance if you want to see that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wSAx-yjr9Y
 
Article in Mancunian Matters:  
 
http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/190669419-bedroom-tax-tivist-who-changed-name-axe-tax-faces-court-date-keep-hulme-home-rent
 
And even on comedy website Chortle: http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2014/06/22/20434/harry_hill_to_revive_stars_in_their_eyes%3F
 
And a promo for the 7th July I did too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dFreHM_U4E
 
I also stumbled across the website for a short student film I appeared in earlier in the year. Hopefully there'll be another showing or they'll put it online. http://www.doppellebenproject.com/behind-the-scenes-day-two/
 
Plus just in case you missed it last week my whole solo show from last year. The one I was doing when I won the Three Weeks' Editor's Choice Award. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uly0gZny2IY
 
I'm teaching a one-day comedy workshop for complete beginners next week: http://www.city-academy.com/stand-up-comedy-absolute-beginners#-TimetableBooking
 
Or if you're someone who's already gigging and taking a show up to Edinburgh, I can be hired (at very reasonable rates) as director/additional material writer to help you hone your show ready for the fringe. Contact me direct (and soon) if you're interested. 
 
Hope to see you soon
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 
 
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19th June 2014

Hi All

 
Hope you're all coming to the March for the Alternative tomorrow organised by the People's Assembly. http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/national_demo_21_june I'll be performing a little afterwards plus there's bands and Russell Brand and important political speakers. 
 
On Sunday I've got TWO previews. I'm previewing my "other" Edinburgh show - it's an interactive science-y show about great apes called The Evolution Will Be Televised. At it's part of a full day of awesomeness at the Balham Free Fringe. I don't want to unfairly bribe anyone but I do just happen to be in the same space right before Phill Jupitus is on so if you came to see me at 5.40pm and brought two beers with you you could effectively jump the queue for seeing Phill... http://balhamfreefringe.com/sunday-28-july/
 
And then in the evening I'm previewing my main show - the political comedy one, Leftie Cock Womble at the Roundtable. Double bill with James Ross. Tickets and info here or mail for for guest list. http://www.wegottickets.com/event/279706
 
Also at the Roundtable next week I'm hosting some new comedy talent. If you're feeling supportive and ready for talent-spotting info and tickets here, again guest list available if you give me a shout: http://www.city-academy.com/beginners-comedy-stand-up-comedy
 
Great news for those of you in far-flung corners of the earth! My WHOLE SHOW from last year (when I won the Three Weeks Editors' Choice Award) is now available on line after being filmed at the WOW festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uly0gZny2IY
 
I also had an article published in the New Internationalist: http://newint.org/blog/2014/06/16/advertising-minimum-wage/
And one in the Feminist Times: http://www.feministtimes.com/oj-yewtree-pistorious-its-time-we-listened-to-sue-lees/
 
I was also on BBC London's Vanessa Feltz show talking about the latest Twitter storm. From 1h03m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p020k101 And on Sky News discussing the same thing at lunchtime - though not found the video of that yet.
 
Hope to see you soon
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 
 
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12th June 2014

Hi All

Firstly I'm doing a debate tonight at the Cambridge Union. Hope to see you there if you're a member.

Secondly tomorrow night I'm MCing an incredible line-up at the Bloomsbury Theatre: Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans, Marcel Lucont, Richard Herring, etc, etc all for just £15. I can't believe its not sold out. It's even for a great cause (The Free Fringe). http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/0780

On Saturday I'm MCing at the Big Noise festival - raising money for The Big Issue Foundation http://www.thebignoisefestival.com/#/

On Sunday I've just been given a last minute preview slot at the Roundtable Pub, St Martin's Court, near Leicester Square. It's so sudden that at the moment I don't even know who I'll be co-previewing with (I promise to find someone awesome though) and I don't even have a buy-tickets page. So I'll cut you a deal here people - show up 8pm (we'll start at half eight) and say "I'm on the mailing list" and I'll let you and a guest in free. Deal? Better than me performing to an empty room and if you want to buy me a drink after I won't stop you!

Then on Tuesday I'm at Lolitics (political gig) and Wednesday at Brooks Brothers in Chancery Lane.

Been mentioned in a couple of articles this week too:

http://smileandshoot.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/kate-smurthwaite-the-news-at-kate/

http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/features_2_3968/stand_up_comedian_holds_charity_comedy_night_at_kenneth_more_theatre_in_memory_of_friend_1_3631264

And a glowing review for the Chippenham Comedy Festival, including my part in it: http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/headlines/11273499.Chippenham_comedy_talents_entertain_during_second_hit_festival/

I know I promised a new video of my old solo show too. But that'll have to wait for next week now so I can head off to Cambridge! Sorry!

See you soon


Kate Smurthwaite

@Cruella1

 

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6th June 2014

Hi all

 
Tonight I'm in Milton Keynes at The Comedy Club: http://www.thecomedyclub.co.uk/venue-events/milton-keynes-comedy-club.html 
 
Tomorrow I'm speaking at a humanist conference in Birmingham: http://birminghamhumanists.org.uk/index.php?page=events
 
And then previewing my new solo show in Chippenham, full program here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/221243870/2014-Chippenham-Comedy-Festival
 
On Sunday I'm at Z List Dead List in the afternoon - a history based show in Camden: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/274345
 
And then I'm at a benefit for MacMillan Cancer Support In Ilford: http://www.kmtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/280/oh-so-funny-comedy-night-in-support-of-macmillan-cancer-support-st-marks-hospital
 
On Monday I'm talking in Oxford about gender and religion: https://www.facebook.com/events/314515392040357/
 
And BOOK NOW for the Free Fringe Benefit on Fri 13th June. Will be an amazing evening, and great value too. Tickets here: http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/0780
 
I've done quite a few interviews this week...
 
Had a very frustrating discussion on abortion with BBC Somerset, from 13m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zgt6z
BBC London with Vanessa Feltz talking about Kirsty Allsopp and ambitious young women, from 2h05m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zdthz
Then I was on BBC Scotland on the same issue: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044k0xd
Yesterday on BBC Tees discussion women who swear, from 15m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zmmtj
And then on BBC Three Counties talking Internet abuse from 1h19m: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zmlrv
 
More interviews and maybe even a video of my WHOLE award-winning show next week!
 
Hope to see you soon
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 
 
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29th May 2014
Hi all
 
Wrote a piece on my blog about the Mail's coverage of the Santa Barbara shootings in a little fit of rage that went rather viral (200 retweets and nearly 100 Facebook shares!). If you haven't seen it, it's here: http://cruellablog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/daily-mail-this-is-new-journalistic-low.html
 
Got another lovely little video vlog for you this week. All about the Richard Scudamore sexism business. Watch online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS0r55O6zms
 
And as if that wasn't enough there's also lots of me in the podcast from this week's No Pressure To Be Funny show which despite the lack of pressure is very funny and you can listen to here: http://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/no_pressure_to_be_funny/
 
And, talking serious politics too I was on Ian Collins show on LBC on Saturday night. It's a great show and they used to have the "round table" bit of it (my bit) available for free on their website but I can't see it any more. Let me know if you can.
 
I also did one little very early morning BBC piece about people who spend their lives taking photos of things on their phones for 5 live, from 1h24m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044j3sd
 
Upcoming appearances this week:
 
I'm speaking in Cambridge on saturday: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/people_s_assembly_in_cambridge
 
And then performing at the Comedy Store late show that night: http://www.thecomedystore.co.uk/
 
Previewing my new political show in Maidstone on Monday: http://maidstone.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/2109/Leftie-Cock-Wobble
 
Doing a benefit in Exeter on Thursday: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/joking-for-justice/
 
Book now for FREE FRINGE BENEFIT which I'm hosting at the Bloomsbury Theatre with Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans, Richard Herring, Peter Buckley Hill and Marcel Lucont! http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/0780
 
And lots more on the website of course! Hope to see you soon.
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 

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22nd May 2014

Hi all

 
So firstly I made a little vlog about the Gary Barlow tax business. That's up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fny7pKbJRM0 please share if you like it.
 
I also wrote a funny column for Feminist Times about pick up artists. http://www.feministtimes.com/the-essential-feminists-guide-to-pick-up-artists/
 
I've got lots of very varied appearances coming up. Tonight I'm at the Oxford Union debating the compatibility of Islam and feminism. Tomorrow I'm at UCL talking to medical students about abortion! Come along if you're eligible.
 
On Saturday night I'll be on LBC with Ian Collins from 9-10pm discussing a variety of topical stories.
 
Then on Sunday I'm on the panel for No Pressure To Be Funny which is a fairly relaxed live political panel-type show. Tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-pressure-to-be-funny-tickets-11552611171?aff=es2&rank=1
 
On 31st May I'll be speaking in Cambridge at an event for the People's Assembly http://thepeoplesassemblycambridge.com/, then appearing at Monkey Business comedy club http://monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk/content/sat-31-may and then at the late show at the Comedy Store: http://www.thecomedystore.co.uk
 
And there are two big benefits coming up that I'm involved with. Firstly the incredibly good value All-Star benefit for the Free Fringe. I'm MCing at the Bloomsbury Theatre and acts include Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans, Richard Herring and Marcel Lucont. Not bad for £15. http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/0780
 
And I'm also playing the Hammersmith Apollo on 7th July at a benefit for the People's Assembly. It's a bit more expensive but you will get Jo Brand and Mark Steel and of course me so it's totally worth it. http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/standup
 
Hope to see you soon!
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 
 
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13th May 2014

Hi All

Looking forward to seeing lots of you in Brighton over the weekend. I'm bringing my Three Weeks Editor's Choice award-winning solo show to Upstairs at Three and Ten on Fri, sat and Sun night, 10pm. It's the very end of the tour for that show so I'm hoping to go out with a bang. We turned people away at the same venue last year so do book. And if you have friends in Brighton please let them know. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/comedy/5978/kate-smurthwaite-my-professional-opinion
 
Then on Monday next week (already!) I'm trying out some new material for my next show... And it's a double-preview show also featuring Bridget Christie. Not bad for a fiver! http://www.wegottickets.com/comedy/event/274146
 
I've done three radio interviews this week:
 
A lovely one with Alfie and Charlie (love their show) on BBC Newcastle Breakfast talking about modern sexism and the "Blurred Lines" documentary. From 2h37m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01y40hg
 
I was on BBC London to discuss an abortion story out of the US. I didn't think it was done very well with the presenters just ganging up on me and going off topic. But if you're in the mood to spit out your coffee it's from 1h40 here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01y44vp
 
And the following morning I was on BBC Ulster talking about Gary Barlow's tax bill (or lack of). From 42m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b043jc2p
 
I've got a couple of articles in the pipeline and I'm planning some vlogs soon too so do let me know if there's a topic you'd like me to cover. Quite excited about getting started on some new projects. And they'll be accessible worldwide of course.
 
See you soon.
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1
 
 
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7th May 2014 

Hi all
 
If you're in London tonight I'm hosting a showcase of new comedy talent. Just let me know if you fancy coming along, I have spare guest list to use up so you'd be welcome to come for free. Info here: http://www.city-academy.com/beginners-comedy-stand-up-comedy
 
This Saturday I'm MCing at Highlight in Camden and the show has already been recommended on Chortle for having an excellent line-up. http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2014/05/04/20108/frank_goes_to_hollywood..._kind_of
 
And my award-winning solo show is on it's way to Brighton next weekend. https://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/event.aspx?evId=5978 Book now as I hear it's selling quickly!
 
And then on Monday 19th I'm previewing some material for my new Edinburgh show alongside Bridget Christie. It'll be lots of notes and untested material but it should be a fun night. Tickets are £5 here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/274146
 
If you've ever thought about giving comedy a go I've got two new courses starting next week with City Academy
 
 
Hope to see you soon
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1