10th May 2016
So first and most importantly my solo show The Wrong Sort of Feminist is reaching the end of it's tour and as usual we're going out with a bang at the Brighton Fringe. I'm only doing two shows so please book as we've often sold out in Brighton before. https://www. brightonfringe.org/box-office/ shows/view/kate-smurthwaite- wrong-sort-feminist
Also coming up I'm performing in Beeston. It'll be a mix of some old stuff and some new stuff. Organised by the local Labour Party lot: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1536724503303931/
On Fri 27th May I'm at Manford's Comedy Club in Southampton. http://manfordscomedyclub.com/comedians/kate-smurthwaite/
On Sat 28th May I'll be the special secret (sssh - act surprised ok?) guest at Handbags for the Homeless gig in Banbury. You basically bring a bag of supplies for homeless women instead of buying a ticket. Info on the site. http://naomicafebar.com/ events-2/
There's not a lot more news at the moment. I did a pretty interesting interview for the East Anglian Daily Times: http://www.eadt.co.uk/ what-s-on/having_one_woman_on_ panel_shows_as_a_one_off_ guest_achieves_nothing_says_ bury_st_edmunds_comedian_kate_ smurthwaite_1_4518175
I have a new column in the next (June) issue of New Internationalist magazine - it's about men and feminism and babysitting. The content goes up online about a month after the paper and online-subscription publication. It's a fab magazine (available internationally as the name suggests) so do pay real cash money for a copy if you see one!
And I was on BBC 5 live talking about the grotesqueness of tipping culture. From 1h20m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/b07848p2
And then expect some radio silence as I head off to Greece to teach some stand-up comedy (by which I mean lie in the sun mostly!). There are still places available https://www.skyros.com/facilitators/kate-smurthwaite/ and you can get a 5% discount on your holiday with the code KS5%.
Hope to see you in Brighton or if not soon!
27th April 2016
Firstly I'm taking me solo show (The Wrong Sort OF Feminist) to Derby for the first time ever this Friday. As I've never done a solo show there before I've no idea how the people of Derby are supposed to know it's going to be good. Perhaps you know someone there and you could tell them?! Much appreciated! http://www. derbycomedyfestival.co.uk/ whats-on/kate-smurthwaite/
And secondly in May I'm do the final two performances of the show down in Brighton. I've played Brighton loads before so have the opposite problem - its highly likely to sell out so please book soon. Looking forward to seeing you. https://www. brightonfringe.org/box-office/ shows/view/kate-smurthwaite- wrong-sort-feminist
Other appearances coming up too:
Loogaborooga in Loughborough on 5th May: http://www.eventbrite.co. uk/e/loogabarooga-comedy-may- 5th-tickets-22620259806?aff= erelexpmlt
Manford's in Southampton 27th May: http://manfordscomedyclub.com/ venues/the-stage-door/
In June I'm teaching comedy in sunny Greece. If you fancy coming out, please do!! https://www.skyros.com/ facilitators/kate-smurthwaite/ and you can get a 5% discount on your holiday with the code KS5%.
[And my new solo show will have its first and possibly only preview at the Chippenham Comedy Festival in early July]
I also appeared on London Live discussing the role of London Mayor: https://twitter.com/ LondonLive/status/ 723560376239951872
And I had a column on women and religion published in The Telegraph: http://www. telegraph.co.uk/women/life/ women-are-more-likely-to-pray- than-men-well-what-else-is- there-t/
The Goldsmith's saga is finally finally over. Not very satisfactorily. The show went ahead but those who didn't agree with my appearance went online and reserve (free) all of the tickets to the show and then didn't show up so that most of the seats on the night were empty. Lots of people who had wanted to come were not able to and the charity we were fundraising for lost out. Well I did the show anyway to an audience of 8, principally the organisers and a few people who had turned up without tickets hoping there would be returns/no shows/etc. I even bought every member of the audience a drink. The story got into a lot of the papers again...
Evening Standard: http://www.standard. co.uk/news/education/ protesters-scupper-comic-s- free-speech-gig-at-goldsmiths- because-they-dislike-her- views-a3214896.html
(and major kudos to Gareth Rubin the journalist who actually gave me the chance to respond to all the nasty allegations about me, and printed my responses, rather than leaving them unchallenged as some of the comedy press did!)
Independent: http://www. independent.co.uk/student/ news/feminist-comedian-kate- smurthwaite-s-goldsmiths-gig- sabotaged-by-anonymous- protesters-a6969106.html
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co. uk/news/article-3517874/ Feminist-comedian-s-charity- gig-sabotaged-opponents- booked-tickets-en-masse-didn- t-turn-leaving-just-eight- people-audience-transphobic- whorephobic-Islamaphobic- views.html
And then again in a column in the Evening Standard: http://www.standard. co.uk/comment/comment/ayesha- hazarika-why-standing-up-as-a- feminist-can-be-a-funny-old- business-a3216286.html
Much more importantly and amazingly I set up a Just Giving page for anyone infuriated by the situation to donate to the charity (Refugee Action) that missed out because of the petty-minded protestors. My thought was that £500 would be about as much as you could hope to raise from a student charity donation-based event. So I thought I'd aim for that and as the media picked up on the story and lots of lovely people shared it it just escalated and the total now stands at over £2000! I'm going to close the page down in a few days so any last minute contributions welcome here: https://www.justgiving. com/Kate-Smurthwaite
In other news I've become a campaign patron for #GirlsSpeakOut a matched funding campaign (so donations get doubled by the government right now) from an incredible charity called Street Child helping girls in extreme poverty around the world. Please have a look, you can share their info on social media and of course, donate too if you are able. http://www.street-child.co.uk/ girlsspeakout/
Hope to see you soon in Derby or Brighton or maybe Greece or Edinburgh!
22nd March 2016
So firstly, can't believe this saga is still ongoing but yes - we're going back to Goldsmith's. Last year they just banned me. This year they've offered a burst water main and a rather tenuous claim about paperwork not being in order (paperwork that was absolutely fine when the water main had burst). And with student exam season looming this is absolutely our last shot. If they don't let the show run this time I'm going there with a megaphone and doing the show in the street...!!
It's this Wednesday (tomorrow) and because of all the messing about we've cleared all the tickets that had previously been ordered and just restarted with a new ticket link. Here it is: https://www.eventbrite.co. uk/e/charity-stand-up-kate- smurthwaite-and-james-ross- tickets-22570655438
Please come along, it's a fundraiser for a refugee charity and it'll be the end of a very very long and frustrating battle. Plus awesome support from James Ross who has very kindly supported me throughout the whole situation and is a very talented act who you will also love!
Plus I'm off touring my show The Wrong Sort Of Feminist to two more locations which have just gone on sale:
Derby on 29th April http://www. derbycomedyfestival.co.uk/ whats-on/kate-smurthwaite/
Brighton on 14th and 15th May https://www. brightonfringe.org/box-office/ shows/view/kate-smurthwaite- wrong-sort-feminist
And I'm also gigging as part of mixed bills at the following upcoming shows:
Camberley 25th Mar: http://www. camberleytheatre.biz/events/ camberley-comedy-club-march- 2016
Swindon 31st Mar: https://www.evensi.uk/ chuckles-comedy-club-with- kate-smurthwaite-stephen- carlin/172408505
Ipswich 3rd Apr: http://www. jokerscomedyclub.co.uk/ whatson.php
If you're planning summer holidays already then how about coming to a beautiful Greek island and learning comedy while you're there? I taught for Skyros last year and it was utterly gorgeous, wandering out of your hut in the morning, picking a few apricots off the tree, joining other holidaymakers for singing and dancing. I even learnt to windsurf! I'm teaching on four one-week holidays this year. The details are all here: https://www.skyros.com/ facilitators/kate-smurthwaite/ and you'll get a 5% discount if you use the code KS5%. If you can't make it while I'm there I'd also recommend going while Luke Meredith is teaching singing and cabaret in September.
If you haven't read my latest New Internationalist column I urge you to do so - I'm very proud of it! http://newint.org/columns/ 2016/01/01/doing-grief- properly/
In other news I had a glowing review in the Morning Star newspaper (making them actually the first UK national newspaper to actually review my work rather than just call me controversial and expect me to write for them for little or no money...) http://www. morningstaronline.co.uk/a- 17bd-Womens-day-night-a-knock- out#
I found out my piece on Internet abuse was the 5th most-read article that New Internationalist website published last year. http://newint.org/blog/ 2016/01/04/new- internationalist-most-popular- content-2015/
When the Evening Standard decides to run round "London's leading lights" I am apparently second on the list! Giving my views on the EU. http://www.standard.co.uk/ news/londoners-diary/ londoners-diary-europe-is- fast-becoming-the-talk-of-the- town-a3201111.html
I was part of 99 Women defending refugees women's right on International Women's Day. http://www.refugeewomen. co.uk/99women/
And I also made a trip that day to visit a girl's schools conference in Kent: http://www.kentonline. co.uk/kmtv/international- womens-day-5778/
And I had a lovely chat with Jonathan Lampon on BBC Leicester about the day, from 13m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/p03kdl9x
I talked about tampons on Channel 4 news: https://www.facebook. com/Channel4News/videos/ 10153559263706939/
I talked on Sky News about the National Living Wage and whether we can afford it (HINT- we can): https://youtu.be/cp9CZafY8_c
My appearance at the WOW festival in Cambridge was picked out as a highlight: http://www. cambridge-news.co.uk/ Cambridge-Women-World- Festival-2016-10-highlights/ story-28847904-detail/story. html
I gave my view on Ladies' Day at Aintree to LBC: https://www.facebook.com/ LBC/videos/10153752459076558/
Talked about periods on BBC Wales from 53m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/b071y185
Was a victim of sexism from a Tory think tank creep: http://www. butterfliesandwheels.org/2016/ ben-harris-quinney-fails-in- attempt-at-comedy/ and also: http://myinforms.com/en- gb/a/25498674-comedian- clashes-with-sexist-tory/
Signed a letter to The Guardian about Salman Rushdie: http://www. theguardian.com/books/2016/ feb/25/salman-rushdie-death- iran-fatwa-outrage
And lots more too. If you don't want to miss a thing you can follow me on Twitter @Cruella1 or Facebook www.facebook.com/ katesmurthwaite (you'll have to follow me though, I've got as many friends as Facebook allows). Otherwise hold tight for the next News At Kate and hopefully see you at a live show before then.
Kate Smurthwaite | Comedian & Political Activist
2nd Feb 2016
Well first and very very much foremost it is with enormous delight that I can announce that I am taking my solo show BACK to Goldsmith's College! Next Tuesday in South London, free but as a benefit for Refugee Action. Reserve a seat here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charity-stand-up-kate-smurthwaite-and-james-ross-tickets-21134000364
If you missed the bigger story - last year a combination of Goldsmith's Feminist Society and Goldsmith's Comedy Society cancelled my scheduled show there at the last minute, in case my opinions on the sex industry or Islam (neither of which were mentioned in the show) upset students. The story ended up in everything from The Guardian to The Sun. It was so ridiculous I wrote a show about it!
Now the AMAZING people at Goldsmith's Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society have invited me back to do the new show at Goldsmith's itself. I really really want a good crowd, partly because it's a great cause and I love my show and I want everyone to see it, but also because last time they rather nastily claimed long after the story had reached the newspapers that they actually had cancelled it because they hadn't sold enough tickets. So a big crowd will make that point look rather stupid. Please come!!
(The extended version of events is here: http://cruellablog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/goldsmiths-and-me-full-story-proof.html)
Now also coming up I'm speaking at the Cambridge Union next week in a debate about love: http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2016/01/11/23925/comedians_address_the_cambridge_union
And I'm at the Leicester Comedy Festival on the Friday. Tickets are selling rather quickly for this one so please book soon if you're coming along! http://www.comedy-festival.co.uk/events/show.php?event_id=4969&showdate=2016-02-12&venue=192
And I'm performing at Stand Up For Darwin at Conway Hall after that too: http://stufd.org.uk
And I'm taking my solo show up to Newcastle the following week. Hope to see lots of you there, it's quite a while since I played Newcastle and the local humanists group have set this lovely event up: http://www.northeast-humanists.org.uk/news/kate-smurthwaite-the-wrong-sort-of-feminist-neh-newcastle-ne1-1rq/
In Bury, Manchester on Thursday this week: http://themet.biz/event/first+thursday+comedy+club/2439/
In Guildford on Saturday: http://www.kickbackcomedy.com
Recent TV appearances:
There was one main TV appearance last week I did on The Big Questions. For those in the UK or with clever IT skills the link is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ymrby
I also told a nasty creepy man not to touch me on Sky News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=1o0ZBzTvC28&app=desktop
Apparently The sky News incident was so exciting it made the headlines as far afield as New Zealand! https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/cricket/dont-touch-me-panelist-recoils-at-attention-in-cricketer-sexism-debate
And I got a mention in The Guardian too. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/24/safe-spaces-universities-no-platform-free-speech-rhodes
And just so there's some footage for those outside the UK here's a rather low-key disjointed but still fun set I did at the Wapping Lies event commemorating 30 years since the Wapping Dispute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kch5KHHzx-s
Hope to see you soon, and again - back to Goldsmiths YAY!!!
5th Nov 2015
It's currently Non Prophet week - a week when student atheist, humanist and secular societies raise money for good causes and the UCLU team have convinced me to do my latest solo show in one of their lecture theatres in central London totally for free with a charity collection bucket! Great support acts too. Get your free ticket here and see you tomorrow! https://www. eventbrite.co.uk/e/godless- charity-stand-up-gig-kate- smurthwaite-iszi-lawrence- tickets-19339816913
I'm also doing my show next week in Nottingham and Halifax. Sadly not free but very reasonably priced all the same. I'm told the Nottingham one is the best-selling show in the venue so DO book in advance and people of/near Halifax, err, step up to the plate please and buy more tickets!
Nottingham Nov 12th: https://www.gigantic. com/kate-smurthwaite-poppy- and-pint-2015-11-12-19-00
Halifax Nov 14th: http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/ whats-on/kate-smurthwaite-the- wrong-sort-of-feminist/
Other gigs: I'm at Lolitics the political comedy show in Camden on Nov 17th. http://www. chriscoltrane.co.uk/lolitics- my-camden-political-comedy- club.html
I'm quoted an pictured in the Islington Tribune protesting the planned closure of the Margaret Pyke sexual health centre:
http://www.islingtontribune. com/news/2015/oct/nurses- dressed-suffragettes-chain- themselves-railings-protest- over-threat-women’s-clin
(and if you want to sign the petition about that it's here: https://www.change.org/ p/central-and-north-west- london-nhs-trust-prevent-the- closure-of-the-margaret-pyke- centre)
And I spoke to Love Wapping website live from the Halloween protest at the Jack The Ripper Museum on Cable Street. The video is here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=fzVRDdcTFzY
(and this one has a petition too! https://you.38degrees. org.uk/petitions/celebrate- suffragettes-not-serial- killers)
And I'm mentioned in this HuffPo piece on no-platforming (VERY exciting news on that due soon though...!) http://www. huffingtonpost.co.uk/liz- cookman/no-platform-in-real- life-_b_8377134.html
I was on BBC Leicester talking about the new Bond film from 2h08m: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/p034lvtx
I've also done a Sky News piece on the same subject and two LBC interviews including one this evening with Clive Bull about the Million Mask March. If anyone sees links to these please let me know.
Finally - it's Christmas soon and I am not planning to reprint my "This is what a radical..." T-shirts any more so if you want one or someone you know does it is really now or never, I have 1 medium, 13 large and 5 extra large and when they're gone they're gone! They come up quite generously. http://www. katesmurthwaite.co.uk/ merchandise.html
Hope to see you at a show soon.
21st Oct 2015
Been a while since I did a mail out so there's lots to share.
Firstly this coming weekend I'm hosting the always-awesome Feminism In London
conference. It's bigger and better than ever this year and I'm also performing at the after-party. It's open to everyone and there's a creche and events for children. There are also some sessions about men's participation in feminism (but men can also come to the whole thing, it's mixed). I can't recommend it enough. If there's any way on earth you can get to London this weekend - come, it'll be life-changing. Tickets and more details here: http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk
Secondly my one-woman show The Wrong Sort Of Feminist is officially "on tour" at the moment. If I'm not coming near you - ask. If you know a pub with an upstairs room and can get 20-30 mates to come along... no reason we couldn't make that work! Or catch me at:
Plus I'll be doing the show on 6th Nov at UCLU in central London and 13th Nov at Warwick Uni. Details to be confirmed but both shows are part of the student atheist charity fundraising even "non prophet week" so they'll be cheap and for a good cause.
Actually I'll also be doing my science show The Evolution Will Be Televised
next week in Coventry
for Warwickshire Humanists. It's quite a relaxed show - silly, educational, with a quiz and games too! Details here https://www.facebook.com/events/1626765744243505/
Other upcoming gigs include world's best political comedy show Lolitics in Camden on 17th November. And I'm MCing a brand new club that I know is being set up with a great ethos called Loogabarooga in Loughborough on 3rd December. More gigs and info on my website as usual but those are the fun ones in the diary.
Also for those of you who know my partner James, it is his birthday in November and to celebrate this his country and western band Tex Farr Jr and The International Quartet are playing the Oval pub in Croydon on the 20th. It's open to every one AND unlike 99.9% of venues this one is actually wheelchair accessible!!
I've been on everything from Sky News to BBC Newcastle to LBC talking about the sexism in schools story that ran through the news this week.
And on 25th September I did LBC's news panel, hosted by Olly Mann, with one Katie Hopkins. Not found a link for this yet, probably behind their paywall. If anyone has it please send it over!
Hope to see you soon.
17th Sept 2015
If you are in or around Liverpool
this weekend and would like to catch my new solo show, tickets are still available. It's on Sunday 20th, 7pm at 81 Renshaw and you can get tickets online here: http://bit.ly/1JbIcEZ
On the 24th September I'll be up in Glasgow headlining a fundraiser for Abortion Rights. There's a great lineup of acts so come do along and show your support -
Articles and media appearances...
In Edinburgh I had some lovely reviews for my solo show, The Wrong Sort of Feminist:
Hope you had a good summer, lovely to see so many of you at the Fringe and hope to catch you soon.
1st Aug 2015
So firstly and most importantly - my new Edinburgh Fringe shows are all polished up and ready to head north of the border. If you're coming up to the Fringe please come and see them. If you've never been to the Edinburgh Fringe before, I cannot recommend a trip highly enough. Thousands of shows, many of them, including mine, offered for free. Comedy, theatre, music, kids, dance, literature, art, cabaret, spoken word, everything.
Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist
My all new solo show about Goldsmiths and about choice and freedom, the feminist movement, the treatment of asylum seekers in Britain, Couples Come Dine with Me and edible pants.
8th - 29th Aug (not 17th)
Ciao Roma (venue 283)
Free, non-ticketed, just show up in good time
Political panel show hosted by me (and I book the acts too so lots of my faves will feature). Regular team captains Phil Loweth and Angie Belcher.
8th - 30th Aug (not 17th)
Liquid Rooms Annex (venue 276)
Free, non-ticketed, just show up in good time
Note: on 12th, 18th, 24th, 26th & 29th the show is at 3.50pm at Silk Nightclub, King's Stables Rd
Late With Kate
My late night mixed bill show. I host and again I book the acts. Stand-up and whatever else I think is good.
8th - 29th Aug (not Sundays)
Canons' Gait (venue 78)
Free, non-ticketed, just show up in good time
As a small footnote to this info - this marks my TENTH solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe over as many years. In that time, can you believe, I have NEVER been reviewed by a UK-wide national paper (despite their enthusiasm for publishing my quotes, misquotes, medical history, columns and even in one case a full length article demanding to know "who I was"... I'm still Kate Smurthwaite, I send you press releases every year!!). If you know any journalists or people with good contacts please please give them a little nudge about my show. Thank you!
Of course I'll also be making guest appearances at various cool other shows around the fringe. Looking forward to seeing you up there. If you're coming up for a few days try to catch me early on and I'll be happy to recommend other shows to see while you're there.
Other recent news:
I was on BBC Wales this morning talking about the Clear Lines Festival (which I'm not appearing at but I think is great). From 2h53m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063f53y
I had a column published in The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11766122/Abortion-pro-life-protesters-are-dragging-UK-down-to-Americas-level.html
A debate I had on Sky News about measures to tackle the gender pay gap showed up on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M93j6_Lqitc
I also have two London shows left before I go. Both are showcases of new talent I have been teaching comedy to through City Academy. In both cases I'm hosting and it's free, just show up and be supportive, the more the merrier. Ideal if you fancy a laugh and a farewell drinkie before I'm gone.
Beginners Mon 3rd Aug: https://www.city-academy.com/beginners-stand-up-comedy-showcase
Improvers Tues 4th Aug: https://www.city-academy.com/improvers-stand-up-comedy-showcase
Hope to see you soon, do come and say hi if you're up in Edinburgh.
9th July 2015
Well preview season is in full swing now so I'd love it if London-based folk found the time to come see my new show. I'm really proud of most of it at this stage and really need to try out some variations on the bits that still need work. They're all free but always best to let me know if you're coming* so we know how many chairs to put out, etc!
Sunday 12th July
St Martin's Court
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Doors 7.30pm, shows from 8pm
Double preview bill with the wonderful cabaret star Mister Meredith and his keyboard.
Monday 13th July
Nearest tube: Camden Town
Doors 7.30pm, show 8pm
It's just me previewing but I understand they've organised a first half with an all-female line up of newer acts doing short sets.
Thursday 16th July
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Double preview bill with Don Biswas, a really interesting political comic and gagsmith.
And on Sunday 19th July I'm taking the show to Derby. Info and tickets here: http://www.funhousecomedy.co.uk/html/fun_house_comedy_venues_derby_bar_one.htm (Not free but very cheap if you take advantage of the all day ticket)
My political panel show Comedy Manifesto is also previewing (with me hosting it and setting all the questions). Catch us at:
22nd July Hackney Picturehouse Attic
23rd July Croydon Fringe
Or come along to the Balham Free Fringe Festival (a whole weekend of 60+ hours of free comedy at the Bedford pub in Balham). Both my solo show and Comedy Manifesto are on the Sunday.
A couple of other things...
I generally don't do party politics, I prefer to campaign on issues I care about rather than getting dragged into having to tow the line or playing political games which I hate. However my local MP Diane Abbott, who I happen to think is great, is in the running to be Labour's candidate for mayor of London and I am nailing my colours to the mast for once. If you fancy coming along to her campaign launch on Fri 17th July at which I'll be doing a little turn, tickets are here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diane-for-london-launch-party-tickets-17573873930
I'm also very excited on Sat 18th July to be entertaining the AGM of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular student societies. Tickets for the conference are here: http://ahsstudents.org.uk/article/do-not-miss-the-agm-in-warwick
And keep watching my website for upcoming gigs including Camberly, Romford, Southampton and of course Edinburgh throughout August.
Hope to see you soon.
5th June 2015
I'm actually off next week teaching stand-up in sunny Greece. I know a few people from this mail-out are coming along so see you there if that's you. If not - next time. When I get back I'm straight into being super-busy...
On 21st I'll be on BBC 5 live from 9pm talking through the stories that have been the most tweeted about in the week's news. Do tune in.
On the 22nd I'll be hosting some brand new City Academy comedy talent (8pm at The Comedy Pub, just show up)
28th June I'm doing a London preview (8pm at the Round Table, St Martin's Court, just show up)
My Edinburgh Fringe shows are now online:
(I'll also be doing my late night mixed bill show Late With Kate but we didn't bother putting that in the main programme cos it's not great value IMHO!)
Well it's exhausting even writing all that. Hopefully there'll be some time to lie in the sun between classes in Greece.
Hope to see you all soon somewhere or another, or online if not!
15th May 2015
Firstly - Brightonites! I'm doing my solo show Leftie C*ck Womble (the show that was TOO CONTROVERSIAL for Goldsmiths!) for two final performances this weekend as part of the Brighton Fringe. Most performers use Brighton to preview their new show ready for Edinburgh but I have far too much fondness for Brighton folk so I prefer to use it as a grand finale, meaning you all get to see the show at it's very best and most polished! Saturday's performance is selling very quickly so if you want to come Sat please book right away. Sunday is a bit quieter so I'd especially love some extra company then. https://www.otherplacebrighton.co.uk/1260/kate-smurthwaite-leftie-cock-womble
Secondly we were making "News At Kate" videos right up to the election. If you missed any they are all on the front of my website for now (http://www.katesmurthwaite.co.uk
). Do have a catch-up, I was really pleased with the coverage. There will be some more political videos coming soon too, requests definitely taken for subjects you'd like to see included.
I'll be on LBC (radio) tonight from 9pm talking about the week's politics.
I'll be performing at Lolitics on Tuesday at the Black Heart in Camden. This is absolutely the best political comedy show in town, always amazing line-ups. I'll be trying a bit of new stuff that will hopefully end up in my fringe show.
And if you're more of an online/armchair observer of my work...
I contributed a short chapter (on one of my favourite female comedians in the world) to this newly-published book which can be ordered online: http://whatthefrock.bigcartel.com
Hope to see you at a show soon.
27th Apr 2015
Firstly - two new videos sending up the election 2015 coverage for you to watch (and share, like, tweet, etc, thank you!!)
And, well spotted, I gave the wrong dates from my Hackney Picturehouse previews in my last mail out. The correct ones are as follows:
And if there's a new show coming in, evidently there's an old one going out. As usual I'm closing my previous solo show at the Brighton Fringe. So this is (probably) your last ever chance to catch Leftie Cock Womble - the show about free speech that they tried to close down. The show too controversial for Goldsmiths. The one about cat's genitals and Revelation TV and Frankie Boyle and, of course, Raif Badawi. The show is on for two nights at The Warren. Bring hankies. http://ticketing.brightonfringe.org/comedy/9599/kate-smurthwaite-leftie-cock-womble
Other things coming up:
I have a column in the next issue of New Internationalist on the failings of 21st century democracy (it won't be online, you have to buy the mag, sorry).
I'm on at London's (the world's) best political comedy show Lolitics on 19th May.
I'm performing in Great Yarmouth on 14th May.
I'm performing in Leeds on 27th May.
I'm MCing at the Backyard in East London weekend of 29th-30th May.
I'm a panelist on political comedy show No Pressure To Be Funny on 31st May (records at the Phoenix on Cavendish Square, podcast released shortly after).
...and there'll be lots more News At Kate videos up to the election on 7th May. Really appreciate people sharing these around!
And finally I can reveal that James and I will be appearing on the new special series of Couples Come Dine With Me. We filmed ages ago and I'm contractually obliged not to reveal too many details but if you'd like to find out what happened when we had dinner three nights running with a woman from the reality show The Only Way Is Essex and her ex-football player boyfriend you will have to tune in 5pm Channel 4 on 5th May...!
By the way - I know there are lots of new people on this list this week - mostly I'm guessing people who saw me at QEDcon this weekend - that was fun! To explain - I usually mail out latest links, videos, articles, etc and info about once a fortnight. It's a mailing list in some ways but not in others - like it really comes from my account and I really write it myself (mistakes and all) so if you want to tell me things or ask me things, guess what? hit "reply" and bingo, we're pen pals!
Hope to see you at a show soon, overseas tour dates are in the pipeline too!
18th Apr 2015
So we've been super busy putting together not one but two new New At Kate: Election 2015 coverage videos.
Please share and "like" these and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you want to see more of these coming up.
Upcoming gigs, in London and Brighton:
On 3rd May I'm doing my first full-length preview for my new solo show The Wrong Sort of Feminist at Hackney Picturehouse. I don't have a link yet but it will be free on the door, just come along.
On 8th May I'll also be doing an extended version of my political panel show Comedy Manifesto at Hackney Picturehouse. Tickets will be £5 advance/£6 door, I'll share the link as soon as I have it.
I'll be on LBC radio tonight from 9pm discussing various news stories.
Really appreciate all those who've shared my videos already, I've seen subscribers to my channel (and to this mail-out) spike so I know it's having an effect. Just under three weeks to the election now so lots more to come. And see you soon.
5th April 2015
I'm making a series of comedy videos in the run-up to the General Election in the UK. I've just launched the trailer and it's online here:
The News At Kate: Election 2015 trailer
I would love if people shared it and "liked" it and Tweeted it and Facebooked it and all that. It's viewable globally although whether you'll get the jokes if you don't follow UK politics is another matter. Maybe share with your friends back in the UK! There'll be a whole series of them coming over the next few weeks so you can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to see them.
Hope to see you soon and thanks again for sharing my little video, I'm really looking forward to giving all the parties a good ribbing as the election season unfolds!
13th Feb 2015
Really looking forward to seeing lots of you on Sunday for my solo show at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. It's on at 2pm so do arrive in good time. Tickets are cheaper if you book in advance too (and of course "avoid disappointment"!) http://www.comedy-festival.co.uk/events/show.php?event_id=4122&showdate=2015-02-15&venue=192
And if you're coming to the One Billion Rising event tomorrow I shall also be doing a short set to entertain the crowds! http://www.onebillionrising.org.uk
Many of you will have seen the big fuss in the media about the cancellation of my show at Goldsmith's College last week. Or as some parts of the media have been calling it: #Smurthgate. There's been some good reporting and some very low quality "reporting", or as you might call it "lying". To clear the air I have published all the facts and screenshots to prove I'm not making this (admittedly unbelievable) situation up.
I won't give all the media links partly because a lot of them say the same things and partly because I've no intention of driving more traffic to websites and publications who are just being horrible. But a few interesting ones here:
Nick Cohen in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/07/censorship-campus-no-way-fight-fanatics
Janice Turner in The Times (sorry not a freebee): http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4347008.ece
Ian Dunt in The Guardian again: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/06/safe-space-or-free-speech-crisis-debate-uk-universities
Profile piece on me in The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/04/meet-the-not-feminist-enough-comedian.html
BBC piece featuring a lovely supportive comment from Jason Manford: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/31089462
And on that note many thanks to all the lovely people who've sent messages of support and stuck up for me on social media, etc when people have been unpleasant.
I did also make a very silly video responding to the situation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfKMXGbOiFQ
Other upcoming gigs include
Laughing Labia on 18th Feb at She Soho (lesbian bar, all welcome!): http://www.laughinglabia.com
Braintree on 20th Feb (I'm MCing): https://www.braintreeartstheatre.com/eventpages/200215.php
Matlock on the 21st (again MCing): https://www.facebook.com/escapecomedyclub
I'm in Norway the following weekend, Trondheim: http://www.standuptrondheim.no
And then Oslo (2 nights): https://oslocomedyclubs.wordpress.com
Tickets are also onside now for Radical Funnyism - a show I'm doing in Bristol to raise funds for local Rape Crisis centres. Brilliant line-up. Tickets and info here: http://www.3ca.org.uk/whats-on/trinity/2015/radical-funnyism
My latest column in The Teacher magazine is now out (you'll have to scroll through to page 45 though!): http://www.teachers.org.uk/magazine/january-february-2015/
I was on BBC Ulster this morning talking about Pope Francis criticising people who don't have children (like he doesn't!). From 1h12m: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b051zwv7
And I was on BBC Leicester too at lunchtime telling the lovely Jonathan Lampon about my show in Leicester on Sunday. From 2h20m: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hbwdq#auto
Hope to see you at a show soon - I also have a piece in next months Cosmo and the new issue of New Internationalist so watch the shelves for those!
27th Jan 2015
So first up I'm doing my solo show for probably two final times in London next Monday and in Leicester on the afternoon of 15th Feb.
London: tickets are £4, free to members of Goldsmiths College feminist and comedy societies.
Leicester: tickets are £6 or the venue also does an all-day pass though this doesn't guarantee entry if I sell out!
Also it is coming up to a year since I was on Question Time
- the show is only available online for a year so if you haven't seen it or want to have another peek before it disappears it is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ programmes/b03t7f4n
. And if you want to write to the production company (Mentorn) and ask for me again that would be cool too!
There is also footage now online of my appearance as General Kitchener at the event Philosophy Football
ran to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Christmas Day Armistice. https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=32qox_ Dl9Zs
And I'm doing a workshop and showcase for aspiring comedians at Newnham College Cambridge
on Sun 8th Feb.
More details and registration by contacting them at MCR.Social@Newn.cam.ac.uk
- it's £30 if you're not a student at the college. You can also come along to the showcase in the evening for free I think.
I've been on a pile of TV and radio interviews. Firstly with the off/on page three nonsense.
And welcome to lots of new additions to the mailing list from various places. It's not a server-run list so if you don't want to be on it just reply and say so in a way that won't hurt my feelings. And if you want to reply and ask me something or share something that's cool too. I read everything even if I sometimes run out of time to reply!
See you soon.
8th Jan 2015
Hello all and happy new year,
On Saturday I'm at the Bloomsbury Theatre for one of my favourite comedy events of the year: Sex Appeal - the benefit for Brook's sex advice helpline for young people. Al Murray, Mark Thomas, Bec Hill, everyone. Book here: https://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/14154
Fri 16th I'm in Cambridge at the Newnham College Smoker - a brand new comedy show that is starting up with an overtly feminist ethos. Do support them if you're able and hopefully it'll become a regular fixture. https://www.facebook.com/events/320532408145362/
If you missed my article on free speech in New Internationalist last year now seems like an appropriate time to post it up again. http://newint.org/columns/2014/11/01/free-speech/
If you saw my most recent solo show in Edinburgh (Leftie C*ck Womble) you'll also know at least a bit about the Raif Badawi case. A Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes for writing a blog about women's rights and secularism. We've just learned that they will start publicly flogging him tomorrow. I'm expecting there'll be a protest at the Saudi Embassy in London tomorrow or on Tuesday (which is Raif's birthday). Watch my Twitter (@Cruella1) for more info. Or google "free raif" and hopefully it'll be on Facebook, etc.
In other news Julie Bindel mentioned me in The Guardian:
The Chester gig is mentioned in the Chester Chronicle:
And my comedy workshop (free to attend is you register with City Academy) is mentioned on Chortle:
Some people have been asking about comedy courses. There are a full run coming up in London, nothing scheduled right now outside. The next Complete Beginners starts next Wednesday (yes, when I'm in Brighton not being funny but of course there are fab cover teachers). The next Beginners with Showcase is Monday 19th and the next Improvers with Showcase is on Tuesday 27th Jan. All info via the City Academy website. I also cannot recommend the Sitcom Writing classes there highly enough. I've done them twice myself. http://www.city-academy.com/comedy-courses
Hope to see you soon. Should be new videos soon too which will be viewable worldwide. And in the meantime the full-length documentary feature film about tabloid corruption starring myself and Hugh Grant (yes, I know, yes, I did meet him, he was very charming) is available on iTunes and Google Play and all those things (and showing in a few cinemas too). Links here:http://www.oneroguereporter.com/
24th Dec 2014
Hello all and Happy Christmas/Winterval
I was on Sky News this morning talking about David Cameron's very religion-packed Christmas message. No sign of a video clip on their site or elsewhere yet though.
However the video of my appearance as Lord Kitchener (well a part of it) is up on the Philosophy Football YouTube page. It was a really fun event, my bit starts about 8m30s in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84LUs7VPuiA
I've also been nominated for an award! By the Stand Up For Labour organisation. I'm more than surprised since I only did one show for them (and no, this does not mean I'm a Labour member, I'm not, nor that I agree with everything Ed Miliband says, which I definitely don't!). Still it'd be great if I won so please take a minute to vote for me. You don't have to register or fill in any extra details, yuo can just tick me and the show I performed at (Nottingham) and click and done! http://www.standupforlabour.co.uk/page_3196145.html
If you've still not got your last Christmas pressies why not book some new year comedy and put the receipt in a nice card. Here's what's coming up:
Or if you REALLY love them (or have just come into money and want to show yourself some love) you could book to come and do a comedy course I'm teaching in June in sunny Greece with Skyros: http://www.skyros.com/atsitsa_facility.htm
Enjoy the holidays and hope to see you in the new year.
29th Nov 2014
Yes my birthday is coming up on 9th Dec and I'm celebrating it at a very special event for a fabulous cause. Many of you will know that I teach English to a group of female asylum seekers in London and we're having a benefit for Women For Refugee Women to help fund the classes (they pay for the participants transport, venue hire, books, etc, the teachers, including me, are volunteers). I've more or less hand-picked all my favourite performers to be there. Comedy from me, Shazia Mirza, Jen Brister and Suzy Bennett, poetry from Bridget Minamore, Deanna Rodger, Munira Mohamed and music from Becca Mordan. Tickets are £15 and I won't be guest-listing anyone since it's for such a good cause but I will be buying the first round if you've come to celebrate my birthday. It's in Stoke Newington in north east London (near where I live so I can get as drunk as I like!). Space is limited so please book here if you're coming: http://refugeewomen.com/events-2/
Of course you could also bring the pressies you've got me (right?) to any of my other upcoming gigs:
5th Dec in Cobham: http://www.notredame.co.uk/fond
(and i've been advance-warned that some of my audience for this gig will be nuns so strap in for some classic "who's your favourite saint?" material!)
But you can hear me right across the UK before any of that tomorrow when I'll be a guest on the BBC 5 live news hitlist show. This is a brand new show that goes through the most popular news stories of the week (a bit like the music charts) on a Sunday early evening. And they'll be using special guests to discuss the stories as they come along and I'm the first guest. The show starts 7.15pm and i'll be there from number 40 through to number ten before I collapse and someone else takes over the top ten. Do tune in and tweet along with the show, I think it'll be really interesting.
Hope to see you soon, maybe for my birthday?! Do remember that there is still time to buy one of my awesome t-shirts for yourself or a friend for Christmas. Everyone seems to love them (and YES we do do larger sizes up to a generous 2XL too!) http://www.katesmurthwaite.co.uk/merchandise.html
20th Nov 2014
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.
14th Nov 2014
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!
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.
6th Nov 2014
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.
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.
23rd Oct 2014
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/
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!
I've done three BBC Ulster slots this week...
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.
16th Oct 2014
Lots of TV and radio for you to catch up on this week.
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.
[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.]
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/
Hope to see you soon.
8th Oct 2014
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/
Lots more dates all across the UK on my website. Hope to see you there soon.
1st Oct 2014
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.
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).
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
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
7th Sept 2014
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:
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/
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:
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
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:
And was interviewed a few times:
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!
30th July 2014
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.
17th July 2014
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.
Hope to see you soon, especially if you're coming to the fringe!
4th July 2014
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
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".
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.
Hope to see you soon
27th June 2014
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
Article in Mancunian Matters:
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
19th June 2014
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
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 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
12th June 2014
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:
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
6th June 2014
I've done quite a few interviews this week...
More interviews and maybe even a video of my WHOLE award-winning show next week!
Hope to see you soon
29th May 2014
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.
Upcoming appearances this week:
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.
22nd May 2014
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.
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!
13th May 2014
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
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
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.
7th May 2014
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