S-milestone for Hitchin comedy club

THERE’S double the fun from a comedy duo next week as a monthly club celebrates another milestone.

Hitchin comedians Doggett and Ephgrave are hosting their 70th Mostly Comedy show next Thursday, July 19, at The Croft in Hitchin.

Mostly Comedy welcomes back David Trent, who will be previewing Spontaneous Comedian before the show is performed at the Edinburgh Festival next month.

Trent has performed many times at the club since his first appearing at its second gig, back in 2008.

Since then, his “bold, category-defying comedy” –according to The Stage – has attracted much attention within the comedy industry, securing him a place in the finals of the 2011 Barbican New Act of the Year, and representation with one of the country’s biggest comedy producers, Phil McIntyre.

His individual brand of projector-based stand-up has also caught the interest of the comic press, with Chortle stating “his use of video, animation and repetition is brilliant and unique”.

Joining Trent will be another double act, Trodd en Bratt, who will be previewing their Edinburgh show Well Done You. Lucy Trodd and Ruth Bratt first met on the improvised comedy circuit back in 2007 and they became founder members of the show, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which went on to receive rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 2008-2011, and a run at The Ambassadors Theatre in London’s West End.

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Time Out says “They truly are the masters of long-form improvisation. These guys have to be seen to be believed” while Rob Brydon describes them as “deliciously dark and very funny”.

Doors open at the venue in Bancroft at 8.15pm, with the first act taking the stage at 9pm. Tickets are �6 – book in advance via www.mostlycomedy.co.uk

Doggett and Ephgrave will then be turning their attention to a ’60s musical extravanganza the following night, Friday, July 20.

The pair, in association with Rob Maskell, present Glad All Over!: A Sixties Celebration at The Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin for the third year running.

The show features a high-octane mix of rock, pop, soul and Motown classics, performed by a cast of seven multi-talented actor and musicians whose combined West End and touring credits include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Only The Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story.

Expect the vibrant energy of a 1960s gigging band, with strong attention to both musical and visual detail.

Glad All Over!: A Sixties Celebration starts at 8pm and tickets cost �15.

To book, log on to www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01462 455166.

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