stand-up comics and sketch acts, performing for kids of 6+ at a time of day they can see it, in venues they can go to, and telling jokes without any rude words so they can watch it!
Our workshops teach kids how to write and perform comedy, finding the funny in life and their own experiences, and turning this into confidently-delivered stand-up and sketches.
Alongside these classes, we have written an otterly incredible 50-page guide for would-be comedians, which you can buy from Amazon, Etsy and directly from us, either online or at onre of our shows. Titled 'How To Be An Unstoppably Amazing Comedy Genius', this booklet is packed full of tips for budding stand-ups, to take them from coming up with ideas for material to actually performing it.
One copy is £7 for UK customers, including postage & packing; if you're anywhere else they're £10. The books are brill. We are very biased. And very proud of this.
After the sell-out show in Edinburgh, the show was brought to London's Menier Chocolate Factory, where we started running workshops for kids followed by a show some of them could perform in, and all of them would want to watch.
After residences in the Arts Theatre and the Comedy Store, we moved to the Soho Theatre in 2008, which remains our London home.
From this base, which is a lot less sinister than one in a disused volcano, we also tour our shows and workshops around the country, appearing in theatres and at festivals all over the UK and Ireland.
We have also run shows at the Edinburgh Fringe every year, having gigged in the Underbelly, the Bongo Club and the Assembly Roxy!
His gamble paid off and performers who never usually go near children had them and their parents in stitches. And kids, who might have otherwise only seen twee shows which focused on the alphabet and how to count, found themselves watching proper stand-up comedians doing proper stand-up comedy, just for them.
The idea with the show is that it is suitable for everyone, children and parents and anyone else who's in there; it will not patronise or alienate. Kids younger than 6 are allowed in to watch the show, but they may not understand all of it; the comics will be pitching their material - in terms of frames of reference, words used, etc. - at kids of 6+. If you reckon your kids can sit still[ish] for an hour, concentrate and understand what's going on, then huzzah, this is for them.
Comedy website Chortle put us at #1 in their 2013 Edinburgh Festival comedy show recommendations for kids, saying:
This is probably the daddy of them all. The kids’ show that almost a decade ago challenged the big and brash primary-colour clowning of most kids’ shows to present proper circuit comics, but without the rude bits. And it turns out a lot of the acts took to it like a duck to water, revelling in the constraints and the unpredictability of heckles like: ‘Why is that your face?’.
As we say above, we recommend the show to kids 6 and older but we have had younger children in the audience before who have thoroughly enjoyed it. If you can sit still - or still-ish - for an hour, face forwards, and not be freaked out when all the lights go off, you'll be fine.
The show is very simple to run, all we need is a microphone with stand, some preshow music, and stage lighting.
It works best in a raked theatre, or theatre/tent/hall with a high stage as the kids need to be able to see, if big old adults are in front of them.
Or have a look at our Shows page to see where we'll be next.