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17th July 2014

Hi All

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Kate Smurthwaite

 

@Cruella1

 

 

4th July 2014

Hi All

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Hope to see you soon

 

 

Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

 

27th June 2014

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

19th June 2014

Hi All

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

12th June 2014

Hi All

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

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

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

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

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

Been mentioned in a couple of articles this week too:

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

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

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

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

See you soon


Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

6th June 2014

Hi all

 
Tonight I'm in Milton Keynes at The Comedy Club: http://www.thecomedyclub.co.uk/venue-events/milton-keynes-comedy-club.html 
 
Tomorrow I'm speaking at a humanist conference in Birmingham: http://birminghamhumanists.org.uk/index.php?page=events
 
And then previewing my new solo show in Chippenham, full program here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/221243870/2014-Chippenham-Comedy-Festival
 
On Sunday I'm at Z List Dead List in the afternoon - a history based show in Camden: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/274345
 
And then I'm at a benefit for MacMillan Cancer Support In Ilford: http://www.kmtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/280/oh-so-funny-comedy-night-in-support-of-macmillan-cancer-support-st-marks-hospital
 
On Monday I'm talking in Oxford about gender and religion: https://www.facebook.com/events/314515392040357/
 
And BOOK NOW for the Free Fringe Benefit on Fri 13th June. Will be an amazing evening, and great value too. Tickets here: http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/0780
 
I've done quite a few interviews this week...
 
Had a very frustrating discussion on abortion with BBC Somerset, from 13m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zgt6z
BBC London with Vanessa Feltz talking about Kirsty Allsopp and ambitious young women, from 2h05m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zdthz
Then I was on BBC Scotland on the same issue: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044k0xd
Yesterday on BBC Tees discussion women who swear, from 15m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zmmtj
And then on BBC Three Counties talking Internet abuse from 1h19m: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zmlrv
 
More interviews and maybe even a video of my WHOLE award-winning show next week!
 
Hope to see you soon
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

29th May 2014

Hi all
 
Wrote a piece on my blog about the Mail's coverage of the Santa Barbara shootings in a little fit of rage that went rather viral (200 retweets and nearly 100 Facebook shares!). If you haven't seen it, it's here: http://cruellablog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/daily-mail-this-is-new-journalistic-low.html
 
Got another lovely little video vlog for you this week. All about the Richard Scudamore sexism business. Watch online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS0r55O6zms
 
And as if that wasn't enough there's also lots of me in the podcast from this week's No Pressure To Be Funny show which despite the lack of pressure is very funny and you can listen to here: http://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/no_pressure_to_be_funny/
 
And, talking serious politics too I was on Ian Collins show on LBC on Saturday night. It's a great show and they used to have the "round table" bit of it (my bit) available for free on their website but I can't see it any more. Let me know if you can.
 
I also did one little very early morning BBC piece about people who spend their lives taking photos of things on their phones for 5 live, from 1h24m here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044j3sd
 
Upcoming appearances this week:
 
I'm speaking in Cambridge on saturday: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/people_s_assembly_in_cambridge
 
And then performing at the Comedy Store late show that night: http://www.thecomedystore.co.uk/
 
Previewing my new political show in Maidstone on Monday: http://maidstone.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/2109/Leftie-Cock-Wobble
 
Doing a benefit in Exeter on Thursday: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/joking-for-justice/
 
Book now for FREE FRINGE BENEFIT which I'm hosting at the Bloomsbury Theatre with Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans, Richard Herring, Peter Buckley Hill and Marcel Lucont! http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/0780
 
And lots more on the website of course! Hope to see you soon.
 
Kate Smurthwaite
@Cruella1

22nd May 2014

Hi all

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

13th May 2014

Hi All

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

7th May 2014 

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