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