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.
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!