Paul Sinha: Last Christmas, Soho Theatre Upstairs

Paul Sinha’s latest warm and self-deprecating comedy show brightens a London in August that’s normally depleted of top-flight comedians

In August, most British comedians move up to Edinburgh. It’s a huge part of the comedy year – several comedians will spend the months preceding to try out their new material and hone it, deliver it once a night at the Fringe, and then spend the next few months reusing that material wherever they can until it’s time to start the cycle again.
Paul Sinha has, in the past, done a similar pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Fringe. Being a renowned sports fanatic, though, he chose to forego that experience this year in order to attend the London Olympics. And that means that, in a month where London comedy is usually running on depleted stock, we get his new show, “Last Christmas”.

Now the last time I saw Sinha live was at Comedy Camp, back when the bar on Archer Street that is now an identikit wine bar was a gay venue called Barcode and had regular comedy nights every Tuesday. This was probably at least ten years ago now, but Sinha’s relaxed, self-deprecating warmth hasn’t changed.

Introduced by a cheesy acoustic version of Wham!’s Yuletide hit, Sinha – an inveterate quizzer, ranked 20th in the UK and now a regular on ITV1’s The Chase – treats us to some trivia about the pop tune, before revealing that has no basis for the rest of the show: instead, it is about his own last Christmas, during which he found himself joining his family on a jeep trip through the Himalayas and genuinely thought he was going to die.

What follows is an exploration of what is necessary to have led a satisfying life, and around that hang various anecdotes from Sinha’s own life.

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Perfect Curve’s digital strategy

The world of digital media, and digital PR in particular, is changing all the time. Siobhan Sharpe of Perfect Curve, the agency which has been handling the brand for the London 2012 Olympic Delivery Committee, explains how their digital strategy for the Games is structured:

(If you haven’t seen fly-on-the-wall Olympics documentary series Twenty Twelve yet, there are still a couple of episodes left before the Games start…)

Him & Her – series 2 preview

I enjoyed the first series of BBC3 sitcom Him & Her, written by Stefan Golaszewski and starring Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani as a couple of young slackers who are adjusting to living together.

A second series is on its way, and the BBC3 website has released a short preview video.

You can also hear my interview (recorded prior to series 1’s transmission) with stars Russell Tovey and Sarah Solemani via The Stage website.

Coming soon: School of Comedy does Red Nose Day

Coming into my work inbox this afternoon arrived an announcement from School of Comedy, the comedy improv clubs for children that spawned the E4 sketch show and  numerous Edinburgh Fringe show. I interviewed some of the gang for The Stage Podcast in August last year as they rehearsed for a short spell in Edinburgh, and then took cast and crew photos for a preview screening of the second E4 series the following month.

With Comic Relief Red Nose Day coming up, the latest batch of funny kids will be performing a charity improv show on Saturday. From SoC organisers Laura Lawson and Tara Carr:

Huge apologies for the late LATE notice, but we are going to do a sponsored non-stop improv session for an hour and a half for comic relief, hosted by the original School of Comedy troupe including Jack Harries, Beth Rylance and The Narnia Blockbuster star, Will Poulter. So, that’s all 80 children from our London clubs, and the cast of the E4 show, on stage together, to raise money for comic relief – and what better way to support comic relief than with the future of British comedy … our amazing kids! BUT IT HAS TO BE THIS SATURDAY!!!

The event will be at the Tabernacle Theatre in Notting Hill (more location information on Google Maps), on Saturday, March 12 at 2pm prompt. The show is expected to last an hour and a half, and will cost £10 on the door.

If you can’t make it, but want to donate to Comic Relief, there is a School of Comedy Comic Relief donation page enabling you to do so online (UK residents, don’t forget to select the Gift Aid option so that your donation goes even further).