On Wednesday 12th December I’ll be presenting Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s fabulous Amélie, the classic comic fantasy that launched Audrey Tautou to stardom.
Tautou stars as the lonely waitress who finds ways to bring others the happiness (or comeuppance) they deserve, and eventually finds her own happy ending. It’s an imaginative, sassy romp through a Parisian dreamworld, filmed and acted with joyous flair.
This screening is part of Comedy Genius, a nationwide celebration of comedy on screen led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience network, supported by funds from the National Lottery. For more screenings go to bficomedy.co.uk. #bficomedy
I’m doing a work in progress with the brilliant Andrew O’Neill in January, come see!
In 2015, Rach asked Andrew to make a package about anarchy and economics for Radio 4. They concluded the best way to bring down the government was to vote Tory.
So it proved.
Now Andrew and Rach have bucketloads of new stuff to try. They’ll be aided in their quest by their loyal sound man and an Imperial F*cktonne of Thistly Cross Cider.
Join us to find out what we’ve been up to for the last few months, and whether any of it is funny.
Andrew O’Neill is an award-winning stand-up comedian, musician and writer. He’s been on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Saxondale and 50 Years Of Rock Excess.
Andrew’s Radio 4 stand-up show, Pharmacist Baffler, won an award and bothered some women on Mumsnet.
Rach was once in a lift with David Hasselhof. He was wearing a T-shirt which said, “That’s right, I’m not dead!”
She’s never forgotten it.
Rach was shortlisted for the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award and used to work on the Today programme. She enjoyed mashing bits of it up for jokes and is now unemployed.
Join us for guaranteed January blues-busting comedy or we’ll buy you a pint after.
Tonight Cerys Bradley and I are taking a brand new work in progress show to the Harrison in Kings Cross.
We’ll be trying out new ideas in what is hopefully going to be a barnstorming Edinburgh show once we’ve tried it out a few times and knocked all the edges off the thing.
What does it mean to be bisexual? No, actually, what does it mean? Are we doing it right? How can you tell?
Join comedians Rachel Wheeley and Cerys Bradley for a night of comedy as confusing as coming out and as ridiculous as trying to explain the in’s and out’s of attraction to everyone you meet. They will each tell you their remarkably different experiences of being bisexual in this work in progress show that definitely wasn’t conceived in a desperate bid to validate either of their sexualities. There will be jokes, there will be tangents, there will be graphs, and more, because why have one thing when you can have many?
If you wanted tickets to this but missed out, check out our second work in progress show at Angel comedy in January.
I hosted a couple of History Showoff gigs at Fulham Palace last week. This was a really lovely event in an historic palace which reminded me of the architecture of Eton, where I grew up.
We had a couple of speakers per show, talking about Tudor superstitions, a Victorian forgery of a Tudor merchant’s diary and an Anne Boleyn tattoo, amongst other things. And then we retired to the bar to get hammered on mead. It was fab.
Thanks to Peter Hose for the photo and Steve Cross for the gig.
Hosting a couple of History Show-off shows on Friday 26th October: http://www.fulhampalace.org/events/museums-night-tudor-treasure-hunt/
History of science show, Dead Talks, will be in Brighton on the 27th.
November 1st I’ll be at the Freedom Fridge in Kentish Town
November 3rd at the glorious Angel Comedy in Islington
Chairing ‘The Evolution of Truth’ at the RI on Nov 8th with Evan Davis and Richard Byrne:
November 15th is the second show back with Nicola Houghton at the Wheatsheaf in Tooting Bec. Jason Patterson, Saskia Preston and William Stone. Tickets here.
November 28th I’m taking a work in progress version of my new show ‘The unfortunate bisexual*‘ to the Harrison in Kings Cross with the fantastically funny Cerys Bradley.
November 29th I’ll be doing a show called London vs Home where I’ll be explaining why and how Eton is different from South London.
Do come and say hi.
In three days time, Nicola Houghton and I will be heading up to the Edinburgh festival to perform our brand new show, Nicola Houghton & Rachel Wheeley: Meet in the Middle.
The Edinburgh fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Last year there were over 50,000 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues all over the city and this year there will be even more.
This year, one of those 3,000 shows will be ours!
Nicola and I are neighbours with three kids each, but we’re from very different backgrounds. Nicola grew up in a working-class household on the gravy-soaked cobbles of The North, surviving thanks to raffle prizes, knitted underwear and treasures found in skips. Meanwhile I was growing up at Eton College, entirely failing to get off with Prince William and mixing with teenagers who had never seen an onion. I didn’t go to school there, because they don’t accept women. This is the story of how that panned out.
If you’re going to be in Edinburgh between the 4th and the 11th, drop into Bar Bados on Cowgate at 6pm to see what we’ve been working on! We’re hugely indebted to Steve Cross and Andrew Smith for photography and poster design respectively. Thanks to everyone who came to see our London previews. I’ll let you know how it went when I get back!
I was lucky enough to be shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award this year. My heat was at Up the Creek in Greenwich, hosted by Dane Baptiste and judged by BBC comedy producer Victoria Lloyd, Steve Bennett from Chortle and Holly Walsh.
I was excited to be in a heat with Benji Waterstones and Thanyia Moore, and met half a dozen other fantastic acts, many of whom I’ll be booking at Comedy at the Wheatsheaf before too long.
It was a really fun evening. The radio show of the heat can be found here!